Hear Keith Bolender, author of Voices from the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism against Cuba.
From the moment the revolution triumphed in 1959 up until today, Cuba has been subjected to terrorist attacks as right-wing Cuban exiles, with the aid and complicity of the U.S. government, have sought to overthrow the Cuban government.
These attacks have taken many forms ranging from assassination attempts against Fidel Castro and other officials, to the murder of teenage volunteers in the literacy campaign, from blowing up a Cubana Airlines passenger plane in 1976 to the placing of deadly explosives in Havana hotels in the 1990s. These attacks have resulted in over 3,000 deaths and 2,000 injuries.
Keith Bolender, a Canadian journalist, has extensively researched this history and through interviews of survivors and family members, has documented the human impact of this ongoing war against the people of Cuba. His concluding chapter takes up the case of the Cuban Five—a group of courageous men sent from Cuba to the United States to gather intelligence on the illegal and lethal activities of the right-wing Cuban terrorists. The book provides a context for understanding the campaign to free the Cuban Five, who have been held in U.S. prisons on frame-up charges for over 13 years.
Wednesday April 11 at two Connecticut locations:
Paul C. Johnson Community Room
J. Eugene Smith Library
Latin American Studies
Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work Department
Sponsored by Youth for Socialist Action, Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba