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Christian Science Monitor publishes 4 stories on Cuba

The Christian Science Monitor recently published a series of stories on Cuba's disgruntled youth, women dissidents, blogger Yoani Sánchez and the independent library movement.

Through his biting lyrics, Bian Rodríguez vents the anger he says other young Cubans also feel at being trapped in a system that doesn't represent them, won't allow them to speak freely, and – worst of all – stifles their ability to get ahead.

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Only a handful of Cuban dissidents are willing to take on the risk of fighting for basic freedoms. While these spirited few – many of whom are now women – don't wield much clout, they insist that more people are quietly asking them how to get involved.

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez won the Spanish equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, but her government did not allow her to leave the country to receive it.

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A government critic's collection includes Bibles, books by Cuban defectors, and positive biographies about Fidel Castro. His collection of movies, mostly documentaries about Cuban human rights violations or nonviolent reformers such as Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr., was taken away by security agents.

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