The Cuban Missile Crisis @60: POSTMORTEMS 

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 — National Security Archive

Left in the dark about missile exchange, Pentagon study drew wrong conclusions

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Khrushchev: “We were truly on the verge of war”

Castro: “A great indignation”

Washington, D.C., December 13, 2022 – In the immediate aftermath of the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev met with the Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader, Antonin Novotny, and told him that “this time we really were on the verge of war,” according to minutes of their October 30, 1962, meeting posted today by the National Security Archive. “How should one assess the result of these six days that shook the world?” he pointedly asked, referring to the period between October 22, when President Kennedy announced the discovery of the missiles in Cuba, and October 28, when Khrushchev announced their withdrawal. “Who won?” he wondered.

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Putin invokes Castro’s legacy

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Indian Punchline


Statue of Fidel Castro, first of its kind anywhere in the world, was unveiled by President Vladimir Putin, Moscow, Nov. 22, 2022

A three-meter-tall bronze statue of Fidel Castro was unveiled on Tuesday in the Fidel Castro Square in Moscow’s Sokol District by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in memory of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis @ 60 Getting to Know the Cubans: Part 2

Thursday, 3 November 2022 — The National Security Archive


Che Guevara asked Soviet bloc to buy 4 million tons of Cuban sugar

Cubans described exact scenario of future Bay of Pigs invasion; asked for military training; wanted USSR to think of Cuba as its own territory

Please do not tell Fidel: Raúl Castro and Che Guevara hid communist party affiliations from Cuban leader

Washington, D.C., November 3, 2022 – As Cuban-Soviet ties grew stronger from late 1960 through early 1961, the Cubans repeatedly asked for military assistance and security guarantees from the Soviets and expressed growing concern about the threat of a U.S. intervention, according to Russian archival documents published today by the National Security Archive. The Cubans described to the Soviet leadership detailed scenarios for a Bay-of-Pigs style invasion only months before the Kennedy administration mounted its failed covert operation in April 1961.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis @ 60 How John F. Kennedy Sacrificed His Most Consequential Crisis Advisor

Monday, 17 October 2022 — The National Security Archive

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Documents Chart Critical Contribution of U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson in Missile Crisis Management and Resolution

Stevenson’s Diplomatic Admonition: “Blackmail and Intimidation Never; Negotiation and Sanity Always

Washington D.C., October 17, 2022 – In a secret “eyes only” memorandum for John F. Kennedy, written 60 years ago today at the outset of the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson admonished the president to abandon his initial plan to attack Cuba and to consider, instead, the diplomatic option of dismantling U.S. missile bases in Europe in return for the withdrawal of the Soviet missiles in Cuba. Air strikes against Cuba would “have such incalculable consequences,” he argued, “that I feel you should have made it clear [to your advisors] that the existence of nuclear missile bases anywhere is negotiable before we start anything.”

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Getting to Know the Cubans: Khrushchev Meets the Castro Brothers

Friday, 14 October 2022 — National Security Archive

Castro khruschevRaul Castro wanted detailed Soviet security assurances, expected U.S. intervention

Khrushchev insisted intervention unlikely, urged flexibility on Cuba’s part

Soviet leader promised to fully replace U.S. as trade partner

Washington, D.C., October 14, 2022 – Today the National Security Archive publishes for the first time in any language a translation of the first meeting between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro on July 18, 1960. The newly available transcript helps explain Khrushchev’s 1962 determination that defending Cuba from U.S. intervention would require a massive Soviet military base in Cuba, together with the deployment of nuclear weapons. The Cuban leader asks for details of how the USSR could protect Cuba, but Khrushchev insists on restraint and flexibility, saying that he does not want a “big war.”

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Without Culture, Freedom Is Impossible: The Thirty-Eighth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 22 September 2022 — The Tricontinental

01 Roberto Matta Chile webRoberto Matta (Chile), Cuba es la capital (‘Cuba Is the Capital’), 1963.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In 2002, Cuba’s President Fidel Castro Ruz visited the country’s National Ballet School to inaugurate the 18th Havana International Ballet Festival. Founded in 1948 by the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso (1920–2019), the school struggled financially until the Cuban Revolution decided that ballet – like other art forms – must be available to everyone and so must be socially financed. At the school in 2002, Castro remembered that the first festival, held in 1960, ‘asserted Cuba’s cultural vocation, identity, and nationality, even under the most adverse circumstances, when major dangers and threats loomed over the country’.

