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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 […]

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 […]

Hemingway’s Cuba … Things of Fiction Now

For your consideration... Finn-Olaf Jones @ The Wall Street Journal tells the story of a romantic and exotic Cuba that writer Hemingway chose for his creative and personal refuge ... the Cuba of "The Old Man and the Sea" ... that seems all but fiction over 50 years later as generations of post-Castro Cubans struggle […]

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 […]

Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso: “El pelotero que le abrio la puerta a muchos cubanos”

We say Happy Birthday to Minnie Miñoso. He is either 88 or 90 depending on what story you read. He was a lot more than a baseball player to those of us who love Latin American baseball and the very special contribution of "latinos" in the majors. Like Jackie Robinson, Miñoso opened the door for […]

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 […]

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 […]

The missiles in Cuba: “Se fueron los cohetes pero se quedo Castro”!

We sat around my father's Phillips radio, or the one with a short wave band.   By the way, this radio was a lifeline to international news. My father purchased it because it was one of the first FM models to be available in Cuba.  However, it was the short wave band that became 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: […]