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YAF (Young Amerca’s Foundation) Educating about the real Cuba (sin botellita) i.e. genuinely shaking up the educational “establishment.”

"Great! Of course we'll host her!" All of the above events were partly on the dime of the U.S. taxpayer. And blessed by college authorities (i.e. "the establishment"...i.e. Dean Wormer) These are NOT on the U.S. taxpayers dime. Indeed they greatly annoy college faculties/adminstrations (which was traditionally among a healthy college student's favorite pastimes.) Furthermore, […]

Reports from Cuba: Of freebies and schools

By Yoani Sanchez: Of Freebies and Schools The school bell rings and the children enter the classroom followed by their parents. The first day of classes triggers joy, although a few tears are shed by some who miss their homes. That’s what happened to Carla, who just started kindergarten at a school in Cerro. The little […]


An internationally recognized Cuban blogger known for her promotion of online freedom of expression is Georgetown University's new Yahoo! Fellow in International Values, Communications, Technology and the Global Internet. See

Reports from Cuba: Have you tried cyanide… General?

By Yoani Sanchez in Translating Cuba: Have You Tried Cyanide… General? Today is Zero Day, the fateful date, the day the General Customs of the Republic enacts its new restrictions for non-commercial imports. The measure called to mind an old joke that circulated in the nineties and is still heard today. In this humorous story, a foreign journalist […]

Reports from Cuba: Who is filling the university classrooms?

By Yoani Sanchez: Who is Filling the University Classrooms? Born during the Special Period, they have grown up trapped in the dual currency system, and when they get their degrees Raul Castro will no longer be in power. They are the more than one hundred thousand young people just starting college throughout the country. Their brief […]

AP in Cuba: When misreporting news becomes the news

By John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter: AP in Cuba: When misreporting news becomes the news Caution foreign news agencies! Your representatives in these lands are always in danger of becoming hostages, first, and then collaborators of the rulers. - Yoani Sánchez, Generation Y, August 12, 2014 Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas,on September 20, […]

Reports from Cuba: Reporting is the least of it

By Yoani Sanchez: Reporting is the Least of It   A few years ago I met a foreign correspondent based in Cuba who related an absurd and revealing anecdote. The International Press Center (CPI) had called him in to warn him about the content of an article. Receiving the summons didn’t surprise him, because warning calls […]

Reports from Cuba: The Maleconazo in a can of condensed milk

By Yoani Sanchez in Translating Cuba: The Maleconazo in a Can of Condensed Milk We had run around together in our Cayo Hueso neighborhood. His family put up several cardboard boxes in vacant lot near Zanja Street, similar to those they’d had in Palmarito del Cauto. His last name was Maceo and something in his face recalled […]

Reports from Cuba: Days to turn off the TV

By Yoani Sanchez: Days to Turn Off the TV There are days when it’s better not to turn on the TV. Right now, just pushing a button can dump us in an avalanche of official propaganda for the birthdays of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. From July 28 to August 13, the boring national programming will […]

Whereabouts of imprisoned Cuban independent journalist Angel Santiesteban still unknown

It has been almost a week and no one except officials of Cuba's dictatorial regime know where imprisoned independent journalist and writer Angel Santiesteban is now being held or if he is even alive. Back in April of this year, Santiesteban was named one of the top 100 Information Heroes by Reporters Without Borders. Repeated […]

Cuba: Dissident graffiti artist ‘El Sexto’ facing trial in Castro court

Via 14yMedio in Translating Cuba: El Sexto Facing Trial 14ymedio, Havana, 9 July 2014 – The graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), has been in custody for five days charged with “violation of domicile and injury” and will be prosecuted, according to several friends and Cuban activists. Interviewed by the newspaper […]

Reports from Cuba: ‘El Sexto’ or the King of Spray

By Yoani Sanchez in 14yMedio via Translating Cuba: “El Sexto” or the King of Spray We spoke with El Sexto, the young man who has made graffiti one more method of denunciation. Yoani Sánchez, Havana | June 26, 2014 – Winking at art, a non-authorized decoration on the walls, graffiti maintains its irreverent and clandestine […]

What Google’s Eric Schmidt should have known about Cuba but chose not to know

Via Capitol Hill Cubans: Google's Eric Schmidt Pulls a Pyongyang in Havana Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's goal "to promote the virtues of a free and open Internet" in closed societies is commendable. However, the means can be questionable. Last year, Schmidt visited Pyongyang, North Korea, where he visited with Kim regime officials and did […]

Eric Schmidt’s Potemkin Village Tour: North Korea, Burma, and Cuba

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter: Eric Schmidt's Potemkin Village Tour: North Korea, Burma and Cuba "You can make money without doing evil." - ( #6 of Ten things we know to be true by Google) Executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt's world tour of Potemkin Villages in order to preach the […]

An open letter to Eric Schmidt, instant Cubanologist

Dear Mr. Schmidt: As the head honcho at Google you lead one of the greatest corporations on earth, and one of the smartest, too. What Google has done for our world and continues to do is of incalculable value.  I live every day of my life through Google, depend on it, have become totally addicted […]