Category: Human Rights

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa – Democracy Now!


Published on Dec 11, 2013
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As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cuban “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.” Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd Launches Campaign to Close Guantanamo

Those with an interest in upholding universal human rights and international law, as well as providing a soft landing for end of the American imperial project, particularly in this hemisphere, continue to hold out hope that President Obama will keep his promise to close the U.S. military’s detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is organizing a campaign to give the U.S. administration a further push in that direction. – RR

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Close Gitmo Mr. President

Fourteen years ago today – January 11, 2002 – the first detainees arrived at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Seven years ago today – January 11, 2009 – President-elect Barack Obama promised to close Gitmo.