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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  

Embargo? What about the $7 Billion that the Castro Dictatorship Expropriated!

(My new American Thinker post) We hear that it’s time to lift the Cuban embargo. However, lifting the embargo means nothing unless you are willing to talk about the $7 billion that the Castro regime expropriated in violation of property rights and the rule of law. According to Leon Neyhakh, we must address the issue of […]

Engagement with Cuba and those “reforms”

Engagement with Cuba, via trade and tourism will create a middle class, which in turn will create the necessary conditions for democracy. In spite of all evidence to the contrary, that mindset is endlessly espoused within articles and comments about Cuba in the media. It seems entrenched doctrine when it comes to U.S. Cuba relations, […]

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 […]

Lessons learned on Bay of Pigs anniversary

(My American Thinker thoughts about another anniversary of The Bay of Pigs) Fifty-three years ago, my father had a meeting on the other side of town in Havana where we lived at the time. Cuba was in turmoil and opposition to Castro was widespread as more and more people saw communists in positions of responsibility. […]

2014 Bay of Pigs Commemoration in Los Angeles

Southern California Brigada 2506 heroes, members of the Junta Patriótica Cubana Regional California, community leaders, friends and family gathered at Mayumba Restaurant in Rosemead on April 13, to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the Bahía de Cochinos, the Bay of Pigs, with special guest, Maria Conchita Alonso. (In Spanish) Videos by Arturo Bueno

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 […]

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 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 […]

1964: “No Beatles en Cuba”

(This is my American Thinker post about The Beatles and Cuba) The world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landing at JFK Airport and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was one of those events that changed music, radio playlists and the length of our hair.  My mom used to call them "los bitles" or her […]

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 […]

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 […]

Angola and the many “jovenes cubanos” who died there

We remember a bit of Cuban history largely forgotten today: "As part of an arrangement to decrease Cold War tensions and end a brutal war in Angola, Cuban troops begin their withdrawal from the African nation. The process was part of a multilateral diplomatic effort to end years of bloodshed in Angola—a conflict that, at one time […]