Yoani Sanchez Meets with US Vice President Biden

By Café Fuerte

Yoani Sanchez with US Vice-president Biden.
Yoani Sanchez with US Vice-president Biden.

HAVANA TIMES — This Wednesday, in a show of support for Cuban civil society, US Vice-President Joe Biden met in Washington with Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, currently visiting the country for work reasons.

The meeting was confirmed in a Tweet published by the office of the Vice-President, which reported that Biden and Sanchez conversed about the challenges faced by defenders of freedom of expression on the island.

No other details regarding the more than half-an-hour gathering, held in a meeting room adjacent to the Vice-President’s office, were made public. Sanchez reproduced the note in her own Twitter account, without offering any additional information.

Author of the blog Generation Y and a prominent figure of Cuban dissidence, Sanchez traveled to Miami to attend the conference Hispanicize and to receive the Latinovator Award, granted her in acknowledgement of her outstanding activism over social networks.

At the Hispanicize forum held in Miami Beach, Sanchez announced that, in a few weeks’ time, she and 11 journalists will be launching a digital newspaper in Cuba. Though we know it will not have the name of her current blog, she has yet to reveal the name of the site.

Information: A Force for Change

“I am not a career journalist, but journalism is my passion,” said Sanchez before participants at Hispanize. “I believe that information is a force for change and I dream of being part of the staff of a newspaper.”

The articles to be published by Sanchez’ newspaper will be distributed through emails and cell phones, of which there are already two million in Cuba, as well as through other electronic devices like USB drives.

This is 38-year-old Sanchez’ third visit to the United States since Cuban authorities eliminated a number of travel restrictions on the island. The blogger was denied a permit to travel outside the country 28 times before finally being authorized to do so in February of 2013.

Though she had been received by several congress members and high officials of the US Department of State, this is the first occasion in which Sanchez comes into contact with the top leadership of the Executive.

In October, Biden offered Cuba’s dissident movement the most significant accolade since Barack Obama entered office, meeting with Ladies in White leader Berta Solar. Days later, President Obama held a brief meeting in Miami with Soler and activist Guillermo Fariñas, who received the Sakharov Award in 2010.


14 thoughts on “Yoani Sanchez Meets with US Vice President Biden

  • April 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm
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    Are you critical of Ms. Sanchez’ appearance? Really? Are you that shallow? When you say “doomed to fail” does that mean you still believe in the fairy tale of a socialist utopia and the New Man? Do you really believe that as Cuba literally crumbles, there is still hope that things will somehow turnaround and Cuba will rise from the ash heap of socialist disasters? If there is doom anywhere, it is in Havana, not Washington.

  • April 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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    I agree, there are better writers in Cuba. For example, Ángel Santiesteban-Prats who is currently imprisoned at Lawton Prison Settlement on false charges is a much better writer. Many of his fine essays can be read at his blog, Los hijos que nadie quiso (The Children Nobody Wanted)

    http://hijosnadieeng.wordpress.com/

  • April 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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    Oswaldo Paya and Laura Pollan were dissidents of much higher quality and held in greater esteem by the Cuban people. Unfortunately, they are unable to meet with Joe Biden.

    There are dozens more Cuban dissidents held in Cuban prisons and unable to meet with anybody but their jailers.

  • April 4, 2014 at 11:07 am
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    Thanks, I share the same feelings, this also goes for Secretary of State Kerry who can’t blame his 180 degree turn around to age. He began to slip down the slippery slope long time ago. There are better writers in Cuba and Venezuela than this mercenary, but they don’t write or say what we want them to say. Yoani left for Europe for a while (Switzerland) and after being ignored returned to her “prison”!!!!!

  • April 4, 2014 at 7:44 am
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    The quality of individuals that the US government assemble to be their “dissidents” in Cuba is truly laughable. Yoani Sanchez is the best person they can come up with for the face of a democratic Cuba ? No wonder Washington is doomed to fail.

  • April 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm
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    What’s the saying? “Birds of a feather flock together.” One of Biden’s principal aides, Jeff Connaughton, who, as a young student idealist, fell under his spell in the late 1970’s and continued working for him, in positions of ever-increasing responsibility for the next 30+ years, became so disillusioned that when he left Capitol Hill in November, 2010 he “flew to Costa Rica and immediately went out for an eight-hour hike. When he came back to his hotel room, he turned on the shower and got in without taking off his clothes, standing under the stream and letting it soak him and soak him until he flet clean.” (p. 295 of “The Unwinding: An Innter History of the New America,” by George Packer c. 2013). He is further cleansing himself of the merde of American politics by volunteering at a local legal services office in Savannah and takes care of dogs from the local animal shelter. Yoani should feel right at home with Joe Biden.

  • April 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    This is great news for the cause of democracy in Cuba. Senora Sanchez’ meeting with VP Biden confirms the US administration’s support for the dissident movement. My only concern is for Ms. Sanchez safety. The unscrupulous Castro regime is not likely to ignore this meeting and is likely to seek to punish Yoani is some way.

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