There's a lot to explore here in Salon.com's directory of articles about
the saga and the politics and culture of Cuban Miami. Includes an eclectic
range of essays by various writers including Max Castro, Camille Paglia, David
Horowitz and Arianna Huffington, plus crosslinks to other material.
A few articles from The New Republic on the story. Writer Charles
Lane maintains that even if Miami's Cuban community could win and keep Elian in
the U.S., it would be a Pyrrhic victory. The real battle says Lane is about
their homeland and the focus on Elian diverts attention from the problems
there. Another Lane article supports the U.S. Cuban embargo,
and The New Republic editors, assail Republican senators in the
Elian controversy for ceding one of their core tenets -- family values -- to
Capitalism Magazine passionately advocated for keeping Elian Gonzalez
in the U.S. Its site includes editorials, an extensive FAQ on their view of the
issues, and links to like-minded views and opinions elswhere.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service web site has developed a special
section on Elian containing INS statements, court rulings and statements by
Attorney General Janet Reno.
While the material on this site is largely pro-Cuba essays/articles
authored by the same person, there's a few sections you might want to explore:
photos of Elian's Cuban family, his hometown Cardenas and how it looked during
the controversy; court documents and rulings in the Elian case; and letters
written by Elian's dad, Juan Miguel Gonzalez--including one to Fidel Castro.
(Note: Some links on this site don't work.)
Here is the ABC News archive of stories, organized by the different Elian
"eras:" his arrival and stay, the government's pre-dawn raid and seizure, and
recent developments. Includes some video reports as well as the
transcript of the famous Diane Sawyer interview with the boy.
Every Miami Herald article published on the Elian story is collected
here. It also includes a timeline of key events, Herald editorials,
court rulings and other related documents. Plus video reports from local and
national television, including the ABCNews/Diane Sawyer interview with the boy.
Explore the news reports and opinions on the Elian story as published by
Granma, Cuba's state newspaper.
Here's a rich archive which seems to be updated regularly. The "Cuba
Report" section has other news stories on Cuba and the site includes multimedia
features on the Elian case including slide shows, photo galleries, video and
This comprehensive report by the Council's bipartisan Independent Task
Force, issued in late 2000, states that Cuba's transition to a democratic, free
market society is "inevitable."
The report offers a good summary of the 40-year history of U.S.-Cuba
relations. Its recommendations focus on reaching out to the Cuban people,
fostering more open relations with Cuba and building bipartisan consensus on
new U.S. legislation on Cuba. The end of the report includes interesting
related documents and background material.
This site collects a range of statements, analyses, speeches, legislation
and initiatives pertaining to U.S. Cuban policy. One example: Vicki
Huddleston, principal officer of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, writes
at length on current relations in "U.S.-Cuba Relations After Elian
The U.S. State Department released this report in February 2000. Its
authors found no evidence of politically motivated murders or disappearances in
Cuba. But they harshly criticize police brutality and sub-par prison
conditions. There are status reports for several areas of concern, including
the state-run press and Cubans' freedom of religion.
Active for years in opposing the Castro regime, this organization states that
its activities--summarized in a chronology--are "dedicated to establishing an independent and democratic Cuba through
non-violent means." In the section on political prisoners, there are pictures
and histories of several prisoners said to be detained in Cuba, along with an
explanation of the prisoner classification system. ("D" is for disrespect;
"DHM" means defamation of heroes and martyrs; "TJ" notes that the prisoner is a
Jehovah's Witness, and more.) There is a large collection of inspirational
sayings by José Martí, the Cuban poet and martyr who symbolized
Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain in the late 19th
For decades this Miami-based organization has successfully led the lobbying
for a hardline U.S. stance on Cuba. The group had a less prominent role in the
Elian fight, but paid for the legal defense to keep the child in the U.S.
CANF's position on supplying aid to Cubans is in its 1998 statement,
"Principles Underlying Any Effort to Enhance Humanitarian Assistance to The
Cuban People." There's a video archive with several commercials the group aired
over the years, and videotaped testimony of CANF's well-known former leader,
Jorge Mas Canosa, in a 1994 appearance before Congress. (Requires Windows Media
(See FRONTLINE's interview with CANF's executive director Joe
Garcia. Also, read a Fox News article on CANF's influence on the Cuban
community and its political clout.)
This network of moderate Cuban Americans seeks to educate about the
hardships caused by current U.S. Cuban policy, and to lobby the U.S. Congress
to soften its stance on the Cuban embargo. It also argued for the return of
Elian to Cuba. The site contains an updated listing on all Cuba-related
legislation that has been introduced in Congress.
Compiled by the University of Miami's Richter library, this is a good
collection of material on Cuba and Cuban Americans -- from historical postcards
and photo collections of Cuba to links to travel guides, electronic journals,
government entities, and elsewhere. Its link to the Castro Speech Database
, offers many of Fidel's speeches over the past 40
Describing itself as a "nonpartisan and non-profit organization that
fosters free press in Cuba ... and informs the world about Cuba's reality,"
this organization receives funding from the U.S. Agency for International
Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, Open Society Institute, and
private donors. Along with an extensive news archive, the site contains links
to biographies from some of Cuba's most celebrated artists and samples
of their work.