HAVANA TIMES — Yoani Sanchez has completed her international tour and returned to Cuba, where, I assume, she will continue to struggle for the convictions that drive her.
I have met many intellectuals in Cuba who say disparaging things about her – intellectuals, to be sure, who are not government supporters. They think she is unintelligent, a simplistic political thinker and a mediocre chronicler or philologist, at best.
I have heard people of undeniable intelligence affirm that the blogger is the exact negative of Granma (the Cuban Communist Party’s official newspaper) or the counterpart of Yoandri (a blogger who toes the Party line).
Few of these severely harsh critics move a finger, let alone risk their domestic tranquility or careers, to promote change in Cuba.
I have moved in other circles, less intellectual and more pro-government, where it is common to foist hackneyed labels at her (“the mercenary”) or to make fun of her physical appearance. I’ve heard people refer to her as a tube worm.
Apparently insignificant, tube worms play an extremely important ecological role. They burrow into the ground, opening up holes through which oxygen can reach plant roots. Their excretions are also an excellent fertilizer for these plants.
There are many opinions I do not share with Yoani Sanchez (I don’t follow her blog much either), but if her provocations, complaints, brilliant ideas or cyber-gossip helps shake the permafrost, the frozen subsoil of Cuban politics, then, hell, my respects to the tube worm.