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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

Latin America in the mirror of 'Brexit' / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:07 PM

A demonstration against the costs of the Mercosur Summit in 2014. (Digital Analysis)
A demonstration against the costs of the Mercosur Summit in 2014. (Digital Analysis)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22...

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We Were All At Pulse

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 1:02 AM

Christopher Sanfeliz and Alejandro Barrios, show to death by Omar Mateen at the gay nightclub Pulse. (Facebook)
Christopher Sanfeliz and Alejandro Barrios, shot to death by Omar Mateen at the gay nightclub Pulse. (Facebook)

The news mourned on Sunday, a week...

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Cuba's Shameful Friends / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 4:47 PM

Alexandr Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994. (CC)
Alexandr Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994. (CC)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 May 2016 - People with whom we share sorrows and joys are...

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Nicolas Maduro and the Country That Is Disintegrating in His Hands

(24) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 11:29 AM

A woman protests against members of the Bolivarian National Guard in the march on Wednesday in Caracas. (EFE / Miguel Gutierrez)
A woman protests against members of the Bolivarian National Guard in the march on Wednesday in Caracas. "We are starving to...

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Cuba: The Collapse

(7) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 3:46 PM

Raul Castro, in the presence of Barack Obama, chides a journalist who asks about political prisoners on the island. (EFE)
Raul Castro, in the presence of Barack Obama, chides a journalist who asks about political prisoners on the island. (EFE)

14ymedio, Generation...

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Chef Jose Andres Cooks for 14ymedio Newsroom

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 1:58 PM

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The chef José Andrés cooking in the kitchen of the 14ymedio newsroom. (14ymedio)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 April 2016 -- José Andrés arrived in Havana at the best and worst moment of the year. One of the most famous...

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The Voiceo Your Rights: New TV Series on Human Rights in Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 1:17 PM

Yoani Sánchez inaugurates a series of interviews on the channel Deutsche Welle Latin America: The Voice of Your Rights. (Video capture)
Yoani Sánchez inaugurates a series of interviews on the channel Deutsche Welle Latin America: The Voice of...

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Obama Is Surrounded By Symbols to Win the Hearts of Cubans

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 5:26 PM

Havana is preparing to welcome US president Barack Obama. (14ymedio)
Havana is preparing to welcome US president Barack Obama. (14ymedio)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, Havana, 20 March 2016 - He arrives on the Island on Palm Sunday, will attend a baseball...

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Women, Always Postponed

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 6:27 PM

We are measured by the most demanding scales and they ask from us the greatest patience. (Photo: Silvia Corbelle)
We are measured by the most demanding scales and they ask from us the greatest patience. (Photo: Silvia Corbelle)

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Cuban Artist Geandy Pavon Finds Another Cuba Outside Cuba

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 12:03 PM

The exhibition is full of intimate moments, indoors, in the heat of the home where the Cuban identity is expressed in a gesture, an attitude or simply the nostalgic feel in a gaze.
The exhibition is full of...

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Apple vs. the FBI, a Dispute as Seen From the Cuban Prism

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 12:07 AM

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Washington, 5 March 2016 -- When they returned his mobile phone all his contacts had been erased and the card with the photos was gone. Stories like this are repeated among activists who have been detained, over whom an iron vigilance is maintained with the complicity...

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Surviving Persecution in Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 3:42 PM

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 22 February 2016 -- He was an acknowledged homosexual and she a convinced Jehovah's Witness. One lived in the same tenement where I was born and the other in the dreaded "218," where violence and sewage competed for a starring role. Cusio and Libna should...

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Hollande And Castro: Plenty of Wine But No Democracy / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 2:43 PM

François Hollande and Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, during the visit of French President to Cuba in May 2015. (EFE)
François Hollande and Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, during the...

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The Death of Cuba's Railroads

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 9:41 PM

Railroad in Cuba. (EFE)
Railroad in Cuba. (EFE)

14 y medio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 29 January 2016 - My father is a train engineer. It has been decades since he drove a train, long years in which he hasn't...

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Sean Penn: Spokesman For Drug Lords And Generals

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 2:55 PM

Sean Penn and Raul Castro during the interview held in 2008, brokered by Hugo Chavez
Sean Penn and Raul Castro during the interview held in 2008, brokered by Hugo Chavez.

They say they talked for seven hours, sharing cups of...

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The One-sided Paralysis of the Cuban Press

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 12:28 PM

Television remains under a strict monopoly of the Communist Party to sustain a biased editorial line that does not represent the national complexity.

Television remains under a strict monopoly of the Communist Party to sustain a biased editorial line...

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The Deadly Kiss of Price Controls on Cuban Consumers

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 4:00 PM

The official press blames private producers for the high prices of many foods. (14ymedio)

The official press blames private producers for the high prices of many foods. Credit to 14ymedio



I was 10 years old when...

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The Price of Beans: Proof of Raul Castro's Failure

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Beans are an effective indicator to calculate the cost of living in Cuba. (DC)
Beans are an effective indicator to calculate the cost of living in Cuba. (DC)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 31 December 2015 - Tiny and tasty,...

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O casamento da Venezuela com o 'chavismo' fracassou

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Dessa vez, o medo e a enganação não funcionaram. Como uma mulher há muito ameaçada por um marido abusivo, a Venezuela bateu a porta na cara do chavismo, e com determinação. De agora em diante, governar será uma provação para Nicolas Maduro.

Com um partido em absoluta desvantagem no...

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The Lilliput Rebellion

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Gulliver being tied by the Lilliputians (CC)
Gulliver being tied up by the Lilliputians (CC)

Calling for austerity while living in opulence has been common practice for Cuban leaders for more than half a century. Demands to "tighten one's belt" are...

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