Fidel Castro

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    September 5, 2011

    Shawn Loftis, Globe-Trotting Gay Porn Star, Plays Dictator F/M/K With New Times

    ​Two weeks ago, Riptide broke the story that Shawn Loftis -- known on film as Collin O'Neal -- was canned from his Miami Dade Public Schools substitute teaching job when a principal found out about his prolific gay porn career. Loftis tells us he still plans to fight the firing. In the meant ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Fidel Castro Criticizes Obama Over Bin Laden "Assassination"

    ​Nine months ago, former Cuban President Fidel Castro said Osama bin Laden was a CIA agent who never failed to pop up when George W. Bush needed a foil. "Bush never lacked for bin Laden's support," Castro said at the time. "He was a subordinate."Now that bin Laden is gone, however, el comanda ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Hugo Chávez Calls Cuban Reforms 'Refreshing'

    walksydneystreets.netRefreshing! Like Cuba's economic reforms​Over the past decade, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has become the Cuban government's number one supporter. His oil subsidies help keep the embargoed island afloat and, in return, he welcomes Cuban doctors to Caracas's poor, inner-c ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    News Roundup

    Oh, look, an update from our old friends the sex offenders under the bridge. It's nice to hear from them every once in a while. [NBC6]It is going to get really, really cold this weekend. [CBS4]Fidel Castro wants Obama to give back Guantánamo Bay. [NBC6]Some dumb kid accidentally shot his friend in ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Newspapers Planned Fidel's Death. Oops!

    For the past 30 years or so, Miami newspapers have prepared for Fidel Castro's death. Soon after I arrived at the Herald in 1989, I updated a lengthy obituary of the Cuban dictator that was kept on file at the newspaper. Even then, the article's author, Guy Gugliotta, had left the paper. We scramble ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Argentina Prez Says Fidel is Doing Fine

    Peronist Argentine President Cristina Kirchner had a face-to-face chit chat with Fidel Castro today, and told the Government's press agency that Castro seems to be in good health. This conflicts with recent front page news that Castro is near death. She also reports that Castro watched Obama's swear ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Castro Is Totally Dying This Time, for Reals

    Hey, have you heard? Fidel Castro might totally be dying! Seriously, some guy who served Riptide a café cubano on Calle Ocho says his brother in Matanzas is tight with Fidel's chauffeur's third cousin who told him that Fidel is ALREADY DEAD.Hey, it's as reliable a source as any on the bearded one's ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    No More Late-Night Street Hugging, Public Appearances for Castro

    Fidel Castro was last seen in public in July 2006 and has become a nefarious recluse ever since. He is like the Howard Hughes of notorious dictators. Now his BFF Hugo Chavez says we'll likely never see Castro or his beard in public again. "That Fidel in his uniform who walked the streets and tow ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Why Is Fidel Hanging Out with Russian Orthodox Priests, Anyway?

    Fidel and Vladimir Gundjaev The haggard remains of Fidel Castro made headlines earlier this month for meeting with a Russian Orthodox priest in Havana. The story was newsworthy mostly because the meeting produced the first photo of the ailing Cuban dictator since early this summer. But a larger ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Fidel being Fidel: ex-dictator defends judge-kicking Cuban Olympian

    Fidel Castro's 82-year old body may be failing him. But, dios mio, his famed obstinance has never been healthier. You'd think it might be hard to defend a taekwondo athlete who used his potentially lethal skills to attack a sporting judge. But, oh my Capitalist swine, you know little about Cuba's m ... More >>

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    February 22, 2008

    He's Back!

    Fidel Castro hasn't been retired for even a week. Still, he just couldn't hold off on publishing an anti-US missive. The latest, he claims: President Bush wants to annex Cuba. ''I had planned to stop writing these reflections for at least 10 days,'' Castro wrote. ``But I didn't have the right to ke ... More >>

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    February 19, 2008

    Castro Resigns

    Citng his "critical health condition" Fidel Castro stepped down as Cuba's president and commander-in-chief on Tuesday, ending a tenure as head of state that lasted nearly a half century, according to Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party. It appears Castro gave no notice of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2008

    House of Laughs

    Just the Funny finds a home for its comedy.

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    January 17, 2008

    Bay of Pigs Vets Fight for Home

    Betrayed by the U.S. government and their own country, they want to be remembered.

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    November 5, 2007
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    August 24, 2007

    Castro Is Dead. Or Not.

