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  • Rayarena: Another example of yet another of our dear, dear Latrine brothers supporting us in our struggle. Yes, sir, Ernesto Londoño,...

  • Griffin: You’re brother got the better haircut. ; ) Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

  • TWFKAP: Amen. Thank G-d for this country.

  • Rayarena: Of course, Ernesto Londoño whom as we all know is currently in Cuba and was tweeting about his wonderful visit to Granma...

  • La Conchita: ….and “the people” of Cuba, Geeee, I wonder what “people” they’re talking about?

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Cuban Exile Gets Closer to Collecting Cuban Assets

Cuban Exile Gustavo Villoldo moved a step closer to collecting close to $3.5 billion in frozen Cuban government assets in U.S. banks. See http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/11/23/exile-who-survived-ill-fated-bay-pigs-invasion-seeks-billions-from-cuba/

El Niagara en Bicicleta

Much has been made of the health care system in Cuba. Many brag about the competency of Cuban physicians, while others discuss the free health benefits offered to the Cuban population. But like the propaganda by the New York Times editorials, much of the vibe is a smoke screen for the truth. And the best […]

U.S. Embargo, Who’s Leading Who?

Despite repeated cries by some Cuban-Americans and Americans that it’s time to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba that has been around since 1962, the answer still remains that it would be advantageous for the United States to keep the embargo in place. To those who claim that the embargo is a figment of someone’s […]

Cuban-Americans and the Ebola Virus

With all the hysteria going on about the ebola virus, I’d like to issue an edict to forbid the use by Cuban-American of the idiomatic expression “Oye, Asere. ¿Qué bola?” The literal translation of the above expression is “Hey, Dude. What’s up?!” The reason for the edict is that those who are not fluent in […]

Vandalism of “Achesino” Poster

  And here comes an accusation of vandalism of an "Achesino" poster in New Haven, Connecticut. See http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/10/09/che-guevara-image-at-new-haven-city-hall-exhibit-brings-out-scandal-and-vandal/

Cuban-American Poet Issues New Book

Cuban-American Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco released his new book "Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood" today, October 1, 2014. In the past, Babalublog contributor and Yale University Professor Carlos Eire also authored the book "Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy." It seems that growing up in Miami leaves indelible imprints […]

Cubans Are Fun-Loving People

The late Cuban-American historian, journalist, and historian Luis Aguilar León authored what many consider the definitive work on describing the personality traits of Cubans. In his “El Profeta Habla de los Cubanos,” Dr. Aguilar León indicates that “los cubanos toman en serio los chistes y hacen de todo lo serio un chiste … Su espíritu […]

YOANI SANCHEZ IS MOVING UP

An internationally recognized Cuban blogger known for her promotion of online freedom of expression is Georgetown University's new Yahoo! Fellow in International Values, Communications, Technology and the Global Internet. See http://www.georgetown.edu/news/yahoo-fellow-2014.html

Is It Time To Lift The U.S. Embargo?!!

To those who claim that it is time to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba, please listen up: Cuban Government officials, on September 10, 2014, calculated its negative impact on the Cuban economy at more than $1.1 trillion. It was never meant as a tool to topple the Cuban regime. Those who repeat the latter […]

WE NEED MORE LEADERS LIKE SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ

Following declarations from Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) clearly show why he is a breath of fresh air in foreign policy discussions. He is one of those rare politicians who calls a spade a spade – regardless of the political ramifications. Here he is telling CNN Anchor Candy Crowley on August 31, 2014, what the U.S. […]

Dr. Carlos J. (Juan) Finlay — Remembering Our History

With the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal celebrated on August 15, 2014, let’s not forget that a Cuban physician from Camaguey was partly responsible for the completion of this feat. During the construction of the canal, yellow fever/malaria was more lethal than the current Ebola virus in Africa. It is estimated that 20,000 died […]

WE AIN’T GOT, NO SATISFACTION!

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones celebrates his seventy-first birthday today. It’s a celebration for him. But for Cuban-Americans, they get “no satisfaction” when they think about the significance that this date has for them. For Cuban-Americans, today is a sad day to remember. On July 26, 1953, a group of 135 rebels led by […]

Cuban Intelligence Tries to Besmirch Senator Bob Menendez’ Reputation

The CIA has obtained credible evidence that links Cuban agents to an elaborate plot to smear Senator Bob Menendez, one of Washington’s most ardent critics of the Castro regime, with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes. Sen. Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue the evidence trail regardless of the consequences. At the […]

Cuban-American Breaks the Glass Ceiling

Judge Jorge Labarga is elevated to the position of Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. This is the first time that a Cuban-American (and a Hispanic) has occupied this position. Labarga came from Cuba when he was 11 years old. To read more about this story, click on http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/30/4211424/florida-supreme-court-welcomes.html

CUBAN EMBARGO. ANYTHING NEW?

The U.S. embargo against Cuba is a topic that is being discussed lately in the news.  Not much has changed since I and others addressed this topic in the March/April 2009 issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine. See http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/Out-of-the-Humidor_9201