Politicizing Hunger: Roots of the Cuban Embargo

By March 1960, just barely over a year after the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. decided that it was time to punish the Cuban people for allowing Castro to take power in Cuba. As explained in the Memorandum of Discussion at the 436th Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, March 10, 1960: Mr. Dillon [Under …

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Cuba’s “Successful Defiance” of US Hemispheric Power

The reasons for US-lead terrorist attacks against Cuba and the illegal economic embargo are spelled out in internal US records. International terrorism and economic warfare are justified not by what Cuba does, but by its “very existence,” its “successful defiance” of the proper master of the hemisphere. Here are some internal records: March 22, 1960, Special …

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Robert Kennedy Orders “Terrors of the Earth” for Cuba

Minutes of Meeting of the Special Group on Operation Mongoose, 4 October 1962. Declassified Top Secret. The Attorney General opened the meeting by saying that higher authority is concerned about progress on the MONGOOSE program and feels that more priority should be given to trying to mount sabotage operations. The Attorney General said that he wondered …

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Marco Rubio: Welfare for me and my people, not you!

Recently, Politico magazine did a profile story on Marco Rubio. Immediately after, friends asked me to weight in and give my opinion of the article and Rubio himself. What I thought was going to be a a simple response turned into something much more lengthily and insightful. I think it turned out pretty well, so …

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The Week the World Stood Still: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World

The world stood still 50 years ago during the last week of October, from the moment when it learned that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba until the crisis was officially ended -- though unknown to the public, only officially. The image of the world standing still is the turn of phrase …

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In Pictures: Supporting Democracy, American Style! – How the United States Supports Brutal and Oppresive Dictators Around the World.

Question: Does the United States support brutal and oppressive dictators? Answer: YES! The question merits absolutely zero debate. Anyone with a history book can tell you that supporting dictators is big American business. Below are some of my favorite moments in U.S. history, see if you can guess the pattern. Hosni Mubarak (Egypt) Obama and …

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Discussion on the Cuban Five

Discussion on the Cuban Five Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 8, 2006 Screening of "Mission Against Terror", a documentary about the Cuban Five. After the showing of the film, Professor Chomsky answered questions from the audience. For more information on the on-going case of the Cuban Five, visit http://www.freethefive.org. Woman: Since we are in the …

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