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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 Global Exchange.
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 Grade


But U.S. isn't so good either

Christopher Baker's
Cuba Classics A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles.
Click  here Cuba for more info on Chris' other books about the island