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My Own T-Shirt Hero: The Forgotten Story of a Bay of Pigs Pilot

July 22, 2014 | 7 comments

I recall I was around 10 years old when my father used to take me from one ministry to the other to collect his salary. It could have been the Ministry of Sugar or Transportation. He didn’t work at any of them, but he would collect his full salary there every month. In fact, he didn’t work anywhere. He was paid on instructions from the Ministry of the Armed Forces.




Confessions of a Cuban Plumber

July 22, 2014 | 5 comments

Last Sunday, I washed some rotten lentils down the drain and ended up clogging the pipe. I had no choice but to look for a plumber and pay to have it fixed. I called a plumber who had fixed a number of other things around the house, with whom I’d never exchanged more than a few words of greeting and the inevitable “how much do I owe you?”




Cuba Hosts Xi Jinping for Two-day Visit

July 21, 2014 | 4 comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Cuba for a two-day visit on Monday evening, the culmination of his tour of several Latin American countries during the last week. Xi meets on Tuesday in Havana with his counterpart Raul Castro.




The Chinese Dream Looks for a Cuban Bed

July 21, 2014 | 17 comments

As Cuba receives Chinese President Xi Xinping on Monday, a growing number of Chinese businesspeople cross their fingers, hoping for the slightest commercial opportunity on the island.




“Sex Shopping”: An Innovative Art Exhibition in Havana

July 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

When young Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara spoke to me of an exhibition he organized last year (titled Shopping de sexo, “Sex Shopping”), I regretted not having attended. The works on display included a broad range of items related to the sexual and erotic practices of Cubans. (7 photos)




Why Did Fidel Castro Recklessly Blame the Ukraine?

July 20, 2014 | 34 comments

In a show of gross political indecency, Fidel Castro accused the government of the Ukraine of having downed a Malaysia Airlines plane – without the slightest shred of proof. In his juicy diatribe, dated July 17, the impetuous Comandante mixes the downing of the airliner with Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip and throws Barack Obama into the mix.




The Palestinians Are Being Slaughtered

July 18, 2014 | 14 comments

The last harrowing news we heard involved the murder of a group of children who were playing soccer at a beach. Though these incidents occur in plain sight, for everyone to see, very little is done to put an end to the mass killing.




Putin Says Ukraine Caused Plane Crash

July 18, 2014 | 15 comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday that the Ukraine is to be held accountable for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane that resulted in the death of its 295 passengers and crew, DPA reported.




Fidel Castro Blames Ukraine and Israel

July 18, 2014 | 47 comments

In a short commentary published today in the official Cuban media, entitled “Astonishing Provocation”, Fidel Castro insinuates that the fault that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed on Thursday lies with the government of the Ukraine, the position taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former Cuban president also lashes out at Obama and Israel for the hundreds of deaths in Gaza.




Potts Gets 20-More Years for Cuba Hijacking

July 18, 2014 | 3 comments

A Florida judge today slapped William Potts with 20 years in prison for hijacking a plane to Cuba in 1984. Potts had asked the court for leniency, saying he already spent 13 1/2 years in prison in Cuba for the hijacking.