It’s clear as noon in Havana (and not at all a surprise) that the Communist party is doing all it can to ruin Obama’s initiative by listing demands that they perfectly well know are impossible for the Obama administration to accept.
Category Archives: Cuba
Oscar Espinosa Chepe passed way yesterday morning, September 23, 2013 at a hospice for the terminally ill in Madrid, Spain. He was 73 years old. Oscar was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, a beautiful city on the southern coast. In the 1950s he opposed the Batista dictatorship and joined Socialist Youth, the Cuban Communist Party’s organization for […]
Before 1959 the Cold War had not been a widely held concern in Cuba. Folks assumed that our nation was too insignificant to be targeted by the Russians, and because the United States was our ally since World War II, the notion that American nuclear-tipped missiles could rain down on us was inconceivable. This started […]
Two or three minutes after I saw the photo of Escobar’s cheeks and read the news stories, I considered writing this. But I decided to wait until things returned to normal so people would read me with cooler heads. It’s important to say I’ve never met the Toronto Blue Jays short-stop and don’t think I […]
News from Cuba concerning a crackdown against entrenched corruption have circled the world in the last few weeks. A former food industries minister, Alejandro Roca, is serving a 15-year sentence. The president of Cubana de Aviacion was fired and 14 executives of that airline and a tourism agency were sentenced to prison terms. Officials from the […]
Seeing that countless booklovers in different countries, at launches or by email, ask me questions about Cuba, I felt it worthwhile to write a non-fiction book about my country of birth recounting the 20th century’s most important political, economic and social events, and the challenges that I believe Cuba will have to deal with in the future. I strove […]
During the previous century authoritarian regimes used radio, television, cinematography, sports and art forms such as stage plays, music and ballet, to make their subjects forget their tribulations and enslavement. Communist dictatorships excelled at this. Internet-based social media, however, has proved a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it serves as propaganda tool and invaluable source […]