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    I encourage all to join Karen s e group From: Karen Lee Wald To: Cuba-Inside-Out@googlegroups.com Subject: Cuba Inside Out : 40 Questions for Yoani Sánchez
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      I encourage all to join Karen's e group

      From: Karen Lee Wald
      To: Cuba-Inside-Out@...
      Subject: Cuba Inside Out : 40 Questions for Yoani S�nchez
      Date: Feb 20, 2013 12:49 PM

      "40 Questions for Yoani S�nchez"
      by Salim Lamrani

      original:
      http://operamundi.uol.com.br/conteudo/babel/27276/40+questions+a+poser+a+yoani+sanchez+lors+de+sa+tournee+mondiale.shtml,


      Translation by Colin Brayton.

      1. Who is organizing and financing your world tour?

      2. In August 2002, after marrying a German citizen known as Karl G., you
      left Cuba, describing it as �an immense ideological prison,� emigrating to
      Switzerland, one of the richest nations in the world. Surprisingly, in
      2004, you decided to return to Cuba, which you called �a leaky boat on the
      verge of foundering,� where �shadowy figures feed off our human joy,
      terrorizing us with violence, threats and blackmail,� and where
      �pocketbooks are empty, frustration grows and the reign of terror takes
      hold.� What motivated your decision to return?

      3. According to documents from the Cuban diplomatic mission in Berne and
      the foreign service offices, you asked to be permitted to return because of
      economic difficulties you experienced in Switzerland. Is that true?

      4. How could you marry Karl G. if you were already married to your current
      cousin, Reinaldo Escobar?

      5. Is it still your goal to establish �a sui generis form of capitalism� in
      Cuba?

      6. You created your blog, Generaci�n Y, in 2007. In April 2008 you won the
      �15,000 Ortega y Gasset journalism prize from the Spanish daily El Pa�s.
      This prize is usually given to prestigious journalists or writers with a
      distinguished career. This was the first time a person of your stature has
      won the prize.

      You were also named one of the 100 most influential persons in the world by
      Time magazine. Your blog was included in the CNN-Time list of the 25 best
      blogs in the world and was similarly recognized by Deutsche Welle's The
      Bobs.

      El Pa�s included you on its list of the most significant Latin Americans in
      2008. Foreign Policy named you one of the most important intellectuals of
      the year in December 2008, as did the Mexican magazine Gato Pardo.

      The prestigious Columbia University awarded you its Mar�a Moors Cabot
      journalism prize.

      How do you explain this avalanche of prizes, accompanied by significant
      amounts of money, after only a year in existence?

      7. On what have you spent the 250,000-euro prize money from these sources,
      which represent the equivalent of 20 years of a French minimum salary � and
      1,488 years of a Cuban minimum salary?

      8. The Inter-American Press Association � SIP-IAPA � a group of major Latin
      American media groups, named you its regional VP for Cuba, as part of its
      Commission on Freedom of the Press and Information. What is your monthly
      salary for this position?

      9. You are also a correspondent of the Spanish daily El Pa�s. What is your
      monthly salary?

      10. How many theater tickets, books, months of rent or pizzas can be bought
      with your monthly income?

      11. How do you intend to represent the Cuban people when you enjoy a
      standard of living that residents of the island can never enjoy?

      12. How do you connect to the Internet if, as you claim, Cuban citizens
      lack access?

      13. How can your blog accept Paypal, a payment system not available to any
      island resident because of economic sanctions that affect, among other
      things, e-commerce?

      14. How is it that you are able to display a copyright notice � �� 2009
      Generaci�n Y � All Rights Reserved� � when no other Cuban blogger can do
      the same because of the embargo?

      15. Who is behind the URL desdecuba.net, whose server is located in Germany
      and managed by Cronos AG Regensburg, a company registered in the name of
      Josef Biechele which also hosts extreme right-wing Web sites?

      16. How are you able to register your domain through the U.S. company
      GoDaddy, when this is formally forbidden under current economic sanctions?

      17. Your blog is available in 18 languages � including English, French,
      Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian .. Polish, Chinese, Japanese,
      Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Finnish, Korean and Greek.

      No other Web site in the World � not even the sites of important
      international agencies, such as the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, OECD or
      the European Union � offers this degree of linguistic support. Not even the
      U.S. State Department or the CIA offer this degree of access to non-English
      speakers. Who finances the translations?

