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The Miami Herald – fidel’s PR tour de force

Great news! The Miami Herald reports: Cuban musicians and artists being granted visas to visit and perform outside of Cuba!!! Plus, an extra added bonus reference: New Bendixen Poll on how, once again, Cuban exiles are embracing fidel castro, etal.

15 comments to The Miami Herald – fidel’s PR tour de force

  • I'm not sure how relevant or irrelevant this may be, but Cuban chess grandmasters have been competing in Europe for many many years.

  • asombra

    So have Cuban musicians, as long as they're, uh, politically reliable.

    As for the Herald, like the New York Times, it deserves to reap exactly what it's sown, if not worse.

  • Honey

    Did you see that comment?
    Excellent, it says, history has absolved Fidel Castro. It's time the rest of the world does.
    Get ready for it, Humberto. Unreal.

  • Gigi

    Methinks that this PR blitz and historical revisionism dovetails with whatever is happening behind the scenes between the obama State Dept.'s soft-bellies and the cuban govt. You know, softening public opinion, preparing the territory....

  • Larry Daley

    Yes it is a time of:

    Castro si

    Honduras no!!!!!

    for the idiots at "Foggy Bottom" who as usual are "all wet"

  • Will there be mass defections? Not likely, these commie sell-outs are not likely to give up their status for freedom. How many truly great Cuban musicians and artists are here in exile and unable to find work?

  • asombra

    So many, MANY artists, of all sorts, with talent and without, are SO full of shit politically and morally that it's beyond disgusting. And I'm talking about artists in general, everywhere. I mean, just look at the Hollywood crowd. Talk about vomit-inducing, pretentious assholes.

  • Gigi

    Though I'm not well versed in the topic, my guess is that these sell-out puppets are sent to do their thing here because we have compatriots & other misfits who are willing to overlook political reality for the sake of artistic endeavor/exchange/whatever the heck it's called. It's all about moolah whether for the regime or the sell-outs themselves: so, if there's no audience, no press, no bookings, no $ale$ -- if we were to turn our backs completely on this charade and stop supporting it, there'd be no reason for them coming. We're often our worse enemy giving these people a hearing, or worse, buying their work - talented or not. As a case in point, I never knew who the Orishas were (until recently); their music played for years in a "conservative" talk show in Miami and I used to think they were a local band --- till I found out differently. If people like that are willing to sell their talents to the regime, we have no business, as a community, giving them the time of day.

  • asombra

    And by the way, as much as I scorn the entire Miami Herald outfit (both the English and Spanish versions), I don't feel much better about Cubans or Cuban-Americans who continue to enable it. I mean, if they must read it, do it online for free. I can't even bring myself to do THAT, except on rare occasions for very specific reasons.

  • pototo

    Well Gloria Estefan told CNN that she would play Habana if she were allowed to. Why not make the sellout complete?

  • asombra

    The way I see it, any musician of any nationality who plays in Havana on Castro, Inc.'s terms (which is the ONLY way to play there), knowing that the great Celia Cruz was denied entry into Cuba when her mother died there (in addition to being blacklisted in Cuba as an artist by Castro, Inc.), well, that musician is dishonorable. And please, if you disagree, it's your affair, not mine.

  • Honey

    I tried to paste it but it didn't work.
    Go to nationalrreview.com and look for Graham and Will Ferrel.
    Speaking of celebrities who are full of shit politically...I couldn't watch the celebrity video entirely , but those who do will get a fuller impact of the second video. This is priceless.

  • La Conchita

    Hate to see all of this ideological 'purity' blinding many of us into easily characterizing many Cubans as "sell outs" simply because they want to sing, act (yes, even under a repressive mafia dictatorship). We should be smart enough to try to captilize and work with all of these people to achieve OUR ENDS (freedom for all Cubans), instead of blindly putting them down. Yes, there are going to be some of them that are un-dying Castro-lovers (although I doubt under present circumstance if there are more than 2 of them left in Cuba now), so everyone - let's get smart about our efforts, and let's try to WIN OVER as many as we can BEFORE we start shooting at ALL OF THEM!

  • Gigi

    I take issue with your "blinding" comment, LC. If anything, most commenters on this blog have superb historical 20/20 vision. Please show me some evidence, over the last 50 years, when have any overtures by anybody on this side of the FL straits contributed to freedom for Cubans?

    Hello?? Lights appear to be ON, is anybody home?

    The overtures you appear to be describe are old hat - the been there done dat type of thing that have proven fruitless repeatedly. Were it not that way, we would be more supportive of such efforts --- but you can't deal with the regime, it will bite your lily-whites, chew you in one side and spit you out the other.

    Ilusos -- as Zoe Valdes calls it.

  • La Conchita

    =Please show me some evidence, over the last 50 years, when have any ____________ by anybody on this side of the FL straits contributed to freedom for Cubans?"

    Gigi, I actually more than agree with your above statement, which is why I left the operative word blank and you can insert ANY word to that effect, and the bottom line result is the same - and that is my point.

    I go to sleep every night wondering why things are the way they are in Cuba, have been for 50 years, and continue to be.

    I have dreamt that all it would take is 15 Apachees manned by trained Cuban expats to end this nightmare in just 6 hours. That it would be so simple and so impossible at the same time.

    That the Castros have outsmarted EVERYONE the past 50 years. His own people, the exiles, this government, the world, and his own henchmen. The Castros are still alive, in power, and still oppressing. The rest......- helpless spectators!

    Pardon me while I vent....

    WELL GOD DAMMIT!!!! I AM TIRED OF THE SAME SHIT FROM EVERYONE!!!! NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN CUBA THE PAST 50 YEARS AND I HEAR THE SAME SHIT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CARIBBEAN THAT HASN'T DONE CRAP FOR OUR PEOPLE'S FREEDOM. MY MOM AND DAD (AND COUNTLESS OF OTHERS) ARE NOW DEAD, NEVER TO SEE FREEDOM IN THE LAND THAT THEY LEFT. SO IT'S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP AND TRY - TRY - TRY - TRY - SOMETHING DIFFERENT. ANYTHING!!!

    ORIGINALLY, LIKE MANY, I WAS DUBIOUS ABOUT JUANES AND HIS INTENTIONS! WELL, AFTER HAVING SEEN WHAT HE ATTEMPTED TO DO, I SAY 'GODSPEED' TO YOU AND MANY OTHERS WHO ATTEMPT IN GOOD FAITH TO DO 'SOMETHING' ABOUT OUR PEOPLE IN CUBA!!!