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Letter from Gerardo Hernandez from Federal Prison to activist Saul Landau.

Information to help follow the Syrian debacle

By Saul Landau On three occasions I traveled through Syria, whose boundaries got made by French colonial officials, a nation that once served as the seat of an Islamic Empire. In 2004, I made a film there  (“Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place”) and traversed that nation in a small bus. I saw ruins […]

Cuba opens to small business

By Saul Landau Carlos III market HAVANA – The Cuban government has recently announced new government rules that make private business easier just as lots of mostly Canadian and European tourists (more than 2.1 million in 2012), and hundreds of thousands of Cuban Americans carrying cash and commodities visiting family arrived on the island. These […]

New appeal: U.S. influenced Cuban Five decision

By Danny Glover and Saul Landau     We wait with a Latina woman and two of her kids until the prison guard at the entrance desk calls our number. We pass through the X-ray machine and get our wrists stamped. Then we sit and stare at a religious display in the show case – […]

Israel and Gaza again

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 By Saul Landau Again Israel used its superior military force and technology to kill residents of Gaza, and destroy their homes and property while revving up its media war to justify its barbarous behavior. This assault on Gaza follow an old Zionist strategy, outlined by Zionist ideologue Ze’ev Jabotinsky. In 1923, […]

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, […]