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  • asombra: It was probably pointless to call for an investigation of the trip. It was a done deal from the start.

  • asombra: In willful blindness, the operative word is willful, not blindness. In bad faith, the operative word is bad, not faith.

  • asombra: The woman herself, who may not have anyone in the US to support her, is doing what she thinks will sell to a tourist audience,...

  • asombra: No sweat, Humberto. I’m sure your interviewer, who looks like a plastic game-show host gone “serious,”...

  • asombra: “Celebrities of science”? Celebrities? WTF is that? Sheesh.

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“La Habana” plus other US-Latin America stories of the week

We spoke tonight with: Graciela Chelo Lodeiro, author of "Cuando La Habana era La Habana". Fausta Wertz Rodriguez, editor of Fausta's Blog. You can listen here: WEDNESDAY: US-Latin America with Dr. Graciela Lodeiro and Fausta Werts...Listen in now at http://t.co/Y5NyWbMdHJ. #BlogTalkRadio — Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) July 30, 2014

Lions, leopards and buffalo: latest punchlines in the running joke of Cuban “economic reform”

As we've heard so many times since Raul Castro took the helm in Cuba, the younger of two Communist dictators is a pragmatist. A reformer. He's brought changed to the island's dated, no-longer-sufficient economic system that everyone has known were long overdue. There are signs that the changes Raul has made are paying off. With […]

Today in Cuba news: the Carromero family hires a lawyer, a cubiche wins bronze, and opinions on Oswaldo Payá

CUBA. DESPUÉS DEL ASESINATO DE OSWALDO PAYÁ: ¿QUIÉN SERÁ EL PRÓXIMO OPOSITOR ASESINADO POR LOS HERMANOS CASTRO. VIDEO CON TESTAMENTO POLÍTICO DE JUAN FRANCISCO SIGLER AMAYA EN CASO DE SU EXTRAÑA MUERTE http://baracuteycubano.blogspot.com/2012/08/cuba-despues-del-asesinato-de-oswaldo.html Cuban opera singer challenges "jealous" bureaucrats over closed theater http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/cuba-theater-reform-idINL2E8IU8AZ20120801 Opinion: What Really Happened to Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Payá? http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/08/01/opinionthe-legacy-oswaldo-paya/ Spaniard held […]

The BBC on selling cars in Cuba

I know the Babalu crowd doesn't need anybody explaining how and why this story is ridiculous. Still, I personally always find it interesting to observe the way the press approaches "reform" in Cuba. Here's the report from the BBC's Michael Voss. If you're curious to read my thoughts on the story and what it says […]