Friday, April 29, 2016

#atozchallenge: Y is for Yoani Sánchez

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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.

Your T/F Quiz for Y:

1. Generation Y covers people born between the 1960s and the 1970s.

2. Sr Sánchez, like so many people born during the Russian era have Russian names. 

Answers tomorrow.


  1. It's a shame no one can smuggle out the truth about North Korea.
    First one is false - that would be Generation X.

  2. So glad she is able to get the truth out. Hope she's able to continue.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The internet is changing everything--it gives a voice to people who never had one before!!!

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  6. I checked out her blog, very interesting, informative! I say both questions are False.

  7. 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.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. My prayers are with her. Sooner or later the government will get to her. :-(

  11. A very brave young woman. I'm not sure who generation Y is.

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  12. 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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  13. Yoani is a brave young woman and isn't that the truth about one of the few countries that like us...
    Love your email connect. What a neat idea. Signing up now.

  14. I thought Generation Y was bigger than that. I'm saying it's false.

  15. How crazy is it that she has to smuggle blog posts. Makes me appreciate everything I can freely do online.

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  16. 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!

  17. Wow, it is incredible that she does that!!! Remarkably brave.


  18. 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

  19. I'll say True for both. Thanks for sharing this fantastic post. It's been an interesting month, hasn't it?

  20. 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

  21. 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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  22. Wow, her blog is so brave. Did you get to meet her while there?

  23. Pleased the truth came to light.

  24. Very brave indeed and smuggling out blog posts is a new smuggle to me haha

  25. 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


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