    The city is abuzz with rumors that Fidel Castro has gone to that big communist gulag in the sky. Here's what we know: folks who picked up the phones at City Hall, Miami Police, Metro-Dade police and the county emergency center so far deny the rumors. So does Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's offic ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007

    The Greatest Generation

    El Jefe and Hef turn 81

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    February 22, 2007

    Rewarding the Dictator

    A press champion This week in Cuba: Cuban officials have declined to renew a reporting visa for a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Gary Marx, saying that his stories have been "negative." The reporter has been ordered to leave Havana pronto. And...bedridden dictator Fidel Castro has r ... More >>

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    February 8, 2007

    Castro Who?

    El dictador Today's Associated Press poll regarding Fidel Castro that was printed nationwide and in the Miami Herald wasn't particularly newsworthy. Sixty-four percent of Americans have a "very or somewhat unfavorable" opinion of the island's dictator. Yawn. What was really interesting, ... More >>

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    January 16, 2007
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    June 22, 2006
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    January 12, 2006
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    April 28, 2005
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    August 12, 2004
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    May 13, 2004


    Enrique Santos and Joe Ferrero

  • City Life

    May 15, 2003


    "Hello, Fidel!"

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    April 10, 2003


    Caught between Iraq and a hard-line place

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    February 20, 2003

    Dialogue: The Final Frontier

    When trade sanctions, bluster, and a few bombs don't work, you gotta try something else

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    April 25, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of April 25, 2002

    The Everglades, dead fish, and dictators

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    April 11, 2002

    Heretics in the House

    They came to Miami. They gathered publicly. They showed no fear. And they trashed the Cuba embargo.

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    April 4, 2002


    You've seen the revolutionary photo, now here's the soap opera

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    March 28, 2002

    Incessant Static

    Every year millions of your dollars are pumped into Radio and TV Martí. What do you get in return?

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    December 20, 2001

    Terrorists, but Our Terrorists

    Where can terrorists find safe harbor? If you're of the Cuban exile variety, right here.

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    July 5, 2001

    Spies in Miami, Commandos in Cuba

    If you disagree with what they do, why defend their right to do it?

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    February 15, 2001

    Carlos Cruz's Second Act

    In his native Cuba he was a film star. Here in the States he's just another car salesman with a dream.

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    June 1, 2000

    Rick ... or Red?

    Could Rick Sanchez, Miami's most notorious journalistic windbag, actually be an agent of Fidel Castro?

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    May 11, 2000

    The Great Divide

    Correspondence from our readers

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    December 16, 1999


    Delusions of candor

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    June 24, 1999

    Welcome to the Bureaucracy:

    Why Cubans Call the Ministry of Culture the "Mystery of Culture"

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    December 3, 1998

    Fidel's Kind of Flick

    A pair of Miami filmmakers head to Sundance with a new motion picture about a congressman turned Castro spy

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    November 12, 1998

    Twice Exiled

    Bernardo Benes helped free hundreds of Cuban political prisoners twenty years ago. Hardliners in Miami hate him for it.

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    November 6, 1997

    The Rise and Fall of Miamiland

    Way back in 1998 the citizens of Dade County rose up and declared themselves an independent republic. Then the hangover hit.

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    April 17, 1997

    The Fidel Fixation

    Exactly 36 years ago the Central Intelligence Agency blew it at the Bay of Pigs. For an encore it created the biggest commando operation in U.S. history -- right here in South Florida. It's time for a sentimental tour.

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    December 19, 1996

    Eyewitnesses to History

    Marion and Orlando de Cardenas aided Fidel Castro when the Cuban revolution was still a daydream, not a bad dream

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    January 11, 1996

    The Man Who Would Be Fidel

    For more than fifteen years, master Castro imitator Armando Roblan has been sending up El Tirano

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    September 21, 1994

    Back on Top

    You may admire him or you may find him disgusting. But at least you've got to hand it to him: Jorge Mas Canosa has got clout.

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    May 18, 1994

    The Man and the Microphone

    In the turbulent and often virulent world of Spanish-language radio, two things are certain: Fidel will be the debate, and Tomas Garcia Fuste will prevail

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    September 4, 1991

    Get Me Rewrite!

    Diario las Americas published a propagandized version of a dispatch from Havana. Cuban officials blamed it on the writer.

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    November 21, 1990
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    November 21, 1990
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