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Travel Warning for Vacationing Americans

I just caught this report on Facebook and thought with vacation season upon us, I would pass it along... Concerned about the recent arrests of two vacationing Americans in the Turks and Caicos Islands on gun-related charges, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for authorities in the British-dependent territory to properly investigate the matter. Nelson […]

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 […]

Boston Bombing Fallout

In the two weeks plus after the Boston Marathon bombings, we have learned quite a bit about the terrorists and their family. One scandalous fact is that these cretins had received welfare benefits.   Imagine that, immigrants that are welcomed into the best country on earth, provided with security and an education and even public assistance, repay […]

New Cuba Sage: “I done turned Havana into Atlanta”

Last week it was the tale of two black women in Cuba. This week it's the tale of two rappers. Well, that was fast, huh? You wrote a real good rap song, real good rap song, Jay-Z. It's all about his trip to Cuba and his transforming and enlightening experiences there. Must've wrote it on […]

The ‘Fully Licensed’ Propagandists for Castro

When asked yesterday in the daily White House briefing about the controversial Jay-Z and Beyonce anniversary vacation to Cuba Obama's Press Sec. Jay Carney deflected responsibility to the Treasury Department... The Treasury Department "fully licensed" Beyonce and Jay Z's trip to Cuba, according to Reuters. "American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z visited […]

Yoani Sanchez Gets Passport and Will Travel Out of Cuba

Update to Alberto's previous post. (Reuters) - Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, received a passport on Wednesday under the island's new, freer travel law and said she would go abroad soon, after years of being denied that right. Sanchez' case was viewed as a test of the Cuban government's commitment to free travel, but […]

Sen. Marco Rubio on Visa for Castro’s Daughter: “It Sends a Terrible Message to the Democratic Movement in Cuba…”

"... to those brave people in Cuba who every single day resist and speak out ..." HT: Capitol Hill Cubans   SENATOR RUBIO COMMENTS ON ISSUANCE OF U.S. VISA TO RAUL CASTRO’S DAUGHTER   Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the issuance of a U.S. visa to Raul […]

Exporting Freedom to Cuba

Not much is uglier than people vacationing in a Potemkin village while ignoring  human rights atrocities  right under their noses.   However, I think Congressmen Jeff Flake and Charles Rangel naming a bill allowing  just that the "Export Freedom to Cuba Act," is an affront to all those in Cuba struggling for freedom.  Ugly Americans indeed. From The Hill:  Inspired […]

Paquito D’Rivera explains the twisted logic behind “Cultural Exchanges”

Thanks to the inimitable Paquito D'Rivera for shedding light on this phenomenon, because I've been unable to understand how it is beneficial for Americans to spend their hard-earned, and increasingly hard to acquire dollars on propaganda shows produced by tyrannical dictators who enslave their people and hate us. While it's easy to understand why the […]

Kafkaesque Bureaucracy: Show Us ALL Your Papers

Blog Boing Boing says the U.S. State Department has plans for some new procedures for U.S. citizens looking to apply for a U.S. Passport ... I have a feeling Obama might have a slight problem getting one: Olga sez, "The U.S. Dept of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for passport applicants: proposed new […]

A U.S. Company is Blaming The Cuban Government for the Loss of a Building Supplies Barge Headed for Haiti

What a waste ... PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A U.S. housing company is blaming Cuba for the loss of a barge loaded with supplies to build shelters for displaced earthquake survivors in Haiti. Executives with Harbor Homes LLC said late Saturday that the Cuban government denied the U.S. Coast Guard permission to enter its waters to […]

Cuban church leader publishes letter denouncing persecution

Via our friends at Religión en Revolución:   For Immediate Release 16 February 2011 A respected Baptist pastor in Cuba has published an open letter denouncing government persecution targeting him and his church. Pastor Homero Carbonell, long-time leader of La Trinidad First Baptist Church in Santa Clara, and a high-level denominational leader, says he has been […]

What Embargo? It’s Christmas in Havana

(In this Dec. 16, 2010 photo, Wilfredo Martinez Jr. of Miami writes the word 'Fragile' on a television set he is taking on his flight to Cuba at Miami ... More photos @ AP including worship at the Shrine of Saint Lazarus 2010) Cuban-Americans visiting Cuba are hauling in the mother lode of goods ... […]

“If you care about human rights”

Thinking about how to best explain to Americans why they should not travel to Cuba, I remembered an article the wonderful Carlos Eire wrote for a Cuban Internet group a few years ago.  I contacted him for permission to share the article here at Babalu, and he very graciously not only gave his permission, but […]

Some logic on US-Cuba policy

Capitol Hill Cubans straighten out Senator Kerry's twisted thinking: How can Senator Kerry boldly state that U.S policy has "manifestly failed" for nearly 50 years, then qualify the Clinton Administration's travel and engagement initiatives as "successful"? Wasn't Bill Clinton's presidency within the last 50 years? Wasn't Jimmy Carter's presidency -- when tourism and all other […]