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Banned for Decades, the Exuberance of Christmas Returns to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The visual excesses of Cuba today are very likely the popular response to all those Christmas eves celebrated in whispers, or totally ignored, in which a tree with a nativity scene constituted evidence of "ideological deviation."

Unmemorable Words on Cuba's Revolution Day

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In a moment that must have been the end, Raul Castro left without having directed a single word to the crowd. He rose from his chair and walked away, followed closely by a loyal bodyguard.

'I Owe You No Explanations, No Promises, No Results'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On July 26, "National Rebellion Day" in Cuba, Raul Castro didn't take the podium, nor was the speech addressed to a nation waiting for a program of changes.