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Cuban Blindness

Cuban Blindness Book
Author : Gustavo C. Román
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2015-11-30
ISBN : 0128041196
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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On May 4, 1993, Cuba asked the international health community and the World Health Organization (WHO) to find the cause of a mysterious epidemic of blindness that was spreading uncontrollably. Contradictory hypotheses confronted the team of scientists on this mission. Is the epidemic the result of a plot to topple Castro, as the Cubans believe? Or exposure to radioactivity or an unidentified nerve toxin accidentally released by the Russian Army withdrawing from Cuba? Cuban Blindness: Diary of a Mysterious Epidemic Neuropathy is a firsthand account of the epidemic of blindness and the hardships of life in Cuba at the time of the "special period" that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the US embargo. Dr. Román—who was at the time Chief of Neuroepidemiology at the US National Institutes of Health—was a participant in this scientific mission and describes the neurological symptoms experienced by the victims of this epidemic disease, and narrates the epidemiologists’ detective work struggling to solve the mystery. This book combines neuroscience and scientific discovery with political intrigue, finally bringing the reader to the unexpected solution provided by a WWII survivor of Changi POW Camp in Singapore. Cuban Blindness: Diary of a Mysterious Epidemic Neuropathy is a description of the neuroepidemiological study undertaken to identify the cause of the epidemic neurological disease that affected Cuba in 1993-1994. Summarizes clinical manifestations in prototypical case reports Analyzes possible neurological and neuroepidemiological causes from possible viruses to toxins Discusses the health ramifications of political decisions surrounding the Cuban Embargo Describes the implementation of treatment and preventive measures

Cuban Ballet

Cuban Ballet Book
Author : Octavio Roca
Publisher : Gibbs Smith
Release : 2010
ISBN : 1423615409
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Just as Russian dancers defected from the former Soviet Union in the 1970s, Cuban dancers are now fleeing Castro's regime in droves. Their unique style of ballet is galvanizing the world of dance. This beautifully illustrated book explores the history of Cuban ballet by focusing on the life and career of the indomitable Alicia Alonso. The author also spotlights many of the young dancers who are now part of the growing Cuban Diaspora and who are changing the face of ballet: Lorena Feijoo, Lorna Feijoo, Joan Boada, Taras Domitro, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Carlos Acosta to name but a few.

Blind over Cuba

Blind over Cuba Book
Author : David M. Barrett,Max Holland
Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
Release : 2012-09-01
ISBN : 1603447687
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, questions persisted about how the potential cataclysm had been allowed to develop. A subsequent congressional investigation focused on what came to be known as the “photo gap”: five weeks during which intelligence-gathering flights over Cuba had been attenuated. In Blind over Cuba, David M. Barrett and Max Holland challenge the popular perception of the Kennedy administration’s handling of the Soviet Union’s surreptitious deployment of missiles in the Western Hemisphere. Rather than epitomizing it as a masterpiece of crisis management by policy makers and the administration, Barrett and Holland make the case that the affair was, in fact, a close call stemming directly from decisions made in a climate of deep distrust between key administration officials and the intelligence community. Because of White House and State Department fears of “another U-2 incident” (the infamous 1960 Soviet downing of an American U-2 spy plane), the CIA was not permitted to send surveillance aircraft on prolonged flights over Cuban airspace for many weeks, from late August through early October. Events proved that this was precisely the time when the Soviets were secretly deploying missiles in Cuba. When Director of Central Intelligence John McCone forcefully pointed out that this decision had led to a dangerous void in intelligence collection, the president authorized one U-2 flight directly over western Cuba—thereby averting disaster, as the surveillance detected the Soviet missiles shortly before they became operational. The Kennedy administration recognized that their failure to gather intelligence was politically explosive, and their subsequent efforts to influence the perception of events form the focus for this study. Using recently declassified documents, secondary materials, and interviews with several key participants, Barrett and Holland weave a story of intra-agency conflict, suspicion, and discord that undermined intelligence-gathering, adversely affected internal postmortems conducted after the crisis peaked, and resulted in keeping Congress and the public in the dark about what really happened. Fifty years after the crisis that brought the superpowers to the brink, Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis offers a new chapter in our understanding of that pivotal event, the tensions inside the US government during the cold war, and the obstacles Congress faces when conducting an investigation of the executive branch.

