Cuba: The School Year Starts (Reprint from ‘Generation Y’ 2007)

(Note from Translating Cuba: This article is being reprinted because of its relevance to an article in 14ymedio today.) Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, Havana, 13 September 2007 — My son has worn this week for the first time his mustard color uniform at a junior high school building of Giron-style prefabricated architecture barely five minutes … Continue reading “Cuba: The School Year Starts (Reprint from ‘Generation Y’ 2007)”

With Yailin and Yoerky, ‘Generation Y’ Arrives at the Head of ‘Granma’ and ‘Juventud Rebelde’

Both directors were born during the years of the Soviet presence on the Island, grew during the Special Period and have lived much of their lives under the dual currency system 14ymedio, Havana, 6 December 2017 — After several weeks without someone formally in charge, the job of director of Granma, official organ of the Communist … Continue reading “With Yailin and Yoerky, ‘Generation Y’ Arrives at the Head of ‘Granma’ and ‘Juventud Rebelde’”

The Voice Of Your Rights / 14ymedio, Generation Y

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 4 April 2016 — What to do when you have a loudspeaker in your hand? Since 2007 when I started my blog Generation Y, this question has haunted me. Often the visibility does not benefit those who need it most and the protective umbrellas provided by access to international organizations only … Continue reading “The Voice Of Your Rights / 14ymedio, Generation Y”

Generation Y Behind Bars / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 17 September 2015 — With the publication of the Official Gazette No. 31, there have been many published opinions about the pardons granted to 3,522 prisoners in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis. Most of the criticism has focused on the fact that the beneficiaries include no one sentenced for political reasons. However, … Continue reading “Generation Y Behind Bars / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez”

The Making, and Translating, of Generation Y / Translating Cuba

Introduction to Yoani Sánchez’s book Havana Real, published in 2011. By Mary Jo Porter In 2004, Yoani Sánchez returned to Cuba two years after emigrating to Switzerland, where she and her family had planned to start a new life in a free and democratic country. Explaining a condition of her return, she said: I promised … Continue reading “The Making, and Translating, of Generation Y / Translating Cuba”

The Three Wise Men Return to Cuba at the Hands of a Generation that Grew Up Without Them

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 6 January 2022– Dozens of people appeared at dawn this Friday outside the main currency stores in Havana with the hope of acquiring a toy or some candy as a gift for Three Kings Day. Curiously, among those anxious faces waiting to buy a doll, a plastic car, or some sweet … Continue reading “The Three Wise Men Return to Cuba at the Hands of a Generation that Grew Up Without Them”

Cuba is Worth Less Every Day and the New Generations Will Inherit an Exhausted Country

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 27 December 2022 — Reading economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe in an article published in 2003, a few weeks after his inclusion among the Black Spring prisoners, I learned and understood the importance of the concept of “decapitalization of the material base” in the Cuban economy, especially with regard to the absence … Continue reading “Cuba is Worth Less Every Day and the New Generations Will Inherit an Exhausted Country”

Censoring ‘The Worst Generation’ Thwarts a Dialogue with Cuba’s Youngest Writers

14ymedio, Havana, 11 October 2022 — The Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS), the radical youth arm of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists, was not enthusiastic about La peor generación [The Worst Generation] conversation, an event where a group of novice writers were to debate literature, culture, politics, and society. The debate, scheduled to take place … Continue reading “Censoring ‘The Worst Generation’ Thwarts a Dialogue with Cuba’s Youngest Writers”

Another General of Cuba’s ‘Historic Generation’, Antonio Enrique Lussón Batlle, Dies at the Age of 92

14ymedio, Havana, 22 September 2022 — Major General Antonio Enrique Lussón Batlle died this Wednesday in Havana at the age of 92, according to a note published by the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) and released by the official press. His body will be cremated and his ashes displayed this Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 … Continue reading “Another General of Cuba’s ‘Historic Generation’, Antonio Enrique Lussón Batlle, Dies at the Age of 92”

The Cuban Migratory Wave is Leaving a ‘Generation Gap’ on the Island

EFE (via 14ymedio), Jorge I. Pérez, Miami, 9 September 2022 —  More than 177,000 Cubans have arrived by land in the United States and more than 5,000 by sea since October 2021, in a new wave of migration from the Island to the North, which already exceeds that of the Mariel Boatlift and is “widening … Continue reading “The Cuban Migratory Wave is Leaving a ‘Generation Gap’ on the Island”

With the Death of an Assailant of the Moncada Barracks, the End of Cuba’s ‘Historical Generation’ is Accelerated

14ymedio, Havana, 24 October 2021 — Multiple organ failure ended the life of of Alejandro Ferrás Pellicer last Friday, at the age of 99. He was one of the last living assailants at the Moncada barracks, according to the official press. His body will be cremated and his ashes will be exhibited on October 27 … Continue reading “With the Death of an Assailant of the Moncada Barracks, the End of Cuba’s ‘Historical Generation’ is Accelerated”

A New Generation of Cubans Will Not Be Silenced

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 July 2021 — The month of July has borne witness to a number of events that have been turning points in Cuba’s history: Fidel Castro’s assault on the Moncada Barracks in July 1953, which ignited the revolution; the execution of the revolutionary general Arnaldo Ochoa that shocked many Cubans in 1989; and … Continue reading “A New Generation of Cubans Will Not Be Silenced”

Cuba’s Generation of Scarcities Has Taken to the Streets

14ymedio, Alberto Hernández, Santiago de Cuba, July 20, 2021 — “The word hunger is etched into my bones.” From the time he was born until he was almost 20 years old, Ruben grew up in a dysfunctional family where he suffered from malnutrition. “I ate poorly and only once a day,” he says. He is … Continue reading “Cuba’s Generation of Scarcities Has Taken to the Streets”

“In Cuba, Our Parents’ Generation is Collapsing”

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 30 January 2021 — Celia González (Havana, 1985) has arrived from Mexico to link Nicaragua and Cuba in an exhibition that reflects the political similarities of both nations. She is an artist who likes provocation, research and data who graduated from the Higher Institute of Art in 2009, but long before … Continue reading ““In Cuba, Our Parents’ Generation is Collapsing””