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Yoani Sanchez
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    (September 4, 1975- )
    Born in Havana, Cuba
    Blogger and computer programmer
    Writes about the struggles of daily life and absence of civil liberties in Cuba on her blog 'Generation Y'
    Graduated from University of Havana with degree in philology (2000)
    Wrote 'Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth About Cuba Today' (2011)
    She resembles Demi Moore.
    She despises intellectualism and high culture ever since she graduated from university.
    Also, she was originally trained to be a philologist, only to completely lose interest in it.
    Some have mistakenly accused her of being leftist simply because of her poor background despite her opposition to a communist regime.
    She left Cuba for Switzerland and stayed there for two years without obtaining government permission. (2002-2004)
    Upon returning back to Cuba for a 'family visit', she destroyed her passport so that she won't be deported.
    She quarreled with Raúl Castro's daughter Mariela over the subject of human rights in Cuba on Twitter. (November 8, 2011)
    She risks her life telling the outside world about her difficult life in Cuba.
    Her European appearance and ability to speak German enabled her to enter tourist hotels, where she could access a computer that could allow her to post her blog from a flash memory.
    Generation Y has been viewed by over half a million people worldwide.
    She wants commenters on her blog to be respectful because she wants to end the cycle of flame wars. (November 2008)
    She was denied permission to attend the award ceremony of her reception of the Maria Moors Cabot prize from Columbia University. (October 2009)
    She and three people were kidnapped and tortured by Castro supporters who covered up traces of her wounds. (November 6, 2009)
    She and her husband got arrested for her attempt to write about the trial of Ángel Carromero for murdering political activist Oswaldo Payá. (October 4, 2012)

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