Through the late 19th century, Cuba attempted to rid itself of Spanish colonial rule. The USA – belatedly – came to their aid…… and then found it very hard to leave ! The aim of the 1959 revolution in Cuba was not just to assert self-rule, but to end the corrupting influence that the USA had exercised in treating Cuba as its playground. The tensions between the two nations have never gone away. It is truly extraordinary that an independent Cuba has managed to survive everything that the USA has thrown at it – and the catastrophic collapse of its principal supporter – the USSR. But survive it has. With the passing of the revolutionary generation, will a new, pragmatic Cuba need to emerge ? Or will its spirit of independent self-determination carry on ? (And where does China fit into all of this…..?)

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