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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


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


Alicia Alonso of the National Ballet of Cuba ponders the reasons that triggered eight of its dances to defect during a recent performance in Puerto Rico. I am certain that Alicia is also wondering what ever happened to the “patria-o-muerte” convictions of these dancers after the long and arduous indoctrination that they received at public […]

New Chapter for Alan Gross

On May 31, 2014, the U.S. Government released five of the Taliban’s most influential commanders from the military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Now that this new development has taken place, I predict that the Cuban Government will exchange Alan Gross for the Cuban Four Spies shortly.

Who’s Got His Head in the Sand?

The following article shows why Charlie Crist, who is challenging Governor Rick Scott in his re-election bid in Florida, can't be trusted. For Cuban-Americans, it would be treasonous to vote for Crist. Nevertheless, his flip-flopping stance on the Cuban embargo issue is illustrative of his lack of character, authenticity, and reliability on other issues. Crist suggested […]

Another Cuban-American High-School Student Makes It To a Top University

Read the story of another Cuban-American high-school student who made it to MIT. It just proves that when you got it, you got it. When you have innate talent and intelligence, you'll make it anywhere in the world. Language barrier, cultural assimilation, standardized tests, and other obstacles won't matter. See

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Genius or Villain?

After the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez on April 17, 2014, I read with great interest a myriad of articles and op-eds on his life. Some were complimentary, while others were derogatory. Who was right and who was wrong? This was the trigger that motivated me to write an op-ed on this issue, which you […]

Happy Mother’s Day

I dedicate the following song to all the wonderful mothers of the world. The song was composed by Cuban song-writer Osvaldo Farrés (1903-1985), who composed hits like “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”; “Acercate Mas”; “Tres Palabras”; and “Toda Una Vida.” “Madrecita” is considered Farrés’ most popular song in Cuba, although it is hardly remembered in the diaspora. […]

Ricardo Nuñez-Portuondo, One Less Cuban-American to Fight the Fight for Cuba’s Freedom

Having been raised in Northern Virginia, I never had an opportunity to meet or read article about the exploits of Cuban-American Ricardo Nuñez-Portuondo – who passed away at age 80 this week. He had a stellar professional career that included appointments by two Republican presidents. President Gerald Ford named him National Director of the Cuban […]

Senator Bob Menendez Delivers Again

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered an outstanding and thorough speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate on April 7, 2014, on Cuba and Venezuela. I’ve often stood for the proposition that an enemy of my enemies is my friend – regardless of political affiliations or religious […]

The Winds of Change

The winds of change have reached the "Washington Post." Under the new ownership of Jeff Bezos, editorials and op-eds friendlier to the Cuban-American cause are now being published. In the past, it was a different ball game -- as op-eds from the like of Eugene Robinson were hostile to the restoration of democracy to Cuba. […]

Working As A Team

So very often, the majority of people that we come in contact with are driven by a “what’s in it for me” philosophy. Obviously, they have not read the writings of management guru John C. Maxwell, whose first indisputable law of teamwork is that “one is too small a number to achieve greatness.” If you […]

Great Advice For Those Who Dare To Underestimate The Cuban-American Vote