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Archives by Tag 'Cuba'
The Dangers and Degradations of Daily Prison Life
DANNY GLOVER and SAUL LANDAU
We wait with a Latina woman and two of her kids until the prison guard at the entrance desk calls our number. We pass through the X-ray machine and get our wrists stamped. Then we sit and stare at a religious display in the show case – church-state separation?— where ...
The Cubans are Coming!
JEAN-GUY ALLARD
Now they don’t even bother to hide their worry: the same politicians who slandered Cuba for decades, saying Cubans “can’t travel,” and even going so far as to draft laws meant to push disaffected Cubans to hurl themselves into the sea, are now rushing to figure ou...
Chavez’s Enemies See Opportunities in Cancer
MIKE WHITNEY
“When Chavez became president of Venezuela, the country was limping….. He gave everything he had in him – his sweat, soul, strength, energy, intelligence and love – to change Venezuela with dignity, growth, sovereignty, and nation-building....
All I Want for Christmas
BENJAMIN WILLIS
Dear Santa, I just wanted to shoot you off this quick note to ask you for a gift this Christmas before tomorrow in case something catastrophic happens. I know that this year has been especially challenging for your crew as far as figuring out who’s been naugh...
Obama’s Vilification of Latin America
MARK WEISBROT
President Obama went too far in throwing gratuitous insults at President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela on Friday ...
The Politics of Cuban-Americans
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Several of our friends expressed shock when they learned that President Obama had won some 48% of south Florida’s Cuban-American vote. One asked: how can you explain that a reputedly reactionary community would yield such a high percentage vote for a Democrat? Th...
Obama, Cuba and United States
BENJAMIN WILLIS
Although most progressives would agree that last Tuesday’s elections did little to resolve the overwhelming list of challenges that faces our nation there is a glimmer of hope that the United States is inevitably moving towards a policy of engagement and normalizati...
Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons for Iran?
SAUL LANDAU
Fifty years ago millions of people around the world expressed their fear – well merited — that nuclear war would erupt between the US and USSR over Soviet missiles placed in Cuba. Many Americans have the idea that a crazy Fidel Castro wanted to launch them at US t...
Cuba to Drop Exit Visa Requirements
CHRIS LEWIS
When I read last week that the Cuban government is scrapping its notorious permiso de salida—the official sanction required to exit the island—I immediately thought back to a warm May evening about two years ago. As a college student in Havana, I caught a Cub...
Poetry and Latin American Revolution
ANDRE VLTCHEK
The world is once again in turmoil. Several Arab nations are clearly in a state of mayhem, rebelling against decades of injustice. But their struggle is not always based on ideology, and it is not well defined. The West is taking full advantage of the confusion, pushi...
JFK’s Lunatic Priorities During the Cuban Missile Crisis
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
London. Reading the transcripts of Kennedy’s meetings with his advisers is an object lesson in the pernicious effects of secrecy on government policy. No doubt Kennedy, in taping these meetings, intended them as a day by day record from which he would la...
Fidel, Alive and Kicking
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Responding in longer form to erroneous reports of his death, Mark Twain was quoted saying, “Reports of my death were greatly exaggerated.” The same holds for Fidel Castro. Earlier reports pronounced him dead or dying. Each one was false. Given their sou...
The Civil Society Ploy
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Can the United States export democracy to another country, the way it exports Coca Cola? Apparently the government,particularly, USAID, and the mass media – think so. But, some tricky issues emerge because we – the USA – the ‘city on the hill”...
Half a Century Beyond the Cuban Missile Crisis
WINSLOW MYERS
Albert Einstein, the full measure of whose prophetic stature still has not been taken, wrote in a telegram to President Roosevelt in 1946: “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrop...
14 Years of Injustice
SAUL LANDAU
Five Cubans fighting terrorism in south Florida have served 14 years of prison, more than enough time for the US public to learn from its media about the horrific injustice done by the US government to these Cuban men. But the media has barely touched the grotesque frame ...
Miracle in Miami
RICARDO ALARCÓN de QUESADA
Havana. On May 25, 2001, when the trial of Gerardo Hernandez in Miami was nearing its end, the prosecution filed an Emergency Petition for Writ of Prohibition with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The first surprise was the speed – no more t...
The Fabricated Case Against Gerardo Hernández
RICARDO ALARCÓN de QUESADA
Charge No 3, added in May 1999, against Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, almost eight months after his incarceration is based on a false –more than false, absurd’- premise: the made-up existence of a Cuban Government plan to attack US planes in international airspace. This...
A Fabricated Murder
RICARDO ALARCÓN de QUESADA
On February 24, 1996, a lamentable event took place in front of the Malecón in Havana. Two small planes belonging to a terrorist group in Miami were shot down by anti-aircraft defenses when they violated Cuban national territory. Dozens of similar violations had taken pl...
The Media and the Cuban Five
RICARDO ALARCÓN de QUESADA
The great irony in the case of the Cuban Five seems to be its relationship with the media. In Miami, the case had out-of-proportion coverage, and the “journalists” and local media were instrumental in the creation of an environment of irrational hatred that wou...
The Cuban Five and the Garbus Memo
RICARDO ALARCÓN de QUESADA
Havana. The US Government seriously violated the Constitution and the Law to guarantee the unfair sentences of the Five Cuban patriots who will soon arrive at 14 years of arbitrary and illegal punishment. This was not an isolated event, but rather a system...
Democrats and U.S. Labor Delusional About Latin America
ALBERTO C. RUIZ
The Democrats just put out their platform on Latin America, and it demonstrates only the loosest connection to reality.   Thus, while praising the “vibrant democracies in countries from Mexico to Brazil and Costa Rica to Chile,” as well as “historic peaceful trans...
Obama Halts American Trips to Cuba
KEN SMITH
Until recently, Americans could travel to Cuba as part of academic, religious or research groups. But according to travel writers for USA Today and other major newspapers, government approval for such trips has come to a halt. This is despite a program authorize...
A Move to Free the Cuban Five
DANNY GLOVER and SAUL LANDAU
People stop in Victorville California 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles because they have to see someone at one of its several prisons (federal, state, county and city) or have prison-related business, or because they’re hot and tired coming back from Las Vegas to Los A...
Romney Does Florida
ALAN FARAGO
Mitt Romney ventured into Miami this week and at a campaign stop at Palacios de los Jugos, only a day after introducing his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan. Romney, without Ryan, did not mention “Cuba”, once. It was a check-the-box visit to a key con...
Promoting Authoritariansim
KEVIN CARSON
We hear a lot these days about Islam’s misogyny and cultural authoritarianism.. A good example is that idiot lawyer fighting construction of a mosque in Chattanooga, enthralling public hearings with juicy quotes he’s mined from the Quran. Apparently he&...