Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez ranked among top ‘Global Thinkers’

After being honored by Foreign Police magazine, Yoani Sánchez tweeted that she’s just “thinking of how to make the rice last until the end of the month.” Juan O Tamayo reports in The Miami Herald.

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has been named by the Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine as one of its “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for her posts on life on the island, “from Raúl Castro’s latest pronouncements to the taste of mangoes.”

With her usual sharp wit, Sánchez sent a tweet Tuesday saying, “Beautiful paradoxes of life. My name on FP list of 100 thinkers, and now I am ‘thinking’ of how to make the rice last until the end of the month.”

In another tweet moments later, she noted that a government-sponsored seminar on “Alternative Media and Social Networks” had just started in Havana. “No alternative blogger has been invited. 🙂 .”

Sánchez ranked No. 81 on the list, described as “a unique portrait of 2011’s global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them,” published in the December issue of Foreign Policy, part of the Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, LLC, in Washington.

Also on the list were 14 figures of the “Arab Spring,” President Barack Obama, Chinese artist Ai WeiWei and Bill and Melinda Gates. The only other Latin Americans on the list were Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and Venezuelan newspaper editor Teodoro Petkoff.

The 36-year-old philologist has won a string of mayor international prizes since she launched her blog, Generación Y, in 2007.

“Sánchez’s rise owes at least as much to her literary gifts as to the power of Web 2.0.,” Foreign Policy noted. “Approaching her country’s ills with both hopefulness and a gimlet eye, where most Cuba commentators are didactic and ideologically entrenched, her posts — on everything from Raúl Castro’s latest pronouncements to the taste of mangoes — have over the years painted an unusually vivid portrait of a society in limbo.”

Her blog “stands as a rebuke to a government that still sharply limits its citizens’ access to the Internet,” the report noted, adding a quote from one of her posts in February: “We have taken back what belongs to us … These virtual places are ours, and they will have to learn to live with what they can no longer deny.”

The Foreign Policy report gave its top 14 spots to pro-democracy activists in the Arab world, from Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who helped launch the revolt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman of Yemen.

Foreign Policy also named Sánchez as one of the “10 Most Influential Latin American Intellectuals” of 2008, the same year that Time magazine put her on its list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

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