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Salim Lamrani teaches at the University of Paris- Sorbonne Paris IV and the University of la Réunion. He is also a journalist and commentator who specializes in Cuban-American relations.
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583673415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583673416
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,332,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Kurtz on May 16, 2013
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This book is infuriating. I mean that in a good way. It should make you angry. The book is a very short read and filled with incredibly detailed information. It clearly illustrates what most of the world (and the majority of Americans) already know, that the irrational and destructive nature of the US's blockade against Cuba is criminal and absurdly irrational. Lamrani does a great service by providing information that illustrates the truly insidiousness of the US policy toward Cuba. The details are inconceivable and infuriating. The greatest victim here, of course, is the Cuban people. Though the blockade is absurd and the "justification" for it changes each decade, depending on what the current fear catch-phrase is popular in the US media, the blockade is a horrible farce that is really an old outdated ideological grudge from one of the world's most powerful countries that is still sore about being sent home with its tail between its legs during the Bay of Pigs. Despite all these hardships, Cuba somehow has been able to maintain its universal health care and education system, despite the US's illegal attempt to destroy it. It is amazing. As an American, it is embarrassing and shameful. Read this book.
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Excellent book on just how messed up America imperialism affects a peaceful country like Cuba. Everyone go to Cuba - its great.
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By Stephanie on December 8, 2014
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Great read....I wish more of the general public in the US knew this.
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6 of 52 people found the following review helpful By K. Leeny on May 22, 2013
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When you review a book of this character, the obvious problem of a political discussion comes into play eventually, so I guess I will just need to allow me to roll down that path.

Apparently it is not enough for the author that Cuba has (illegal) access to thousand of generic medicines, Intel/AMD CPUs, computers, the internet, air planes, search engines, social media and many other things invented in capitalism. The author maintains that everything that is invented in capitalism should be made available to the people of Cuba, a country that does not recognize patents, intellectual property rights, copyrights, private ownership of land, the concept of owning ones home, nor the freedom of expression and movement within its very borders. Apart from this, Cuba owes US companies substantial amounts of money in stolen property (nationalizations) and they are very likely to steal and re-engineer anything they are allowed to import as they fail to see a connection between innovation and the right of private ownership of such, nor do they understand how the former can be driven by the latter.

The US stance on Cuba is obvious. The two entities should develop and thrive separately with a minimum of interaction between the two countries. The US will not provide tourists that spend hard currency to support the communist regime, nor will it support any establishment that tries to do the same. Cuba should not be allowed to enjoy the fruits of capitalism, a system which they have wholeheartedly rejected since the 1950s.

I completely fail to see the issues of the author as they are not argued correctly.
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