In what I believe is her first exclusive editorial written specifically for Huffington Post, Yoani bursts a lot of lefty liberal bubbles by introducing same to the real Cuba:
The most important social achievements, those they incessantly boast of, are public health and education. Both reached their best moments during the era when the Soviet Union was subsidizing this experiment that we inhabit. Since then, however, the results have been very unsatisfactory. In the area of education the classrooms now lack qualified teachers, while health care is strangled by the scarcities that affect hospitals and hinder patient care. Low wages mean that many teachers and doctors prefer to work as porters in hotels, in lieu of the poorly paid labor of teaching and healing.
The dispute with the government of the United States is almost as old as the Revolution. The blockade, or embargo as I prefer to call it, is responsible for all our ills according to some, while for others it’s a pretext that allows the government to exercise repression, as if we were a country besieged. For the common citizen, however, it’s easier to verify the cost of the other siege, that which prevents Cubans from freely leaving and entering our own country, which denies us the economic right to create our own businesses, and which forbids our association in political parties.