Back in the 1970s, Diana Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. After setting a world record circling Manhattan, Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for National Public Radio, ABC's Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times. Nyad owns a fitness business, and is the author of a memoir titled Find a Way: One Untamed and Courageous Life which was longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016.
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. @GloriaAllred joins me Thurs 6/22 3pm PT for FB Live on Cosby trial & her work on extending Statutes of Limitatio… https://t.co/8TKH1oO6cb
by @diananyad - yesterday
Pres #Trump today took our relationship with Cuba back to our long-time stance of travel ban and embargo. more: https://t.co/xvGBKK9mnL
by @diananyad - 5 days ago
RT @TargetNews: “Find a way.” Record-breaking long-distance swimmer @diananyad shared her powerful personal mantra with @Target: https://t.…
@carolynellis This is so cool!
by @diananyad - 6 days ago
RT @carolynellis: Such a pleasure to hear the inspiring @diananyad #TheArtOf #Leadership for Women - what courage! #visualnotes https://t.…
DianaNyad - yesterday
The esteemed Gloria Allred joins me this week (Thurs, June 22, 3pm PT) for a FB Live on the Cosby trial and her current critical work on extending Statutes of Limitations for sexual abuse cases. If only the other 59 women who have made precise same claims against Cosby were allowed to speak their truth in a court of law.
DianaNyad - 3 days ago
#Kobe brings his girls to #WNBA Sparks game on #father's day. Nice move, Kobe
#Kobe brings his girls to #WNBA #sparks game for #fathers day. Nice move Kobe
DianaNyad - 4 days ago
Today one of the four prestigious Majors of golf, the U.S. Open, is being hotly contended in Wisconsin. Yet one of the world’s greats, Phil Mickelson, is not teeing it up with his peers.
The U.S. Open the only Major “Lefty" has not won, added to the fact that he yesterday turned 47, we could only surmise that poor health would be the only thing that could keep him from competing for this coveted trophy.
Actually, the Mickelson’s youngest daughter Amanda’s high school graduation fell on Thursday, the opening day of play. Amanda not only graduated but delivered the commencement speech.
Phil said the decision was not at all a difficult one. Now there’s a sportsman.
And quite a Father’s Day story at that.
Happy Father’s Day to all you deserving dads out there, too!
DianaNyad - 5 days ago
President Trump today took our relationship with Cuba back to our long-time stance of travel ban and embargo. I’m sure many of you have gone to Cuba during the two years since President Obama lifted those restrictions. I actually had the honor of being included in the Obama entourage during that trip. (Image from that trip, with Nancy Pelosi below. She called on me to address a group of Cuban Americans) Nothing is clear-cut about the Cuban situation. The Cuban Americans hearing Trump’s decision in that Miami hall today cried and cheered emotionally, many of them, bolstered to hear the President’s validation of their hard-and-fast convictions, that the United States will not be friendly to the Cubans until they release their political prisoners, until they hold open elections, and until they accept expression of free speech.
I learned a long time ago not to take a side in the Cuban debate. There are politicians and l business people and sociogists who encouraged the Obama way, believing that the more economic freedom the people in the street enjoy, they come to their own vision of a free society and they themselves demand the changes that Trump now demands of their government by imposing economic hardships upon them.
I happen to know Cubans in Havana who may want change but they don’t share the thirsty foreign investors’ vision of swank hotels and casinos, with the highly educated Cubans doctors, engineers, lawyers, architects, agricultural engineers, tech wizards—dealing Blackjack and cleaning the hotel lobbies. They want MRI machines. They want modern farming equipment. They a tech, computerized world and they want their professionals to work at the jobs for which they’ve studied.
Trump calls the years since Fidel and Che and Camilo rode out of the mountains to save the poor, 1959, a “long reign of terror”. Historians for the most part say those first years of socialsm brought the poor of Cuba from third to second world living. No homeless. Everbody had a good education. Arguably the best doctors in the world.
But it is undoubtedly true over the next decades, especially with the isolation of the island, Venezuela one of the only friends to the country, the Cubans became desperately poor. I know people who don’t have tylenol or cooking oil. A couple I stayed with have a daughter who’s asthmatic and her father, an educated lawyer, would wait by the emergency room of the hospital middle of the night, begging those coming out from their shifts to get him an inhaler.
Perhaps Trump’s move is right, in terms of eventually forcing Cuba into the freedoms we value.
It’s complicated. When would the current Raul Castro regime on their own decide to allow the Cuban people to travel abroad? When would the regime open their prison doors and allow the political dissidents free, on their own?
So there’s the side of the Cubans in Cuba. Will those citizens at last revolt and demand the kinds of changes that would lead them to a free enterprise system, an open trade and business exchange with the rest of the world, a democracy? Will Raul age out of power and a younger regime come closer to the ideals of democracy?
And then there’s the American tourist, eager as ever to experience the magic of the pastel Havana buildings, the salsa music wafting from every window, the American Chevies and Fords of the ’50’s parading down the majestic Malecon.
If you took advantage of Obama’s opening over the past two years, I’m happy for you. If not, you will now be back to applying for a logical reason for your trip and then be subject to a strict audit when you get back, to prove that you have no Che souviner in your pack, to prove that you were not visiting Cuba as a tourist.
I want everything. I want the Cubans to have a better life, to work the professions they have earned degrees for. I want them to have control of their own lives and travel freely out of country and back. And I want us and other non-Cubans to go there, both as pure tourists and as people building businesses and futures on Cuban soil. And I want the citizens of Cuba to rise up and lead the country in human rights, free elections, and free speech.
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