Cuba: From Conquistador to Castro by Geoff Simons (auth.)

By Geoff Simons (auth.)

This booklet offers an in depth heritage of Cuba from prior to the arriving of Columbus to 1995. themes coated comprise: the Spanish colonisation, the position of Christianity, slavery, the united states interventions, the Mafia connection, the Castro revolution, and Cuba's fight to outlive within the so-called 'Special interval' following the cave in of the Socialist bloc. specific consciousness is given to the lengthy US efforts to overthrow the Castro regime, concerning the USA in violations of foreign legislations and crimes opposed to humanity.

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Throughout this entire period the bill aroused substantial domestic and foreign opposition. , on behalf of the American Public Health Association (APHA), testified in committee that 'Cuba's accomplishments over the past 30 years are substantial in health, education and the eradication of extreme poverty .... ' Such gains would be jeopardised by the bill: 'interference in the Cuban people's access to food and medicine is tantamount to the use of food and medicine as a weapon in the US arsenal against Cuba'.

The specialist trade journal Petroleum Economist (September 1992) reported the common pattern of how the US State Department 'vigorously discouraged' such foreign companies as Royal Dutch Shell and Clyde Petroleum from investing in offshore oil exploration in Cuba. Such pressure is a typical US tactic. Thus Roberto Robaina Gonzalez, the Cuban The Special Period 19 Foreign Minister, gave details in a letter (25 June 1993) to UN SecretaryGeneral Boutros-Ghali of how Washington was working to sabotage Cuba's trading efforts.

In September 1991 the Bush administration, having reacted with glee to the earlier Gorbachev promise that Soviet troops would be withdrawn from Cuba, now began to realise that the Castro regime was not about to collapse: the Cuban people were not about to fall like a ripe fruit into Washington's waiting hand. ' But some observers of the changing scene were less patient. ' 4 Now there was little talk in the United States of a US-sponsored military invasion of Cuba, just the assumption that Castro would not be able to sustain the regime for long in the teeth of mounting economic deprivation.

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