The problem is that, by monochromatically portraying Fidel Castro simply as a brutal dictator -- full stop -- the western media has had to do pretzel-twists to explain away the reality of why so many people in Cuba, Latin America and, indeed, much of the developing world do see him as an heroic, larger than life figure, whose passing is a cause for sadness while his legacy is reason for celebration.
Stephen Kimber -- the author of one novel and eight books of nonfiction, including the best-selling Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash and Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War -- is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. He teaches at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, where he served as Director of the School of Journalism and is co-founder of its Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program. His most recent book is the award-winning What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five. For more information on the author, visit his website: stephenkimber.com.
The Five were not members of some insidious spy ring stealing America's deepest military secrets, and they had no role in the Cuban government's decision to shoot down those planes over the Straits of Florida. The Cubans were indeed trained intelligence agents. But their primary mission was to combat terrorism aimed at their homeland
12/03/2013 05:40 EST
This is an excerpt from What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five by Stephen Kimber, published by Fernwood and also available as an ebook. In this excerpt, Salvadoran mercenary Raúl Cruz León plants the bomb that will kill Italian-Canadian businessman Fabio di Celmo. Havana, September 4, 1997, 10:30 a.m.
08/14/2013 05:55 EDT
The U.S. is refusing to free the Cuban Five in exchange for Alan Gross, an American arrested in 2009 for smuggling telecommunications equipment into the country. The U.S. insists there's no comparison between the two cases. Gross is an innocent; the Cubans were spies trying to steal U.S. military secrets.
03/07/2012 09:31 EST
On the eve of René González's release Friday from an American prison -- but not his prison America will now become -- it's worth reminding ourselves what terrible crimes he committed. Why was he sent...
10/06/2011 02:45 EDT
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