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Human Rights in Cuba

Tiananmen Returns

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Despite the multitudes and the numerous digital screens shining in the Hong Kong night, memory persists in taking us back to one man. An individual who was returning from the market and decided that the treads of a tank were not going to crush his remaining civility. Twenty-five years later, reality is echoing his gesture.

Have You Tried Cyanide... General?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Nearly two decades have passed and they are still imposing limits and prohibitions incompatible with development and with life. As if in this social laboratory they want to test what they can do to get the guinea pigs -- which are us -- to keep breathing, clapping, accepting.

Cuba's Official Press: Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The original sin of the official press is not the press, but propaganda. It emerged to sustain the ideological political-economic model and it can't shed that genesis.

My Mother and the Onions

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

My mother has to pay out three days worth of her pension to buy a pound of onions. I no longer have to say anything, she just concludes, "This country has to change."

The Maleconazo and the Rafter Crisis in a Can of Condensed Milk

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When the Maleconazo broke out he joined in the shouting and escaped when the arrests started. He didn't want to go home because he knew the police were looking for him.

Once a Rafter, Always a Rafter: Iliana Hernandez Runs for Her Life

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Iliana Hernandez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 1 August 2014 - A Cuban balsera, a rafter, has set herself a new challenge. This time it's not about esca...

No Protests on the Streets of Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Freedom can be simulated, replaced by false statistics of well-being and justice, but someone always puts it to the test. That public protests on national and international issues don't happen in our territory is evidence of the lack of rights and social autonomy we endure.

Is Cuba Already in Transition?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Are we Cubans living in the transition? Just asking this question is enough to annoy some people and excite others. A transition -- the experts and analysts tell me -- needs more political, social and economic evidence.

'Falling Into the Abyss of Nothingness...'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Someday when a Cuban body language glossary is prepared, it will include this pose of "falling into the abyss of nothingness." This appearance of already being defeated, like Carlitos, that so many young people and not so young people present in this country.

Google Comes to Havana!

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Have you ever tried to explain Google to someone who doesn't know what it is?

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...

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.

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.

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

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.28.2014 | 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 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.

The Countdown to an Independent Newspaper in Cuba Has Begun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.14.2014 | 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...