Just a few weeks after going tweet-to-tweet with dissident Yoani Sánchez in a bracing welcome to the open debate that reigns online, Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and director of the National Sexual Education Center, has launched a blog.

"El blog de Mariela Castro" featured Castro's first two posts on Wednesday, although readers have not yet been provided with the chance to leave responses or comments.

Castro, well-known in Cuba for her work in favor of the rights of sexual minorities, published her first blog article on the visit she made in October to Amsterdam and another on the discussions in the Cuban legislature concerning the "racial problem" on the Communist-ruled island.

In the second piece, Castro says that she was invited on Tuesday to a working meeting of the National Assembly at which lawmakers discussed racism and in which Culture Minister Abel Prieto and parliament speaker Ricardo Alarcon also participated.

According to what she said in her blog post, the 53 years of the Cuban Revolution confirm that the country must work on an ongoing basis on educational and social communication strategies to achieve "cultural changes" in society and "full justice."

The second and last plenary session of the National Assembly this year will take place on Friday.

Mariela Castro last month opened her first Twitter account (@CastroEspinM), which in just a few hours engendered debate and a controversial exchange of messages with independent blogger Yoani Sanchez, who has - over time - been critical of the Cuban regime. 

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