with host Silvio Canto, Jr., and archived for your listening convenience.
I was Rick Moran’s co-host in last night’s podcast. discussing The Opening to Cuba: What do Cuban Americans Think? with Silvio Canto, Jr.
Related to the topic,
The Real Cost of Castro Inc.
If relations are fully normalized, American tourist dollars would pour into companies owned by the Castro regime, since tourism is controlled by both the military and General Raul Castro, warns the Cuba Transition Project (CTP).That means rum, tobacco, hotels and resorts are all owned and operated by the regime and its security forces. Cuba’s dominant company is the Grupo Gaesa, founded by Raul Castro in the nineties and controlled and operated by the Cuban military, which oversees all investments. Cuba’s Gaviota, run by the Cuban military, operates Cuba’s tourism trade, its hotels, resorts, car rentals, nightclubs, retail stores and restaurants. Gaesa is run by Raul’s son-in-law, Colonel Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas.
The number of foreign companies doing business in Cuba have been cut by more than half since the 1990s, to 190 from some 400. Reasons include: Being forced to partner with army-controlled groups; hire workers through state agencies; and the freezing of bank deposits. Complaints have poured in from former senior executives at Dow Chemical, General Mills, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Colgate-Palmolive, Bacardi, American Express Bank, PepsiCo, Warner Communications, Martin Marietta Aluminum and Amex Nickel Corporation. Iberia, Spain’s national airline which at one time accounted for 10% of foreign commerce with Cuba, killed its Havana routes because they were unprofitable.
Carlos Eire was not in the podcast, but you should read how he’s Dealing with anti-Cuban-American vitriol on Christmas Eve
You can’t make up this stuff,
The Nation is, in fact, going to Cuba. They are going in February. It is not too late. Cuba is still a one-party dictatorship with a gulag. It has not yet been spoiled. The Castros and their fellow Communists are firmly in charge, as democrats and liberals in prison would be happy to tell you, if only they could speak to you.
Jay Nordlinger asks,
What if ordinary Cubans, in their innocence, ask The Nation’s people for help? What if they ask some American to send an e-mail for them, for example? Will The Nation’s people be like Paul Robeson in Stalin’s Russia, and turn the wretched locals in to the Party?
Wouldn’t surprise me if they did.
In today’s podcast at 1PM, I’m Silvio Canto’s guest,
We will discuss the political crisis in Mexico and the 43 dead students, FARC in Colombia, and other stories
Venezuela & US-Latin America stories, hosted by Silvio Canto, Jr, with guest Comandante Cazorla.
Last night I was in Rick Moran’s Election Night Extravaganza, co-hosted by Jazz Shaw, along with other guests voting law expert J. Christian Adams, political consultant Jeff Kropf, and Rod Kackley and Bridget Johnson of PJ Media. I was on the second hour.
Today at 1PM Eastern I’ll be in Silvio Canto’s podcast on US-Latin America issues with Michael Prada.
Today I wrote About those walking in NYC for ten hours videos at Da Tech Guy Blog. Please read it, and leave a comment.
Also, in case you missed it, last Wednesday’s podcast talking about the Elections in Brazil PLUS other US-Latin America stories of the week with Silvio Canto, Jr.
Here’s more walking in NYC,