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Reserva del Comandante: Fidel Castro’s Private Account

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by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez To free himself from all control, Fidel had long ago created, in the 1960s, the notorious reserva del Comandante, a private account made up of special funds siphoned off from national economic activity. Designed for the

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History, Modern History

Hemingway and Cuba: Through the Smoke of a 102-year-old’s Cigar

Gregorio Fuentes Hemingway's Cuba-old man and the sea

by Brin-Jonathan Butler Gregorio Fuentes, the model for Hemingway’s humble Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea, survived until 104 and still never read a word of the thin, 127-page novel that brought his friend a Pulitzer and Noble

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Posted in Modern History

Guarding Fidel Castro: His Double Life and Infidelity

Juan Reinaldo Sanchez Shaking Fidel Castro's Hand

by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez THE CASTRO DYNASTY There is nothing ordinary about Fidel Castro. He is unique, special, and different. One thing in particular, among all the others, marks him out from all his compatriots: he cannot dance the salsa!

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

November 22, 1963: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Mystery Behind the Assassination of JFK

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By Alex Von Tunzelmann On 22 November 1963, CIA Special Affairs Section head Desmond FitzGerald was in Paris. The man he was to meet was Rolando Cubela. Cubela had been a member of the Cuban Revolutionary Directorate during the late

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Posted in Contemporary History

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