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IMO, Person of the Year in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Over the last 12 months Cuba was visited by a pope, a secretary of state and even by Mick Jagger. However, the person who takes all the palms is not a politician, a religious leader or a rocker. It is a mobile application with a short name and a profound impact on our reality: IMO.

Camilo Cienfuegos: Lost or Assassinated, No Longer Missed

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The wall of the Malecon tastes of salt and is rough to the touch. Standing on it, my school uniform splashed by the waves, every October of my childhood I threw a bouquet of flowers into the sea.

The Faces Of The Cuban Dream

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

"What is the Cuban dream?" he asked, as one inquires about the hour, the quality of the coffee, or the afternoon's weather forecast. Around the table we all remained silent in the face of this question launched by the visitor.

Cuba: In The Country of Solidarity, There Are No Foreigners

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Cuban immigration law is perhaps one of the strictest on the planet for a foreigner who settles in the national territory. For decades, living here was a privilege allowed only to the "comrades" of Eastern Europe, apprentice guerrillas, and political refugees from Latin American dictatorships.

Cuba and Mick Jagger's Kiss

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This country is not going to change itself into a new nation because John Kerry visited, nor because of the third visit by a pope. But Cuba is changing when people like this British rocker, icon of good music and of the greatest possible irreverence, touch down in Havana.

Are We Cubans More Unruly Than Other Peoples?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Cubans are no more unruly than other human beings and yet, right now, a park filled with children's play structures needs to be guarded like a bank, so that the swing seats, the iron from the carousels or the ropes from the climbing nets aren't stolen.

Obama To Meet With Raul Castro At United Nations

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

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Raul Castro, The Altar Boy

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Cuban leader, Raul Castro, has accompanied Pope Francis at all his Masses during his tour of the island. From the one celebrated in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution to the words pronounced at the Santiago de Cuba Cathedral.

U.S. Considers Abstaining From UN Vote On Cuba Embargo

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo agains...

Pope Francis Praises U.S.-Cuba Detente As Model For World

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.19.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Bara...

Sabotaging Obama's Cuba Policy

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 09.19.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

A key reason for President Obama's success in reaching an accord with Cuba where his ten predecessors failed can be summed up in a single word: respect.

Obama, Castro Discuss Pope's Visit, New Trade Regulations

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

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Generation Y Behind Bars

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There have been many published opinions about the pardons granted to 3,522 prisoners in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis. Most of the criticism has focused on the fact that the beneficiaries include no one sentenced for political reasons.

Leopoldo Lopez, the Freest Prisoner In the World

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.12.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The authorities don't learn. They don't take into account that the bars magnify a political leader and the pain suffered in the cells hangs on his chest like a medal won on the bloodiest battlefield.

Havana's 'Sacred Way': A Stage Set for the Pope's Visit

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Havana preens for the arrival of Pope Francis. The facades along the streets are touched up where the Bishop of Rome will pass by and popular humor has derisively re-baptized the path "The Sacred Way." It is an ephemeral blush, rushed, one that the rain and the months will wash away.

Jose Ramon Machado Ventura: A Cuban Name That Will Be Lost to History

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

If anyone embodies the most antiquated orthodoxy of the Cuban political system, it is undoubtedly Jose Ramon Machado Ventura. With his frail gait and infinite power, the vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers represents the most reactionary and ultra-conservative wing of the island's government.

Drought in Cuba Lays Bare Decades of Water Mismanagement

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.29.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

We Cubans are waiting for something more than a crop of clouds altered with a blast of silver iodide. We deserve a coherent hydrology policy, over the long term, without magic or spells, but with guarantees.

The Missing Statistics on Women in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Living in a country where there is no female circumcision or forced marriages, where women are not forbidden to drive a car, is not sufficient reason to breathe easily and believe that the serious problem of gender inequality is resolved.

What Can Senator Rand Paul Teach Bush, Rubio and Trump About Ronald Reagan and Cuba?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 08.05.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

One resource that Senator Paul can invoke to defend his libertarian approach to Cuba is Ronald Reagan's flexible approach to communist countries in transition. That is what Cuba is today.

Not Your Grandma's Cuba: A New Day in the Caribbean

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

While many Cubans welcome change, any transition faces daunting challenges. Can Cuba liberalize commerce without inviting the staggering inequality endemic to Latin America? And can the state relinquish total power without sacrificing high quality, free public services?

Cult of Personality in Cuban Parliament

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On Tuesday, the entire National Assembly of People's Power dedicated itself to the presentation of the book Raul Castro: A Man in Revolution, written by the Russian Nikolai Leonov.

Alexis Tsipras' 'Betrayal'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

None of those who applauded his daring will pat him on the back to acknowledge he has chosen for his country and not for himself. For them, Tispras is the uncomfortable reminder of what might have been, the missed opportunity to project, through Greece, their own vendettas.

Carnival Cruise Lines to Sail to Cuba: A Paradigm of Our Times

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Cubans don't appear scandalized when we talk about these floating behemoths that will arrive with sumptuousness and money, a lot of money. Rather, people calculate the benefit involved when the giant of the seas touches land and a flood of tourists descend with bulging wallets.

Rubio Doesn't Know Cuba's History

Harvey Simon | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

As the leading opponent of President Obama's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, Rubio invokes an era before he was born to justify retaining a Cold War freeze on trade with our Caribbean neighbor.

Next Steps in the Normalization of U.S.-Cuban Relations: Thoughts From the Cuban Five

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Now that United States and Cuba are preparing to open embassies in each other's countries, what else needs to happen to support the process of détente between the two countries?