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Not Against All Cuba Sanctions, Just Dumb Cuba Sanctions

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 08.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

Forget about "leading from behind." When it comes to Cuba, we are simply behind.

Cold Kisses Under A Tropical Sun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The fear of not being able to leave, of remaining locked on the island, is shared by many of my compatriots. Those who have never traveled fear they w...

The Free Territory of Skype, Forbidden In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Without any new facilities for services such as Skype, many prefer to resort to fraudulent practices rather than to give up calling other parts of the world.

Miguel's Drone, Cuba From the Air

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Nobody knows how he got it into the country, with so many customs restrictions and government paranoia, but Miguel has a drone. Tiny, like a kid's toy...

"What's Your Network Called?": Young People Are Creating The Wireless Web In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They meet on a corner, eyes red from lack of sleep, their pants on the verge of falling down to their knees. They aren't yet twenty and have spent the night immersed in the plot of a video game.

14ymedio Is Born: Now I Can Dream Even Higher

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.21.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

Today, I have achieved a dream. Unlike the character in that movie, it's not a piece of clothing but a space for journalism in which many colleagues accompany me.

A Cuban Insult: 'Ah... You're Not in the Package'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Climbing into a collective taxi at midday, with its whole body heated by the sun and creaking at every pothole, is a shocking experience. You duck y...

Cuba: Repression as Soap Opera

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The current strategy against the Cuban opposition resembles the slow creep of the spider's legs toward its victim.

Obama and Castro: Closer, But No Cigar

Marwan Bishara | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

The handshake could've paved the way to the mutual unclenching of fists. A courtesy that would lead to diplomacy. Shaking the tired old way of doing politics. But it seems neither side is ready for the next big step.

Raul Castro: Man Alone in the Crowd

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The autocrat is afraid of his own people. Fear and suspicion. The feeling is mutual. He knows that the hundreds of thousands of heads he looks down upon are there... because they fear him, not because they love him.

Launching a New Newspaper in Cuba: How-To?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.23.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

If I could highlight at least one indispensable feature of the press, I would choose interaction with readers. Right now in Havana, we are putting the final touches on a new digital media that will greatly help us to listen to your opinions.

Alamar and Hip-Hop: The Soundtrack of Cuba's Reality (VIDEO)

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Alamar, despite its urbanist failings, has been the hotbed of a vibrant and rebellious musical genre: hip-hop. Its amphitheater has hosted some of the most memorable alternative concerts in Island memory.

Cuba's Culture of Violence: A Dangerous Spiral

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A woman hits a child, who appears to be her son, on one corner. A hundred yards further on, two men get in a fight because one stepped on the other's shoe. I arrive home thinking about this aggressiveness, just under the skin, that I feel in the street.

Cuba's New Law Lets in Foreign Capital, But Labor Must Be Contracted From the Government

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

A gentleman with a beard and a shabby shirt reads the newspaper in a Reina Street doorway. "These people are re-inventing the wheel..." I can hear him say. The daily he has in his hands has a tabloid insert with the new Foreign Investment Law, recently voted on in the National Assembly.

Reading Mysteries in Havana: It Takes Two to Salsa But Will the US and Cuba Face the Music?

Marwan Bishara | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

Cuba is an enigmatic place to its friends and foes, especially to its curious nemesis to the north. But it's unraveling slowly and surely. With new players, new clues, and many twists and turns.

The Venezuelan Dialogue From a Cuban Point of View

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.14.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The dialogue between the Venezuelan opposition and Nicolas Maduro is in full swing. Its critics are many, its most visible loser: the Cuban government.

Happy 7th Birthday to My Blog, Generation Y

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.09.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

It has stood the tests of my initial fear, official demonization, the distrust of many, technological collapses and even the survival instinct that more than once told me to abandon it. Here it is with the bruises and experience of its seven years.

Cuba's New Foreign Investment Law Is a Bet on the Future

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The new foreign investment law passed unanimously last Saturday by Cuba's National Assembly is a key component of President Raul Castro's program to "...

Cuba & the U.S: The Case Against the Cuban Embargo

Adrian Brito | Posted 06.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

How come we do business with some of the world's most authoritarian regimes with the worst human rights' records on the planet, yet we keep insisting that the Cuban embargo should be kept in place solely on moral grounds?

Apretaste! A Craigslist for the Island of the Disconnected

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.07.2014 | Technology
Yoani Sanchez

Visiting Apretaste!, I remember a phrase I always repeat when I encounter something hard. "Creativity is the capacity to open a window when the door is closed," I tell myself, like a mantra in complex situations.

#MejorDesnudosQue: Better Naked Than

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

What is shameful is these others, hiding behind their uniforms, trappings, the military ranks they awarded to themselves. They should be embarrassed to be hiding under the dishonorable garb of their fear.

Cuban Regime Ambivalent About Self-Employed, While the People Can't Live Without Them

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The day started with a certain nightmarish atmosphere. The little sip of morning coffee was missing, because the seller with a thermos and paper cups wasn't on the corner. So she dragged her feet to the bus stop, while keeping an eye out for a collective taxi. Nothing.

'Don't Stand Out,' Cubans Tell Their Children, Perpetuating the Repression

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

But you have not come out unscathed. You're not a crook who has deceived others, but you have cheated yourself. With so much self-restraint, limiting your expressions, and avoiding speaking up, you have become the mediocre man you are today, a being tamed by the system.

Eastern Cubans Are 'Palestinians' in Their Own Capital

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

She knew her days were numbered until the police would stop her in the street and discover she was an illegal. One more "Palestinian," as many capital residents disrespectfully call people from the east of the country. They caught her one gray and rainy afternoon, while she was selling flowers outside the farmers market.

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.