Cuba’s Castro dictatorship has clung to power for more than five decades. As the regime ages and the outside sources of finance that buttress it are put in jeopardy, a new generation of Cubans is using the Internet to dissent against the pervasive lack of freedom and opportunity in their country.
At a meeting in Washington, DC, next week, prominent Cuban dissident writers Yoani Sanchez and Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo — recently given permission to travel outside Cuba — will describe life in current-day Cuba, the activities of the island’s dissident community in the face of repression, and the prospects for a free country. They will also assess the extent of Raul Castro’s so-called reforms and share their vision of a pluralistic, tolerant society.
Yoani Sanchez, Dissident blogger, Generation Y
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (above), Photographer and Editor, Voces
Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute