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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it’s that little island that’s spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald’s arrived. I’m so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there’s a change!
I’ll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I’ll post the answers to the questions the following day.
Answers to your T/F Quiz for X:
TRUE 1. Xavier Cugat appeared in recitals with Enrico Caruso, playing violin solos.
TRUE 2. Later, Cougat went to work for the Los Angeles Times as a cartoonist. Cugat’s caricatures were later nationally syndicated.
Y is for Yoani Sánchez
Yoani María Sánchez Cordero is a Cuban blogger. She’s won awards for her blog, Generation Y, and is internationally famous for her criticism of the Cuban government. She portrays what is real in everyday Cuban life, not what the propaganda says is true.
She quite cleverly smuggles her posts out to friends in other countries, and they put them on the internet. The Cuban government may try to stop the truth from leaking out, but they simply can’t. The internet may be the end to a lot of repressive governments in the world. Let’s hope.
2. Sr Sánchez, like so many people born during the Russian era have Russian names.
What a brave woman and she is not the only one. They have to go through covert ways to be heard and at great risk
Pat Hatt says
Very brave indeed and smuggling out blog posts is a new smuggle to me haha
Pleased the truth came to light.
Juneta Key says
Very brave and something to think about.
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Wow, her blog is so brave. Did you get to meet her while there?
Natasha Duncan-Drake says
The internet is quite amazing for information and the people willing to smuggle it out are very brave. Twitter brings news of things happening before governments can hide it all too.
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Hilary Melton-Butcher says
Hi Lee – thank goodness for brave souls like Yoani … who realise there's a great world beyond, where they can express themselves and live with some degree of comfort.
#1 – false, #2 probably right .. cheers – I've loved reading these Cuban posts .. Hilary
J Lenni Dorner says
I'll say True for both. Thanks for sharing this fantastic post. It's been an interesting month, hasn't it?
Lexa Cain says
But if everyone knows the posts are from her, why isn't she in a Cuban prison for dissidents? It's not like they need to prove its really her or that she's done anything wrong. That's the nice part about being a dictatorship – no need for facts or the rule of law, just vicious police and leaders. But yes, the internet makes it harder to be a dictator every day–but easier to be a terrorist. 🙁 1.F 2.T
Yvonne Ventresca says
Wow — courageous!
Alexa from Summer Snowflakes says
Wow, it is incredible that she does that!!! Remarkably brave.
Yolanda Renee says
I thought the generation Y were the 80's folks? Or, no those are the generations Xer's. I think you could be right. LOL
She's a brave woman. I think the internet has accomplished much good and an equal amount that is bad. All coins have two sides.
Yay! One more day!
Patricia Lynne says
How crazy is it that she has to smuggle blog posts. Makes me appreciate everything I can freely do online.
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Kelly Hashway says
I thought Generation Y was bigger than that. I'm saying it's false.
Sandra Cox says
Yoani is a brave young woman and isn't that the truth about one of the few countries that like us…
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Susan A Eames says
Brave lady – like so many others in repressive countries (I'm thinking of places like Burma and North Korea) the internet is a force to be reckoned with.
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Susan Gourley/Kelley says
A very brave young woman. I'm not sure who generation Y is.
Roland D. Yeomans says
My prayers are with her. Sooner or later the government will get to her. 🙁
She is a brave and very beautiful woman. I don't think I would have the courage to do that but who knows? Maybe if I were in such a situation, I would. Thanks for the intriguing post.
Mary Aalgaard says
What a brave and brilliant young woman. Yes, knowledge is power. And, the ability to connect and reveal the truth creates change. Think about the underground newspapers of the past.
Pat Garcia says
I'm happy one blogger is telling the other side of the story. I take my hat off to her because standing out is not easy in a repressive government.
As for the questions, well, this time I have no idea so I am going to guess.
The first one I will say is False and the second one could be false also. I thought many Cubans had biblical names.
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Bish Denham says
I checked out her blog, very interesting, informative! I say both questions are False.
Kathleen Valentine says
The internet is changing everything–it gives a voice to people who never had one before!!!
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Beverly Stowe McClure says
That is so interesting. It's hard to imagine not being able to blog what you want to. One of the great things about the U. S. Good luck to her. The truth will come out, one way or another.
Tamara Narayan says
Good for her. I hope the consequences of blogging against the government aren't as severe as for bloggers speaking out against a particular religion in Bangladesh.
Mason Canyon says
So glad she is able to get the truth out. Hope she's able to continue.
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
It's a shame no one can smuggle out the truth about North Korea.
First one is false – that would be Generation X.