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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 […]

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 […]

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 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: […]

Una Noche: “I regard it as a bit of a miracle …”

NRO's Jay Nordlinger writes a rave review about "Una Noche", a rare realistic movie about the real Cuba under the Castros, and nails to the wall the prior Castro-sycophant filmmakers and celebrities that have whitewashed the truth for decades... Last week, I went to see a movie called Una Noche — a movie about Cuba. […]

“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, […]

Why The Camel Will Never Pass Through The Eye of The Needle

While CAIR celebrates the news that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will not be seeking re-election, and those who still insist conservatives/republicans are waging a "War on Women" in our country (when it is obvious where that war is coming from), sometimes the perspective of things, such as not wanting to pay for some lazy and […]

Thor Halvorssen: “Not one word, however, about the 55-year Castro dictatorship.”

From Thor Halvorssen's Facebook page: Every year the Cuban and Venezuelan Embassies in Oslo organize a protest outside the Oslo Freedom Forum. This year, after embassy persons put up the posters but before the protesters arrived John Lubbock was able to snap some pictures. Mario Vargas Llosa, Obama, a "Facebook" dollar (Peter Thiel?) and yours […]

“The bus always stops in front of the same building”

That's a quote by former Cuba tour guide Felix Hernandez in the award winning 1984 documentary Conducta Impropria/Improper Conduct, directed by Néstor Almendros and Orlando Jiménez Leal and produced with the support of French television Antenne 2. Yes, there have been some cosmetic changes in Cuba, including in the tourism sector, but the underlying structure […]

Elitist, Happy Cuba Traveler “Shocked” at All The Backlash

Feh... Jessica Chasmar @ The Washington Times - Pop icon Beyonce called the amount of criticism she and husband Jay-Z faced for their vacation in Cuba “shocking” in an interview that aired Monday. “You know, it was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. I learned so much […]

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 […]

Another memorial of Thatcher from someone who knows the beast

The great Oleg Atbashian at The Peoples Cube has written how Margaret Thatcher changed his "Soviet" heart and mind. It wasn't just Margaret Thatcher's steadfast economic and foreign policies that helped to defeat the Evil Empire and to bring down the Iron Curtain. She also changed hearts and minds — and this author, who grew up […]