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On Human Rights Day in Cuba: Instead of Bread and Circuses, We Get Beer and Repression

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

How many times as a child was I part of a carnival of repression without knowing it? What naive parties did I participate in that, in reality, were a cover for the horrors? Have those dances and street festivals also been a police operation? After this, it will be hard for me to ever enjoy a parade again.

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.14.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When her husband was arrested during the so-called Black Spring of 2003, Laura Pollan's life experienced a radical change. She rose from anonymity and domestic routine to be at the center of praise from democratizing forces and insults from the official press.

25 Cuban Dissidents Launch a Hunger Strike

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

As of Wednesday afternoon a total of 21 men and four women were among those refusing to ingest food. Nine of them are in prison.

With Stunning Hypocrisy Cuban Dictators Praise Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.25.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There is no way to become a Julian Assange in Cuba and stay alive, believe me.

The Cuba Camila Vallejo Didn't Want to See

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The two islands in which I live were all mixed up in my head: the Cuba of the official celebrations with smiles and slogans, and the other one, that of dissidents forced into cars and prevented from attending a Catholic Mass.

Carlos Harrison

The Pope's Visit To Havana Draws Ire Of Cuban-American Hardliners

HuffingtonPost.com | Carlos Harrison | Posted 03.30.2012 | Latino Voices

MIAMI, Fla. -- Let the controversy begin. Pope Benedict XVI’s three-day visit to Havana, Cuba this week is already drawing scathing criticism from C...

Cuban Dissidents Freed

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 05.19.2012 | World

HAVANA — One of Cuba's leading dissidents said Monday that she was released hours after being detained ahead of a weekly protest, but her husban...

Cuban Dissidents Detained Ahead Of Papal Visit

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 05.18.2012 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities detained a prominent dissident and dozens of her colleagues early Sunday, then rounded up more activists while they ...

Laura Pollan, Lady in White, Dies in Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.18.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Among the most notable signs of the Cuban government's pettiness is its failure to respect a political adversary, even when she is dying.

Ladies In White Leader Passes Away, Opposition Group Vows To Fight On

AP | By PETER ORSI | Posted 12.16.2011 | World

HAVANA -- Cuba's Ladies in White have vowed to keep protesting against the island's communist-run government despite the death of their late founder a...

Cuban Dissidents Mourn Passing Of Ladies In White Founder

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 12.15.2011 | World

HAVANA — Cuba's tiny dissident community gathered on Saturday to mourn the loss of one of its most prominent leaders, Ladies in White founder an...

Cubans Rally Around Laura Pollan, Founder of the Ladies in White

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.09.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Those demonized by partisan publications are thus transformed into admired beings -- albeit in a whisper -- and even those fired from the government apparatus acquire a certain aura of appeal.

Crowd Blocks Cuban Dissident Group From Leaving Home

AP | By PETER ORSI | Posted 11.24.2011 | World

HAVANA -- A raucous pro-government crowd shouting insults and slogans blocked a group of Cuban dissidents from launching a protest march in Havana on ...

Cuban Secret Police Air Methods for Spying on Dissidents [VIDEOS]

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The saga of undercover agents, of moles within the ranks of opposition groups, far from alarming me, made me yawn. When they show one of those "heroes...

Orlando Zapata Tamayo: On The First Anniversary of His Death for Human Rights in Cuba [VIDEO]

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Luis Felipe Rojas My guest blogger today is Luis Felipe Rojas, from Holguin in eastern Cuba. Luis's blog, Crossing the Barbed Wire, has been shining ...

Cuban Guillermo Farinas Awarded European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Photo: Guillermo Farinas with a few of the Ladies in White, taken during his successful hunger strike to free Cuba's political prisoners. It's diff...

Just Following Orders

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

An acquaintance of my mother, who lives very near to a Lady in White, told her that they are under orders not to assault these women in light clothing with gladioli in their hands.

Sign for Freedom

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Special to Huffington Post. Never before has a document managed to collect so many signatures calling for improvements in human rights in Cuba. Wha...

The Catholic Church in Cuba, Under The Cossacks

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Exclusive to Huffington Post. The Catholic Church in Cuba seems determined to play a new social role in the face of the inevitable changes that lie ...

Effective Tools and Strategy: Kicking it up a Notch in Cuba and Beyond

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Technology is boosting connectivity, engaging and enrolling the masses to push against repression faced by the people of Cuba, but it's going to take unlimited, uncensored access for technology to truly affect change.

The Past That Awaits Us; What Will They Tell Their Children?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Today's guest post is from Reinaldo Escobar's blog: Desde Aqui/From Here. Image source: marporcuba.org The Past That Awaits Us By Reinaldo Escobar ...

Leaked Photos Prevent Cuban Cover-Up

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The deaths of at least 26 psychiatric patients, from hunger and cold, at Havana's Mazorra psychiatric hospital, the death of the hunger striker Orland...

"Ladies in White" Attacked by Government Sanctioned Mob

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Ladies in White, wives and mothers of Cuba's political prisoners, were attacked by a mob in Havana yesterday, as they peacefully marched to mark the 7th anniversary of the "Black Spring."

Cuban Regime Is the True Prisoner of Its Own Terror

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Black Spring 75, civic fighter Orlando Zapata, political prisoners and those who are disobedient are free. The Cuban regime is today the real prisoner, locked up in the very repression it generates.

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.