By now you’re probably familiar with Yoani Sanchez who blogs from Havana at Generacion Y. (three new posts)
Yoani gets a nod today from Alvaro Vargas Llosa who calls her “the world’s bravest blogger”. Deservedly so.
Varga Llosa speaks of the irony of the regime’s recent attempt at blocking access to Yoani’s blog from inside the island:
It is ironic that the clampdown should have taken place precisely when Raul Castro is lifting restrictions on the sale of computers, DVD players and cell phones. After all, the brother of Fidel Castro has been encouraging Cubans to debate problems openly
Reading Yoani’s blog is an exercise is humility because its humbling to know that there are people with such courage and conviction. Ms. Sanchez uses her real name, puts up her picture, gives interviews to foreign journalists, talks about her family and even tells the regime how she manages to get access to the web from behind the (c)astro’s palm tree curtain.
In this quote from another article, Yoani addresses the anonymity issue:
“Once you experience the flavor of saying what you think, of publishing it and signing it with your name, well, there’s no turning back,”
And to think that yours cowardly use to hide behind the anonymity of my “gusano” nombrete….
Yoani has little respect for her anonymous censors:
“The anonymous censors of our famished blog have tried to lock me up in the room, turn my lights off and prevent my friends from coming in. …However, the punishment is so useless that it invites pity and so easy to elude that it becomes an incentive.”
And that’s the heart of the matter. One frail Cuban woman with a flash drive and the heart the size of Cuba standing against thousands of anonymous cowardly thugs lurking in the shadows with nothing to fight with but her humble words and the dignity of her name.
No wonder Alvaro Vargas Llosa calls her “the world’s bravest blogger” here.