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Cubans Hoping to Travel Put Their Faith in Magic: "The Suitcase Ritual"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.14.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

An old wooden suitcase of the kind still tucked away in many Cuban homes. The night warm, beautiful, still with some Christmas lights hanging from ...

On New Year's Day, Cuba Holds Its Breath Waiting for News of Hugo Chavez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This January first, so dull and silent, is a sign that something isn't going well. Terminal exhaustion of a system? Fear before the possibility of losing the substantial Venezuelan subsidy? Or simply compassion for a dying man?

The Dictator's Dead Pool for 2013: Will China's Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Philip N. Howard

There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.

Reforms in Cuba: Two Steps Forward One Step Back

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Among the boldest steps taken by Raul Castro's government is granting permission for the sale of homes. In a society where it was banned for decades, the authorization has caused a real shock.

Who Is Antonio Rodiles, What Is 'State of Sats,' and Why Is Rodiles in Jail?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Deliberate, analytical, and with a deep concern for everything that occurs in our country, the founder of State of SATS is now experiencing the most sordid side of repression in Cuba: a jail cell.

The Election 90 Miles Away - What's at Stake for Raul Castro

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.04.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

If we analyze this perennial rivalry, we have to conclude that the fate of Cubans has never depended on the United States more than it does now. Our everyday life has never been so subject to the decisions of the occupant of the Oval Office.

Three Elections, One Country: Update, After the First Election

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Fifty-four percent of Venezuelans have ratified Hugo Chavez as leader of their country, and Raul's regime has some breathing room. But the great polarization in Simon Bolivar's fatherland will make it more difficult to publicly sustain the maintenance of Cuba.

Cubans Watching Venezuelan and U.S. Elections; Their Own, Not So Much

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

If the Venezuelan results will decide whether we are granted billions in subsidies, and our relationship with our powerful neighbor to the north is in play in those elections, the Cuban elections smell strongly of a play whose script is already written.

Really? Cubans Never Joke About the Revolution?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.30.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

With popular jokes, it's better not to get involved, or to try to restrict them. Because they can fight back with a barrage of ridicule, a flood of humor.

It's Time For a Free Cuba

Nicholas Storozynski | Posted 11.07.2012 | Teen
Nicholas Storozynski

I traveled to Cuba this August to see for myself what the legacy of that revolution really is. Any visitor to Cuba can see that the Castro Revolution is a failure.

What Does a President Do? And What Does Raul Castro Actually DO?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

So far in 2012, Raul Castro has given very few signs of industriousness in office. If we count the hours he has appeared in public, the speeches he's made, and the trips he's taken... we have to conclude that his productivity is extremely low.

Reflections on Pope Benedict's Visit to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.26.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Several weeks after Pope Benedict arrived on our Island, the phones still weren't working and civic activists remained in detention.

With Stunning Hypocrisy Cuban Dictators Praise Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.25.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There is no way to become a Julian Assange in Cuba and stay alive, believe me.

Is Fidel Castro Alive? So We're Told.

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It would be difficult to find in contemporary history someone who has been rumored to have been killed more times than Fidel Castro.

The Death of Oswaldo Payá and the Opposition in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.30.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In less than a year the Cuban opposition has lost two of its most important leaders.

Castro Regime More Dependent on the White House Than Its Own Citizens

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.29.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In this fifty-year contest against the American administrations, the Castro regime has been more concerned with -- and dependent on -- the White House than with Cuban voices.

Raúl Castro: "The Table Is Set for the United States"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This is not the first time the current Cuban president has spoken of a possible dialog with his neighbor to the north. In reality, however, the official discourse continues to feed off confrontation with the White House.

Direct Shipments To Cuba Resume

AP | Posted 07.13.2012 | Miami

HAVANA -- Direct maritime shipments from Miami to Cuba resumed Friday for the first time in half a century. The shipments include items from authoriz...

Former Arizona Governor Detained At Border Checkpoint

AP | Posted 07.05.2012 | Latino Voices

PHOENIX -- Former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro, who in the 1970s served as the state's first and only Hispanic governor, was detained at a U.S. Border Pat...

An Embrace Between Equals: Alexander Lukashenko and Raúl Castro

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

To commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between Havana and Minsk, Raúl Castro received the man who is considered "the last dictator in Europe" at the Palace of the Revolution.

Fidel Castro Promises "Inexhaustable Sources of Meat, Milk and Eggs" From Trees

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The man who was characterized by his habit of speaking for hours from the podium in the Plaza of the Revolution and in front of television cameras in the studio, now appears to be opting for minimalism.

Cuba's Cardinal Called 'Lackey' Of Communist Government

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion

HAVANA -- For months, Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been under fire: called a lackey and political ally of Raul Castro's communist government, asked...

The Fear of Sitting Down to Talk

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In parallel with the tendency to confront our pressing problems from multiple angles, there is also a current that feeds the rejection of the other.

Che's 'New Man' and Corruption in Cuba Today

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The crusade against corruption displayed by Raul Castro keeps in suspense those who think they are protected by the lack of control and political will to end the illegalities.

Over The Hill: Cuba's Castro Marks Another Birthday

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 06.02.2012 | World

HAVANA -- Cuban President Raul Castro turns 81 on Sunday, another reminder to his countrymen and to the exiles who hate him that time is catching up w...