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Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Thanks Spanish Lawmakers

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez visited the lower house of the Spanish Parliament on Wednesday and praised the "solidarity" of Spanish lawmakers with the Cuban people and with the struggle for democracy by the island's civil activists and dissidents. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident Yoani Sanchez Calls for Unity Among Cubans

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez on Monday issued a call to Cuban exiles to help forge a feeling of unity among all Cubans and to end the existence of "Fidel's Cubans and Miami's Cubans." continue reading »

Cuban Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez:  Raul Castro Successor Could be Reformer

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said here Monday that while the heir apparent to President Raul Castro appears to be a "continuer," she wouldn't dismiss the possibility that once in power he might become a reformer like Mikhail Gorbachev. continue reading »

Yoani Sanchez Reveals Fears of Returning to Cuba

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said in New York that she's afraid of the reprisals in store for her when she returns to Cuba from an international tour she began last month after five years without being allowed to leave the island. continue reading »

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez: Younger Cuban VP is a Step Forward

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said Sunday in Rio de Janeiro that the election of Miguel Diaz-Canel as first Cuban vice president is a step forward on the island not due to his ideological position bu continue reading »

Florida International University to Honor Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez will receive on April 1 in Miami the Florida International University Medallion of Courage, which is awarded "to recognize individuals who pursue or defend a noble cause at a personal cost," the institution said. continue reading »

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Receives Cuban Passport

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez received a passport this week amid an overhaul of Cuba's highly restrictive migration policies. "Incredible!!. They called me at home to tell me my passport was ready!. They just gave it to me!," the blogger said on Twitter. continue reading »

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez- Welcome Twelve Plus One

The Kabbalah, the number is not mentioned, a superstition with numbers, the calamity that even pronouncing eight letters could bring. I remember when I turned thirteen the many jokes at school that revolved around it. “How old are you?” asked the upper grade students to mock my confusion when answering. continue reading »

Yoani Sanchez From Cuba: Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath in Cuba

Thursday morning will never be forgotten by thousands of people in Eastern Cuba. The wind, flying roofs, heavy rains and trees falling on streets and houses, will remain as permanent memories of Hurricane Sandy. continue reading »

30 Hours After Being Held in Custody, Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Finally Released

Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, her husband and another independent journalist were released after more than 24 hours in custody and are back in the Cuban capital, Sanchez said on Twitter. continue reading »

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sánchez Arrested in Cuba

Well-known blogger Cuban dissident Yoani Sanchez, 37, was arrested Thursday as she and her husband were on their way to a trial. A pro-government blogger later stated Sanchez and her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, also a continue reading »

Silenced During Papal Visit, Cuban Bloggers, Dissidents Speak Out (VIDEO)

Not much was heard from dissidents during Pope Benedict XVI's recent visit to Cuba. They say that is because the government mounted a campaign of arrests and harassment to silence them. After the pope left, I was invited to a meeting that the country's best known Internet blogger, Yoani Sanchez, had with other critics of the government to share their experiences. continue reading »

Cuba Gov’t Denies Exit Visa for Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez for 19th Time

The Cuban government has again denied dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez ( regularly seen in HS News) permission to leave the country, which on this occasion she requested for a trip to Brazil where she was invited to the premiere of a continue reading »

Cuban Government Once Again Denies Blogger Yoani Sanchez an Exit Visa

The Cuban government has again denied dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez permission to leave the country, which on this occasion she requested for a trip to Brazil where she was invited to the premiere of a documentary. continue reading »

Yoani Sánchez From Cuba: My Reasons for the Bridge

With regards to the new amendment presented in the U.S. Congress to restrict travel and remittances to Cuba. We lived in a dark time in 1992 and this daughter of a train engineer with no train had decided to drop out of high school. I got up early and told my mother. Hands on my head, screaming through the house, the dog barking in shock continue reading »

Egypt 2.0 - Cuba Watches with a Hopeful Eye

Darkness and light in Tahrir Square, a red phosphorescence glow interrupted by the camera flashes and the glowing screens of mobile phones. continue reading »

“Permission Denied”: The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

Yoani Sanchez is a award winning Cuban Blogger It’s two in the afternoon at the Department of Immigration and Aliens (DIE) on 17th Street between J and K. Dozens of people are waiting for permission to leave the country, that authorization to travel that has been given the name “white card,” although it might better be called “the safe conduct,” “the freedom card,” or “the get out of prison order.” The walls are peeling and a notice to “be careful, danger of collapse” is posted next to a huge mansion in Vedado. Several women — who have forgotten how to smile and be pleasant — wear their military uniforms and warn the public that they must wait in an orderly fashion. Now and then they shout a name and the person called returns some minutes later with a jubilant face or a strained pout. continue reading »

“Permission Denied”: The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

Yoani Sanchez is a award winning Cuban Blogger It’s two in the afternoon at the Department of Immigration and Aliens (DIE) on 17th Street between J and K. Dozens of people are waiting for permission to leave the country, that authorization to travel that has been given the name “white card,” although it might better be called “the safe conduct,” “the freedom card,” or “the get out of prison order.” The walls are peeling and a notice to “be careful, danger of collapse” is posted next to a huge mansion in Vedado. Several women — who have forgotten how to smile and be pleasant — wear their military uniforms and warn the public that they must wait in an orderly fashion. Now and then they shout a name and the person called returns some minutes later with a jubilant face or a strained pout. continue reading »