BOOK REVIEW: Our Woman in Havana

I don’t recall the last time I was so excited at the anticipation of reviewing a book. Thus I devoured Ambassador Vicki Huddleston’s Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle...

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‘Let’s stop calling Cuba unsafe’ op-ed picked by Granma, Cuba’s daily newspaper

On January 20 I posted a piece to my blog entitled ‘Let’s Stop Calling Cuba Unsafe.’ It was a variant on an op-ed piece I posted the same day to...

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LET’S STOP CALLING CUBA UNSAFE!

On January 18, 2018, Cuba was named “Safest Country for Tourism” at the 38th annual International Tourism Fair (FITUR), in Madrid, Spain. That’s no surprise to me. I’ve always considered...

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Havana Without Makeup… a review of this superb new book about Cuba

As a veteran of the Cuba scene and a serious bibliophile with a library exceeding 500 relevant titles, I’m a harsh critic of Johnny-come-lately texts about Cuba. Every year sees...

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Tour Cuba with Motorcycle Classics!

I’m thrilled to learn that Motorcycle Classics magazine Editor-in-Chief Richard Backus will be joining me as celebrated moto-journalist Christopher P. Baker leads an unforgettable 12-day ride through western and central Cuba,...

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Cuba expert asks “Is the Cuban romance on ice?” with Trump as president-elect

I’ve always admired my friend Larry Luxner‘s capability as a journalist to acutely synthesize and concisely express issues relating to Cuba. He and I are each Cuba experts in our...

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Gloria Estefan confused over Cuba travel & U.S. embargo

Cuban-born singer megastar Gloria Estefan has long been an outspoken critic of Cuba’s Castro government. The Miami Sound Machine singer, whose family fled the island after the Revolution (her father later served...

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NPR interview with Cuba expert Christopher P Baker on KQED’s ‘Forum with Michael Krasny’

This morning I interviewed for KQED’s “Forum with Michael Krasny” on the theme ‘Cuba: One Year After Diplomatic Detente.’ I was joined by fellow interviewee Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Chancellor Professor...

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Cars of Cuba 2017 wall calendar available for pre-order

We’re only just into 2016 and it’s already time to think about 2017… Why? Because my new “Cars of Cuba” 16-month 2017 wall calendar (September 2016 through December 2017) is...

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Cuba people-to-people tour for boxing fans with pro-boxer Mia St John and Cuba expert Christopher P Baker

A Cuba boxing tour? Yes, I’m thrilled to announce that my close friend and pro-boxer Mia St. John (former world boxing champion, Playboy model, and humanitarian) and I will jointly lead...

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