Idiot box

It must be awfully difficult for US editors to fact check stories they receive about Cuba, given that their own knowledge of the country is so slim. It might also be too much bother to find, or pay, a Cuban in Cuba to do it, although there are plenty of Cubans who could. My 11 year old son, for example, who as I read an article published by Harper’s this summer about Cuban television, was reading over my shoulder and chuckled at the claim that iPhones are illegal here. “That’s not true,” he smirked. Continue reading “Idiot box”

Loose cannons

One of the cannons at the Calixto García memorial on the Malecon, ripped from its platform by Irma

The media field day surrounding the State Department’s destructive break with Cuba continues. In addition to taking the State Department’s word about the alleged attacks, CNN is fueling the fire with gossip about strange sounds “the diplomats compared to loud insects or metal dragging across the floor.”  Now that conjecture is considered an acceptable substitute for factual reporting, I present for your consideration some FACTS and ANALYSIS from ground zero. Continue reading “Loose cannons”

Unsound excuses

 

Heavy equipment outside the US Embassy in Havana, between hurricanes

People have been asking me to write more about our recovery from Hurricane Irma, and I will, but first I want to say something about the other storm – the political one that blew through on Friday when Rex Tillerson announced that the State Department would be withdrawing all non-essential staff from the US Embassy in Havana, and urged Americans not to travel here, due to health problems resulting from mysterious alleged “acoustic attacks” on US diplomats. Continue reading “Unsound excuses”