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Overview: Cuba


About Cuba

BBC Country Profile: Cuba
This BBC site offers a brief overview of Cuba, with links to current articles, a timeline of Cuban history and audio of the Cuban national anthem.

Timetable History of Cuba
View a timetable of Cuban history, with articles and sidebars about José Martí, Fulgencio Batista, the Invasion at Bay of Pigs and more.

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC): Cuba
This site offers a wide range of links to information about Cuba.

Cubanet
CubaNet features articles by journalists from independent press agencies and freelancers in Cuba about events and daily life in Cuba.

Cubasource.org
This site features background briefings produced by FOCAL's (Canadian Foundation for the Americas) Research Forum on Cuba; a calendar of international Cuba-related conferences; an annotated directory of Internet links to on-line databases, news, key interest groups and organisations; and a monthly chronology of top news items (and related web links) on Cuba.

Cuban Websites of Note

CubaSi.cu: En Español | (English option available on page)
CubaSi strives to serve as a portal to the island of Cuba with news, culture, music, horoscopes and special websites about Che Guevara, Habanos and the Havana Club.

 

FIdel Castro & the Cuban Revolution


Castro: The Great Survivor
BBC profiles Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, who has outlasted nine U.S. presidents, the fall of the Soviet Union and dozens of assassination attempts. (2000)

Fidel Castro: The Observer Profile
Read an early profile of Fidel Castro published in The Observer in 1959.

Castro Speeches
Search this database for speeches, interviews and articles by Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1996.

The Cuban Revolution (1952-1958)
This site features links to articles written during the Cuban Revolution, photos, dispatches from the U.S. State Department and transcripts from U.S. Senate Hearings on the communist threat in Cuba.

Perspectives of the Cuban Revolution
Albert Weisbord offered a Marxist analysis of the Cuban Revolution in this article he wrote in 1961.

The Revolution Turns Forty
Published in 1999, on the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, this article by Saul Landau describes how life in Cuba has changed over the years.

 

Cuba - U.S. Relations


Current Relations

Cuba and the United States: An Online Newshour Special Report
This online report features extensive articles and interviews about the current state of Cuba-U.S. relations including a 1985 interview with Fidel Castro, the full text of former President Jimmy Carter's speech to the Cuban people in 2002 and audio of historians discussing Carter's visit and its implications. (May 2002)

U.S. Department of State: Cuba
View the electronic archive of the State Department on Cuba.

Helms-Burton Act
Read the original text of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act.

Cuban Missile Crisis

The National Security Archive
George Washington University's National Security Archive held a conference on the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis in Havana. This website offers a detailed chronology of events, declassified documents, audio clips of President Kennedy's Executive Committee ("ExComm"), photographs and analysis from historians.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Tapes
In October 1996, The John F. Kennedy Library released a set of tape recordings documenting the crisis for the period October 18 to 29, 1963. These recordings were made in the Oval Office. They include President Kennedy's personal recollections of discussions, conversations with his advisors, meetings with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and members of the president's executive committee. Listen to four of those tapes here.

 

The Cuban Exiles


The Miami Herald.com: Cuba
Visit the site of The Miami Herald for the latest news on Cuba and the Cuban American community.

Cuban Heritage Digital Collection
The Cuban Heritage Digital Collection (CHDC) is an online gateway that allows visitors to search The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) of the Otto G. Richter Library at the University of Miami, which features an extensive collection of books, periodicals and archival materials on Cuba and the Cuban exile experience.

Cuban American National Foundation (CANF)
Established in Florida in 1981, CANF is the largest Cuban organization in exile, with thousands of members across the United States and other countries. CANF supports a non-violent transition to a pluralistic, market-based democracy in Cuba.

Center for a Free Cuba (CFC)
The Center for a Free Cuba (CFC) is another organization that is dedicated to a transition to democracy and the rule of law in Cuba. Their site offers online art exhibits and other information about Cuba.

Mariel Boatlift

Memories of Mariel: 20 Years Later
Find out more about the events surrounding the Mariel Boatlift. This article includes pictures.

 

Also on PBS and NPR

PBS.org Websites

Online Newshour Special Report: Cuba and the United States
This online report features extensive articles and interviews about the current state of Cuba-U.S. relations including a 1985 interview with Fidel Castro, the full text of former President Jimmy Carter's speech to the Cuban people in 2002 and audio of historians discussing Carter's visit and its implications. (May 2002)

Online Newshour Special Report: Thirteen Days
Forum held after the release of the Hollywood film, "Thirteen Days," where former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara answers questions about the veracity of the film and what we can learn from the Cuban Missile Crisis today. (March 2001)

Frontline: Saving Elian
Frontline examines how one "little boy became a metaphor for the passionate 40-year struggle over Cuba." The site features an excellent timeline from the Cuban Revolution to present-day, interviews with moderate and hard-line Cuban Americans and articles about exiles, Miami's hardliners and Elian's legacy. (2001)

Now: Distant Neighbors
Excellent timeline covering the history of U.S.-Cuban relations during the 20th century.

NPR Stories

This American Life: Welcome to America
Are Movies Stronger than Communism? This is a story of a father and son — told by the son, Juan Carlos Zaldívar — who was born in Cuba. Has spent the past four years shooting a movie about his father, to try to reassure him that he did the right thing to leave Cuba with his family in the 1980s and come to America. His father, so far, is not reassured. (8 minutes, 1999)

This American Life: Four Corners
How to Become an American. Writer Achy Obejas reads a piece of short fiction from her book, We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? (11 Minutes, 1999)

All Things Considered: Cuban Connection
Commentator Ana Hebra Flaster was born in Cuba and came to the United States as a child. She spends a lot of time trying to get around the trade embargo — finding ways to get money and gifts to relatives still in Cuba. Right now, her best connection is a gay hairdresser in New Jersey who travels to Cuba to see his boyfriend. He charges 10 percent for cash deliveries to her relatives. (3:02 minutes, May 20, 2003)

The Tavis Smiley Show: Cuban Americans
NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Carlos Saladrigas, chairman of the Cuba Study Group in Miami, and with attorney Alfredo Duran, secretary for the Cuban Committee for Democracy, about the past, present and future of U.S.-Cuban relations. (8:08 minutes, April 9, 2003)

 





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