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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

Cardinal Bertono Returns to Cuba

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:22 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 | 5:24 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 | 9:58 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 | 4:19 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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Battered Women in Cuba: Where Can They Go?

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 6:02 PM

UNHCR workshop on prevention and response to gender-based violence with women from Cuba, Haiti and Peru. (UNHCR Americas) UNHCR workshop on prevention and response to gender-based violence with women from Cuba, Haiti and Peru. (UNHCR Americas)

"Do you know what it feels...

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The Ferguson Case and Its Possible Implications for Cuba

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Ferguson protests. (Andrew Benedict, Twitter) Ferguson protests. (Andrew Benedict, Twitter)

The events in Ferguson, arising from the death of the young man Michael Brown and the decision not to charge the police officer who killed him, have caused millions of people in...

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Mexico Is Running Out of Tears

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Mobilization in Mexico City for 43 missing. (Twitter Juan Manuel Karg)
Mobilization in Mexico City for 43 missing. (Twitter Juan Manuel Karg)

YOANI SÁNCHEZ, Havana, 24 November 2014 -- When I visited Mexico for the first time I was impressed by its...

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Havana, How You Hurt Me!

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:34 AM

Collapsed building in Havana (Photo: Sylvia Corbelle)
Collapsed building in Havana (Photo: Sylvia Corbelle)

To be a Havanan is not having been born in a territory, it's carrying that territory on your back and not being able to put it...

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Cuba's Wall Has Not Fallen ... But It Is Not Eternal

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:49 AM

The fall of the Berlin Wall or the birth of a new era (Archive Photo)
The fall of the Berlin Wall or the birth of a new era (Archive Photo)

My life up to then had always been lived between walls....

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Oscar Haza: 'We Journalists Are the Witnesses to History'

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 3:25 AM

Oscar Haza during the interview in the studios of 'Mega TV'. (14ymedio)
Oscar Haza during the interview in the studios of 'Mega TV'. (14ymedio)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 7 November 2014 -- Of all the faces that circulate on the illegal...

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Cuban Government and USAID, a Fraught Relationship

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:55 PM

Cuban medics in a USAID hospital in Monrovia, Liberia
Cuban medics in a USAID hospital in Monrovia, Liberia

Just a few months ago we experienced an avalanche of official propaganda targeted to attacks on the United States Agency...

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Cuba's Roofs, Small Spaces of Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 10:48 PM

Screen grab from Madagascar (1994), a film directed by Fernando Pérez
Screen grab from Madagascar (1994), a film directed by Fernando Pérez

14ymedio, YOANI SANCHEZ, Havana, 28 October 2014 - Some cities have a subterranean life. Metros, tunnels, basements......

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Pedro Pablo Oliva Defies Cuban Censorship to Open His Own Exhibition on the Island

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 9:54 PM

Excerpt from 'The strange ramblings of Utopito' from the Pedro Pablo Oliva exhibition, Utopias and Dissidences (14ymedio)

Excerpt from 'The Strange Ramblings of Utopito' from the Pedro Pablo Oliva exhibition, Utopias and Dissidences (14ymedio)

YOANI SÁNCHEZ, 27 October 2014 - Some...

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Burmese, Like Cubans, Are Fighting for Real Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 9:37 AM

The Burmese activists Nay Phone Latt (left) and Soe Aung (right). (14ymedio)
The Burmese activists Nay Phone Latt (left) and Soe Aung (right). (14ymedio)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Prague, 15 October 2014 -- A few years ago, when I was overcome...

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Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:27 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 | 4:25 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 8, 2014 | 12:40 AM

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 | 3:29 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 | 4:18 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 | 3:48 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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