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“2 Cubanitos” remember growing up Cuban in the US!

We love reminiscing about our experiences of growing up Cuban in the US. We were all inspired years ago when our friend Carlos Eire wrote his Pedro Pan memoirs.    I think that Carlos' work reminded all of us that there was a Cuban past to be discussed and stories to be shared. Furthermore, we all […]

Yoani Sánchez walks us through her “peculiar” passport (English subtitles)

A few days ago I came across this recent video of Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez giving a camera a tour of her passport. It's about the best illustration you could possibly ask for of the regime's deliberate measures to keep the Cuban people from being exposed to life outside the communist bubble. Her passport is […]

Cuban blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo detained, tweets Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez tweeted earlier today that Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo has been detained by Cuban authorities. Apparently, as he was being arrested, he had the good sense to dial her number and leave his cell phone in his pocket so she could listen in. Yoani is now in the process of tracking Orlando down, going […]

Human Rights Watch denounces attack on Yoani

Via Capitol Hill Cubans: November 7, 2009 (Washington, DC) – Cuban authorities should cease all attacks on human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and civic activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The international community should condemn attacks on those who peacefully exercise their basic rights to freedom of expression, opinion, and assembly in the strongest terms. […]

Uncomfortable Questions

By Yoani Sanchez I skirt the edge of my building, avoiding walking under the balconies, because the kids throw condoms filled with urine to kill the boredom. A man with his daughter is carrying a bag that’s dripping a mix of grease, water and blood. They’re coming from the butcher’s, where the line announces that […]

Hourglass

By Yoani Sanchez Every day I run into someone who’s been disillusioned and has withdrawn their support for the Cuban process. There are those who turn in their Communist Party cards and emigrate to their married daughters in Italy, or those who concentrate on the peaceful work of caring for their grandchildren and waiting in […]

Between the two walls

BY Yoani Sanchez Today at 3 in the afternoon we managed to present Orlando Luís Pardo Lazo’s book. After sneaking through the alleys of Cerro to lose the two “securities” who were following us, we ended up at the Capitol and took a bus through the tunnel under the bay. Tension, fear and doubt joined […]