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The Cuban Spring

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Vanessa Garcia

People often ask me the following question: "If it's so bad in Cuba, why don't Cubans revolt?" Why don't the people inside the island pour out into the street and lift their fists into the air, burn effigies, call out for freedom?

Relics and Souvenirs, and The Berlin Wall In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A reader sent me a piece of the Berlin Wall. The stone painted with remnants of graffiti suggests to me an impossible collection of what has contributed to the separation of Cubans.

Cuba's Black Spring and the Ladies in White

Matt Easton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Easton

In what is referred to the Black Spring, 75 human rights activists throughout Cuba were arrested, tried, and sentenced to as many as 28 years in prison for peacefully demanding fundamental rights.