Paths for Cuba

Paths for Cuba Book
Author : Scott Morgenstern,Jorge Perez-Lopez,Jerome Branche
Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press
Release : 2019-01-08
ISBN : 0822986418
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

The Cuban model of communism has been an inspiration—from both a positive and negative perspective—for social movements, political leaders, and cultural expressionists around the world. With changes in leadership, the pace of change has accelerated following decades of economic struggles. The death of Fidel Castro and the reduced role of Raúl Castro seem likely to create further changes, though what these changes look like is still unknown. For now, Cuba is opening in important ways. Cubans can establish businesses, travel abroad, access the internet, and make private purchases. Paths for Cuba examines Cuba’s internal reforms and external influences within a comparative framework. The collection includes an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the world to explore reforms away from communism.

Cuban Anarchism

Cuban Anarchism Book
Author : Frank Fernández
Publisher : See Sharp Press
Release : 2014-01-01
ISBN : 1937276635
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This inspiring history of the Cuban anarchist movement is also a history of the Cuban labor movement. It covers both from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present, and ends with an enlightening analysis of the failure of the Castro dictatorship.

Cuban Health Care

Cuban Health Care Book
Author : Don Fitz
Publisher : Monthly Review Press
Release : 2020-06-22
ISBN : 1583678603
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Quiet as it’s kept inside the United States, the Cuban revolution has achieved some phenomenal goals, reclaiming Cuba’s agriculture, advancing its literacy rate to nearly 100 percent – and remaking its medical system. Cuba has transformed its health care to the extent that this “third-world” country has been able to maintain a first-world medical system, whose health indicators surpass those of the United States at a fraction of the cost. Don Fitz combines his deep knowledge of Cuban history with his decades of on-the-ground experience in Cuba to bring us the story of how Cuba’s health care system evolved and how Cuba is tackling the daunting challenges to its revolution in this century. Fitz weaves together complex themes in Cuban history, moving the reader from one fascinating story to another. He describes how Cuba was able to create a unified system of clinics, and evolved the family doctor-nurse teams that became a model for poor countries throughout the world. How, in the 1980s and ‘90s, Cuba survived the encroachment of AIDS and increasing suffering that came with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and then went on to establish the Latin American School of Medicine, which still brings thousands of international students to the island. Deeply researched, recounted with compassion, Cuban Health Care tells a story you won’t find anywhere else, of how, in terms of caring for everyday people, Cuba’s revolution continues.

CultureShock Cuba

CultureShock  Cuba Book
Author : Mark Cramer,Marcus Cramer
Publisher : Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
Release : 2010-08-15
ISBN : 9814484261
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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CultureShock! Cuba offers an insight into a highly contradictory country, where there are more grey areas than black and white. Here is a balanced account of Cuba’s current realities, a useful guide for people who wish to visit or do business in Cuba. Learn from the locals how they survive in Cuba with the little they have. Find out how the importance of public good over individual right has helped take care of every single citizen in the country. More than just providing the practical information to help you settle into Cuba, the authors draw from their personal experiences to give a deeper understanding of the life and culture of these friendly, warm and straight-forward people. CultureShock! Cuba is your ultimate survival guide to this colourful country.

Undaunted by Blindness 2nd Edition

Undaunted by Blindness  2nd Edition Book
Author : Clifford E. Olstrom
Publisher : eBookIt.com
Release : 2012-07-10
ISBN : 0982272197
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The purpose of this book is to provide concise biographical information about 400 notable blind persons. The people in this volume are but a small sample of many thousands of notable blind persons in history. Most of the information about their lives comes from secondary sources. Where feasible, some of the subject's own words were used.

