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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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Tourist response to info about human rights in Cuba: “Please don’t talk to me anymore.”

I received this question from Klout, asking me to respond to an inquiry from a reader whom I assumed was planning a visit to Cuba. What are some things to do in Cuba? My response: I don’t know why you’re visiting Cuba, an island suffering from 54 years of rule by a ruthless dictatorship that […]

“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 […]

But let’s send more money, and TVs, and yet more money!

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