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Drinking Cuba Libres with Bacardi Rum

Having lived in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area for 48 years and having worked for the Federal Government for over thirty years, I learned the art of building coalitions to get things done. The only way to get anything done in this town is to get like-minded individuals together on the deal. There is no […]

Cuban-American in the Sochi Olympics

Cuban-Americans will have something to celebrate at the upcoming Sochi Olympics on February 2014. Cuban-American Eddy “The Jet” Alvarez got a spot in the U.S. Olympic speed skating team. Eddy was raised in Miami Beach.   For more on this story, click on

Richard Blanco, the First Hispanic Inaugural Poet

Richard Blanco – the first Hispanic, the first openly gay person, and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. He was the inaugural poet for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. For a brief seven minutes in January 2013, Blanco was center stage before a national TV, radio, and online audience of 20 million […]

I Feel Cuba Every Day

I have lived for 49 years in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, and Cuba has never left me. In the winter time, during all the desolation associated with the inclement cold weather, the snow, the trees without leaves, the lack of sufficient sunlight, Cuba is always on my mind. When I am in the mood […]

The Phantom of La Habana

Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in nine months at the opening of an art studio in La Habana. His emaciated features would make him a prime candidate for a portrait by El Greco – a famous painter of the late Renaissance Spanish art whose art works were famous for elongated twists and forms, […]

Senate Confirms a Cuban-American

The U.S. Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday, December 20, 2013, to serve as the no.2 official in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. See

Socialismo o Muerte?

Ramón Sánchez Parodi , a long-time head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, indicated recently that the Cuban Government has given up on President Barack Obama to restore the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. He’s even given up on the Democrats, and looked up to the Republicans to make it […]

Cuba Is Not The “World”

Here is the story of two Argentine students who visited Cuba recently during Human Rights Day. They got tired of seeing the surreal Cuba that most tourists – like Jay-Z and Beyoncé – love to brag about, and decided to see the real Cuba of the average population and human rights dissidents. For their curiosity, […]

Senator Ted Cruz Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Here is what Senator Ted Cruz had to say about the passing of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013: "Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave […]

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco’s Journey Home To America

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco talks about his experiences growing up as a Cuban-American, about excelling by belonging to two cultures.   To read up on his latest projects, click on

Great Tribute to the Guarachera de Cuba

Jennifer Lopez paid a magnificent tribute to the Guarachera de Cuba and World’s Salsa Queen Celia Cruz at the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24, 2013. To view it, click on

Arturo — He Did It His Way!

President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom on November 20, 2013, to one of our own -- Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval. Congratulations to him as he makes us very proud. This celebration is a special one as we celebrate this year the 50th anniversary that the late President John F. Kennedy established this prestigious […]

Our Day Will Come!

Every time that I lose faith that there is a chance for a better Cuba AC (After the Castro’s), I gain hope when I see these two giants together – Willy Chirino and Dr. Guillermo Fariñas. Willy is a giant in the music arena, while Guillermo is a giant in the battle for human rights […]

Lack Of Civil Liberties For Afro-Cubans In Cuba Today

My good friend Silvio Canto asked me yesterday to do a radio show on the hunger strike of Cuban dissident “El Critico del Arte,” and on the letter published in the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in support of the Afro-Cuban dissidents in Cuba.   My first reaction to Silvio’s […]

The Road Less Traveled

Most of us are bombarded since an early age with what others want us to be, instead of what we want for ourselves. Read my latest op-ed on this topic at