Generacion Y makes it to today’s WSJ front page:
Yoani Sánchez fights tropical totalitarianism, one blog post at a time.
The question is, how does she get away with it?
The fact that Ms. Sánchez has avoided jail is a source of great intrigue for global Cuba watchers and the Cuban exile community in Miami. Some experts say it signals new tolerance by Raúl Castro, who has taken over day-to-day leadership from his brother because of Fidel’s deteriorating health. Since taking temporary power in July 2006, Raúl Castro has called for an “open debate” on the country’s economic policies, and promised agricultural reforms to bolster the food supply. Cuba experts debate whether Raúl’s promises suggest a true re-examination of Cuba’s economic model, or are simply rhetoric.
Others, especially the exile community, can’t quite believe Ms. Sánchez gets away with what she does. They wonder if she is an unwitting dupe — or a complicit agent — in a campaign to make Raúl Castro appear more tolerant as he seeks greater foreign aid.
“From the bottom of my heart, I want her blog to be legitimate and be the seed that grows into something in Cuba,” says Val Prieto, a 42-year-old Miami-based architect who edits an anti-Castro blog called Babalu. “The reason the exile community is wary is that we’ve been bamboozled time and time again. You never can tell when it comes to Castro.”
Hers is an interesting blog.
All the more interesting when you realize that
a. she and her family obtained government permission to leave and moved to Switzerland,
b. she returned two years later
c. the Cuban government has total control of the internet.
And most importantly, Cuba is a totalitarian oppresive regime that has proven to be a master of counter-propaganda.
Apparently her blog had 500,000 visitors in October. Who’s paying for that bandwith?