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  • asombra: I’m sorry, but this is giving the SOB way too much benefit of the doubt. There isn’t ANY doubt.

  • asombra: McGovern looks like he’s “tarado,” and then some.

  • asombra: Just as women shouldn’t wear certain things after a certain age, dictators shouldn’t run around in military costume...

  • asombra: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Fidel look so Latrine as in this photo. Instant classic.

  • asombra: Another good piece on “Gabo” (in Spanish): http://enrisco.blogspot.com/20 14/04/cien-anos-de-imbecilidad .html

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“Oye compay, que semana”: We talk Cuba with Jorge Ponce!

Jorge Ponce and I looked back at this big "semana" of Cuba news. It started with the handshake, talk of Dr Gross, calls for lifting the embargo, to more of Alberto's posts about human rights violations in the island. Even Elian made the news this week.  Wonder if someone told Elian that his mother died to […]

(Lo que uno aprende en The NY Times): “Glimmers of Tolerance for Voices of Dissent”!

According to The NY Times, change is happening in Cuba:  "Within Cuba’s Revolution, Glimmers of Tolerance for Voices of Dissent" "Glasnost it is not, say Cuban intellectuals and analysts. But glimpses of candor in the official news media and audacious criticism from people who, publicly at least, support the revolution suggest widening tolerance of a […]

And my mother said: “Mataron a Kennedy”

November 22 means the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. It always takes me back to that day in Cuba when we got the news. We were "gusano waiting for el telegrama" to leave Cuba. We eventually left in July '64. It was a time of terrible tension and fear that "el comite" would find […]

Communist Cuba “no se puede arreglar” and that is why change is near

It must be tough being Raul Castro these days. He tries this or that but Cuba is still a disaster. He yells at the younger generation but they are not paying attention. He wants people to be more productive but they are not. Cuba can not be fixed. There is no version of a "Perestroika […]

The missiles in Cuba: “Se fueron los cohetes pero se quedo Castro”!

We sat around my father's Phillips radio, or the one with a short wave band.   By the way, this radio was a lifeline to international news. My father purchased it because it was one of the first FM models to be available in Cuba.  However, it was the short wave band that became the […]

“El jefe de Babalu” on CANTO TALK

We spoke with Alberto de la Cruz on Wednesday night. As Babalu readers know, our friend Alberto has done a great job posting about the "fake reforms" and continuing "repression". Fausta Wertz, editor of Fausta's Blog, also joined our panel.  Please check Fausta's Blog for daily coverage of US-Latin America news. Enjoy the show: WEDNESDAY: […]

Columbus Day: The story of the guy who was looking for India and discovered “El Indio Hatuey”!

Another year and 25 reasons to remember Columbus, or Colon as we say in Spanish. One of those reasons is that he set foot in Cuba: "Columbus and his crew pressed on, landing in Cuba on Oct. 28 and then turning southward—away from Florida and the land of the future United States—and arriving in Hispaniola […]

ObamaCare is starting to look like “la zafra de 10 millones”!

My mother said this about Obama in 2008:  "Este tipo habla mucho....como Fidel". I guess that Cuban mothers know best! Our mothers have a good eye for charlatans, don't they? In 1970, Fidel Castro, the self appointed "experto de todo" in Cuba, challenged Cubans to a "zafra de 10 millones": "Workers were exhorted to participate […]

A few thoughts about Che

Our friend Humberto Fontova posted a great story about Che. I loved that he referred to Che as a "....cowardly, murdering swine...." Thumbs up to Humberto for one of the very best descriptions that I've ever heard of that swine named Che! I sent my sons, nieces and other young friends a copy of the […]

CANTO TALK goes Babalu this weekend

We had a great time this weekend talking to some of our Babalu friends. On Friday, it was Fernando Hernandez, ("The Cubans") Regina Anavy ("Out of Cuba") and Jorge Ponce.  We discussed their books and Jorge's article about Hispanic Heritage month and the Obama administration; FRIDAY'S WRITERS: Regina Anavy, Fernando Hernandez & Jorge Ponce.... Listen […]

Even “El Pais” thinks that Branson was over the top!

We saw Alberto De La Cruz's post earlier today about Richard Branson dressing up as Che to promote his new business ventures. I found this from "El Pais" in Spain to be rather interesting: "Si el Che Guevara levantara la cabeza, probablemente volvería a morirse al ver que uno de los hombres más ricos del mundo, defensor del capitalismo […]

Celia

We miss you, Celia. We miss your smile, your laughter, your love of life, your music, your inimitable voice, and your love of Cuba and her freedom. We miss your soul, your spirit and your AZUCAR!!!!

Raul Makes Important Announcement

On Sunday, July 7, 2013, Cuban Dictator Raul Castro praised the offers of asylum by Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia to fugitive U.S. spy Edward Snowden, and proclaimed to Cuba’s National Assembly that other countries in the region have the right to grant asylum “to those persecuted for their ideals or struggles for democracy, according to […]

Twenty Pro-Democracy Movement Women Who Strike Fear in Castro

Capitol Hill Cubans highlight this homage from artist Rolando Pulido: Day in and day out, these courageous women make Castro's military dictatorship tremble. Otherwise, why does it seek to silence them through brute force and intimidation?

Backdoor Capitalism: Cuba’s Golf Courses for Elite Foreigners Get Green Light

Isn't that great? Now all those Hollywood visitors can now drag their expensive golf clubs along on these trips to paradise. Gee, I sure hope they get them completed so Obama can be the first Prezzy to golf in Cuba during the ongoing and endless "Revolution"... BBC - Five decades after Fidel Castro ordered Cuba's […]