Hugo Chávez could have had his odalisque if it weren't for those damn Nazis. In a rare interview, FBI agents say that they delayed the return of a stolen $4 million Henri Matisse painting to Venezuela because of concerns that the painting had originally been looted by Nazis during World War II. I ... More >>
The photo is reminiscent of a poster for The Sopranos. Three men dressed in natty suits with slicked-back hair saunter down a dimly lit, brick-paved alley. They leave little room to pass. It seems like they are intentionally blocking someone's path. The pretty boy on the left scrunches his face as i ... More >>
Michael Gongora is a Miami Beach commissioner running for mayor. On his campaign website, the commish touts his corruption-fighting credentials, boldly proclaiming he engineered the dismissal of shady city employees who violated the public's trust. "Now, thanks to my leadership," Gongora boasts on h ... More >>
A recent survey asked Latin American citizens to choose the city in which they'd most like to live. They overwhelming picked Miami, with just less than a fourth of the vote. Which once again proves the Magic City really is the capital of Latin America.
Hearing the words "Cuba," "Missiles" and "North Korean," tends to make most Americans uncomfortable, and now international officials are trying to figure out the mystery of why exactly those words all ended up together in this headline.
Tim Tracy, an American filmmaker who spent the last six weeks in a Venezuelan prison cell, has been released and is on his way back to the United States. Tracy was arrested by Venezuelan intelligence police on April 24 while working on a documentary. Officials accused him of being an American spy a ... More >>
Venezuela's government inched closer last night to admitting what its opponents have been saying for months: Hugo Chávez is on death's door. A government spokesman announced that Chávez's condition has become "very delicate" after another round of strong chemotherapy.More worrying, Communications ... More >>
OK, so those rumors flying around Twitter that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has been brain dead since last weekend may not be true. But that doesn't mean Chavez is recovering well from his latest bout with cancer.Venezuela's vice president confirmed this morning that Chavez is in fact "battling ... More >>
The dramatic photo went viral last night, shared hundreds of times on Facebook and splashed across Latin American blogs. It showed Hugo Chavez in exactly the kind of dire condition so many of his opponents believed he was in since missing his inauguration earlier this month: Strapped into a breathin ... More >>
Now we know why Mitt Romney released a last minute campaign ad in South Florida trying to link Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro to Barack Obama. It was a desperation.Romney knew he had to to stave off the biggest surprise of the presidential election in Florida: Nearly half of Miami-Dade's Cuban America ... More >>
Last night's debate was what political experts call a "turd sandwich." Barack Obama and Mitt Romney provided 90 minutes of crap, and moderator Bob Schieffer happily mashed it all together between the blandest, stalest, white-bread questions he could find.Obama supporters will say their man won the d ... More >>
This week saw the latest rumors circulating about the health of Fidel Castro, and the Cuban government remained suspiciously quiet. Though, now Fidel's son Alex Castro has broken the silence and says that his father is doing "well."
Ozzie Guillen has only spent five games as the Miami Marlins' manager, and he'll spend the next five at home. The team has announced that Guillen will be suspended for the next five games following the controversial remarks he made about Fidel Castro.Update: We have live coverage of the press confer ... More >>
Yesterday, Ozzie Guillen backtracked quicker than Emilio Bonifacio evading a pickoff after Time magazine quoted him admitting he kinda respects Fidel Castro for not falling for the CIA's best exploding cigar tricks. Guillen now says he didn't mean to come off as a Fidelista, telling the Miami Herald ... More >>
Did you expect anything but optimism as the official line from the Venezuelan government following President Hugo Chavez's second surgery in Cuba this week?Vice President Elias Jaua told the country's national chamber today that, "President Chavez is in good physical condition," even after reports s ... More >>
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez may think America is an evil imperialist empire, but his teenage daughter Rosines sure seems to love our dollar, dollar bill, y'all. The 14-year-old snapped a picture of herself posing behind a fan of United States currency and shared it on Instagram.
In a move that Republican presidential hopefuls will probably milk for all it's worth as they travel in and out of Miami this week, former Cuban President Fidel Castro today called the field competing for the Republican presidential nomination, "the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance th ... More >>
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez says his country will close its consulate in Miami. The news comes after a Venezuelan diplomat headquartered in Miami was expelled by the state department earlier this week for her alleged role in a cyber-terrorism plot against the United States.
There's a reason we don't see outspoken actor Sean Penn visiting Miami more often. Probably because the Hollywood star who keeps warm company with the likes of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro would be accosted every time he walks down the street. Kind of like he was by former co-star and Cuban-Ameri ... More >>
Every year, America celebrates the birth of its own democracy with fireworks, so it only makes sense a pro-democracy group that helps newly arrived Cubans settle in Miami is on its way to put on a fireworks display off the coast of Cuba. Predictably, the Cuban government is none too pleased.
