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Yoani Sanchez, a University of Havana graduate in philology, emigrated to Switzerland in 2002, to build a new life for herself and her family. Two years later, she decided to return Cuba, promising herself to live there as a free person. Her blog Generation Y is an expression of this promise. Yoani calls her blog ‘an exercise in cowardice’ that allows her to say what is forbidden in the public square. It reaches readers around the world in over twenty languages. Yoani's new book in English, Havana Real, is available here in paperback and Kindle editions.

In November 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama, wrote that her blog "provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba" and applauded her efforts to "empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology." Time magazine listed her as one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2008, stating that "under the nose of a regime that has never tolerated dissent, Sánchez has practiced what paper-bound journalists in her country cannot; freedom of speech."

She has received much international recognition for her work, including: the Ortega y Gasset Prize, Spain’s highest award for digital journalism; the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University; the World Press Freedom Hero Award from the International Press Institute; and the Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands. Foreign Policy magazine named her one of the 10 Most Influential Latin American Intellectuals in 2008, and one of The World's Top Dissidents in 2010.

Yoani lives with her husband, independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, and their teenage son Teo, in a high rise apartment in Havana, overlooking Revolution Square. There they host the “Blogger Academy” to help grow the Cuban blogosphere; some of the results of this work are available in English at Translating Cuba. She blogs about daily life in the Castros' Cuba at Generation Y.

Entries by Yoani Sanchez

Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 7:27 PM

Lech Walesa during the conversation with Cuban activists, with his translator Tomasz Wodzyński
Lech Walesa during the conversation with Cuban activists, with his translator Tomasz Wodzynski

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Warsaw, 21 October 2014 -- Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa had...

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Leopoldo Lopez's Wife, Lilian Tintori, Speaks About Repression in Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Venezuelan Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez, in Prague

Venezuelan Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez, in Prague

We met a year ago in beautiful Prague at Forum 2000, with human rights activists from all over the world. Unlike that...

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14ymedio, Our Independent Newspaper, Is Here To Stay; State Security Better Get Used to It

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 11:40 PM

Journalist Juan Carlos Fernandez and economist Karina Galvez Chiú. (Source: Facebook)
Journalist Juan Carlos Fernandez and economist Karina Galvez Chiú. (Source: Facebook)

Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 7 October 2014 - Monday afternoon was like any other for Juan Carlos Fernandez. The water...

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Tiananmen Returns

(8) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:29 PM

The Tank Man became internationally known, caught standing before a column of tanks in the Tiananmen revolt (1989)
The Tank Man became internationally known, caught standing before a column of tanks in the Tiananmen revolt (1989)

Memory can rarely be...

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Are Cuban Lives Better Because We Can Pay for Things With Both Currencies?

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:18 PM

A store that accepts payment in both currencies. (14ymedio)

A store that accepts payment in both currencies (14ymedio)

14YMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 19 September 2014 - At an artisan fair near the Malecon, a seller offers unusual wallets. "Designed for...

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The Cubans of 9/11

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Marco Motroni
Marco Motroni

Born in Havana in 1945, Marco Motroni emigrated with his family at age 11. In 1963 he graduated from George Washington High School in Manhattan. He started playing in la Típica Novel, one of the most successful...

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Have You Tried Cyanide... General?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:18 AM

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 1 September 2014 -- Today is Zero Day, the fateful date, the day the General Customs of the Republic enacts its new restrictions for non-commercial imports. The measure called to mind an old joke that circulated in the nineties and is still heard today. In this humorous story, a...

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Who Is Filling Cuba's University Classrooms?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:04 PM

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New students at the University of Havana (14ymedio)

Born during the Special Period, they have grown up trapped in the dual currency system, and when they get their degrees Raul Castro will no longer be in power. They...

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After 40 Years of Working, Keeping Body and Soul Together Selling Plastic Bags

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:44 PM

Selling 'jabitas' (plastic bags) in front of an agricultural market in Havana. (Luz Escobar)
Selling 'jabitas' (plastic bags) in front of an agricultural market in Havana. (Luz Escobar)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 August 2014 - "I need some dark...

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Cuba's Official Press: Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 9:13 AM

News kiosk (Luz Escobar)
News kiosk (Luz Escobar)

14YMEDIO, Havana, Yoani Sanchez, 22 August 2014 - The phone rings and it's a friend who works for a government publication. She's content because she's published an article that attacks bureaucracy and...

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A Caricature of a Cuban Woman

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 3:24 AM

Woman drinking (14ymedio)
Woman drinking (14ymedio)

14yMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 August 2014 -- A woman on national television said that her husband "helps" her with some household chores. To many, the phrase may sound like the highest aspiration of every woman. Another...

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Google Chrome Becomes 'Legal' in Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:25 PM

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Yesterday, the giant Google authorized the download of their well-known browser Chrome by Cuban internauts. The announcement came just two months after several of the American company's executives visited Havana and saw for themselves the problems...

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Dengue Fever and Tall Stories for Children

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:31 PM

Leaks like this foster the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries dengue fever. (14ymedio)
Leaks like this foster the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries dengue fever. (14ymedio)

Explaining death to a child is always a difficult...

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Gold Fever Hits Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Panning for gold (14ymedio)
Panning for gold

14YMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 13 August 2014 - Evening falls and the sound of the sieves in the rolling hills trails off. The three men collect their belongings. They've finished the first day...

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'Calling Us Communists Makes Us Look Bad'

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:37 PM

or objectivity.'"]" width="584" height="329" /> Big Brother stands as judge of journalistic "objectivity." [The text says that CPI can temporarily...

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My Mother and the Onions

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:17 PM

Onion seller (14ymedio)
Onion seller (14ymedio)

14YMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, 6 August 2014 - Who do I think about when I write? How does the reader imagine my texts come to me? Who do I want to shake up, move, reach......

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 4:07 PM

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Photo: Karl Poort, 5 August 1994

We had run around together in our Cayo Hueso neighborhood. His family put up several cardboard boxes in vacant lot near Zanja Street, similar to those they'd had in Palmarito del Cauto. His last name was Maceo and...

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

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Iliana Hernandez
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 escaping Cuban on a fragile craft, but rather crossing the Sahara desert.

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No Protests on the Streets of Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Protestors in the streets of Vienna (Luz Escobar)
Protestors in the streets of Vienna (Luz Escobar)

A friend sent me photos of a demonstration in the streets of Vienna in support of the Palestinians. I also received--from all over the...

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Cuba's Football Hangover

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:45 PM

The World Cup on Cuban TV (14ymedio)
The World Cup 2014 on Cuban TV (14ymedio)

Gone is the last game, the German goal, Götze's hands raising the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Gone are the get togethers with friends, wrapped in...

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