The Crackdown in Cuba

In March 2002, on the very day that U.S. forces entered Iraq, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel castro alunchaed a major cracdown on peaceful Cuban political dissidents. The Iraqi operation was a surprisingly swift one and so was castro's. Within three weeks, the statue of the Cuban leader's old...

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Main Author: Bond, Theresa
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