Category Archives: Cuba

Update on Cuba-US Rapprochement

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.


Obituary of a true patriot

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 […]

The Cuban Missile Crisis, a foot soldier’s story

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 […]

Yunel Escobar’s slur didn’t come from left field

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 […]

Corruption in Cuba

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 […]

New Book Announcement

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 […]

Entertainment and the Internet: Political Weapons?

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 […]