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Human Rights in Cuba

Another Tiny Crack in the Wall: Email on Cuban Cellphones But State Security Is Likely Reading It

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Coinciding with the new email service on cellphones, there has been a noted deterioration in the sending of text messages. Hundreds of messages in recent days never reached their recipients, although the telephone company quickly charged for them, which points to an act of censorship or the collapse of the networks.

The Countdown to an Independent Newspaper in Cuba Has Begun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.14.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

Thematic variety is not contrary to the defense of freedom and human rights. There are many ways of speaking, and of speaking beautifully.

Cubans Flock to New Film That Exposes the Myth

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Why is the latest creation of director Ernesto Daranas becoming such a social phenomenon? The answer transcends artistic questions to delve into the depth of his dreams.

Am I Living in Cuba, or Never Never Land?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The turtle's pace is everywhere. From the bureaucratic offices and the bus stops to the recreation and service centers. But the big winner of the award for having "the blood of a turnip" is the government itself.

The Havana Book Fair Behind the Scenes

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.17.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

Behind the shelves there is another International Book Fair. One barely perceived among the partitions and walls of the exhibition areas. The national newspapers will never report on it, but these parallel and hidden events sustain the other one.

Being a Journalist in Cuba: Success Is Measured By Your Ability To Make Things Up

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

Several generations of information professionals have had to approach their work through censorship, ideological propaganda and the applause of power.

Yoani Sanchez: My Resolutions for 2014

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

As you can see, I have in hand the list of resolutions for 2014. I will have to cross some out along the way. Which? I don't know. But for now I like to think that all of them are possible.

Fear of the Word

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

These are bad times for the word, gray days for a philologist. The main problem is not the abundance of vulgar expressions, which can even be revealing in a linguistic and sociological analysis. The saddest thing is the decline of articulate speech.

An Island to Bequeath to Our Children, Free, Democratic, and Environmentally Healthy

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It's hard work to awaken awareness in a population whose priorities still center on the so-called community services working at all. However, much of the damage that we are causing to the environment is irreversible, and requires urgent measures to slow it down as quickly as possible.

Robert Carcasses, Favored Singer of the Cuban Regime, Demands Freedom at a Live Televised Concert in Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.15.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Robertico Carcásses was at the right time and the right place. He couldn't let the chance go by and so he let loose, on the main stage of the Cuban regime, what so many of us are thinking.

Cuba: A Man With Neither Privilege Nor Obedience

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Beto doesn't like talking about the past. For the first time he has something of his own, something no one has given him.

Cuban Exiles on the 'Unwanted' List Can Never Go Home Again

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For natives of the largest of the Antilles, airports are never easy expeditious sites through which they pass and continue on their way. Rather, each border is a heartache; each migratory process is twice as complicated as for other nationalities.

The Return of the Loanshark to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

After being stigmatized for decades, these banned bankers have returned without licenses or pity. As necessary as he is slandered, the moneylender is just one link in the illegal financial chain of our reality.

Freedom of Speech Continues to be Outlawed in Cuba for Cubans... Not for Others

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The language of diplomacy, although distant and calculated, gives us a glimpse of changing times. I remember that for years I could predict every word foreign presidents would utter once they arrived in Cuba.

Back in Cuba With the Gift of Solidarity

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I'm back now. Beginning to feel the peculiarities of a Cuba that in my three-month absence has barely changed.

Cubans, Too, Can Transcend Geography and Time With the Internet

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Internet Forum has allowed us to feel like citizens of the world, to share experiences with those who live in different situations but, in essence, surprisingly similar ones.

The Children of the Satellite Dish, Bypassing Ideology in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They are the children of the satellite dish, fed with the illicit and used to the other side of information or misinformation. They have grown up with the remote control in their hands and, with a simple click, they access the prohibited every day.

Cuba's Supposedly 'Emancipated' Women Are Still Boiling Their Babies' Diapers Over Fires

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In a country where a washing machine costs an entire year's salary, we can't talk about women's emancipation.

How One Cuban Blogger Is Changing Cuban Minds

Ignacio Sosa | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Ignacio Sosa

I vowed never to return to Cuba until the country of my birth was free -- an unlikely proposition given the strong grip of the Cuban government on virtually all aspects of life on the island. Ms. Sanchez has changed my view on the future of Cuba.

Cubans on the Island and Cubans Around the World: We Are All Just Cubans, Period

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I've asked myself many times what led and so many other people in the world to see Cubans inside and outside the Island as two separate worlds. How was it that a government, a party, a man in power, claimed the right to decide who should claim our nationality and who should not?

Cubans Are Trapped in a Myth

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I cringe again on hearing of the harsh lives of these activists -- I again put myself in their place. And who puts themselves in ours? Who unravels this myth in which we are trapped?

Cuba Reinterpreted Through a Mexican Lens

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.15.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In reality I was trying to look at and find my own country through the eyes of the Mexicans. And I found it. An Island reinterpreted and multiple, but close; one that raises passions in everyone and leaves no one unscathed.

Museum of Communism: Prague's Past Lives on in Cuba's Present

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The first surprise was at the entrance, where the woman who was selling tickets had the courtesy to let me pass free, due to the fact -- she explained -- that I came from Cuba.

What It Feels Like to Breathe Free Air

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The big difference is that I don't feel I'm permanently marked with the red badge of the outlaw, the whistle that surprises me in something clandestine, the constant sensation that whatever I do or think could be prohibited.

Cuba Organizes Acts of Repudiation Against Me in Brazil

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The picketing of the extremists who blocked the showing of Dado Galvao's film in Feria de Santana was something more than the sum of unconditional supporters of the Cuban government.