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Archives by Tag 'Cuba'
Maximum Security Prison, Turn Left After “Hooters” Sign
DANNY GLOVER and SAUL LANDAU
Highway 15 connects California’s Inland Empire with Las Vegas – accounting for the relative thickness of Saturday morning traffic. So we don’t stare too long at signs advertising Gentleman’s Clubs – showing no gentlemen, but rather attractive young women. Did yo...
Castro, Baseball and the Thought Police
JOHN ESKOW
What a pitiful spectacle.  Ozzie Guillen, the hard-partying eccentric who manages the Florida Marlins, sits weeping in the harsh glare of TV lights, forced by his bosses to recant his praise for Fidel Castro.  He’s already been punished with a five-game suspension, bu...
The CIA and Castro: an Undying Obsession
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“Show me where Stalin’s buried, and I’ll show you a communist plot.” – Edgar Bergen For 53 years exiles from Miami and US officials have tried to assassinate Fidel Castro 638 times, overthrow his revolutionary g...
Cuba and International Solidarity
DANIEL KOVALIK
“Never . . . was so much owed by so many to so few” – Winston Churchill In his book, ...
Empire and Its Discontents
NOAM CHOMSKY
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated — Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example.  Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead.  Right now, in fact. At the...
Ask No Questions, Tell No Truths
SAUL LANDAU
“Daddy,” the little boy on the bus asks, “what park is that?” “I don’t know.” Two blocks later. “Who’s the man in that statue?” “Beats me.” “What’s that big building with the point on top?” “I haven’t a ...
Capitalism’s Fracking Iceberg
LISA BARR
I’ve always hated Superbowl Sunday: *the eating as anesthesia for the painful post- holiday spending spree; *the guilt-free mindless enjoyment of a gladiator match; *the circus-like way it distracts a dying empire’s masses from taking ...
The Winter of Dengue Fever
DON FITZ
“I’m on pesquizaje,” my daughter Rebecca told me.  “All of the third, fourth and fifth year medical students at Allende have our classes suspended.  We are going door-to-door looking for symptoms of dengue fever and checking for standing water.” [1]...
Guatemala’s Reign of Terror
W. T. WHITNEY
Guatemalan prosecutors announced January 26 that 85-year old Efraín Ríos Montt, military dictator in 1982-1983, was going to trial in March. He’s accused of responsibility for killing and disappearing thousands of mostly poor and indigenous Guatemalans. Gratifi...
Environmental Internationalism
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Since 1959 Cuba has played a significant world role, quite a feat for a nation of 5 million – 11 million now. Cubans have shown their values, commitment and solidarity in dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters around the world. Between 1960 and 2011, Cub...
The First American Freedom Fighter
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
This February 2nd stands as the 500th anniversary of the death of Hatuey, an Indigenous American fighter for independence from colonialism not mentioned in the same breath as Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. However, Hatuey d...
Cuba: Looking Back and Ahead
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
In 2012, the White House will focus on the most important of international and national issues: the re-election of the President. US-Cuba policy will fall into “Next Year’s” box – or the year after that. The National Security staff reverts to its familiar position...
Seven Truths Inconvenient to U.S. Foreign Policy
DAN KOVALIK
As George Orwell so eloquently stated, “Truth is the first casualty of war.”  Indeed, lying is absolutely necessary to the ability of countries such as the U.S. aiming to wage unprovoked war upon other countries – the worst form of human rights crime as recognized ...
Close the Gitmo Gulag
MARJORIE COHN
Travelers to Cuba and music lovers are familiar with the song “Guantanamera”— literally, the girl from Guantánamo. With lyrics by José Martí, the father of Cuban independence, Guantanamera is probably the most widely known Cuban song.  But Guantánamo is even mo...
What Did Cuba Ever Do to Us?
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“…they cannot forgive us that we are just so close to them, that we have made a Socialist revolution under the very nose of the United States!” – Fidel Castro, April 16, 1961 “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that ...
Cuba, the Embargo and the Digital Divide
SUE ASHDOWN and NELSON P. VALDES
“You have to figure out how you can reach the informed masses. The solution is not the newspapers… Internet is more accessible.” –Fidel Castro, November 12, 2010 [1] There is a lot of discussion about Cuba and Inter...
A Holiday Visit to Gerardo’s Hell
DANNY GLOVER and SAUL LANDAU
2:30 PM, departure time the most excruciating part of visiting Gerardo Hernandez. A prison guard announced: “Visiting hours are over.” Gerardo lined up against the wall with the other inmates. We stood with wives, children and mothers. Finally, the electronically cont...
The CIA, Cuba and Operation Peter Pan
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“Los niños nacen para ser felices.” – José Martí On November 19, 2011 NPR broadcast “Children Of Cuba Remember: Their Flight To America.” Reporter Greg Allen claimed the 1960-62 journey from Cuba to the United States...
NATO: the Brutal Alliance
FIDEL CASTRO
NATO’s brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression known in the history of humankind. NATO took on that global repressive role as soon as the USSR, which had served the United States as an excuse for its creation, ceased to ex...
The Two Venezuelas
FIDEL CASTRO
There was a time when Venezuela was an ally of the US empire and the country where Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch carried out their plans for the brutal in-flight bombing of a Cuban plane that caused the death and disappearance of all people aboard, including the youth...
The Promise of Cuba
ANTONIA DARDER & PETER MAYO
For more than 50 years, Cuba has been one of the most maligned countries in the western press. As the island’s political system grappled with its limitations and shortcomings, as all countries do, mainstream press coverage demonized the island, despite no tangible milit...
The Reshaping of Cuba
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON VALD?S
After more than half a century some myths need dispelling about U.S.-Cuba relations and Washington’s demand for “changes.” On the Cuban Revolution Ernest Hemingway said: “I think the people [of Cuba] now have a decent moment and I don’t believe that they eve...
Winds of Change in Cuba
ROGER BURBACH
Havana, Cuba. The Cuban revolution is in a process of transition and transformation as it marks its 50th anniversary. I have visited the country every decade since the revolution’s triumph, and excepting the 60s, I have never experienced the Cuban people more ope...