CNN Reports on TV Marti Tonight at 7

Wolf Blitzer is going to feature TV Marti in his show, The Situation Room, this evening (Monday, Aug. 6).

Their INTRO:

"Twenty millions dollars a year of your money on a TV station that few people can see. So why does the government keep pouring money into it? Monday, 7 ET."

AP: Few People Watch TV Marti

   MIAMI -- (AP) -- Ten months ago, the U.S. government launched a new effort to beam TV broadcasts into Cuba via a Gulf Stream jet, an end-run around the communist government's close grip on the island's media.

   A U.S. State Department draft report circulated last month called the jet "a best practice'' to beat the Cubans' jamming efforts and said the $10 million (euro7.3 million) startup cost was "a big investment but appears to be paying off," with viewership on the rise. Watching American TV broadcasts is
illegal in Cuba.

   But more than two dozen Cuban immigrants who recently arrived in Florida paint a very different picture. In interviews with The Associated Press, they said while the U.S. government's Radio Marti is heard throughout the island, TV Marti can rarely be seen. The TV operation costs U.S. taxpayers more than $20 million (euro14.6 million) a year.

Editorial: Miami Housing Director Should Go

For the public official whose portfolio includes fighting poverty, there are many opportunities for innovative approaches to giving people a leg up. But using one's position to help finance an ex-spouse's hiring and salary with federal-tax dollars is not among them. Yet this was the approach taken by Miami Community Development Director Barbara Gomez, according to a Miami Herald investigative report. If Ms. Gomez hasn't resigned already, then she should be suspended and considered for termination.

Miami Housing Director Steers Funds Toward Ex

Still busy with investigative reporting on the city of Miami's housing agency. Here's the latest report:

Barbara_gomez_2 The director of Miami's housing agency helped steer more than $1 million in city contracts to two companies that employed one of her ex-husbands, starting weeks after his 2004 release from federal prison, where he served time for smuggling liquid cocaine, The Miami Herald has found.

Miami Community Development Director Barbara Gomez's department provided money to a troubled for-profit caterer and a tiny nonprofit social services agency that both employed ex-husband Ruben A. Santana.

New Times Bestows Honor -- of Some Sort -- on Me

From this year's New Times, Best of Miami:

Best Commie Agent
Oscar Corral
That damn Oscar Corral. First he writes a story informing Miami residents that ten South Florida journalists are on the payrolls of U.S. propaganda vehicles Radio and TV MartĂ­. Then he has the nerve to tell us that none of the $55.5 million in taxpayer money intended to fund Cuban dissidents has reached the island in cash. Instead the bulk was spent in Miami and Washington, or on exorbitant bills to ship goods to the island. And then he reports that most of that local spending was done without oversight or competitive bidding, and that the goods purchased for anti-Castro activists to foster democracy included Nintendo Game Boys, a chainsaw, Sony Playstations, cashmere sweaters, a mountain bike, Godiva chocolates, and crabmeat. He may have been leaking fecal matter and stuffed with tubes, but there was only one man behind this, and he wears an Adidas track jacket and has a beard. Thank God for the freelance columnist at El Nuevo Herald, Nicolas Perez Diaz-Arguelles, who finally put two and two together and took the leap of faith to insinuate what was on all of our minds: Oscar Corral is a Cuban spy. The writer's editor may have cried "blood libel," but when it comes down to it, newspapers are irrelevant to a democracy. Eating truffles while playing Grand Theft Auto That's a slap in Castro's face.

Cubans Watch Immigration Debate from Sidelines

Miguel_gerardo_gomez Miguel and Gerardo Gomez window-shopped in Little Havana dressed exactly the same -- Cuban identical twins separated by 14 years of exile and reunited a little more than a week ago.

Their casual jaunt at Flagler boutiques Thursday framed the best and worst that Cubans have to face under U.S. immigration policy. Their unique immigration status, defined by the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act but punctuated by family separation and yet an easy path to citizenship, can give Cuban Americans a different perspective on the issue.

Joe Garcia: In His Own Words

Joegarcia2 The well-known website, interviews Joe Garcia in Spanish: "Garcia represents for some the great white hope of a civilized Cuban left, uncompromised and increasingly realist in that the ghosts of the past don't hover over his head. A left without a past to shy away from."

Garcia will also appear on Polos Opuestos with Maria Elvira Salazar sometime this week (Mega TV Channel 22) in a debate with Frank Calzon, head of the Center for a Free Cuba. Stay tuned for an update.

U.S.-Cuba Policy May Not Change Under Dems

Bill_delahunt_in_cuba Just a few months ago, it seemed that new Democratic leaders in Congress would push for change in U.S.-Cuba policy. That was then.

This is now.

A Slow Evolution

Fidelraul Fascinating multimedia presentation about what's going on in Cuba politically, economically and on a human level.

Will Cuba Angle Kill Port Tunnel?

Port_of_miami Turns out the company that won the bid to build the highly anticipated tunnel from the Port of Miami to Watson Island has business ties in Cuba. So do the other companies that bid on the project.

Will one of Miami's most complex infrastructure projects ever disintegrate in the minefield of exile politics?

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