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Landau: Fast trick on fast track
Oct 25, 2001
While Congress remains in its bipartisan spasm, Bush Administration fast talkers try to pass fast track on free trade by placing it into their national unity package. Fast track gives the President power to negotiate broad trade agreements like NAFTA subj
Lusane: In Memory of Lisa Sullivan
Oct 22, 2001
On October 1, to the shock of most of her friends and supporters, progressive activist and youth leader Lisa Yvette Sullivan passed suddenly due to congestive heart failure.
Landau: MURDER CHARGES AGAINST CASTRO?
Aug 31, 2001
The June 8 conviction of a small group of Cuban spies in south Florida holds ominous news on the US-Cuba front. The South Florida US Attorney Guy Lewis hinted that he might indict Fidel Castro by stating that the conviction of spymaster Gerardo Hern‡ndez
Landau: BEHIND THE VIOLENCE IN JAMAICA
Jul 26, 2001
In early July, Jamaica made headlines. Before the repressive forces had restored "order" more than 25 people lay dead. Some had been shot in the back of the head, others at close range. One witness reported that he heard pleas for mercy from inside one of
Landau: TRANSPORTATION CRISIS?
Jun 27, 2001
We live in the best of all possible worlds. Indeed, we export our way of life zealously to those who havenÕt yet tasted its rewards, especially to residents of China, India and Brazil, the big markets as we now know them. When systemic problems arise at h
Landau: Bay of Pigs Lessons
Apr 15, 2001
What have we learned from what historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr dubbed "the perfect failure?" Schlesinger, who served as a high level adviser to president John F. Kennedy, opposed the CIA backed invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs by a brigade of anti Castro Cu
It finally happened. On January 29, Judge Juan Guzman Tapia charged Geralissimo Augusto Pinochet, former dictator, President, chief of the armed forces, with 75 counts of murder and kidnapping. Five years ago, even most optimists had abandoned hope of bri
Landau: FIDEL AND THE REVOLUTION, FORTY YEARS LATER
Jan 06, 2001
On January 2, 1959, Habaneros filled the streets to greet the small band of long-haired, guerrilla warriors. The hated dictator, Fulgencio Batista, had fled to Florida, with his entourage. But what would the new government do? Everyone knew the reputation
Maureen Down has cleverly labeled them the Kennebunkport Corrleones. But I Êthink of the Bushes as the Texas Prizzis, that Mafia branch that has moved Êto cowboy country and have successfully filched the 2000 election. Recall Êin Prizzi's Honor how the Ma
Landau: Haitian and Cuban Refugees
Oct 30, 2000
Over the last two months, smugglers routinely drop Haitians and Cubans off the South Florida coast. US authorities arrest these presumably "illegal" immigrants and haul them off to Krome detention center. All the Haitians then await hearings for deportati
Landau: Pinochet naked -- at last!
Sep 09, 2000
Picture Homer Simpson's boss, naked, a scrawny figure bent with age, covering his genitals with his general's hat. The caption: "You've stripped me, but don't take my hat!" Augusto Pinochet, former President, Generalissimo, King of the world, now naked, s
One of my friends mocks the drug war and sneers at President Clinton's request that Congress fund a new $1.2 billion military aid package for Colombia, so the Colombian military can better engage the iniquitous narco-traffickers. "You don't understand US
July 26, 1953. Fidel Castro leads 158 men to attack Fort Moncada, in Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest military installation. Flashback. 1860. John Brown's raiders hit Harper's Ferry. Brown, like Castro, lost the battle. Both of these visionar
US pundits and government figures gush over Vicente Fox's victory last Week as if Mexicans had elected Abraham Lincoln's reincarnation as their new president. Fox represents the right of center PAN, National Action Party. He stands for NAFTA, corporate gl
The Santiago Appeals Court apparently voted 13-9 to revoke General Augusto Pinochet's parliamentary immunity. This makes Pinochet vulnerable to prosecution in Chile for allegedly ordering his subordinates to carry out a mass murder campaign - which they d
Landau: McCaffery (Goliath) v. Hersh (David)
May 21, 2000
I found the May 15 NPR news very even-handed - as always. The host interviewed Seymour Hersh, who wrote for the May 22 New Yorker Overwhelming Force, an expose on General Barry McCaffery's Gulf War conduct. Hersh interviewed soldiers and officers and revi
Landau: REPORT FROM SANTIAGO: DEJA VU
May 08, 2000
History repeats itself, wrote Marx, first as tragedy and then again as farce. First time: Chile, November, 1970. In one photo, a helmeted officer just to the right of and behind Allende's car wears a bored, or maybe slightly pained, expression. General Ca
Landau: Elian's Miami Family May Be Drunk Drivers And Criminals, But They Love Him And Believe In Freedom
Feb 18, 2000
Since last December, Eli‡n Gonzalez, the 6-year-old Cuban refugee boy, has become for those who love gossip about the living what Jon Benet Ramsey was for the morbid Enquirer readers. Who killed Jon Benet remains a police issue.
Landau: Contradictory Cuba Policies
Jan 25, 2000
Explain US-Cuba policy, my friends ask. Last week's prison riot occurred in Louisiana where Cuban prisoners had served their sentences, yet remained locked up because they didn't qualify to stay in the US. They had committed crimes before gaining residenc
Landau: Two from Saul Landauâ€¦China/Cuba
Dec 14, 1999
Some weeks back, President Clinton accomplished a goal that President William McKinley had sought a century ago. Yes, Chinese officials now welcome U S economic penetration.