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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 […]

Dear Mr Hayden: My “octogenarian Cuban mother” wants to give you a “bofetada”

It's easy to get angry and throw Tom Hayden's column in the trash and move on to happier thoughts in this season of "Navidad". After all, Mr Hayden has very little influence. He's been irrelevant since Chicago 1968, or when he was running with other misguided fools waving Viet Cong flags! We also remember Tom […]

“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 […]

“El disco rayado”: It’s always about the embargo over at The NY Times!

No matter what happens in Cuba it is always about the US embargo over at The NY Times: "Mr. Obama took some tentative steps to ease the embargo in 2009 by allowing Cuban-Americans to visit and send remittances to the island. He also cleared the way for telecommunications companies to establish licensing deals in Cuba. […]

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 […]

(Lo que uno aprende en The NY Times): “Glimmers of Tolerance for Voices of Dissent”!

According to The NY Times, change is happening in Cuba:  "Within Cuba’s Revolution, Glimmers of Tolerance for Voices of Dissent" "Glasnost it is not, say Cuban intellectuals and analysts. But glimpses of candor in the official news media and audacious criticism from people who, publicly at least, support the revolution suggest widening tolerance of a […]

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 […]

“La injusticia del Sr Gross”: Another wife wants her husband released from Cuba’s prisons!

As I wrote recently on American Thinker, who is protecting US citizens abroad these days?    North Korea, Iran and Cuba are the 3 countries holding US citizens for bogus reasons. The case of Allan Gross is simply appalling.      What is this man guilty of?   Nothing!!!!! He has been "left behind" as […]

“No ayudes a la dictadura”: A word to all of those spending their vacation dollars in Cuba!

We've read often in this blog about repression, torture and complete violations of human rights in Cuba. I have a message for those who travel to Cuba and subsidize the corrupt Castro regime:  You are not helping the Cuban people!  You are subsidizing a corrupt dictatorship sustained by your dollars! I wrote about this at […]

Venezuela and “se fue la luz” again

We can predict two things about life in Caracas: 1) President Maduro will blame everything on the merchants; and. 2) the lights will go out somewhere in the country. The lights went out again yesterday: "A power outage briefly darkened Venezuela’s capital and other parts of the country Monday night in what President Nicolas Maduro […]

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 […]

“Cubanitos” talk about their first Thanksgiving in the US!

We wish all of the Babalu family a very happy Thanksgiving.    Do you remember your first Thanksgiving? On Tuesday, I was joined by several friends to remember our first Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Please listen to a few Cubanos relate their stories: Marta Sosa, BTR host of Cubanarama, Tersi Bendiburg, storyteller & Amarilys Rassler, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Cubanization of Venezuela: “La bola pica y se extiende”

We Cubans have a lot of great expressions. One of my favorites is "la bola pica y se extiende". It means something like "its complicated" and there is no solution around the corner. For months, our friends at Babalu have been telling you about the "Cubanization" of Venezuela.  Let's add one more episode to that […]