Peter next to a 1956 Studebaker Golden
Hawk on Havana's famed Malecon ocean-front highway.
My Trips to Cuba
Click on pic for a report of Peter's 2008 trip to Cuba.
1955 Chevy in Guantanamo City, Cuba
End the Travel Ban on Cuba
Peter at the Moncada
Barracks, scene of the first Castro uprising in 1953
Peter at the Bay of Pigs Museum, Playa Giron,
Cuba, January 2005.
The facility illustrates the Kennedy administration's disgraceful
and illegal U.S. sponsored invasion of Cuba in 1961.
Life-sized statue of John Lennon in a Havana park
bearing his name. Beneath him in brass are
words from his song "Imagine"--"You say that I'm a dreamer, but
I'm not the only one."
There also is a Lenin Park named after the first Soviet dictator,
but I found it offensive that a public space was named after a
person who was responsible for destroying what was initially an
authentic revolution for freedom which the lyrics of our
Lennon's song echoed years later.
Does anyone have to be assured that I'm
not an uncritical supporter of the Cuban government or its
political leadership? I'm sure if I was a Cuban, I'd be in
prison or in exile. Still, the presentation of America the
Good vs. Cuba the Bad and Totalitarian doesn't appreciate the
history and relationship between the two countries. There is
much to be admired about the Cubans, but much to criticize.
Isn't it illegal for Americans to go to Cuba?
Under the terms of the Embargo Act, U.S. citizens
may apply for what are called a "Specific License" for Cuba travel for
educational conferences, and other such approved activities. See
Journalists, such as myself, are able to go to Cuba under a "General
License" since the Constitution forbids restrictions on freedom of the
press. I went under the latter clause.
Human Rights Watch Gives Cuba A Failing
But U.S. isn't so good either
Cuba Classics A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles.
Cuba for more info
on Chris' other books about the island