Tag Archives: Cuba

Obsolete policy all washed up

The outgoing president, not giving a fuck anymore, tossed two decades of foreign policy into the rubbish bin:

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Cuba and America: what Fidel Castro got wrong — and right

Gore Vidal in Empire: The black eyes were as quick as the wit; and the swift smile was both frank and agreeably murderous. “If you really want the Philippines,” said Hay, “you can have them. I’ve got too much time … Continue reading

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Donald the Dread in Miami

My Cuban brethren haven’t recovered from the collapse of the campaign of Marco Rubio, the plankton with a hairpiece who ran for president last spring and faces an unexpectedly close reelection to the legislative body he despises. Nevertheless, plenty will … Continue reading

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‘Cubans have never given so little support to the Republican candidate’

Not that these poll results surprise me. How these results correlate with the presidential election we’ll learn soon enough; however, if legal residents could vote I suspect Hillary Clinton would demolish Trump because they fear that Trump will at best … Continue reading

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Nada mas: the story of Cubans and the GOP

My grandmother retired twenty-five years ago from an American career in Health and Human Services. Recruited to work for the Cuban Refugee Program on emigrating to Miami in 1961, she parlayed her administrative skills into the food stamps program. For … Continue reading

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Clinton vs Trump: May update

Uh: Hillary Clinton is so much more popular than Donald Trump among Miami-Dade County voters that even a significant number of Republicans support her in the likely presidential match-up, a new local poll has found. Clinton leads Trump by a … Continue reading

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Cuba vs America update

This excerpt goes to my friends in the continental United States who ask what South Florida politics are like after the Obama-Castro opening. Here’s the history: Three decades ago, the prospect of a U.S. president making any sort of overture … Continue reading

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Cuba: the momentum of the free market

As I’ve driven through Miami this weekend and spoken to friends and relatives, many uneasy and vaguely dejected, I have to remember I had no illusions about the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. If Nixon … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton and James Monroe

For a while in the nineties when my political awareness remained stuck in a pupal stage I heard relatives wonder why the hell the United States couldn’t invade Cuba already? We took out Noriega. We kept the Contras awash in … Continue reading

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A brief history of Cuban-American relations

Eighty-eight years ago, an American president visited Cuba to remind the viceroy of its fertile island who was boss: In 1928, Mr. Coolidge and his wife, Grace, boarded a train in Washington and rode for 40 hours to Key West, … Continue reading

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The first domino falls…

And so it happens: Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, himself a Cuban American, filed a bill to amend existing federal law that treats all Cuban arrivals as refugees or political asylees — meaning they are entitled to food stamps, Medicaid, disability … Continue reading

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Life, liberty, Cuban property

The Cuban exodus of the early sixties resulted from the Castro regime’s disinterest in life, liberty, and property — a trinity sacred to Americans too and bequeathed to this quasi-vassal state. I may find Cuban Americans my grandmother’s age who … Continue reading

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