Castro speaking with Juan Manuel Marquez concerning
fund raising and propaganda strategy in Miami, 1955.
The connection between Cuba and Miami
goes back decades before Castro infected our homeland. In
the coming months we will post photos of some of those
connections as a historical reference for those who may not
fully understand how Cuba came to be in its current state.
Castro in Miami, then Miami
Beach and New York
June 26, 2012
Castro married Mirta Díaz-Balart (left)
in 1948 and the newly wed couple honeymooned in Miami Beach
at what some people believe to be either the San Souci, Shelborne or Saxony, which were all
top hotels on Collins Avenue at the time.
In 1955 Castro gave a fund-raising
speech wearing a black suit at the Flagler Theater in
downtown Miami--most likely the last time anyone in the USA
saw him wearing anything other his signature fatigues.
The newly-wed couple came to Miami Beach
for their honeymoon and possibly some shopping on
Lincoln Road Mall. After a 10-day visit, the couple went
on the New York City where they rented an apartment
temporarily. They were later evicted for non-payment of
Fulgencio Batista in Miami Beach
Jorge Cervantes ends his hunger strike and will be allowed
to leave Cuba
27. June 2011 11:17
Cuban prisoner of conscience Jorge Cervantes has ended his
hunger strike, after the Cuban regime told him that he will
be allowed to leave Cuba with his family. Cervantes began a
hunger strike 29 days ago to protest for his detention.
Canadian piranhas are warned about dealing in stolen
26. June 2011 11:54
Shunned by Fidel Castro for being too bourgeois, golf could
finally be on course to make a dramatic comeback in Cuba —
in large part thanks to Canadian investors.
But while Canadian developers feature prominently among
groups pushing to build golfing resorts with the island’s
cash-strapped communist government, Cuban exiles and some
experts are raising new alarm bells that the ventures are
headed for the rough.
WikiLeaks: Cardinal Ortega pushed to close a magazine
critical of the Castro brothers
26. June 2011 10:11
A Vatican expert on Cuba told U.S. diplomats in 2007 that
Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega had pushed to shutter a highly
regarded Roman Catholic magazine that often criticized the
communist system, according to a State Department cable made
available by WikiLeaks.
Batista firing squad executing a revolutionary in
1956 during the Cuban Revolution.
"The Castro brothers must be burning a lot of candles,
praying for Chavez's survival"
25. June 2011 11:01
Venezuelan officials scrambled Thursday to reassure
compatriots that President Hugo Chávez was not seriously ill
after his brother said the president would remain in a Cuban
hospital for up to 12 more days, making it likely that Mr.
Chávez will be away from the country for nearly a month.
Capitol Hill Cubans: Finding lost Friends
25. June 2011 09:40
Nearly every Cuban exile has a harrowing story about how
they fled Castro's Cuba.
Each journey is full of tremendous risk, pain and sacrifice
-- and that's just to leave the island.
Castro in Miami, 1955
US intelligence sources: Hugo Chávez is undergoing a
"critical clinical condition"
24. June 2011 22:54
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is currently at a
hospital in Havana, is undergoing a "critical clinical
condition," several U.S. intelligence sources said on
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they
could not confirm reports that the Venezuelan president is
being treated for cancer of the prostate, which is the rumor
that is currently being heard with increasing frequency in
Venezuela's high places.
Ernest Hemingway and Fidel Castro meeting during the
National Marlin Fishing Tournament at Marlovento
Marina on May 15th 1960
House of Representatives repeals relaxation of travel
regulations and remittances to Cuba
23. June 2011 14:39
The House Committee on Appropriations has adopted language
in its must-pass FY'12 Financial Services Appropriations
bill, which funds the Treasury Department, to repeal the
Obama Administration's regulations on Cuban-American travel
and remittances and restores the reasonable caps and
limitations in existence prior to April 2009.
We have posted information about more than 900 rafters who
disappeared during their trip from Cuba
21. June 2011 18:45
The information of more than 900 Cuban rafters is now
available at CubanSearch.
You can see the data base with their names, aliases, date of
departure from Cuba and location.
More than 160 people have already registered at CubanSearch
21. June 2011 16:41
More than 160 people have already registered at CubanSearch
looking for information about friends and relatives who left
If you have information about these persons or if you are
looking for friends or relatives who left Cuba, please visit
Later this week we will post the names of 930 balseros that
left Cuba and no one knows if they survive the trip or not.
Chávez in Cuba: remote control?
21. June 2011 16:40
Switch on the television in Venezuela and more often than
not, the face of president Hugo Chávez will peer out,
speaking of the ills of capitalism and the success of his
own government. But for nearly two weeks now, the president
has remained uncharacteristically quiet – not even updating
Twitter – as he lies in a Cuban hospital bed recovering from
a pelvic abscess operation.
Latest from Cubazuela: Chávez is at a hospital in Havana and
the Comptroller General just died there
21. June 2011 12:13
While Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez remains at a Cuban
Hospital since he underwent surgery for a pelvic abscess
more than 10 days ago, the country's Comptroller General
died at another Havana hospital on Monday.
Otto Reich, Gutierrez-Boronat: Cuba Change Coming
20. June 2011 17:56
Winds of change are opening doors that have been closed in
oppressed countries for half a century, not only in the near
East but also in the Caribbean. In central Cuba, one recent
day seemed like any other until those winds blew through the
main entrance at government-run Radio Placetas.
Two Cuban computer science students defect in Orlando
19. June 2011 13:00
Two Cuban computer science students deserted coincidentally
on the same day, and neither one knew of the other's plans.
**Breaking News** Cuban dissident: Alan Gross to be freed
for "humanitarian reasons"
17. June 2011 19:21
little-known Cuban dissident who launched a hunger strike
seeking freedom for jailed US aid contractor Alan Gross said
on Friday he began eating again because Cuban officials told
him Gross will be released soon.
Angel Enrique Fernandez, 45, said he was told Gross, serving
a 15-year sentence for illegally providing Internet
equipment to Cubans, would be freed within two months.
What sin did we commit in order to end up with this
Monsignor and this Cardinal?
16. June 2011 17:28
According to Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, the Cuban
Catholic Church’s current situation is “completely normal”
and even “better” than in many countries.
“Nowadays – I don’t believe that I’m saying anything foolish
– the Church’s situation in Cuba is a normal situation,
completely normal, as it could be in any other Catholic
country and better than in many,” the influential priest
declared in an interview published Wednesday on the
government Web site Cubadebate.