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:Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives ... That the people of the island of Cuba are and of right ought to be free.
 
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Since coming to power in 1959 cuban leader Fidel Castro has been the victim of over 670 CIA assassination attempts{{fact}} and one American backed invasion. This was in an attempt to reinstate the pro-American dictatorial regime that existed before{{fact}}. (This is similar to the US backing of war criminal [[General Pinochet]] over his democratically elected communist opponent). Since the Cuban revolution the population of Cuba has been forced to endure a highly illegal US blockade on the island. Despite this the present government has achieved a 100% [[literacy]] rate on the island{{fact}} and has one of the best medical and educational systems of any country, all provided for by the state and available to any citizen of the island.{{fact}}
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Since coming to power in 1959 Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been the victim of over 670 CIA assassination attempts{{fact}} and one American backed invasion. This was in an attempt to reinstate the pro-American dictatorial regime that existed before{{fact}}. (This is similar to the US backing of war criminal [[General Pinochet]] over his democratically elected communist opponent). Since the Cuban revolution the population of Cuba has been forced to endure a highly illegal US blockade on the island. Despite this the present government has achieved a 100% [[literacy]] rate on the island{{fact}} and has one of the best medical and educational systems of any country, all provided for by the state and available to any citizen of the island.{{fact}}
  
 
Cuba has more of its population over 100 years old than any other country and is famed for its Cuban ska bands such as Buena Vista Social Club and Cafe Cubano.
 
Cuba has more of its population over 100 years old than any other country and is famed for its Cuban ska bands such as Buena Vista Social Club and Cafe Cubano.

Revision as of 12:13, 29 April 2007

Cuba is an island located in the Gulf of Mexico, 90 miles south of Florida. Cuba has been ruled by a communist dictator named Fidel Castro since 1959.

Cuba relied on slavery longer than any other nation or colony in the Western Hemisphere. Cuba had a slave trade from 1521 to the late 1870s, including the famous triangular trade. In 1868, a Creole farmer started a revolution for racial equality, freedom of speech and association. It was then a colony of Spain, which put down the insurgency after a ten-year struggle. In 1880, the Spanish Cortes approved the abolition law, which provided for an eight-year period of patronato (tutelage) for all slaves liberated according to the law. This only amounted to indentured servitude as slaves were required to spend those eight years working for their masters at no charge. On October 7, 1886, slavery was finally abolished in Cuba by a royal decree that also made the patronato illegal. [1]

By 1895 it took 200,000 Spanish soldiers to suppress the Cuban independence movement. Americans were shocked at how Spain sent tens of thousands of Cubans to concentration camps, where many died of starvation or disease. However, publisher William Randolph Hearst fabricated a great number of these atrocities in an attempt to sell newspapers. When painter Frederic Remington wrote Hearst that 'there is no trouble (in Cuba) and there will be no war,' Hearst famously replied 'You furnish the pictures, I'll furnish the war.' [2]

Pressure grew in the United States for President William McKinley to intervene, and when the U.S.S. Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898 (probably due to an accident), President McKinley approved this Resolution of Congress:

Whereas the abhorrent conditions which have existed for more than three years in the island of Cuba, so near our own borders, have shocked the moral sense of the people of the United States, have been a disgrace to Christian civilization, culminating, as they have, in the destruction of a United States battle ship, with 266 of its officers and crew, while on a friendly visit in the harbor of Havana, and cannot longer be endured ...
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives ... That the people of the island of Cuba are and of right ought to be free.

Since coming to power in 1959 Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been the victim of over 670 CIA assassination attempts[Citation Needed] and one American backed invasion. This was in an attempt to reinstate the pro-American dictatorial regime that existed before[Citation Needed]. (This is similar to the US backing of war criminal General Pinochet over his democratically elected communist opponent). Since the Cuban revolution the population of Cuba has been forced to endure a highly illegal US blockade on the island. Despite this the present government has achieved a 100% literacy rate on the island[Citation Needed] and has one of the best medical and educational systems of any country, all provided for by the state and available to any citizen of the island.[Citation Needed]

Cuba has more of its population over 100 years old than any other country and is famed for its Cuban ska bands such as Buena Vista Social Club and Cafe Cubano.

References

  1. Abolition of Slavery - History of Cuba
  2. Sifakis, Car. The Big Book of Hoaxes. New York: Paradox Press, 1996.