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TUESDAY: We look at Cuba with Alberto de la Cruz, Editor, The Babalu Blog

TUESDAY: We look at Cuba with Alberto de la Cruz, Editor, The Babalu Blog.....Listen in now at http://t.co/FDsWr4u32c. #BlogTalkRadio — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) May 21, 2014  

The Cuba that tourists do not see with Brian Lloyd French, author

WEDNESDAY: The Cuba that tourists do not see with Brian Lloyd French, author...Listen in now at http://t.co/ngHsCLAHaj. #BlogTalkRadio — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) May 15, 2014  

Raul Castro wants ‘los capitalistas americanos’ to bail out ‘los socialistas cubanos’

(My new American Thinker post) The Cuban government has just announced the latest version of "foreign investment reforms." Before you go and put a dime in Cuba's corrupt communist government, please consider what my friend Alberto de la Cruz posted yesterday: "The most important flaw that is obvious from the outset is the legal aberration of expressly excluding […]

Pre-Castro Cuba had problems but “a worthless peso” was not one of them!

My father has a copy of a pre-Castro Cuban peso framed in his home office.  I see it every Sunday when we visit my parents and enjoy some of my mom's Cuban food. It's been on that wall for a long time, together with that quote from Jose Marti: “Nunca son más bellas las playas […]

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 […]

Latin America leaders in Cuba: ‘Abrazo si, dinero no’

This is my American Thinker post about all of this "love" between Latin American leaders and the Cuba dictatorship.  Don't take it at face value, specially Mexico and Cuba. "My Cuban American friends are furious about Latin American leaders visiting Cuba and showing so much praise for the aging Fidel Castro..  (Check out the latest […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“No ayudes a la dictadura”: A word to all of those spending their vacation dollars in Cuba!

We've read often in this blog about repression, torture and complete violations of human rights in Cuba. I have a message for those who travel to Cuba and subsidize the corrupt Castro regime:  You are not helping the Cuban people!  You are subsidizing a corrupt dictatorship sustained by your dollars! I wrote about this at […]

Cuba & Mexico: “Toma chocolate….(NO) paga lo que debes”

Our friend Alberto De La Cruz reported on Cuban foreign debt yesterday. This is simply the latest episode in a movie that we know very well:  "Castro no paga"! Over at American Thinker, I opined on a couple of reasons for this Mexican generosity. The official explanation is that Mexico wants to improve domestic relations […]

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 […]

“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: […]

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 […]

“El socialismo no sirve” but some keep trying and trying!

How many times does socialism have to fail before people come to their senses? Some have figured it out.  Chile, for example, has a sound economy and no one lines up at the US Embassy looking for a "work visa".   On the contrary, Chileans travel to the US to invest, buy our goods and […]