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Grandmother's Footsteps: Politics
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The Economist (http://search.proquest.com/) vol. 402 no. 8777 (Mar. 2012)
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The only Cuban apart from the Castro brothers whom the rest of the world might have heard of is Yoani Sanchez (pictured). In 2007 she began a blog, "Generation Y", in which she mixes political commentary with observations about daily life. A philologist and writer of maturing skill, she has a fortnightly column in Spain's El Pais and has won numerous journalism prizes abroad. She expresses a new kind of opposition in Cuba, one that the government finds hard to handle. The regime has long sought to control access to the internet. In this, as in many things, it has been helped by the economic embargo, which prevents American companies from hooking the island up to the many undersea fiber-optic cables in the Caribbean. Instead, Cuba has an infuriatingly slow narrow-band connection from a Russian satellite. According to the national statistics office, at the end of 2010 there were 724,000 computers on the island, giving 1.8m users access to a state-run intranet. The 434,000 who could connect to the internet were mainly professionals using it at their workplace. Raul Castro's decision to let Cubans buy mobile phones and computers has probably had more impact than he or anyone else expected.
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