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Yoani Sánchez

Yoani Sánchez is a pioneer in the Cuban blogger community. Time magazine listed her as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008. In 2009, she received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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Eating a cable: Internet access still elusive in Cuba

Cuban citizens waiting to use the Web stand outside an Internet café in Havana. (AFP)

There is a popular expression in Cuba that is synonymous with difficulty and crisis. When you want to indicate that someone is doing badly economically, it is sufficient to say that he is "eating a cable." Street humor has identified the act of chewing and swallowing a bundle of wires with scarcity and material want. The parable has gained strength these days in reference to the fiber-optic cable installed between Cuba and Venezuela, which has yet to provide service to Cuban clients despite reports that it is finally functioning.

February 7, 2013 1:37 PM ET

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