Zapata lives! A Cuban Hero

February 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

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User: UncommonSenseforCuba

Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died Feb. 23, 2010, after an 83-day hunger strike during which he demanded his captors respect his human rights. They not only ignored his demands, but they took active steps to ensure his death. However, a month later, it is clear that .


Hey Jude – Cuban flavored

February 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Music Video of “Hey Jude” from the CD: Here Comes…El Son: Songs of The Beatles with a Cuban Twist. Filmed in Havana, where the CD was recorded. The footage for the video was shot by Derek Pretto, who also produced, directed and edited the video.
Go to for the unique story on how the CD concept was born.

Here Comes…El Son – birth of the concept

This Electronic Press Kit video describes how the idea for Here Comes El Son: Songs of The Beatles with a Cuban twist came to be. Please visit for the unique story on the birth and production of our CD’s concept: a modest, true labor of love.

CUBA Solidarity – Video produced by the Global Cuba Solidarity Movement

January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Video produced by the Global Cuba Solidarity Movement in which celebrities and human rights activists send messages of hope and solidarity to the Cuban people (



Celia Cruz Yo viviré (Live) – I will Survive

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Economics of Obama’s New Cuba Policy

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment


Here are the simple economics of the Obama Administration’s new policy of easing sanctions towards Cuba:

Last year, the Castro regime announced it would fire 10-20% of the Cuban workforce (due to a severe liquidity crisis) and issue limited self-employment licenses (for the politically obedient) — thus creating a supply of labor.

On Friday, the Obama Administration responded by allowing more travel — thus creating a demand for goods and services — and more cash transfers — thus providing capital to totalitarian Cuba.

Read more: The Economics of Obama’s New Cuba Policy.


Obama’s Plan to Ease Cuba Travel Restrictions – By Eduardo Calcines

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

First and foremost, I am a proud American who was born in Cuba in 1955 and lived under the Castro regime until 1969. I have seen firsthand the struggles and anguish the Cuban people experience on a daily basis. In regards to President Obama’s decision to change travel policies or any other policy towards Cuba for that matter, my personal convictions dictate that I firmly stand against any negotiations with the Castro regime until it demonstrates genuine political change towards representative democracy, freedom of speech and respect for human rights.

The decision to allow additional travel to the island prison, thereby further enriching Castro’s oppressive regime with greater resources, is like treating cancer with a Band-Aid. Although noble in spirit, this approach only serves to prolong the misery of the Cuban people.

I say shame on those who place economic gains above human dignity. Consider how the Jewish people would react if such favor was shown to Hitler under the pretense of improving human relations. Hitler was evil and his crimes against humanity were heinous. Castro’s regime and its own crimes against humanity are equally evil. Since 1959, hundreds of thousands of Cubans have died at the government’s hands and over 300 political prisoners of conscience remain brutalized in Cuba’s gulags.

Until we come to terms with the fact that the Castro’s will do ANYTHING to remain in power, many in the free world will continue to show shameful favor towards Cuba and its failed approach to leadership. The Castro brothers are firmly committed to remaining in power and will camouflage their self-serving interests in order to appease the intellectual world at any cost. The Cuban people continually suffer under an abusive and iniquitous regime. If the free world truly wants to improve the lives of the suffering Cuban people, they should look to once and for all free Cuba from the torturing grasp of the Castro brothers.

Let us remember the words of a wise man who said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King.


Eduardo Calcines,

Cuban-American Lawmakers Blast Obama’s Plan to Ease Cuba Travel Restrictions

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment


Cuban-American Lawmakers Blast Obama’s Plan to Ease Cuba Travel Restrictions

Republican lawmakers of Cuban descent sharply criticized President Obama’s plans to loosen Cuban travel policy to allow students and church groups to go to the communist country, saying the changes will benefit the Castro regime while doing little for the average citizen.

“Loosening these regulations will not help foster a pro-democracy environment in Cuba,” said U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “These changes will not aid in ushering in respect for human rights. And they certainly will not help the Cuban people free themselves from the tyranny that engulfs them.”

“These changes undermine U.S. foreign policy and security objectives and will bring economic benefits to the Cuban regime,” she added.

The administration announced Friday that students seeking academic credit and churches traveling for religious purposes will be able to go to Cuba. The plan will also let any American send as much as $500 every three months to Cuban citizens who are not part of the Castro administration and are not members of the Communist Party.
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