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Join the Vigil to Protest the Obama-Castro Pact

Here is a call to join a vigil to protest the Obama-Castro pact. The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Let’s heed his powerful message, and join ranks in this vigil. When: Thursday, January 22, […]

“Las monjas se van a enojar con Obama” for spying on Pope Francis

I hope that they didn't tell President Obama about this one: "The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, it was claimed on Wednesday. The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in […]

Maduro “esta muy podrido” in Venezuela!

President Maduro of Venezuela may want to shoot that little "Hugo bird" who speaks to him from time to time.   Can you blame Maduro if he grabs the little bird by the neck and strangles him? According to The NY Times, the people of Venezuela are not really into Maduro.  On the contrary, they […]

Syria? How about regime change in Venezuela?

 We are all focused on Syria and the Middle East. I just hope that someone in this White House is watching the events in Venezuela. We just saw two stories from Venezuela that home the reality that the country is falling apart and freedoms are disappearing. The "Cubanization" of Venezuela is off and running. As […]

Washington, DC Organization to Honor Cuban Patriot on July 17th

The National Endowment for Democracy will honor young leaders from Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, and Cuba on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in the Caucus Room 345 of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. At 4:00 PM, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Our Democratic Future: the role of youth in advancing democracy,” while […]

The Pure Brilliance of Dr. Benjamin Carson – UPDATED

A good friend suggested I look into the CSPAN video of the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast from this morning, and fast forward to the address from Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In under a half hour this learned and accomplished man said more and made more solid […]

Hollywood premier of ¨Soy La Otra Cuba¨ at Macha Theatre

CUBAN CULTURAL NIGHT Macha Theatre part of Macha Theatre/Films, presents Cuban Cultural Night, celebrating Cuba's independence from Spain, with the premier of the documentary “I Am The Other Cuba" (Soy La Otra Cuba) which sheds light on the current state of Cuba, its revolutionary past, and its uncertain path toward an unknown future. Featuring interviews […]

Save the date: Domino night against cancer on Friday, Nov. 16 in Coral Gables

The Diaz-Balarts in Tampa — Photos from a Babalú reader

Earlier this month, we let you know about a "Meeting with the Cuban community in Tampa, Florida / Reaffirmation of the struggle for Cuba’s freedom" that would take place today. According to the initial press release, it would be a meeting of: Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Congressman David Rivera (R-FL), former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart,  members […]

FYI: meeting in Tampa on struggle for Cuba’s freedom on August 30 (with the Diaz-Balarts and David Rivera)

If you're in Tampa on August 30, this might be of interest to you. If you make it out, please do let us know how it goes and send us any photos of videos you can get. From Diaz-Balart, PLLC: PRESS RELEASE WHAT: Meeting with the Cuban community in Tampa, Florida / Reaffirmation of the […]

Steven Bauer promoting “Voices From Mariel” at Babalú

Steven Bauer visted Babalú at Cuba Nostalgia to promote the documentary ¨Voices From Mariel, which chronicles the Mariel boatlift experience. He mingled with the crowd, posed for photos, and talked about documentary.  He was great. This wonderful documentary is available at

Babalu Blog at Cuba Nostalgia 2011 Live UStream Feed!

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Cuba Nostalgia 2011 – Structure built with more blood (or is it rust?)

Earlier this evening I went over to the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, location of the Cuba Nostalgia 2011 show, to supervise the building of the Babalu Blog Pavilion. Our dear Ziva, picked up earlier in the afternoon by our Founding Editor, was there to assist me in the strenuous, stressful -- and often back-breaking -- work […]

More “El Manisero”

Here's another great "El Manisero" video by way of Stan Kenton. I added it to this post I made awhile ago on the Cubanology Blog and which still gets many daily visitors. What an impact this great song has made on the world: I still can't get over the line, "SI TE QUIERES POR EL […]

Cuba Nostalgia – My Big, Fat, Cuban Family Edition

Although most of the Babalú contributors are located in Miami, there are some of us who traveled from the West Coast to attend Cuba Nostalgia. There is plenty of sweat and tears that go into setting up the Babalú Booth, but once the first family members arrive with pastelitos and café, it all becomes worth […]