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Russia won’t congratulate CIA on its diamond jubilee

Thursday 15 September 2022 — Indian Punchline


A US Senate commission in 1975 counted eight assassination attempts by CIA agents on Fidel Castro during 1960-1965

In the Russian journal Natsionalnaya Oborona (National Defence), the chief of Russia’s foreign intelligence Sergey Naryshkin has written a riveting essay on the 75th anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency, which falls on Sunday. It is an unusual gesture, especially in the middle of the hybrid war in Ukraine.

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Cuba: Sanctions fuel the fire!

Friday, 12 August 2022 — Peoples Dispatch

In Cuba, a massive fire broke out at an oil storage facility in the city of Matanzas last week. Around 7pm local time on August 5, a lightning strike set off a blaze in crude oil storage tank 52 at the Matanzas Supertanker Base. As of the morning of August 8, three out of the eight tanks at the site had collapsed.

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Cuban vaccine against lung cancer makes its way in the United States

Saturday, 6 August 2022 — MROnline

| CimavaxEGF | MR Online

Originally published: Granma English by Granma English (more by Granma English)  | (Posted Aug 06, 2022)

Cimavax-EGF, a Cuban therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer, conquers the scientific community and the population of the United States based on the achievements compiled in studies carried out. The vaccine was obtained after more than two decades of research and have shown satisfactory results in patients in advanced stages of lung cancer.

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Cuba is Not a Sponsor of Terror!

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 — Code Pink

A crucial policy of the Trump administration remains, and that is Cuba’s presence on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.  It is critical to Cuba’s ability to pursue economic, trade and humanitarian activities that it be removed immediately from the list – a power well within Biden’s authority.  Please sign our petition to the White House calling for Cuba to be removed from the list.

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‘We Will Prevail’: A Conversation With Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel

Friday, 8 April 2022 — CounterCurrents

In 1994, Miguel Díaz-Canel began a new position in Santa Clara, not far from his birthplace of Placetas, as the provincial secretary of the Cuban Communist Party. He set aside the air-conditioned car given to him and went to work each morning on his bicycle, his long hair and jeans defining him. Díaz-Canel organized rock concerts, spent time with his family at El Mejunje, the local LGBTQ cultural center, and roamed about talking to people on the streets. This closeness to the people defined his tenure at Santa Clara, which shaped the man who is now the president of Cuba.

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The Code of Families, a Document Built Among All Cubans

Thursday, 3 February 2022 — Resumen English

Humanity is Diverse, photo: Bill Hackwell

This week, Cuba began a historic process as Cubans started to going to more than 78,000 meeting points to discuss the new draft of the Family Code, a broad, complex, but very important process for Cuban families.

The document is the result of many people who have studied the Cuban social landscape for a long time. It is not a text fabricated by a single-family or a single person, and it did not just show up over night as a fait accompli.  “We did not shut ourselves in around a table to invent non-existent realities. Here all Cuban families reflected in one way or another,” the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Alina Balseiro Gutierrez explained.

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Cuban Government Spokeswoman Joins BT on Failed Regime Change Plot

18 November 2021 — TheAltWorld

The Biden administration, CIA, and associated cut-outs and think tanks were promoting what were supposed to be massive protests in Cuba this week, but turned out to be nearly non-existent. Deputy Director of US Affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry Johana Tablada de la Torre explains what happened to the CIA-fomented plans for protest and why the Cuban people are continuing to reject U.S. imperialism, meddling, and aggression.

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How the US Government Stokes Racial Tensions in Cuba and Around the World

10 September 2021 — MintPress News

BLM for Thee, but Not for Me

In Washington’s eyes, the point of funding Black, indigenous, LGBT or other minority groups in enemy countries is not simply to promote tensions there; it is also to create a narrative that will help convince liberals and leftists in the United States to support American intervention.

by Alan Macleod

Cuba Black Lives Matter Feature photo

BLM for Thee, but Not for Me

HAVANA — “A Black uprising is shaking Cuba’s Communist regime,” read The Washington Post’s headline on the recent unrest on the Caribbean island. “Afro-Cubans Come Out In Droves To Protest Government,” wrote NPR. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal went with “Cuba’s Black Communities Bear the Brunt of Regime’s Crackdown” as a title.

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Cuba News Links 11-14 August 2021

14 August 2021 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

US imposes more sanctions on crippled Cuba, this time on interior ministry officials and military unit

Cuba, China, Latin America and the World

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