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  • asombra: In willful blindness, the operative word is willful, not blindness. In bad faith, the operative word is bad, not faith.

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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 […]

You KNEW it was coming (from Google Chairman Schmidt after his Cuba visit)

You knew it was coming because Castro's secret police knew he'd say it--otherwise he woulda never been allowed to visit the Stalinist fiefdom. "The 'blockade' makes absolutely no sense to US interests (declared Schmidt.) If you wish the country to modernize, the best way to do this is to empower the citizens with smart phones […]

Reports from Cuba: Google comes to Havana!

By Yoani Sanchez: Google Comes to Havana! Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 28 June 2014 – Have you ever tried to explain Google to someone who doesn’t know what it is? This happened to me a few days ago with a neighbor girl, barely 10, who asked me, “What’s a search engine?” I didn’t want to get deep […]

Google execs visit Cuba, try to convince repressive totalitarian regime that open internet access is good

Google is apparently trying to convince Cuba's repressive totalitarian regime, which has managed to survive and stay in power for decades by keeping the Cuban people enslaved and completely disconnected from the outside world, that allowing open access to the internet and the free flow of information is a good thing for them. Good luck […]

Reports from Cuba: How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana

By Isbel Diaz in Havana Times: How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana HAVANA TIMES – After participating in the congress of the Association of Latin American Studies in Chicago, I returned home to Cuba this past June 20th, following a one-month stay in the United States. I arrived at terminal 2 […]

Over 800 dissidents in Cuba sign on to letter rejecting pro-Castro regime campaign in the U.S.

If you were to listen to Fidel Castro's Three Little Cuban-American Pigs (see above), you would think that all but an insignificant handful of dissidents in Cuba stand behind their campaign to unilaterally lift sanctions against the apartheid Cuban dictatorship and pour billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars into the Swiss bank accounts of the Castro […]