Cuban government unblocks 'controversial' Generation Y blog

Cuban government unblocks 'controversial' Generation Y blog

Summary: A 'controversial' Generation Y blogger in Cuba, who has had her blog censored in the country for three years, has had its access restored. Could this be a liberalisation of Internet policy in the Communist state?

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An outspoken critic of the Cuban government, award winning blogger Yoani Sanchez updates her blog, named 'Generation Y' on a regular basis.

However, the 35-year old graduate student writes clouded in controversy as she criticises but offers a first-hand, honest and descriptive insight into the Communist state.

But since 2008, her blog has been blocked in her native country, seemingly only available to those who can access a democratic Internet.

Yet yesterday, out of nowhere, the blog restrictions were lifted and the pages were once visible to those within Cuba.

As Switched notes, her blog and her views have long been a target by the Cuban government, which takes a China-esque approach to Internet restrictions and censorship.

Though while it is still unknown as to the reasons why the blog has become available, it does signal a possible regime or policy change to allow greater freedom of speech in the country.

For decades, Cuba has been in the dark from the rest of the world without Internet and little phone access, and things have still not greatly improved even with the new leadership.

There is no doubt that Raúl Castro is more open and liberal than his older brother, who held onto the presidency for 45 years, by opening up the country to the rest of the world shortly after he assumed power and removing restrictions on computers and other electronic goods.

Nevertheless the diplomatic status of Cuba with its American neighbour is still tenuous and difficult. It is becoming clear that steps are being taken to align the country to modernity from a third-world country to at very least a second.

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  • Essential reading

    If you want to know what life in Cuba is like today.<br><br>Steven
    sjvn
    • What is that &quot;essential&quot; reading?

      n/t
      adornoe
  • RE: Cuban government unblocks 'controversial' Generation Y blog

    Gen Y US paid blog be most properly named Gen Yankee, it's as Cuban as Miami
    jmwave
    • RE: Cuban government unblocks 'controversial' Generation Y blog

      jmwave --<br><br>I'd say anything that spotlights Cuba's (or China's) repression of individual freedoms is just fine in my book.<br><br>Leftists probably don't like this blog because it points out failings inherent in a repressive would-be Communist regime. The sooner that Communism and similar failed, redistributive systems become shameful historical footnotes, the better.<br><br>Let's hope that this recent loosening of restrictions signifies another nail in the coffin of Cuban Communism, and by extension, Communism everywhere.
      Churlish
    • Interesting that you would take the side of a repressive, communist

      government, rather than that of someone who is looking to undo that subjugation?
      adornoe
  • Through truth freedom for Cuba is possilbe!

    Cuba is a communist as U.S.A. is capitalist! Cuba resisted as best it could U.S. cooperate imperialism and exploitation. If the U.S. would lift its ILLEGAL economic sanctions Cuba could become a very good place to live and raise a family.

    Avoid your own media filled propaganda and attempt to learn the truth before you speak.
    mario@...
    • Gee, you sound like the &quot;information minister&quot; from Cuba or China or

      Venezuela or North Korea.<br><br>The Cuban people need friends, and you sound just like the enemies of freedom that have controlled that island for over 50 years.
      adornoe
    • RE: Cuban government unblocks 'controversial' Generation Y blog

      @mario@...
      There are no sanctions on Cuba. The US is Cuba's 5th largest trading partner. There is/was a travel restriction, but the sanctions are and have always been a propaganda lie of the Cuban government to deflect the Cuban people's attention to the obvious: Cuba's economy is a failure because communism is a failure and because the Castro family takes most of the money for themselves (they amassed almost a billion dollars, not as bad as some kleptocrats like Bashar Al-Assad, Ferdinand Marcos or Suharto, but pretty bad considering the rest of the country is so poor).
      virushunter83
  • A truly balanced article. 2 lies and 2 fundamental omissions

    - Yoani is not honest. She is saying what has being bringing her money(international prizes, etc, etc).
    - There is Internet in Cuba. This person is just inventing the article. How could somebody say a country has no Internet access and then say that it blocks internally a specific blog?
    - Cuba has less Internet and telephone access US has blocked fiber optics connections to the island and only satellite access is available.
    hpedroc