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01
Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference with Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden. President Obama announced that Cuba and the United States would re-establish diplomatic ties, including an exchange of ambassadors and embassies

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Outkast and The Black Keys?!?! President Barack Obama is the greatest president of all time!

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We feel you, good people. We feel you

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U.S. President Barack Obama receives applause from Kelly Bryant as she introduces him to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee July 1, 2015. Bryant is a breast care survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act. Obama picked up Bryant at her home to take her to the event.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

President Barack Obama receives applause from Kelly Bryant as she introduces him to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee. Bryant is a breast cancer survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act

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President Barack Obama speaks at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015,  about the Affordable Care Act.  The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act. The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law

President Barack Obama takes a question from a man in the audience at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act. The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama listens as Kelly Bryant, right, a breast cancer survivor, introduces Obama at Taylor Stratton Elementary School Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The president is in Nashville to speak about the Affordable Care Act. Bryant wrote to the president earlier this year to relay her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the home of Kelly Bryant to take her to the event where Obama was to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville,  Tennessee July 1, 2015. Bryant is a breast care survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Kelly Bryant as he arrives to take her to an event where Obama was to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville,  Tennessee July 1, 2015. Bryant is a breast care survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama walks with Kelly Bryant at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, en route to Taylor Stratton Elementary School, where he is to speak about the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama walks with Kelly Bryant after arriving at her home to take her to the event where he was to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School

U.S. President Barack Obama takes a question as he speaks about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama answers a question from the audience at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act. The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A woman photographs an autograph left by President Barack Obama on a wall at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, after Obama spoke at the school about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A woman photographs an autograph left by President Barack Obama on a wall at Taylor Stratton Elementary School

President Barack Obama talks with guests after arriving in Nashville, Tenn.,  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The president is scheduled to speak at an elementary school regarding the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)

President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Washington as he returns from a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School, in Nashville, Tenn., where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Home Sweet Home

18
Dec
14

Mi Papá

The Malecon at sunset. By Diogo Salles.

My father was an ardent anti-Fidelista.

My mother has told me that he never trusted Fidel Castro. He did not celebrate as he overthrew the Batista regime. He always felt that his ascent to power would lead to no good. And this was before Fidel came out as a Communist. (If you’re not hip to Cuban history, Fidel didn’t come out as a Communist until 1961, and was even tacitly supported by the US in his overthrow of Batista, whose regime was no longer tenable.)

And after Fidel began turning Cuba into a one-party state, things got worse for my father. He was firmly ensconced in the middle class. He owned his own barber shop. He was a member of the petit bourgeoisie. And Fidel nationalized everything. Dad lost his shop. Friends were arrested.

My family left Cuba as soon as it could. And my dad always longed for it. But ill-health and a hatred of the Communists always prevented him from going back to visit. I remember that one of the happiest times of his life was when his brother came to New York for a month. Suddenly the years and the distance vanished, and they could pretend to be taking a cafecito at a corner bar.

I don’t know how my dad would have reacted to President Obama’s initiation of normalization of relations with Cuba. His pain may have been too deep. Sometimes the past is not past, but a living gash in your soul.

I am his son, but I cannot speak for him. I would like to think that if there is an afterlife, his pain has left him, and he has granted his blessing.

I can only speak for myself. And as a son who inherited his distaste of the caudillo Fidel, I can say this: the isolation of Cuba has only isolated us.

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14
Jan
11

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The Guardian (UK): Barack Obama has eased America’s long-standing embargo on Cuba, allowing many Americans to travel there for the first time and increasing the amounts that they can invest in the island.

Other changes announced by the president will allow all US international airports to accept flights to and from Cuba; at present, chartered flights are restricted to Miami and a handful of other airports. The moves represent an important step to rapprochement between the US and Cuba.

….The changes reverse stricter measures imposed by George Bush, who courted the anti-Castro Cuban-Amerian vote in Florida in 2000 and again in 2004, and come on top of those Obama made in 2009 that helped reunite divided Cuban families, improved communication between the countries and helped humanitarian aid to the island.

Full article here




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