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  • OmarD: I don’t read any of his books nor do I listen to Silvio Rodriguez’ music. I’ve been called a few names as a...

  • Honey: And this rabbi doesn’t get it, either. He offers to send much needed medical supplies to Cuba, but does not realize that...

  • Rayarena: It’s a constant source of wonderment to me how the USA that never had seconds thoughts about outright invading and/or...

  • Rayarena: You’re absolutely right Dr. Eire, if Garcia-Marquez would have been an unabashed and close friend of Pinochet, as he was...

  • asombra: At least Piñera, a known homosexual who was not “straight-acting,” had the guts to stand up and say what he honestly...

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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 […]

Habana vs Almendares: A little “beisbol” in Cuba

We remember an important anniversary in Cuban baseball: "On December 29, 1878, the first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba, later known as the Cuban League. Representing the city of Havana, the Habana club faced off against their greatest rivals, a club from the neighboring suburb of […]

“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 […]

Feliz Navidad: Cuban-Americans talk about their first Christmas in the US

Sit back and enjoy our chat about that first "Navidad" in the US, or "exilio" as we called it back then.   Our guests were: Marta Sosa (Cubanarama on the radio); Tersi Bendiburg (storyteller) Fernando Hernandez ("The Cubans, our footprints...") and, Amarilys Gacio Rassler ("Cuban American.....") FRIDAY: Cuban-Americans remember their first Christmas in the US....Plus […]

Dear Mr Hayden: My “octogenarian Cuban mother” wants to give you a “bofetada”

It's easy to get angry and throw Tom Hayden's column in the trash and move on to happier thoughts in this season of "Navidad". After all, Mr Hayden has very little influence. He's been irrelevant since Chicago 1968, or when he was running with other misguided fools waving Viet Cong flags! We also remember Tom […]

“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 […]

Why shake hands with the leader of “the island of lies”?

President Obama shook hands with Raul Castro, the leader of a country that denies its citizens human rights. He sent the Churchill bust back but shook hands with Raul Castro? My Canadian friend Brian Lloyd French, author of "Mojito", wrote "The island of lies" a couple of years ago: "Lies are a permanent part of […]

“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 […]

The day that Fidel Castro said: “Yo soy un Marxista Leninista”!

We will celebrate tomorrow that day in 1961 that Fidel Castro made it official: ""I am a Marxist-Leninist and shall be one until the end of my life." He went on to state that, "Marxism or scientific socialism has become the revolutionary movement of the working class." He also noted that communism would be the […]

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 […]

Marc Masferrer and Cuba getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council

As you may know, Cuba will now have a seat in the UN Human Rights Council: "China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog’s credibility. The General Assembly elected 14 new members to […]

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 […]