Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters

By Tom Hayden

Based on unparalleled entry to either Cuban and American officers, a ebook that provides clean perception into one in every of history's so much enigmatic relationships among nation-states—from considered one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism.

Listen, Yankee! offers an account of Cuban politics from Tom Hayden's special place as an observer of Cuba and as a US innovative scholar chief whose efforts to mobilize political switch within the US reflected the novel transformation concurrently occurring in Cuba.

Chapters are dedicated to the writings of Che Guevara, Régis Debray, and C. Wright generators; the Cuban missile trouble; the elements Underground; the assassination of JFK; the powerful historic hyperlinks among Cuba and Africa; the Carter period; the Clinton period; the Cuban 5; Elián González; and the December 17, 2014 statement of normalization by way of presidents Obama and Castro.

Hayden places the current second into old context, and indicates how we are eventually discovering universal flooring to the benefit of Cubans and americans alike. 

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Pass judgement on Lehr was once represented by way of an analogous political advisor, Armando Gutiérrez, who was once the competitive public kin spokesman for the Miami kinfolk of Elián González. five Cuban exile US representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart6 took to the radio accusing Gore of attempting to thieve the election. 7 purely hours later, the election board’s places of work have been taken over via a mob whose contributors incorporated Republican staffers and livid Cuban exiles. eight The lengthy fight to strength democracy on Cuba was once forcing the tip of democracy that day in Florida and, it will prove, in the US. the tale turns into actually venal if one explores the Bush dynasty’s knotty Florida connections to Cuban exiles and mobsters from the time of the Bay of Pigs invasion correct as much as the 1990 election. in fact, the pre-Bush heritage used to be lengthy and treacherous; for instance, a June 20, 1972, CIA memo famous the necessity to hide up the Cuban exiles’ function within the Watergate housebreaking: Unumb9 famous a few inquiries from the click with admire to the Cuban american citizens serious about the bugging try on the Democratic nationwide Committee headquarters and their alleged involvement within the Bay of Pigs, and so on. The Director requested that such inquiries be met with an evidence that we're not ready to be worthwhile in this subject. 10 the 1st President Bush was once the CIA director who coated up the Cuban exiles’ homicide of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt in 1976, falsely suggesting to the media leftist conspiracy used to be accountable. eleven whilst an analogous Bush turned Rea-gan’s vice-presidential operating mate in 1980, Jeb Bush moved to Miami the place “the cachet of being the vice president’s son quick attracted the aid of Miami exiles, who guided him into South Florida’s profitable advertisement genuine property industry. ”12 Then Jeb grew to become a leasing agent for, and later associate with, a conservative Cuban American developer, Armando Codina. In 1984 Jeb Bush was once Dade County’s Republican occasion chairman, heavily tied to Camilo Padreda, a former intelligence officer below Batista, who turned the GOP finance chairman. thirteen In 1987, after being appointed Florida secretary of trade, Jeb controlled the congressional crusade of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and his father George declared, “I am definite in my middle that i'll be the 1st American president to step at the soil of a loose and autonomous Cuba. ” Jeb’s lobbying was once credited together with his father George liberating Orlando Bosch from felony in 1990 and therefore granting him residency. 14 in the meantime, exile violence in Miami reached its top degrees through the Reagan-Bush years. 15 The e-book place of work of Ricardo’s buddy Max Lesnik, for instance, used to be bombed 11 instances. sixteen whilst the second one Bush president took place of work, the Republican-exile incest persevered. The Cuban who had taken Elián to Disney global, Mel Martínez, was once named US housing secretary, whereas a number of others who labored at the 2000 Florida recount reaped political rewards. because the Cuban exiles have been without delay engaged within the unlawful Iran-Contra software, every person used to be happy whilst Elliott Abrams, convicted of withholding info from Congress, joined Bush’s nationwide safeguard Council.

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