The popularity of the U.S. Congress is at an all-time low. A recent CBS News/New York Times poll shows that just 9 percent of Americans approve of the federal legislative body. How bad is that? Well, just about the only thing Americans hate more than Congress is Fidel Castro.
Miami's largely Republican Cuban exile community and Fidel Castro for once actually agree on something! They all think President Barack Obama is stupid!Yesterday, Obama said his administration is "open to a new relationship with Cuba if the Cuban government starts taking the proper steps to o ... More >>
Rene Sanabria, the man who was once charged with policing Bolivia's drug trade, will serve 14 years in an American clink for masterminding a plot to smuggle 315 pounds of Bolivian marching powder into the country. Sanabria had pleaded guilty to the charges in June after being accused of the crime ... More >>
Hugo Chávez has cancer, he announced Thursday night.Hugo Chávez has cancer.For nearly a month, rumors have been circling about the Venezuelan president's health. But his mysterious sojourn to Havana became a little less murky Thursday night when a noticeably thinner Chávez announced in a live ... More >>
It was a leftist elitists worst nightmare: Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney surrounded by the artwork of leading hack artist Romero Britto. Yes, the scene on Lincoln Road as Ol' Mittens made a surprise fundraising stop at Britto's gallery space must have been something. Lucki ... More >>
President Obama has rolled back some of the strictest policies regarding Cuba, including easing travel restrictions and allowing for more remittances. Though, in an interview with Univision this week the president made clear that he will not normalize relations with the nation until Cuba makes "sign ... More >>
Cuba was once among the world's great coffee exporters. Nowadays it's running so short on beans and importing so much joe to feed the nation's cafecito habit that Raul Castro has ordered state roasters to mix coffee beans with chickpeas to save cash.Mmmm, the bitter, chickpea-infused taste of com ... More >>
walksydneystreets.netRefreshing! Like Cuba's economic reformsOver 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 >>
While much of the world will be focusing on Cuba's Communist Party Congress when it kicks off on the island Saturday, one group seems to care less what happens during what is being billed as a turning point for the totalitarian regime. At Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho, ground zero for ... More >>
By Michael McElroyJames Cason's battle with Cuba continues.Cuba's communist government is looking to disrupt James Cason's run for Coral Gables mayor, bringing some Cold War era spookiness to the City Beautiful's election season. Earlier this month, the American ex-diplomat, whom Fidel Castro nic ... More >>
Agência Brasil via Wikimedia CommonsHugo Chavez: democratically elected, but a supporter of Libyan strongman Muammar GaddafiWhat do Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Fidel Castro have in common? Berets, cigars, military fatigues, state-controlled economies... Errr... scratch that. This could take ... More >>
floridacatholic.orgArchbishop of Miami Thomas WenskiFor a moment last night, it looked as if Thomas Wenski was in over his head. As the Archbishop of Miami stood beneath a giant mural of Cuban history in the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, he stumbled over his normally flawless Spanish. "Today, C ... More >>
Fidel Castro now claims that his statement claiming that the Cuban model of communism no longer works was misinterpreted and taken out of context by an American journalist, but actions speak louder and words as the island nation has announced a major layoff of state workers. At least 500,000 workers ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke tries to understand how a transsexual running for Congress can be against gay marriage.A few weeks ago, I came across som ... More >>
Fidel Castro took some time out of his busy schedule of not dying to pen a piece for a state newspaper that said President Obama and the Democrat's recent passage of health care reform is a "miracle." Well, the Republican Party of Florida took time out of their busy schedule of basically giv ... More >>
On Sunday, Cuban television broadcast the first episode of an 8-part miniseries on the various assassination attempts on Fidel Castro.Just another jolly night on Cuban prime-time!Called He Who Must Live, the miniseries covers the "638" attempts on El Supremo's life, including some that took place ... More >>
The Republican brothers are headed for defeat, and Cuban-American politics will change forever.
The Cuban 5 Ten years after the world was shocked, astounded, blown away, and all that stuff to learn that Fidel Castro had sent spies to check on Miami's exiles, we may finally stop hearing about em. The United States Court of Appeals in Atlanta today denied a defense request for a hearing to reco ... More >>
I'm watching you and now your neighbors are too. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has decided that it's not good enough to have total control of his country's government, now he wants people to inform on their neighbors, friends and families. Chavez has instituted changes to his intelligence agenc ... More >>
It’s Friday, amigos, and you know what that means: another wave of Fidel death rumors! It would be so darned convenient if Raul and Co. announced El Maximo Lider’s death today, wouldn’t it? We’ve got a three day weekend, perfect for 72 hours of freedom-loving fiestas. Let’s take a look a ... More >>
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 >>
Miami Beach mayoral candidate David Dermer's political foes play dirty