Monthly Archives: November 2012

They’re Many Things, Except Culturally Conservative The Politics of Cuban-Americans

by SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES Several of our friends expressed shock when they learned that President Obama had won some 48% of south Florida’s Cuban-American vote. One asked: how can you explain that a reputedly reactionary community would yield such a high percentage vote for a Democrat? The answer relates to confusion. The […]

The civil society ploy

By Saul Landau and Nelson P. Valdés Can the United States export democracy to another country, the way it exports Coca Cola? Apparently the government, particularly, USAID, and the mass media – think so. But, some tricky issues emerge because we – the USA – the ‘city on the hill” represent “exceptionalism.” The United States, […]

Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons for Iran?

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 By Saul Landau Fifty years ago millions of people around the world worried that nuclear war would break out between the U.S. and USSR over demands that the Soviet Union withdraw its nuclear missiles from Cuba. Many Americans still think that an angry Fidel Castro wanted to launch them at U.S. […]