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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

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

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

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 10:41 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 | 3:55 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 | 1:28 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 | 5:00 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 | 2:08 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 | 10:53 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 | 1:00 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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The Marriage Between Venezuela and 'Chavismo' Failed

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 7 December 2015 -- This time neither deception nor fear worked. Like a woman long threatened by an abusive husband, Venezuela has slammed the door on Chavismo and done so with determination. From now on, governing will be an ordeal for Nicolas Maduro. With a...

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IMO, Person of the Year in Cuba

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2015 | 2:14 PM

A Cuban migrant navigating the internet on her cellphone from a shelter in Nazareht, Costa Rica (photo 14ymedio) A Cuban migrant navigating the internet on her cellphone from a shelter in Nazareht, Costa Rica (photo 14ymedio)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28...

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From Information to Action: Yoani Sanchez Acceptance Speech for Knight International Journalism Award

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 2:57 PM

My grandmother only knew how to write the first letter of her name. She would sign documents with an almost childish looking capitalized "A." In spite of being illiterate, Ana always advised me to study and learn as much as possible. Nevertheless, that laundress who never went to school taught...

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Luxury Travel of Fidel Castro's Son Called Out By Cuban Communist Party

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 10:27 PM

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 brandished about by officials with fat necks and ruddy faces, who for decades haven't known what a refrigerator with more frost than food looks like....

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Camilo Cienfuegos: Lost or Assassinated, No Longer Missed

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 2:49 PM

Camilo Cienfuegos. (CC)
Camilo Cienfuegos.

The wall of the Malecon tastes of salt and is rough to the touch. Standing on it, my school uniform splashed by the waves, every October of my childhood I threw a bouquet of flowers...

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The Faces Of The Cuban Dream

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 6:41 PM

The musical On Your feet! based on the lives of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. (Matthew Murphy)
The musical On Your feet! based on the lives of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. (Photo credit: Matthew Murphy)

"What is the Cuban dream?" he...

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Cuba: In The Country of Solidarity, There Are No Foreigners

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 6:28 PM

Graffiti painted on a wall and later erased in Havana. (14ymedio)
Graffiti painted on a wall (left) and later erased (right) in Havana. (14ymedio)

Pepes, Yumas and tourists are some of the names we give to those who visit our country. For...

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Cuba and Mick Jagger's Kiss

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 3:40 PM

We never got to hear Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston on our national stages. Freddie Mercury died without touching down in Havana, and when The Beatles broke up, we were a country where English music was considered ideological diversionism. We followed the career of Elvis Presley from a distance and the...

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Are We Cubans More Unruly Than Other Peoples?

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 4:33 PM

Telephone with the handset ripped off
Telephone with the handset ripped off

"Nobody takes care of anything," raged the lady in line at the cash register of a state butcher shop. She was referring to those who leave the refrigerators...

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Raul Castro, The Altar Boy

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:58 PM

Pope Francis greets Raul Castro on his arrival in Cuba. (EFE)
Pope Francis greets Raul Castro on his arrival in Cuba. (EFE)

The Cuban leader, Raul Castro, has accompanied Pope Francis at all his Masses during his tour of the...

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Generation Y Behind Bars

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 2:21 AM

Men handcuffed(Luz Escobar/14ymedio)
Men handcuffed(Luz Escobar/14ymedio)

With the publication of the Official Gazette No. 31, there have been many published opinions about the pardons granted to 3,522 prisoners in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis. Most of the criticism has focused on...

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Leopoldo Lopez, the Freest Prisoner In the World

(3) Comments | Posted September 12, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Leopoldo Lopez waves from a window of the Ramo Verde military prison in Caracas. (EFE)
Leopoldo Lopez waves from a window of the Ramo Verde military prison in Caracas. (EFE)

Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 11 September 2015 -- I met him...

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