Cuban Transitions at the Millennium

Cuban Transitions at the Millennium Book
Author : Eloise Linger,John Walton Cotman
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2000
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Cuban Transitions at the Millennium book written by Eloise Linger,John Walton Cotman, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Societies of Fear

Societies of Fear Book
Author : Krujit Koonings
Publisher : Zed Books
Release : 1999-08
ISBN : 9781856497671
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As cities sprawl across Latin America, absorbing more and more of its people, crime and violence have become inescapable. From the paramilitary invasion of Medell¡n in Colombia, the booming wealth of crack dealers in Managua, Nicaragua and police corruption in Mexico City, to the glimmers of hope in Lima, this book provides a dynamic analysis of urban insecurity. Based on new empirical evidence, interviews with local people and historical contextualization, the authors attempts to shed light on the fault-lines which have appeared in Latin American society. Neoliberal economic policy, it is argued, has intensified the gulf between elites, insulated in gated estates monitored by private security firms, and the poor, who are increasingly mistrustful of state-sponsored attempts to impose order on their slums. Rather than the current trend towards government withdrawal, the situation can only be improved by co-operation between communities and police to build new networks of trust. In the end, violence and insecurity are inseparable from social justice and democracy.

Leadership in the Cuban Revolution

Leadership in the Cuban Revolution Book
Author : Antoni Kapcia
Publisher : Zed Books Ltd.
Release : 2014-09-11
ISBN : 1780325282
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Most conventional readings of the Cuban Revolution have seemed mesmerised by the personality and role of Fidel Castro, often missing a deeper political understanding of the Revolution’s underlying structures, bases of popular loyalty and ethos of participation. In this ground-breaking work, Antoni Kapcia focuses instead on a wider cast of characters. Along with the more obvious, albeit often misunderstood, contributions from Che Guevara and Raúl Castro, Kapcia looks at the many others who, over the decades, have been involved in decision-making and have often made a significant difference. He interprets their various roles within a wider process of nation-building, demonstrating that Cuba has undergone an unusual, if not unique, process of change. Essential reading for anyone interested in Cuba's history and its future.

Mindsets and Missiles A Firsthand Account of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Mindsets and Missiles  A Firsthand Account of the Cuban Missile Crisis Book
Author : Kenneth Michael Absher
Publisher : Lulu.com
Release : 2009
ISBN : 1300079037
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This chronology provides details and analysis of the intelligence failures and successes of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and suggests the applicability of lessons learned to the collection, analysis, and use of intelligence in strategic decisionmaking. The author describes how the crisis unfolded using the author's personal recollection, declassified documents, and many memoirs written by senior CIA officers and others who were participants. Lessons learned include the need to avoid having our political, analytical and intelligence collection mind-sets prevent us from acquiring and accurately analyzing intelligence about our adversaries true plans and intentions. When our national security is at stake, we should not hesitate to undertake risky intelligence collection operations including espionage, to penetrate our adversary's deceptions. We must also understand that our adversaries may not believe the gravity of our policy warnings or allow their own agendas to be influenced by diplomatic pressure.

Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality

Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality Book
Author : Bonnie A. Lucero
Publisher : University of New Mexico Press
Release : 2018-12-01
ISBN : 0826360106
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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One of the most paradoxical aspects of Cuban history is the coexistence of national myths of racial harmony with lived experiences of racial inequality. Here a historian addresses this issue by examining the ways soldiers and politicians coded their discussions of race in ideas of masculinity during Cuba’s transition from colony to republic. Cuban insurgents, the author shows, rarely mentioned race outright. Instead, they often expressed their attitudes toward racial hierarchy through distinctly gendered language—revolutionary masculinity. By examining the relationship between historical experiences of race and discourses of masculinity, Lucero advances understandings about how racial exclusion functioned in a supposedly raceless society. Revolutionary masculinity, she shows, outwardly reinforced the centrality of color blindness to Cuban ideals of manhood at the same time as it perpetuated exclusion of Cubans of African descent from positions of authority.

