It comes in a skirt

I feel a mix of exhaustion and happiness because yesterday, finally, the award ceremony for the first Cuban blogger contest, A Virtual Island, took place. The last few days leading up to this magical 09.09.09 I barely had time to sleep, deep in the preparations and deliberations. The end result made up for the dark circles under my eyes, because all of us who gathered at the awards ceremony felt we were witnessing soething special. Now the word “blogger” is no longer, for us, a rare combination of letters, rather on this Island its connotations are increasingly clear. It means to get the information, to break the monopoly of the official media over the news, to let out what we have been silent about for years, while we go through an accelerated course in citizenship in cyberspace.

I am particularly pleased that among the winners of the most important prizes have been brave and talented women. The Cuban blogosphere definitely comes in a skirt and I find this better than if it were garbed in a military uniform.

You can read the jury’s decision here, and here are the prizes.

* Award for Best Blog: Claudia Cadelo, Octavo Cerco

* Prize awarded by Internet votes for most popular: Claudia Cadelo, Octavo Cerco

* Prize for the best blog design: Boring Home Utopics, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

* Prize for Best Journalistic Blog shared between Miriam Celaya, Sin Evasion, and the blog of the Association for Freedom of the Press, by a group of independent journalists.

* Prize for Best Photo Blog: Boring Home Utopics, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

* Special Mention for a blog done in difficult circumstances: Voice Through the Bars, Pablo Pacheco

* Special mention for a blog’s contribution to the debate: The Digital Controversy, Elaine Diaz

* Special mention for a blog’s contribution to the debate: Bridging, by Enrique Pineda Barnet

I want to thank the many friends who made possible the difficult use of Tweets, that we managed to send from the awards ceremony.

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25 thoughts on “It comes in a skirt

  1. Post deleted — One person is posting under many many names and pretending to be different people. Please speak only for yourself.

  2. Candido:
    “furry” is the Joseph Fouche of Cuba. Very dangerous MF..He is not considered one of “historics” but he joined at very early to the guerrilla warfare in the Sierra Maestra. He was sent to the Sierra Maestra by Frank Pais , he was one of some who signed a letter asking F. Castro not to be in any direct combative action because he was very important to the Revolution.Fidel Castro was very greatful for that .Their rational was that they did not want Fidel to die in the same way as Marti did. He was assigned by Raul Castro to be in charge of the counterintelligence at the very early stages of the guerrilla warfare against Batista. In other words, he was the first CHIVATON. A person who has the total trust of Raul Castro even more so than Ramiro Valdes..

    http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Joseph_Fouche.aspx

  3. The following information, is the official report -published in Granma- about the dead of one of the main members of the Fidel Castro’s mafia gang!!!!,,,the “slave” of the gang!!!!, which, like toy soldiers they fall one right behind the other.

    I’m sorry but it was published only in Spanish!!!!

    Falleció el Comandante de la Revolución Juan Almeida Bosque
    Con profundo dolor, la Dirección del Partido y del Estado comunica a nuestro pueblo que el Comandante de la Revolución Juan Almeida Bosque, miembro del Buró Político y Vicepresidente del Consejo de Estado, falleció en esta capital a las 11:30 de la noche de ayer 11 de septiembre, como consecuencia de un paro cardio-respiratorio

    Duelo Oficial
    Mientras esté vigente el Duelo Oficial, la bandera nacional será izada a media asta en los edificios públicos y establecimientos militares.

    If the people of Cuba were enough free to publish their opinion freely and without repression, the report in a free News Papers would say:

    “With a lot of happiness, we, the people, did receive the news about the dead of one of the members of the mafia gang that has been abusing of us for more than 50 years, and now, he will rest in Hell forever and ever.

    Starting tonight, all the Cuban people, can celebrate this date which will be written in history praying for getting the same ,,,,just for 3 or 4 more to go!!!!!”

    Candido

  4. Concubi!!!,,yes I know that “Furry” is a truly killing machine, a very black mind, full of crimes and author of a lot of the oppressive rules, but, he was not among the founders ,,,in other words, he came to the gang, several years later,,,but he was not inside of the main cell, form the beginning.

    Any ways, he will get, also, in the near future his particular spot in Hell too!!!,,,for sure!!! I hope so,,,,he can’t escape!!! you will see it!!!

    Candido

  5. Hi,,,my friends!!!!,there is a big party in Hell Today!!!!,,,Juan Almeida is dead!!!,,it is officìal,,thanks god!!!!.

    The Devil is going to be waiting for him,,,and the reception will be so big!!!.

    How many more therè are to go?,,,3, 4,,,more or less?,,,The “Killer in Chief”, “his gay brother”, the “Cuban Himler” – read it as Ramiro Valdez- Who else?,,,may be “the jakal” -Ricardo Alarcon-,,,I forgot,,,Guillermo Garcia ,,,,Am I right? or not?.

    Tell me something Concubi!!!!,,step by step,,,all of them are going down!!!!,,then at least, to me, there is a little bit of satisfaction, knowing that one by one, they are dying, and I coul be witness, of that way of justice!!!!.

    Today I will get drunk of happiness (I´m joking with regard to be drunk,,but about hapiness I´m very serious!!!!),,,,the Devil is receiving one more,,,,,he is waiting for a few more!!!!

