U.S. stuck in the past as Cuba changes

By Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes President Obama and his advisers share with most of the mass media the same visual weakness when it comes to Cuba: they don’t see the obvious, the crucial facts and context that stare them in the face. As Cuba begins to undergo basic changes to its economy and governmental […]

Enlightening The President and Press

Cuba: Facts and realities By Saul Landau and Nelson Valdés “No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver” – Spanish saying (There is no worse blind person than the one who does not wish to see.) On May 13, Miami newspaper headlines and TV leads should have said: “Obama makes fool of himself.” […]

WHO’S THE NEXT ENEMY?

By Saul Landau How did this country survive before it found formidable enemies around which the government could mobilize hatred and fear? I don’t remember the 1930s when poverty, capitalism, godlessness, fascism, communism, Jews and alcohol competed in the American mind for the role of number one adversary. No clear winners! On December 7, 1941- […]

A wedding, Osama and Obama

By Saul Landau “The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.” - George W. Bush, 9/13/01 “I am truly not that concerned about him.” - George W. Bush, answering a question about where bin Laden was […]

Free Private Manning

By Saul Landau In April, the Army transferred Private Bradley Manning from a Quantico, Virginia, solitary confinement cell to the federal prison at Leavenworth Kansas. At Quantico, according to a Human Rights Watch report, the military had shackled Manning, stripped him naked and isolated him. The government explained they did these apparently cruel deeds because […]

U.S - Cuba policy for 50+ years

By Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes U.S. foreign assistance empowers those in Cuba who are working towards positive change to advocate for fundamental freedoms and free market-oriented solutions to meet the needs of Cuban citizens. – U.S. AID web page, March 2011 On March 12, after a two day trial, a Cuban court sentenced Alan […]

Droning as foreign policy

by Saul Landau American Presidents seem willfully ignorant of historical precedents – especially when violence and lies become primary instruments of policy. In the Spring of 1914, European powers jockeyed for advantages amidst hints of war. In June, Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist, assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The bullet […]

Assange targets b of a : Something’s rotten in the state of a bank

By Saul Landau Fish rots. Bacteria work their way down from the head and produce the stench that provoked Marcellus: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” He and Horatio had followed Hamlet, beckoned by the ghost of his father, the former King. The ghost verified what Hamlet calls “things rank and gross in […]

LEAKED CUBA MEMO TO RAISE EYEBROWS

From Saul Landau and Nelson P. Valdes A recently retired military intelligence officer submitted this memo [see below] to his former commander (Southcom) — copies to other appropriate agencies. Obama Administration officials ignored it. “Cuba is not on our agenda,” one said. One official surreptitiously mailed us a copy, which we share. The Cuban government […]

The majority’s choice: No One.

Pundits, professional interpreters of events, have awarded the Republicans with a “legislative landslide” in the House, and declared the Democrats “brutally defeated.” Backed by immense and well-organized corporate staffs and spinners (Karl Rove, the Chamber of Commerce and the billionaire Koch brothers for three) House Republican candidates were “swept into office.” The campaign mavens treated […]