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Thu Mar 31, 2016, 03:53 AM

Cuba Evokes the History of US Imperialism in Latin America

Cuba Evokes the History of US Imperialism in Latin America
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:00
By Cody Cain, Speakout | News Analysis

As President Barack Obama makes history as the first sitting US president to visit Cuba since 1928, we find ourselves reflecting upon our historic relationship with Latin America.

We were all taught in school that the United States is a "great" and "kind" nation that promotes "freedom" and "democracy" around the world. And many still drink the Kool-Aid of how the US can do no wrong.

History, however, paints a rather different picture.

Suffering Under Empire

Latin America has suffered grievously as a result of the unfortunate circumstance of being located inthe same neighborhood as the mighty empire of the United States. This is really no different from subjugated territories of other empires in history, such as the Roman Empire or the Ottoman Empire. It is no fun living in the shadow of imperial domination because the empire exploits you. And if you step out of line, you are crushed like a bug.

The island of Cuba has had a particularly rough time when it comes to being exploited.


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