Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Cuba Issue In Howard Zinn's “A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present” (A Highly Recommended Book)

American companies controlled 80 to 100 percent of Cuba's utilities, mines, cattle ranches and oil refineries, 40 percent of the sugar industry and 50 percent of the public railways.

The [imposed] Platt Amendment permitted intervention in Cuba.

[JG: The American government planted that seed of anti-Yankee hatred in the island. They got what they richly deserved on January 1st. 1959, when Cuba finally became free.]

... Fidel Castro moved to set up a nationwide system of education, [health care], housing, and of land distribution to landless peasants. The government confiscated over a million acres of land from three American companies, including the United Fruit Company.

When Cuba signed a trade agreement with the Soviet Union, American-owned companies in Cuba refused to refine crude oil that came from the Soviet Union, Castro nationalized these companies.

[In 1961] the whole Bay of Pigs affair was accompanied by hypocrisy and lying. The invasion was a violation of the Charter of the Organization of American States which reads: “No state or group of states has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other state.”

Source: “ A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present”
By Howard Zinn
Paperback, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, New York, 2005
Originally published in 1980 as a hardback.

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