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“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 […]

“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 […]

“El disco rayado”: It’s always about the embargo over at The NY Times!

No matter what happens in Cuba it is always about the US embargo over at The NY Times: "Mr. Obama took some tentative steps to ease the embargo in 2009 by allowing Cuban-Americans to visit and send remittances to the island. He also cleared the way for telecommunications companies to establish licensing deals in Cuba. […]

Cuban food between “San Giving”, “Noche buena” & “Fiesta de Año Nuevo”!

Please enjoy our annual Cuban food holiday seminar with Marta Verdes Darby, (My big fat Cuban family) and Sonia Martinez, author of "Tropical taste". Marta and Sonia are 'tesoros del exilio".   They cook and write about Cuban food. In fact, Marta's website is one "recipe after another", as you can see in her latest from her blog […]

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 […]

“Cubanitos” talk about their first Thanksgiving in the US!

We wish all of the Babalu family a very happy Thanksgiving.    Do you remember your first Thanksgiving? On Tuesday, I was joined by several friends to remember our first Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Please listen to a few Cubanos relate their stories: Marta Sosa, BTR host of Cubanarama, Tersi Bendiburg, storyteller & Amarilys Rassler, […]

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 […]

The Ted Cruz Democrats! (a.k.a. “Cubanito Cruz” que bueno baila usted!)

Last month, Senator Cruz was called every name in the book for suggesting that ObamaCare should be repealed, or at least defunded. Despite the vicious attacks, Senator Ted Cruz fought on because he understood just how unpopular Obama Care is outside of Washington. Where are we now? Today, red state Democrats have decided to call […]

Dear Mr Leisman: Cruz is Cuban and the jobs report is pre-shutdown

Steve Leisman of CNBC had a very embarassing moment today: "There was a brief moment of awkwardness on CNBC Tuesday morning when, during a discussion of the weak jobs report and Senator Ted Cruz, reporterSteve Liesman asked for some “Mexican music” to be played while they talked about Cruz. Liesman said, “We’re going to call this the […]

A “Cubana” from Dixie who tells stories!

The Cuban American experience is diverse and very interesting. On one hand, there are those Cubans who stayed in South Florida and grew up there.  They attended schools full of other Cuban exiles.  They walked on streets beaming with "Cubanismo" or the smell of "cafe cubano".  They were never really separated from Cuba. On 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: […]

A good book for your children (and “nietos if you have any)

Cubans are such great story tellers.  I guess that's because we have so many good stories to tell! Why is that?  What makes Cubans such good storytellers? Maybe it's our Spanish heritage or something about the island that just brings out the "storyteller" in all of us. My friend Fernando Hernandez just published a book […]