Tag: Cuba

“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Vies for Another Film Award

“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Vies for Another Film Award

Cuba, Libre?” has been selected to compete in the Impact DOCS Awards.

The documentary was released in January of 2016. Here’s the film’s trailer:

“Cuba, Libre?” Trailer from Dick Jordan on Vimeo.

The film’s opening title tag line, “Will Americans Ever Again Travel Freely to Cuba?,” makes the documentary even more relevant to viewers now that the Trump Administration has followed through on its promise made last summer to retreat from the steps taken by President Obama to have a closer relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, including barring Americans from traveling to the island nation as individuals not part of a group tour.

Read More Read More

Did Trump Change How Americans Travel to Cuba?

Did Trump Change How Americans Travel to Cuba?

(Updated August 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m. PDT)

On Friday, June 16, 2017, Donald Trump made a major policy announcement that could markedly affect the ability of Americans to visit Cuba or do business there.

(Bryan Ledgard Flickr Photo)

Initially, Trump appeared set to totally scrap the steps President Obama took to discard over a half-century of failed “isolationist” policy toward Cuba and engage the Cuban people and government in a new era of mutually beneficial relations.

The Website, The Hill, said that the Trump administration had considered severing diplomatic ties to Cuba entirely, but backed away from such a drastic move in favor of a partial reverse of Obama’s policies since it would “be ‘less likely to elicit pushback’ from the business community and regional partners.”

NPR reported that two-thirds of Cuban Americans living in South Florida and that some members of Congress, including at least one Republican, were not in favor of Trump’s announced policy.

And in this Associated Press story, the Cuban government said that Trump’s new policy “would not achieve [its] objective of weakening the [Cuban] government.”

But what will Trump’s policy, if implemented, actually do and what effect will it have on both Cubans and Americans?

Read More Read More

A Dynamic Duo of Destinations: Cuba and U.S. National Parks

A Dynamic Duo of Destinations: Cuba and U.S. National Parks

In 2016 there are two destinations that are both figuratively and literately “hot” – Cuba and the U.S. National Parks.

Lower-Geyser-Basin-Yellowstone.jpg

Things are literally “cooking” in Havana where temperatures and humidity right now are both in the 90s, reminiscent of what I experienced while visiting just-to-the-north-a-bit Miami back in August of 1961.

While this week the air will be much drier in Death Valley National Park, look for the mercury to hit the 100-120 degree Fahrenheit mark, as it did when I drove through the park with my parents on a long-ago journey from Southern California to Reno, Nevada, part of a longer loop trip from Seattle to Disneyland and back.

Visits by Americans to both Cuba and the U.S. national parks are up this year for different reasons.

Read More Read More