A Discreet Test of Internet for Mobile Phones Unleashes Frustrations

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A young man connected to the wifi network in Havana. (EFE)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 August 2018 — A young woman was talking on the phone in a café when someone at the next table overheard the conversation. In a few minutes everyone in the place had their eyes glued to their cellphones to test the mobile internet they’d heard about in that private dialogue. The Telecommunications Company of Cuba (Etecsa) did not say a word, but at 11 am on Tuesday morning thousands of customers across the country knew that it was the moment they had been waiting for, for years.

Neither the official website of Etecsa, the state communications monopoly, nor its public communication office revealed that tests were being undertaken of the web connection; it was only uncovered by independent journalism sites and private accounts on the social networks. Thus, after two decades of delay and…

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Recorro Cuba entre el anonimato y el desamparo

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Exilio patrio.

Recorro mi país entre el anonimato y el desamparo. De un sitio a otro, sin paradero fijo, sin que nada me muerda el corazón, solo la terneza de los hijos, la hidalguía, el socorro de tres o cuatro amigos que a deshora se multiplican para protegerme de las jaurías que me asechan, y una novia allende los mares, como quien dice a descuido, del otro lado del mundo, esa muchacha, que pinta y escribe poesía para tratar y tratar de achicar el mar que nos separa como si fuese una barca agujereada, que cada vez hace más agua, porque existe un manantial en el fondo.

El país ahora me resulta mucho más maltratado, Cuba está en ruinas. Y los patriotas que se duelen de sus males, por más que intentan denunciarlo, cada día se cierran más y más las puertas, y el mundo hace oídos sordos, caso omiso…

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The Swamp Of Wealth

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Generation Y

Limiting wealth requires specifying how much a person can possess and where the prohibitions begin. (EFE)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 6 June 2017 — Almost a quarter of a century ago, the government launched a battle against illicit income that ended with the detention of dozens of criminals but also of prosperous entrepreneurs. During the dreaded Operation Flowerpot, you could be denounced just for having a freshly painted house, wearing new clothes or sporting a gold chain.

Popular humor has coined a joke that describes the arrest of a “New Rich” in 2030, where the infraction is possessing three cans of condensed milk and two brooms. Jokes like this point out the weakest part of the raids against the well-to-do. What’s the starting point for someone to be considered wealthy or a hoarder?

The relativism surrounding such definitions has come to the fore again during the last extraordinary session of…

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