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Human Rights in Cuba

Happy 7th Birthday to My Blog, Generation Y

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.09.2014 | 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.

Militant Cuban Communist Trades Ideology for a Spanish Passport in the Blink of An Eye

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Photo: Silvia Corbelle The whole neighborhood called him by the peculiar last name he'd inherited from his Basque grandfather. Vertical for ideologi...

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

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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.

American Jailed In Cuba Pleads With Obama For Help

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 12.04.2013 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American man who is marking four years in prison in Cuba has written a letter to President Barack Obama asking the president to...

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?