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What’s wrong with undermining a tyranny?

Earlier today, I added my thoughts to The Washington Post editorial that Alberto de la Cruz commented on. These are some of the points that I made: "There is nothing wrong with the US trying "undermine tyranny," such as the one in Cuba. Have people forgotten that Cuba is still a communist dictatorship? Or that […]

Happy # 24 to TV Marti

On this day in 1990, TV Marti was born: "The U.S. government begins the operation of TV Marti, which broadcast television programs into communist Cuba. " TV Marti's mission is to bring news to the Cuban people.   It was born a few years after Radio Marti.  We congratulate all of our Cuban friends in […]

A chat with Orestes Matacena & Fausta Wertz about Cuba today

A few days ago, Alberto introduced some of our readers to Orestes Matacena, the very successful Cuban-American filmmaker: "His most recently produced screenplay was "Bitter Sugar," a love story that takes place in today's tyrannical Cuba. It opened to excellent reviews and has done extremely well at the box office both in the US and […]

Cuba: Dr. Oscar Biscet brutally beaten, arrested – Updated

Dr. Oscar Biscet, physician, winner of numerous human rights awards, including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, was arrested and brutally beaten earlier today. Just in on Twitter, from Dr. Biscet's wife Elsa Morejon: #Cuba @OscarBiscet fue brutalmente golpeado por policia politica cuando lo arrestaron, desconozco donde esta. @AnaJure_Oficial @CSW_UK — Elsa Morejon (@ElsaMorejon) February […]

Cuba today: “Los Castros no quieren cambio”

(This is my new Cuba post over at American Thinker) We've seen this movie many times before.  It starts with a country giving Cuba a line of credit or going around the US embargo.  It is followed by high expectations that Cuba will change once Cubans in the island greet foreign tourists or Spaniards build […]

A couple of “fechas” to remember this weekend

We recall a couple of dates from Cuban history this weekend. First, the Maine blew up in Cuba on February 15, 1898.   This is from the front page of The NY Times the next day: "At 9:45 o'clock this evening a terrible explosion took place on board the United States battleship Maine in Havana […]

Cuban opposition leader Jorge Luis Garcia “Antunez” arrested, whereabouts unknown

While Alfy and other morally compromised individuals are busy making deals with the murderous Castro regime, in Cuba, those who disagree and dare to stand up for their human rights suffer violent repression and arrest. Jorge Luis Garcia "Antunez" along with family members were arrested Wednesday. His whereabouts is unknown at this time. Various posts […]

We remember the life and times of Jose Marti

What does Jose Marti mean to Cuban Americans? How do we preserve the legacy of Jose Marti? We spoke with Jorge Ponce, contributor to Babalu Blog; and Victor Triay,author of various books about Cuba. You can hear the show live (9 pm CT) or in the archives: We remember Jose Marti.....hosted by Silvio Canto Jr on 1/28/2014 […]

55 years of the Castro regime with Jorge Ponce

We spoke with Jorge Ponce, fellow contributor to Babalu, about the 55th anniversary of the Castro regime. Like Jorge, I came here as a kid and grew up in the US.  Nevertheless, we do have some memories of communism in the island. My family came here in 1964.  Jorge's family arrived in 1966. Here is […]

Today in 1961: Eisenhower closes the US embassy in La Habana

As the US was getting ready for the new Kennedy administration, President Eisenhower decided to close the US embassy in Havana and terminate diplomatic relations with Cuba; "In the climax of deteriorating relations between the United States and Fidel Castro's government in Cuba, President Dwight D. Eisenhower closes the American embassy in Havana and severs diplomatic relations. The action signaled […]

January 1, 1959: “Batista se fue” dijo mi mama!

Like other 6 year old kids in Cuba, I slept through the events of the night before. My recollection is our home the next morning, or 55 years ago today. My dad was on the phone, my mom was getting our breakfast ready and listening to the phone conversation. The TV and radio were on […]

“The struggle begins”: A book about Cubans in the US

Guest: Victor Andres Triay, author of "The struggle begins".  This is a Cuban story circa 1960-62. CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN: ;The struggle begins;: A book by Victor Andres Triay.....http://t.co/u0keKwZK9D — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) December 27, 2013    

The Escambray guerillas story with Enrique Encinosa

We spoke with Enrique Encinosa, Cuban American activist.  He has written about the Escambray story. Click below for the show: The Escambray guerillas story with Enrique En... by Silvio Canto Jr http://t.co/i3rv6uRJxw — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) December 27, 2013        

Enjoy my chat with Carlos Eire about Cuba, 54 years after Castro

Our friend Carlos Eire is a real treasure.  We love his books and the many posts on Babalu. A year ago, Carlos recalled the 54th anniversary of the Castro regime: "Today is a grim day for me, and many Cubans. Every new year marks the same hideous anniversary...." We did a show about the post […]

“La agencia Los Hermanos Castro” has a big car sale in the island!

The Castro dictatorship has just announced "la ultima reforma": "The Communist Party newspaper, Granma, said the Council of Ministers approved new regulations on Wednesday that "eliminate existing mechanisms of approval for the purchase of motor vehicles from the state." As a result, Granma said, "the retail sale of new and used motorcycles, cars, vans, small trucks and mini […]