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The Republic of Cuba, República de Cuba is a country consisting of the island nation conisteing of Cuba (largest of the Greater Antilles), the Isle of Youth and adjacent small islands. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. In 1959 the Cuban Revolution liberated Cuba from the control of United States, the Cuban sugar plantocracy, rightist military officers and the American mafia. Today Cuba, a socialist republic, is one of only five remaining officially Communist states. The others are China, Vietnam, Laos and North Korea.
The totalitarian leader of Cuba is Fidel Castro. He is both hated and loved across Latin Ameria.
The United States has attempted to isolate from the rest of the world since the Cuban Revolution. Other countries like Canasa, Mexico and Venezuela freely trade with Cuba. The U.S. sanctions regime against Cuba hurts both Cubans but not as much as Fidels government underwhich people ean an average of 20 dollars a month .
Former Foreign Occupation
Cuba's geographic proximity to Florida, natural wealth and and one time stragetic importance made it an obvious target for U.S. expansion. As early as 1854 U.S. diplomats in Europe drafted the Ostend Manifesto, a document urging that the U.S. to annex Cuba for the security of slavery. If Spain refuses to sell the island, the authors of the dicument argued, it should be taken by invasion. Even after the American Civil War mooted ther idea of adding Cuba as a slave state, expansionists motivated by the geopolitical theory of naval theorist Mahan argued for U.S. control of the island.
The opportunity arrived in 1895 when Cuban nationalists rebel against Spanish rule. Spanish Gen. Valeriano Weyler employs the first concentration camps to smash the revolution by separating rebels from the civilian population that supported them. In the United States the "Yellow Press" of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer stoked American imperialism in the guise of humanitarian outrage.
While the pre-revolution American mafiosi who controlled gambling and the pornography industry in Havana are gone and U.S. corporations no longer control the Cuban economy.
the United States continues to occupy part of Cuban sovereign national territory, the 41 square miles of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. One of the best natural harbors on the planet, Guantanamo Bay serves as an offshore American prison for those it wants to isolate from the protections of international or U.S. constitutional law.
Cuban-American Ethnic Lobby
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican of Florida
- Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida
- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida
- Rep. Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey