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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

The Risks of Journalism In Cuba

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2015 -- If you has asked me a year ago what would be the three greatest challenges of the digital newspaper 14ymedio, I would have said repression, lack of connection to the Internet and media professionals being afraid to work on our team....

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A New Organization to Control and Spy On Cuba's Computer Users

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:12 PM

User on Revolico, the Cuban "Craigslist" (Silvia Corbelle, 14ymedio) User on Revolico, the Cuban "Craigslist" (Silvia Corbelle, 14ymedio)

Nimble fingers over the keyboard, a life divided between reality and the digital world, plus the gratification of amusing yourself, learning, teaching and being...

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From 'White Udder' to the 7-Legged Bull

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 6:39 PM

Illustration of a cow. (14ymedio)
Illustration of a cow. (14ymedio)

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 5 May 2015 -- For a long time the extraordinary, the unusual, was our hope. On this Island which must have been Atlantis, the reincarnation of...

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Hollande Lauds and Encourages the Castro Regime on His Visit to Cuba

(6) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:47 PM

François Hollande and Raul Castro, at their meeting at the Palace of the Revolution. (EFE)
François Hollande and Raul Castro, at their meeting at the Palace of the Revolution. (EFE)

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 May 2015 -- The official...

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Will Ferries Again Run From Florida to Cuba?

(17) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 9:21 PM

Key West-Havana Ferry, takein in 1951 (Miami History Archives and Research Center)
Key West-Havana Ferry, taken in 1951 (Miami History Archives and Research Center)

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 7 May 2015 - Toward the other side of the sea, that...

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A Flooded May Day in Havana

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 7:42 PM

The sewers can barely deal with the mud from the storm (14ymedio)
The sewers can barely deal with the mud from the storm (14ymedio)

Yoani Sanchez, 1 May 2015 -- The El Cerro neighborhood is mud and tears right now....

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In Cuba the Regime Decides Who Can, and Can't, Go Home Again

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 2:21 PM

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Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 1 April 2015 -- Imagine that, after a flight of more than nine hours, you arrive at your destination but they don't let you get off the plane. Your legs are numb from...

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What Remains After the Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 30 March 2015 -- There are clothes scattered across the mountains; open suitcases; children's dolls that will never be played with again; things that belonged to people who, until recently, were alive, and of whom barely a memory is left; a trail of goods that will...

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Cuba: The Day Peace Broke Out

(26) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 2:16 AM

"Peace broke out!" the old teacher was heard to say, on the day that Barack Obama and Raul Castro reported the reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States. The phrase captured the symbolism of a moment that had all the connotations of an armistice reached after a long...

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Cuba: Stuck In A Robinson Crusoe-Like Singularity?

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 6:29 PM

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 23 March 2015 -- A young Panamanian told me in detail about the two weeks he spent in Havana, the new family that welcomed him here, and his surprise at a coastal city with almost no boats. His story resembled those of many who arrive on...

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After 50-Plus Years, Finally It Won't Cost $1 a Minute to Make a Call From Miami to Havana

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 7:26 PM

Public telephones in Cuba (Silvia Corbelle)
Public telephones in Cuba (Silvia Corbelle)

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 13 March 2015 -- She dialed the number and waited. Nothing, not a ring, not even a busy signal. She tried again and then got a...

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Cubans Demand a Direct and Secret Ballot to Elect Their President

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Ballot for Election of the Municipal Assemblies of People's Power (Photo: Yoani Sánchez)
Ballot for Election of the Municipal Assemblies of People's Power (Photo: Yoani Sánchez)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Panama, 7 March 2015 -- A few years ago, I asked a...

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Maduro Does Not Know How to Govern

(6) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 20 February 2015 -- I never thought I'd get to say this, but Venezuela is worse than Cuba. It is true that the South American country has not surpassed in number nor in...

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Exiled Cuban Author, Abilio Estevez: "It Does Not Matter to Return or Not Return"

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 7:14 AM

Abilio Estevez
Abilio Estevez

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana-Barcelona, 17 February 2015 -- During this year's International Book Fair in Havana, Abilio Estevez's novel, Los palacios distantes (Distant Palaces), was presented. Living in Barcelona for the last...

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In the "Country Without Internet" the Bytes Find Their Voice

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:12 PM

ADSL cables
ADSL cables

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 8 February 2015 -- "Do not talk about politics or religion," says the number one rule of the most extensive illegal data network in Havana. Those who join the network of routers...

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Tania Bruguera: 'In Cuba We Have Learned Our Duties Very Well but Not Our Rights'

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:15 AM

Tania Bruguera (14ymedio)
Tania Bruguera (14ymedio)

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14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 February 2015 - This coming February 22 Tania Bruguera should be in Madrid to present one of her...

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O que vamos fazer com as esperanças enormes dos cubanos?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 2:37 PM

"Qualquer frustração é filha de um excesso de expectativas".

An "Esperanza" (Hope) grasshopper. (Silvia Corbelle)
Um gafanhoto da espécie "Esperanza" (esperança). (Silvia Corbelle)

Assim compartilhei meus temores com parlamentares norte-americanos que visitaram Cuba em janeiro. A frase visava destacar...

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What Will We Do With Cubans' Overflowing Hopes?

(42) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 7:24 AM

An "Esperanza" (Hope) grasshopper. (Silvia Corbelle)
An "Esperanza" (Hope) grasshopper. (Silvia Corbelle)

"Any frustration is the daughter of excessive expectations," I shared my concern with the U.S. members of Congress who visited Cuba in January. The phrase was designed to stress...

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'It's Up to Cubans to Decide Their Future,' Says US Negotiator

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Roberta Jacobson at 14ymedio's offices
Roberta Jacobson at 14ymedio's offices

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 24 January 2015 -- In October of 2013 I had a conversation with Roberta Jacobson, via a Google hangout (videodebate), on democracy, technology and the role of women in...

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Cuban Political Police Crush Free Speech, Days After US Diplomatic Opening

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Images from the first Havana edition of "Tatlin's Whisper"
Images from the first Havana edition of "Tatlin's Whisper"

Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 31 December 2014 - Those of us who participated in that first edition of Tatlin's Whisper in...

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