Last updated on: 4/25/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Yoani Sánchez Biography

Title:
Cuban blogger
Position:
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“The five decade prolongation of the ‘blockade’ has allowed every setback we’ve suffered to be explained as stemming from it, justified by its effects. But its existence has not prevented the luxurious mansions of the nomenklatura from swimming in whiskey, their freezers packed with food while modern cars sit in the garages. To make matters worse, the economic fence has helped to fuel the idea of a place besieged, where dissent comes to be equated with an act of treason. The exterior blockade has strengthened the interior blockade…

[W]e… consider the end of the embargo as a definitive blow to the authoritarianism under which we live.”

“End the Embargo, End Castro Regime’s Excuse for All Its Failures,” Huffington Post, Oct. 23, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Blogger, Generación Y, 2007-present
  • Named one of “25 Best Blogs,” TIME magazine, 2009
  • Recipient, Maria Moors Cabot prize, Columbia University, 2009
  • Recipient, Ortega y Gasset Journalism Award, May 2008
  • Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people, TIME magazine, 2008
  • Founder, Consenso, 2004
  • Former webmaster, writer and editor, Portal from Cuba
  • Former Spanish teacher
  • Former writer, Editorial Gente Nueva
Education:
  • BA, Philology, University of Havana
  • Attended Instituto Pedagógico
Other:
  • Born Sep. 4, 1975 in Havana, Cuba
  • Left Cuba for Switzerland in 2002 but returned in 2004
  • On Nov. 18, 2009, President Barack Obama wrote the following in response to questions from Sánchez: “Your blog provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba… The government and people of the United States join all of you in looking forward to the day all Cubans can freely express themselves in public without fear and without reprisals.”
  • Twitter handle: @yoanisanchez
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?