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Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez Tour Update

Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sanchez continues her tour around the world. Here is an update on her travels:

Via The Miami Herald:

Poised yet savage, blogger Yoani Sanchez takes on Cuba’s sclerotic Castro regime

  Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez is mobbed by journalists at the Inter American Press Association conference Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Puebla, Mexico. Sanchez, who is probably Cuba's best known dissident, spoke to the group, whose membership is made up of newspaper publishers and editors from the Western Hemisphere. PUEBLA, Mexico -- The shouts could be heard easily inside the hotel where Yoani Sanchez was appearing over the weekend. “Down with Yoani!” they resonated from a small clique of pro-Castro protesters who’d gathered outside.

Inside, Sanchez took the calls in stride.

“I’m not afraid of these insults,” she said. She expects to get worse treatment – a virtual “public stoning,” as she called it – when she returns to Cuba – her “cage” – at the end of a whirlwind global tour that began Feb. 17 and is expected to last nearly three months, including a stop next week in Washington.

Watching her address reporters, editors and publishers over two days at a conference in this Mexican city, it is easy to see how Sanchez has become a thorn in the side of Cuba’s creaky regime.

Looking like a throwback to the 1960s, with her loose blouses and her flowing black hair, Sanchez, 37, comes across as poised and unflappable. Yet her language is savage. Her tour – the first time she’d been allowed to leave the island since she became an internationally known blogger and dissident – has been like stepping into a time machine that carried her from an island locked in the past, she said.

“We Cubans don’t deserve what we are living through,” she said. “I think Cubans deserve to be citizens of the 21st century, in all senses, to test the challenges of modernity.”

Sanchez’s soft demeanor is in contrast to her implacable criticism of autocratic rule. For her, the Castro brothers – Fidel and Raul – who have governed Cuba since 1959, are walking dead and their island is on an inevitable countdown.

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Via CBS 4 - Miami:

Tickets Available For Yoani Sanchez Appearance In Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – When Cuban dissident blogger makes her way to South Florida next month, she’s scheduled to speak at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower.

Free tickets for the April 1st event are available through the end of the week on a first come-first serve basis. There is a limit of two tickets per person. The presentation will be in Spanish.

The tickets are available the Miami Dade Colleges’ Wolfson, Kendall, InterAmerican and Hialeah campuses.

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Via The Herald's Naked Politics Blog:

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez to visit Congress

Yoani Sánchez, the dissident Cuban blogger who since last month has been on an international tour after being granted a passport, will meet with U.S. senators and representatives on March 19, Sen. Bill Nelson's office announced Monday.

Nelson, of Florida, and Miami Rep. Joe Garcia, both Democrats, invited Sánchez to visit. She plans to spend a couple of days in Washington D.C., and she is scheduled to stop in Miami in April.

"I look forward to this meeting and her unique view of the realities of life in Cuba," Nelson said in a statement.

Continue reading HERE.

22 comments to Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez Tour Update

  • asombra

    Ah, so Goldilocks is also in on the invitation. What a surprise.

  • asombra

    If she were anti-embargo, would the same people have invited her? Do the math.

  • CountNomis

    Some of the people screaming for her head were probably contributors from this blog.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Count,

    You're making absurd accusations without a shred of evidence. For beginners, I don't think Babalu has a regular contributor in its roster that resides in Mexico. Plus I'm certain that no Babalu contributor wasted its precious time traveling to Puebla, Mexico to attack Yoani.

  • CountNomis

    Freedom, you missed the point. Several people who regularly write here in one form or another have called for her head as being a plant, or an agent, for the dictatorship simply because she has written or said something with which they disagree. At times, it has seemed like a bunch of hysterical cannibals wanting to rip her up. If you think that I am exaggerating look up some of the previous entries and contributions on Yoani. You know what I am saying is true. Just look it up. Everywhere she has gone on this tour she has been harassed by the dictatorship's scumbag admirers and that's not counting the verbal and physical assaults that she and her husband have endured.

  • CountNomis,

    I searched Babalu and did not find one post where any of the writers and contributors here have called for Yoani's head or called her a plant or an agent of the regime. Unless you consider calling into question some of her views and expressing our own views as "cannibals wanting to rip her up," I did not find one post on our site that fits the description you have just given.

    Please do me a favor and provide a link to a post that fits your description.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Count,

    I guarantee you that no one that contributes to Babalu has gone to Puebla, Mexico to demonstrate against Yoani.

    We have called into question some of her views for obvious reasons. We disagree with some of her views like her support for Obama, the lifting of the embargo, criticizing Guantanamo terrorist prisons while staying largely silent about the horrors of the Castro gulags and her "ironic" comments about the "Cuban Five" that she should have not made in the first place.

    We'll continue to call out into question whenever Yoani makes a controversial statement because at the end of the day Yoani Sanchez is the Cuban dissident that is getting the most exposure by the MSM, touted as "the leader of the Cuban dissidence" while other opposition members in Cuba that are far more anti-Castro, courageous and outspoken than her are at the receiving end of far more human rights abuses that Yoani is and yet in many cases these individuals ply are not been mentioned by the MSM.

    The fact that the death of Zapata Tamayo and Laura Pollan have gotten far less exposure from the MSM than Yoani Sanchez it backs up my point.

  • asombra

    Uh, senator, if her views are "unique," how can she possibly be representative? Sheesh.

  • asombra

    That hair is driving me to distraction, and not in a good way. Don't hate me because I'm visual.

  • asombra

    "Implacable"? I don't think that word means what the writer thinks it means. If he wants implacable, he should look up Juan Abreu, for one.

  • asombra

    George, you're so primitive. I would have said it much more ironically.

  • Honey

    There is a possibility that I may have suggested that she is allowed out and says some things we don't agree with because it suits Castro just fine.

  • asombra

    Uh, George, I'm pretty sure you're not what Porter had in mind.

    • The song is sung from the perspective of a gal who's tired of prissy men and wants a primitive man. Whether Cole Porter -- one of the greatest composer/songwriters this country has produced -- wanted one too, well, that's another matter...

  • asombra

    Oh, stop it, you big brute.

  • asombra

    No, George. When Gloria Estefan does Porter, that'll be definitive.

  • asombra

    George, you're so elitist. She's also considering a German lieder album. It'll be a smash.