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  • asombra: I’d be more upset about Obama greeting Castro II if two popes hadn’t done it.

  • asombra: Msgr. Musaro must have missed the memo. I expect Cardinal Ortega will do his best to see that he gets it.

  • asombra: Even “top-level” Latrines are shitty, so a bottom feeder like Cayman Islands is NOT going to do the right thing. The...

  • asombra: Thanks for the feedback. As for the official obituary, whether the regime’s version or that of the MSM, it definitely...

  • asombra: Those are not Canadian names, not that it matters. Party on.

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“Palm trees in the snow” with Gloria Strassburger & Dr Gross in Cuba with Fausta Wertz

Fausta Wertz, editor of Fausta's Blog.  We will look at the major stories of the week, from Dr Gross on a "hunger strike" in Cuba, to President Correa in the US, to the continuing violence in Venezuela, the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and other front page stories in Latin America newspapers. We will also […]

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 […]

A “10 de Marzo” that our parents remember

Before I was born, Cuba had a complicated history, or those "gobiernos de quita y pon" that Marisela Verena sings about in "Son de cuatro decadas". Despite these political problems, the island enjoyed a lot of economic prosperity and Cubans learned to live their lives around the frequent political crisis. According to Cuba 1952-1959, this […]

The story of Desi Arnaz, born on this day in 1917

Desi Arnaz (Desiderio Alberto Arnaz yde Acha III) was born in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917.  His story is one that every Cuban American should be familiar with: "His father was the mayor of Santiago. The 1933 revolution led by Fulgencio Batista had landed his father in jail and stripped the family of its wealth, property […]

Memories of Cuba and the current tragedy in Venezuela

We spoke with Victor Triay, Cuban American author, and Fausta Wertz, editor of Fausta's Blog, about Cuba, Pedro Pan, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Americans and the events in Venezuela. THE US-LATIN AMERICA SHOW OF THE WEEK....with Fausta Wertz & Victor Triay.....Listen in now at http://t.co/znKRKPQ6gN. #BlogTalkRadio — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) February 27, 2014  

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 […]

A word about Jesus Prieto and that generation of Cuban men

Last May, I had the pleasure of participating in the Babalu booth at Cuba Nostalgia. It gave me the opportunity to meet Mr Prieto and share a few stories about Texas, Cuba and some Alvarez-Guedes jokes. He was a delightful man.  Mr & Mrs Prieto reminded me so much of my parents. A few minutes […]

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 […]

I Feel Cuba Every Day

I have lived for 49 years in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, and Cuba has never left me. In the winter time, during all the desolation associated with the inclement cold weather, the snow, the trees without leaves, the lack of sufficient sunlight, Cuba is always on my mind. When I am in the mood […]

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 […]

This day in Cuban history…….1959

We recalled recently the 55th anniversary of January 1, 1959. Here is what happened a week later: "Just six days after the fall of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba, U.S. officials recognize the new provisional government of the island nation. Despite fears that Fidel Castro, whose rebel army helped to overthrow Batista, might have communist […]

“El dia de los reyes”: Memories of our Cuban childhood

We reminisced and discussed our memories of "El dia de los Reyes" with: Marta Sosa (Cubanarama on the radio); Tersi Bendiburg (storyteller) Fernando Hernandez ("The Cubans, our footprints...") and, Amarilys Gacio Rassler ("Cuban American.....") Click the link below for the show: Remembering the Cuban Christmas and "Los Reyes Magos".....Listen in now at http://t.co/OalrrUrZKg. #BlogTalkRadio — […]

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 […]

The story of “Pedro Pan Cubans” in California

We spoke with  Arturo Bueno, Oscar Pichardo and Estela Bueno.  They came to the US under "Operacion Pedro Pan", the program that brought thousands of children between 1960 and 1962. CLICK TO LISTEN: The story of Pedro Pan Cubans in California by Silvio Canto Jr http://t.co/7T3p7afTIU — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) December 27, 2013