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Cuba : a revolution in motion
Saney, Isaac, 1969-
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Black Point, N.S. : Fernwood Pub. ; London ; New York : Zed Books : Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave, [2004]

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viii, 240 pages ; 24 cm


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This overview of modern Cuban history focuses on the country's post-Soviet economic collapse, the measures that President Castro's government took in response, and their ensuing results and impact. It neither paints Cuba as a perfect society nor universal model for Third World development. But it does show that Cuba demonstrates that even relatively small countries can pursue a path of economic and social development while avoiding the problems endemic in the rest of Latin America. The author argues that the country's political stability is not merely the result of authoritarianism, but that the Cuban political system incorporates important elements of democracy that encourage participation and help generate public support. Cuba today continues to have huge problems, but the wider significance of the Cuban Revolution rests on its practical demonstration that it is possible to pursue radical and humane development policies which are at complete variance with the increasingly criticized nostrums of neoliberal economics being foisted on the rest of the world.

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Isaac Saney is on faculty at Dalhousie University in Halifax an regularly lectures on, writes about and conducts research in Cuba.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1. From Columbus to Revolutionp. 7
Revolutionary Enthusiasmp. 11
Objective Constraintsp. 18
The Economic Crashp. 21
The Economic Measures of the special periodp. 25
The Economic Recoveryp. 29
The Social Spherep. 35
The Aftermath of September 11thp. 39
2. Governance in Cubap. 41
The Dominant Model of Democracyp. 41
Critique of the Dominant Modelp. 43
The Historical and Philosophical Context of Governance in Cubap. 46
The Workers' Parliamentsp. 51
Poder Popularp. 53
The National Assembly Elections of 1993, 1998 and 2003p. 58
Workers and the Union Movementp. 60
The Communist Party of Cubap. 64
Mass Organizations and Civil Societyp. 65
The Generational Shiftp. 67
Government Opponentsp. 68
The Varela Projectp. 84
Conclusionp. 87
3. Race, Inequality and Revolutionp. 90
Inequality in the Global Contextp. 91
Women in the Revolutionp. 94
Afro-Cubans before the Revolutionp. 96
Afro-Cubans and the Revolutionp. 100
Afro-Cubans and the Special Periodp. 108
Conclusionp. 117
4. Crime and Criminal Justicep. 122
Historical Backgroundp. 123
The Court and Legal Structurep. 125
Philosophical and Ideological Basis of the Legal Systemp. 126
Development of the Penal Codep. 129
The State of Dangerousness Provisionsp. 131
Cuban Criminal Procedure: Rights of the Accusedp. 133
The Right to Counselp. 134
The Right to Silence and Confessionsp. 136
Search and Seizurep. 138
Trial and Sentencingp. 139
The Death Penaltyp. 140
Imprisonmentp. 144
The 1999 Modifications to the Cuban Penal Codep. 147
Conclusionp. 150
5. The United States and Cubap. 151
The Prelude to the Cuban Revolutionp. 152
The Revolutionp. 158
The Undeclared Warp. 162
Economic Strangulationp. 166
Emigrationp. 171
Conclusionp. 174
6. Lessons and Footprintsp. 176
Foreign Investmentp. 179
The Environmentp. 184
Internationalismp. 186
Socialism on One Islandp. 195
Conclusionp. 202
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 230