Cuban Progress Never Enough in Miami


Blue Convertible, La Habana Vieja

The New York Times has an excellent article on free enterprise taking hold in Cuba

You can make your own observations about the article, and I commented on it. (Comment # 22) But I was most interested in the letters  from the general public As the comments suggest, for many in the exile community there can never be progress in Cuba no matter what actually happens on the island. The economy is opening, most political prisoners have been released, and as the article suggests the Cuban people see these moves as positive.  But for those sitting on their patios in Miami, it is not enough. They want the Cuba of 50 years ago, when their rich relatives partied with the corrupt Batista dictatorship and kept the Cuban people in uneducated semi-starvation. N0w from that same poolside vantage point, they want the Cubans to take to the streets and begin an Egyptian style revolution.

What they forget is that the Cuban revolution already took place, and they lost and fled to Florida. Unfortunately, because of their political power in this country, they have kept the rest of Americans from seeing what a beautiful, safe, and friendly place Cuba is, as witnessed by tourists from around the world.

How is that Embargo working for you Uncle Sam?


Cuban students march through the Plaza de Revolution.

The economic embargo against Cuba turned 50 this week. Put in place by President Eisenhower (look him up kids), the Blockade (as it is known in Cuba) was set up to bring down the Castro government and get Cuba back in line as a de facto U.S. colony. Phil Peters at The Cuban Triangle has a good read on it

There is also a new book entitle Reconciliation: 78 Ways to End the U.S. Embargo of Cuba , which looks interesting.

Cuentapropistas (Self-Employed)


Latest on the potential new private sector in Cuba.

Make-up woman on a photo shoot in Havana

One of the bills to ease travel to Cuba is up for a vote .

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