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Book Review of Cuba In Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise. Reviewed by Robert A. Waters

My son served in the U. S. Coast Guard. On patrol one day in the Florida straits, his ship came across a sad testament to humanity’s longing for freedom. Bobbing along in the waves, a wooden raft floated silently, its crew forever missing. The raft had been reinforced underneath with chunks of styrofoam and had …

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy and conspiracy theories — A review of Vincent Bugliosi’s book, Reclaiming History

If Gerald Posner’s book, Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (1993), convinced me that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK and acted alone, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi (2007) removed any possible lingering doubts that I may have had, even subconsciously. Take for instance, the troubling …

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A Tribute to Faustino Oramas, the legendary Cuban composer and musician

Faustino Oramas (1911-2007), known as “El Guayabero de Cuba,” was a composer, singer, troubadour, and Cuban national treasure from Holguín, Oriente, Cuba. This little tribute contains the lyrics to his son “Ritmo Suave.” The son, which gained popularity in Cuba in the 1930s, “combines the narrative Spanish canción and Spanish guitar with African rhythms,” usually …

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An “American James Bond” — Anti-communist Freedom Fighter, Frank Sturgis

In the noted biography, Flawed Patriot (2006) by former CIA agent and author Bayard Stockton, CIA legend Bill Harvey, was introduced to President John F. Kennedy as “America’s James Bond.”(1) Harvey was indeed a charismatic legend in the CIA, but two other, almost equally unknown American heroes, could also vie for the title. One of …

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Faria: Fidel Castro, Cuban Intelligence and the Assassination of JFK

A book published last year by Brian Latell, a professor, scholar, and retired CIA officer who had been active in foreign intelligence for 35 years, has not received the attention it deserves. The book, Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine (2012) relies extensively on information provided by half a dozen Cuban defectors and …

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