    Viva Cuba Libre,,,,I hope thst the nex one will be the “Killer in Chief”!!!!

    Candido

  6. Hi JEAN FRANCOIS PETIT,

    You are right I’ve never been in France. I’m sorry to hear that things are not going well in you country.But from my experience change starts at the top and trickle down to the regular people.Eventually you country will find the right path.The right leader.
    I was just try to compare the situation of your people to the situation of the people of my island.
    I just going to tell you this… in fact.. lets make a deal, lets find a neutral person of any part of the world who wants to emigrate, somebody who wants to start all over in another country because they can’t make a living in (his- her) country. Given the choice I guarantee you that this imaginary person will choose France over Cuba many times over…

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  8. Robert,Pepito, Ahuio.
    Thank you for explaining to us what the french comment of Pipato was all about.

    France, according to your commentaries is becoming the Cuba of the Mediterranean sea.The only difference is that in the next elections of that European country you will have the choice to change the president of your country.Things will be better. Cuba in the other hand will have no choice,my island will remain the tirany of the Caribean sea.Things will be worse.

  9. Post deleted — One person is posting under many many names and pretending to be different people. Please speak only for yourself.

  10. Post deleted — One person is posting under many many names and pretending to be different people. Please speak only for yourself.

  11. Post deleted — One person is posting under many many names and pretending to be different people. Please speak only for yourself.

  12. Blog anti-Petrobras fue cerrado por la censura

    Blog de Petrobras Hechos y cifras fue censurada en el pasado fin de semana, y ahora, se cerró para siempre. El proveedor de WordPress, que fue sede de ello, aceptó la presión del gobierno federal, no apoyaban las duras críticas y verdadero, y prohibió a su editor para seguir con la publicación. Fue el primer caso.

    En Venezuela, la censura fue tan evidente en marcha y practicado por gobiernos dictatoriales tirano Hugo Chávez. Tenemos que alentar y noticias como esta gobernando el país, tratando de conseguir en los principales periódicos y así, garantizar la libertad de expresión y, además, la preservación del estado democrático.

    Poco a poco y con la impunidad, estamos perdiendo nuestra libertad. Tenemos el deber moral de Ragir en el más furioso y contundente posible.

    Vamos a boicotear las gasolineras BR.

  13. You are right English translator that french comment looks like the Granma newspaper anyways. Probably is one of those “reflections”, that everybody reads , but nobody understands.

  14. You are right English translator that french comment looks like the Granma newspaper anyways. Probably is one of those “reflections”, that eveybody reads , but nobody understands.

  15. Actually, I probably know more French than Spanish (well maybe it’s about the same by now), but I can’t really tell you what’s going on. That’s way too much French for me to try to read. So perhaps a few commentators have lost their way — but everyone is welcome here (within the “rules” of somewhat civil discourse)… so… welcome nuestros amigos frances.

    Your Friendly English Translator

  16. Concubino:

    After more than 50 years of cruel repression under the hard fist of Castro and his mafia gang, we have a lot of Victor Manuel,,,,,let me just mention some of them:
    Silvio Rodriguez, Pablito Milanes, Amaury Perez Vidal, Osvaldo Rodriguez (now “living in Miami and enjoying the benefits of capitalism !!!!), Juan Formell, etc, etc,,,,and I’m not mentioning actors, athletes , etc, etc,,,,that have been able to declare that their medals were dedicated to the Fuhrer ,,,,I’m sorry Castro!!!!, who later, forgot how and under what sacrifices were gained and without any hesitation could send the athlete to prison or to the fire squad!!!!

    With regard to that french “guy”,,,don’t forget that the french are jealous and their envy against USA or anything related with America will be enough excuse to criticize it, even talking bad about themselves, remember that even during their Revolution, they were masters of the terror, and the Guillotine was busy,,,,very busy,,,,and at the end,,,even, the guy who was pushing and pushing to establish the terror as a means to directing,,,, was sent it himself to the Guillotine!!!!,,,he tasted his own medicine!!! (Robespierre)

    There is not comparison,,,Cubas’s youth has been very repressed and abused during the last 50 years, that nothing,,,nothing, will be worse than they already have,,,nothing!!!!

    Candido

  17. I think we need the intervention of our friendly French -English translator. What the heck is going on here?.

    I’m gonna complicate metters a little. The confesed communist Victor Manuel singing to the very right General Fransisco Franco in Spanish. Victor Muel is going to Cuba to sing along Juanes Sept 20

  18. The people below writing in Spanish and French seem to be confused as to the web site they’re in. They might consider having their prescription eyeglasses adjusted so they can point and click in the right spot.

    I’m sure that France being a democratic country has plenty of forums to discuss issues pertaining to the French Youth. Last time I checked, the country has the longest living population in Europe, so those youth must be straightening themselves out once past adolescence.

    If they’re not confused, then they’re thugs trying to sabotage this sight in an unusual way. Carbo what do you think? Are these agents?

  19. Yoani:

    Congratulations on your successful awards ceremony. I’ve looked at the sites for some of the winners that I had not seen before and they make for great reading or viewing as in the case of Pardo Lazo’s site.

    Felicitations to Claudia also. May you enjoy the laptop and put it to full use.

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