Anti Imperialist Modernism

Anti Imperialist Modernism Book
Author : Benjamin Balthaser
Publisher : University of Michigan Press
Release : 2015-12-15
ISBN : 0472119710
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

A unique excavation of how U.S. cross-border, anti-imperialist movements shaped cultural modernism

ReMembering Cuba

ReMembering Cuba Book
Author : Andrea O’Reilly Herrera
Publisher : University of Texas Press
Release : 2001-06-15
ISBN : 9780292731479
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

One hundred testimonies on the Cuban diaspora are gathered together from narratives, interviews, creative writing, letters, journal entries, photographs, and paintings to capture the strong emotions surrounding this ongoing ordeal. Simultaneous.

Community and Culture in Post Soviet Cuba

Community and Culture in Post Soviet Cuba Book
Author : Guillermina De Ferrari
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-03-14
ISBN : 131781343X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the globalization of Cuban culture, along with the bankruptcy of the state, partly modified the terms of intellectual engagement. However, no significant change took place at the political level. In Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba, De Ferrari looks into the extraordinary survival of the Revolution by focusing on the personal, political and aesthetic social pacts that determined the configuration of the socialist state. Through close critical readings of a representative set of contemporary Cuban novels and works of visual art, this book argues that ethics and gender, rather than ideology, account for the intellectuals’ fidelity to the Revolution. Community and Culture does three things: it demonstrates that masculine sociality is the key to understanding the longevity of Cuba’s socialist regime; it examines the sociology of cultural administration of intellectual labor in Cuba; and it maps the emergent ethical and aesthetic paradigms that allow Cuban intellectuals to envision alternative forms of community and civil society.

Cuba and the Tempest

Cuba and the Tempest Book
Author : Eduardo González
Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
Release : 2006
ISBN : 0807830151
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In a unique analysis of Cuban literature inside and outside the country's borders, Eduardo Gonzalez looks closely at the work of three of the most important contemporary Cuban authors to write in the post-1959 diaspora: Guillermo Cabrera Infante ([email protected]), who left Cuba for good in 1965 and established himself in London; Antonio Benitez-Rojo ([email protected]), who settled in the United States; and Leonardo Padura Fuentes (b. 1955), who still lives and writes in Cuba. Through the positive experiences of exile and wandering that appear in their work, these three writers exhibit what Gonzalez calls "Romantic authorship," a deep connection to the Romantic spirit of irony and complex sublimity crafted in literature by Lord Byron, Thomas De Quincey, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In Gonzalez's view, a writer becomes a belated Romantic by dint of exile adopted creatively with comic or tragic irony. Gonzalez weaves into his analysis related cinematic elements of myth, folktale, and the grotesque that appear in the work of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Pedro Almodovar. Placing the three Cuban writers in conversation with artists and thinkers from British and American literature, anthropology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and cinema, Gonzlez ultimately provides a space in which Cuba and its literature, inside and outside its borders, are deprovincialized.

Cuban Studies 16

Cuban Studies 16 Book
Author : Carmelo Mesa-Lago
Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Pre
Release : 1986-12-01
ISBN : 9780822970231
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Cuban Studies has been published annually by the University of Pittsburgh Press since 1985. Founded in 1970, it is the preeminent journal for scholarly work on Cuba. Each volume includes articles in both English and Spanish, a large book review section, and an exhaustive compilation of recent works in the field.

Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959

Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959 Book
Author : Samuel Farber
Publisher : Haymarket Books
Release : 2011
ISBN : 1608461394
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Farber provides a critical analysis of the revolution's impact and legacy on Cuba.

The Rough Guide to Cuban Music

The Rough Guide to Cuban Music Book
Author : Philip Sweeney
Publisher : Rough Guides
Release : 2001
ISBN : 9781858287614
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Cuba is home to some of the world's most vibrant popular music in the world, from son and rumba to salsa and chachacha. The Rough Guide to Cuban Music introduces the full range of Cuba's varied musical traditions and tells the story of their greatest performers, legends like Beny More, Celina Gonzalea alongside more recent stars such as Carlos Varela. Includes features on the origins and development of the various musical genres, a biographical directory of over 100 key artists, with dozens of photographs. Also draws up some critical discographies, recommending the pick of each artist's output.