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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

Cuba: The Day Peace Broke Out

(23) 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

(1) 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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"No, We Have No Illusions That It Will Be Easy"

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Tom Malinowski (Photo Flickr)
Tom Malinowski (Photo Flickr)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana 20 December 2014 -- Since December 17, Cuba has not been the same. Discussions, questions and expectations have multiplied among us since the announcement from Barack Obama and...

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Goliath Opens His Wallet: A New Era for Cuba and the United States

(3) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Havana, Cuba. Credit Desmond Boylan/Associated Press (Taken from the New York Times)
Havana, Cuba. Credit Desmond Boylan/Associated Press (Taken from the New York Times)

[From the New York Times] HAVANA -- In one of my earliest memories, I am...

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Has D-Day Arrived for Cuba?

(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 10:36 AM

Telephone conversation between Barack Obama and Raul Castro. (White House)
Telephone conversation between Barack Obama and Raul Castro. (White House)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 17 December 2014 -- Today has been one of those days we imagine a thousand ways, but...

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Alan Gross, the Hook That Ended Up Being Swallowed

(1) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Demonstrations demanding the release of Alan Gross
Demonstrations demanding the release of Alan Gross

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 17 December 2014 - With the pessimism that has now become chronic in our society, many Cubans thought that Alan Gross...

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Cardinal Bertono Returns to Cuba

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Tarcisio Bertone with Felipe Perez Roque in Havana in 2008. (Reuters)
Tarcisio Bertone with Felipe Perez Roque in Havana in 2008. (Reuters)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 December 2014 -- Six years ago Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone came through the front...

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

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Arrests in Havana on Human Rights Day (14ymedio)
Arrests in Havana on Human Rights Day (14ymedio)

Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 10 December 2014 -- The carnival was planned for days, months. The background music would slogans and false joy. The venue,...

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Cuban Author Wendy Guerra: 'I'm a Demon Who Writes What She Feels'

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Wendy Guerra at a conference at the Casa de America, Madrid

Wendy Guerra at a conference at the Casa de America, Madrid

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 December 2014 -- Wendy Guerra is a rare bird in a country where...

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Cuba's 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two Hours With the New York Times' Ernesto Londoño

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 3:19 AM

Ernesto Londoño
Ernesto Londoño

14ymedio, 1 December 2014 -- Ernesto Londoño, who authored six editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in the...

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