      18. How is it possible that the site that hosts your blog offers bandwidth
      60 times greater than the Internet access service Cuba offers to its users?

      19. Who pays for the bandwidth control of 14 million monthly visits?

      20. You have 400,000 followers on Twitter. Only 100 of them live in Cuba.

      You yourself follow 80,000 Twitter users.

      You have stated that you �twit using a SMS connection without Web access.�
      How can you follow 80,000 persons without having an Internet connection?

      21. Follower Wonk � http://www.followerwonk.com � enables us to profile the
      followers of any Twitter user. Starting in 2010 your account has been
      amazingly active. Starting in June 2010, you were subscribing to 200
      different Twitter accounts each day, peaking at some 700 accounts per
      24-hour day. How did you accomplish this feat?

      22. Why are nearly 50,000 of your followers actually ghost accounts or
      inactive profiles? In fact, of the more than 400,000 profiled followers,
      27.012 are �eggs�) (no photo) and 20,000 exhibit the characteristics of
      �ghost� accounts with zero activity � between zero and three postings since
      the opening of the account.

      23. How is it possible that so many Twitter accounts exist only to follow
      and re-Tweet you, accounting for 2,000 messages? Would you be trying to
      create a fictitious popularity? Who financed the creation of fictitious
      Twitter accounts?

      24. In 2011, you published 400 messages per month. The price of sending one
      SMS message from Cuba is $1.25. So, you spent $7,000 in one year of Twitter
      use. Who pays for this?

      25. How is it possible for President Obama to grant an interview to you out
      of the hundreds of requests he receives from news media around the world?

      26. You have stated publicly that you sent Cuban president Ra�l Castro a
      request for interview after receiving Obama�s responses.

      An official document from the chief U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Jonathan D.
      Farrar, states that you never wrote to Ra�l Castro: �She was not expecting
      a response from him, admitting that she had never sent them to the
      president. Why did you lie?

      27. Why do you conceal your meetings with U.S. diplomatic personnel in
      Havana?

      28. According to documents revealed by Wikileaks, between September 16 and
      22 September, 2010, you met secretly in your apartment with assistant
      Secretary of State Bisa Williams during her visit to Cuba. Why have you
      remained silent about this meeting? What was discussed during it?

      29. Michael Parmly, the former U.S. chief of mission in Havana, says that
      he met regularly with you at your home, as confidential documents from the
      Cuban intelligence service attest. In an interview, Parmly shared his
      concern over the diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks: �I would be very
      distressed if the many conversations I have had with Yoani were disclosed.
      She could suffer the consequences her entire life.� The question that
      immediately comes to mind is: Why have you allegedly experienced legal
      troubles if, as you say, you operate within the bounds of the law?

      30. Do you still believe that �many Latin American writers deserved the
      Nobel Prize for LIterature more than Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez did�?

      31. Do you continue to believe that �during the Batista dictatorship
      (1952-58) Cuba enjoyed open and diverse freedom of press coverage and radio
      programming�?

      32. In 2010, you said: �The blockade has provided the regime with a perfect
      excuse to maintain its intolerance, its control and its repression of
      internal dissent. If economic sanctions were to end tomorrow, I doubt very
      much that the effects would be felt ��

      Did you continue to believe that economic sanctions have had no effect on
      the Cuban people?

      33. Do you condemn the imposition of economic sanctions on Cuba?

      34. Do you condemn the U.S. policy of regime change in Cuba under the
      banner of democracy, given that the U.S. has supported worse dictators in
      the Middle East?

      35. Do you favor the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban exile and
      former CIA agent responsible for more than 100 assassinations who has
      acknowledged his crimes and remains at large in Miami thanks to the
      protection of Washington?

      36. Do you favor the return of the naval base at Guant�namo, currently
      occupied by the U.S?

      37. Do you favor the freeing of five Cuban political prisoners held in the
      U.S. since 1998 for having infiltrated Cuban exile groups in Florida?

      38. In your view, is it normal for the U.S. to finance internal dissidents
      in order to bring about �regime change�?

      39. In your view, what have been the accomplishments of the Cuban
      Revolution?

      40. What special interests operate behind the scenes of your persona?


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