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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 […]

Venezuela: The land of “shortstops” & Miss Universe winners

As we've posted often in blog, Venezuela is an important neighbor in disarray. In other words, "the cubanization of Venezuela" is a sad thing to watch. It's really horrible for those of us who know where "cubanization" leads to! Our friends in Venezuela take a break from their crazy politics and shortages of everything by […]

Watching a documentary about Hungary ’56 reminded me of our Cuban experience

We Cubans have a special place in our hearts for anyone who stood up to communism. A few days ago, I had a chance to see a documentary about Hungary 1956.  It was the the story of Soviet tanks crushing the democratic aspirations of the people of Hungary. It made me think of Cuba:  the […]

“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 […]

Cuban American Orestes Matacena working on a new movie project

It's always a pleasure to tell you about Orestes Matacena, a fellow "Cubano" who has been making and acting in movies for decades. His resume is very impressive: "Orestes first ventured into films at the age of six when he worked as an actor in "The Life of Billy the Kid," with a cast comprised […]

“El socialismo no sirve” but some keep trying and trying!

How many times does socialism have to fail before people come to their senses? Some have figured it out.  Chile, for example, has a sound economy and no one lines up at the US Embassy looking for a "work visa".   On the contrary, Chileans travel to the US to invest, buy our goods and […]

CANTO TALK goes Babalu this weekend

We had a great time this weekend talking to some of our Babalu friends. On Friday, it was Fernando Hernandez, ("The Cubans") Regina Anavy ("Out of Cuba") and Jorge Ponce.  We discussed their books and Jorge's article about Hispanic Heritage month and the Obama administration; FRIDAY'S WRITERS: Regina Anavy, Fernando Hernandez & Jorge Ponce.... Listen […]

Even “El Pais” thinks that Branson was over the top!

We saw Alberto De La Cruz's post earlier today about Richard Branson dressing up as Che to promote his new business ventures. I found this from "El Pais" in Spain to be rather interesting: "Si el Che Guevara levantara la cabeza, probablemente volvería a morirse al ver que uno de los hombres más ricos del mundo, defensor del capitalismo […]

Chile: Happy Independence Day to a real success story in Latin America

Our friends down in Chile will enjoy another anniversary of their independence in 1810: "Today, September 18 is celebrated in Chile as their Independence Day. It is remembered with the fiestas patrias or "national parties." The celebrations kick off in early September and can last for weeks. All over Chile, people celebrate with food, parades, […]

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 […]

Remember Chile’s 9-11

From My View: As we remember the brave men and women who died in the terrorist attack 12 years ago, we also look south to something very consequential that happened in Chile 40 years ago: "Chile's armed forces stage a coup d'état against the government of President Salvador Allende, the first democratically elected Marxist leader in Latin […]

June 6, 1944: “Earn This”

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in […]

Ideological Subversion Is Upon Us

"To change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions ... Most of it is done by Americans to Americans ... The time bomb is ticking ... You will have nowhere to defect to ... This is […]

Why ‘The Great Crime’ still matters today

Raymond Ibrahim on the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide: Today, April 24, marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the Armenian genocide that took place under Turkey’s Islamic Ottoman Empire, during and after WWI.  Out of an approximate population of two million, some 1.5 million Armenians died. If early 20th century Turkey had the apparatuses and technology […]

April 22, 2000

Luis sent me this essay on the Elian kidnapping and subsequent march on Calle Ocho. It was so perfect and heartfelt for the sad anniversary of that black day thirteen years ago that I asked for his permission to publish it. I think you will cry and feel a little pride in who and why […]