By Cafe Fuerte

Cuba TV reporter Reinaldo Taladrid in Miami. Photo: Michel Mirabal.
Cuba TV reporter Reinaldo Taladrid in Miami. Photo: Michel Mirabal.

HAVANA TIMES — TV analyst Reinaldo Taladrid, one of Cuba’s fiercest critics and voices against exiles in Miami and Cuban American politicians, is currently in… Miami.

Taladrid’s visit to a house in Coral Gables was reported on Tuesday on social media, accompanied by a photo of him.

“With my great friend Taladrid, who is making his own judgements about my work here in Miami of all places… Who would’ve thought?,” wrote artist Michel Mirabal, who resides in Cuba and is a frequent visitor to the south of Florida.

Mirabal didn’t specify whether the reporter was on holiday or why exactly he was visiting the United States. Since late-May, a landslide number of Cuban academics, researchers, writers, journalists and intellectual personalities have gone to the US in order to take part in the 34th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), which ended last Monday in New York.

Cristina Escobar, one of Cuba TV’s youngest faces in official journalism, was amongst the reporters present at LASA.

Journey into the Unknown

Graduating in Law from the University of Havana where he wrote his thesis on US power groups, Taladrid never worked as a lawyer and instead focused on journalism.  His family owned Havana’s famous Tropicana Cabaret, which was opened to the public in 1939.

His ties to Cuba’s DGI intelligence service, which belongs to the Ministry of the Interior, go back to his university days.  He was the director of Cubavision Internacional and since 1997, has served as the head of the program “Journey into the Unknown”, where he presents reports from international TV channels.

In December 1999, Cuba TV created “The Roundtable” on Fidel Castro’s orders and Taladrid became one of its founding panelists.

Since then, he has regularly criticized Cuban exiles as being “the mafia of Miami” and of Hispanic media platforms in the south of Florida.

Today, he still frequents the Roundtable to share his comments on international events and what’s going on in US politics.   Over the last few months, he’s been giving us his predictions about the battle between Republican and Democrat candidates for the White House.

25 thoughts on “Cuba TV Analyst Taladrid in Miami

  • IN CUBA, there is ONE slate of candidates. That’s to say that at the “grassroots”, Cubans are given a choice of say 8 candidates for 8 positions. There are no candidate debates and no campaigning, only a one page resume which includes a b/w photo and boilerplate election information. You seem to make comments that sound a lot like the Castro propaganda BS published to fool idiots into believing that Cuba is a democracy. You have obviously never seen Cuban “democracy” in action, let alone participated in an election. Cubans choose only at the municipal level. In more than 57 the Cuban people have never chosen their elected officials above the local level “directly”.

  • You don’t seem to understand grass roots democracy. The people are far more involved in the decision than many countries. Choosing between tweedledee and twidlediddle with no real grass roots choice in choosing the candidates is harldy democracy. The CANDIDATES in that type of an election are chosen by a tiny minority of the people, and rest of the people have to chose between the two,but it remains they are the candidates of a tiny minority (who chose them as candidates). In grass roots democracy the whole nation participates in the choosing directly.

  • I have watched CiberCuba and it’s well put together. Just this evening they have Ms. Gloria Estefan on the front and center and she is quoted as saying; “Cuba needs freedom and food!” I’m a fan of you Carlyle but this isn’t what I would call censored propaganda. CiberCuba is a decent site. I prefer Fox news but that will take time!

  • Democracy is not a function of elections regardless of the number or level. Democracy is better defined by the choices within the election. Cuban elections are strongly influenced be the PCC, the only political party allowed in Cuba. What takes place in Cuba is far from democratic.

  • …but the same is so for Americans…So what? We are talking about Cuba.

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