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Castro in Miami, 1955
Castro speaking with Juan Manuel Marquez concerning M-26-7
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 In the coming months we will post photos of some of those connections as a historical reference for those who may not fully understand how Cuba came to be in its current state.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

Fidel Castro and wife Mirta Díaz-Balart in 1948

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 rent.

Fulgencio Batista in Miami Beach
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 property
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
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.

Fidel Castro in Miami, 1955
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 Friday.
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 in 1960
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 Cuba. If you have information about these persons or if you are looking for friends or relatives who left Cuba, please visit Cuban Search. 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.

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