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Posted January 22, 2011 by publisher in Yoani Sanchez

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Recently actress Julia Stiles was on a humanitarian trip to Havana Cuba where it was written that she was “stranded” because she ran out of money. What was left out of this Wall Street Journal article was that she met with world renowned Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez.

Apparently P2Pnet is exclusively reporting details of the meeting along with this photo of the pair.

P2Pnet says it posts “news, stories, features and commentaries on digital media, distributed computing and associated technologies and events which haven’t been spun, filtered and pre-digested by vested corporate interests” and that it places “special emphasis on freedom of speech, P2P and sharing”.

So, I find it very interesting that they were able to write this news article about Yoani Sanchez meeting with Julia Stiles.

If President Obama had the courage to allow more Americans to travel on “people to people” trips to Cuba, perhaps these types of meetings would be more common.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 22, 2011 by John

    Actually, the WSJ article does refer to the meeting with Yoani Sanchez.

    “Even the controversial blogger Yoani Sanchez uses a flash drive to upload her blog posts at hotel kiosks. When I met her days before, I noticed paint on her hand and asked if she was a painter as well as a writer. Chuckling, she told me she was doing construction on her house—literally, as in she was doing it herself. She told me that every Cuban has to be resourceful in order to survive.”

  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 22, 2011 by Daren A. Webber

    Actually, on any given day you might notice a bit of paint on my hands too, seems as if many Americans too engage in the practice of home improvement -on their own- and must too be resourceful in order to survive, unless John, you are so insulated from the working poor in your nation that one might presume you are out of touch?

  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 22, 2011 by John

    Daren, one might presume that your reading comprehension skills are lacking. I was quoting Julia Stiles who quoted Yoani Sanchez making the resourceful comment.

    My only purpose in making the quotation was to show that the meeting between the two women was referenced in the WSJ article and not “left out” as this article stated.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 22, 2011 by Daren

    Ooops, ja ja ja, my bad, must be my adhd acting up again.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on January 22, 2011 by Milton Sanchez-Parodi, MD

    Poor Julia Stiles, she has bought into the propaganda paid for by USAID money.  This Yoani is more interested in how to spend her money than the cruel US embargo hurting 11 million Cubans.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on January 23, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    I suppose you get your news from Granma.

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  7. Follow up post #7 added on January 23, 2011 by Daren A. Webber

    And where does Publisher acquire his news?  Miami?

    Here is a nice article about the numero uno cubano mafioso:

    Posada’s English skills at issue in perjury trial

    (AP) – 3 days ago

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Ex-CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles spent decades using aliases to battle communist governments.

    The 82-year-old native of Cuba is in federal court not because of his past exploits, but because prosecutors say he lied to immigration officials after sneaking into the U.S. in 2005.

    So far, the case has hinged not on his prowess as a radical militant, but his English skills.

    Posada is charged with perjury and other crimes for allegedly lying during immigration hearings about how he reached the U.S. and about planning Havana hotel bombings in 1997.

    Immigration officer Susanna Bolanos is expected back on the stand Thursday. She interviewed Posada during immigration hearings in 2006. Prosecutors have played recordings of Posada answering questions from Bolanos in English as part of a test required for citizenship.

    Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on January 23, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Posada is a terrorist and should be convicted for his crimes.

    I don’t like extremists on the left or right.

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  9. Follow up post #9 added on January 23, 2011 by Daren

    I am with you publisher!  Well said.

  10. Follow up post #10 added on August 14, 2011 by Rich_Haney

    The Havana Journal’s depiction of Yoani Sanchez as the “world renowned Cuban blogger” is somewhat accurate, of course, but only because my friend
    Rob Sequin has now joined the Huffington Post and countless other venues that tout her as the planet’s greatest Cuban. I think her “greatness” relates to just one fact—via her blog she is the prolific Cuban dissident most promoted by major media outlets always searching for Cuban dissidents and that alone accounts for her popularity because being anti-Castro, anti-revolution, anti-Cuba, pro-Batista, pro colonialism, and pro imperialism is in many circles politically, socially and economically correct. So be it. But there are Cuban dissidents on the island—such as Elizardo Sanchez, Oswaldo Paya and Oscar Espinosa—who are much more insightful and far less egomaniacal than Yoani. A far more interesting, more intelligent, more important, and more pertinent woman on the island is Josefina Vidal—but, alas, that is probably precisely why the Havana Journal, the Huffington Post, etc., etc., ignore her. The just-turned 85-year-olf Fidel Castro considers Josefina Vidal the most significant Cuban since the deaths of Celia Sanchez and Vilma Espin. Josefina, Celia, and Vilma earned their significance; Yoani’s is based on props from the vast array of Cuban-dissident lovers. Unlike Yoani, the dissidence promulgated by Celia, Vilma, and Josefina was always directed at foreigners bent on dominating the island and at islanders, like Yoani, who aligned themselves with foreign usurpers, mobsters, colonialists, or imperialists, like Batista.  (http://cubaninsider.blogspot.com)

  11. Follow up post #11 added on August 15, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I think you are being too hard on Yoani.

    She has a lot of guts like Celia Sanchez had back in the day.

    Then again, Yoani never killed anyone.

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  12. Follow up post #12 added on August 15, 2011 by Rich_Haney

    Your inference that Celia Sanchez was a killer and Yoani Sanchez is a Mother Teresa is absurb but takes advantage of the fact that, in the U. S., one can make up or accuse Revolutionary Cuba of anything that pops into one’s mind or anything that is self-serving (economically, politically, etc.). For example, in his book “Body of Secrets” the great investigative journalist James Bamford published declassified documents that proved the U. S. government had gone to massive expense to blame Fidel Castro IF THE JOHN GLENN ORBITAL FLIGHT HAD EXPLODED AND KILLED HIM IN 1962, AS MANY FEARED WOULD HAPPEN. BAMFORD ALSO VERY FAMOUSLY REVEALDED DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS THAT DETAILED A 7-0 RECOMMENDATION FROM THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF SUGGESTING THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY AGREE TO THE U. S. GOVERNMENT MURDERING SCORES OF U. S. CITIZENS AND CUBAN EXILES SO THE MURDERS COULD BE “BLAMED ON CASTRO.” Now, I’m sure that Lyman Lemnitzer, the general who headed the Joint Chiefs at the time, is one of your anti-Cuban heroes, along with Luis Posada Carriles, etc. I am aware of people that Celia Sanchez “killed” or “caused to be killed” and everyone was either trying to kill her or ten-year-old little girls like Maria Ochoa that Celia devoted her life to protecting. Celia also fought for Cuban sovereignty all her life. Yoani? She fights for money and plays firmly into the hands of foreign would-be colonialists. P. S.: I’ll take up for Celia Sanchez but, as above, I am not taking up for Fidel. In pointing out such things as the James Bamford declassifications, I’m taking up for the U. S. democracy—which should frown upon meetings in the Oval Office (President Kennedy, Defense Secretary McNamara, and Joint Chiefs chairman Lyman Lemnitzer)about killing innocent Americans so the killings could be blamed on Castro. And not just frown but hold people like Lemnitzer, Carriles, etc., accountable. Such things, I think, say a lot more about Castro’s enemies than it says about him, unless it says that Castro was such a good man that incredible lies had to be manufactured to justify actions taken against him. Uh, just suggesting! Otherwise I don’t get irked by lies about Castro, or truths for that matter. Now Celia…that’s a different story all together. She, not Yoani, was a Mother Teresa-type.

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