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Guantanamo : Why the Illegal Base Should Return to Cuba - Fidel Castro


Why the Illegal Base Should Return to Cuba

Paperback Published: 14th December 2010
ISBN: 9780980429251
Number Of Pages: 166

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"There are many desecrations of human rights taking place in our world. Many involve conflicts of great complexity, religious or factional: it is immensely difficult to create just solutions to them. Guantanamo is the outstanding exception. The just solution is simple . . . the US must leave Guantanamo unconditionally."--From the foreword by Noam Chomsky, Nadine Gordimer, Rigoberta Menchu, and others

"Imagine if after we defeated the British in our revolution, we then let them keep a few thousand troops and a bunch of battleships in New York Harbor. Weird "--Michael Moore

"To keep a military base against the will of our people is a violation of the most elemental principles of international law."--Fidel Castro

How is it that Guantanamo Bay, seized after the Spanish-American War over one hundred years ago, is still held by the United States as a naval base? President Obama has proposed to close the prison for those captured in the "war against terrorism," but Fidel Castro argues in this extended essay, "The Empire and the Independent Island," written in 2007, that the illegal occupation must end and the territory be returned to Cuba.

This book also features a comprehensive chronology of the base's history and extensive appendices, including some key historical documents through which Washington has justified its continued occupation and recently declassified documents from the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. It also includes a foreword by Noam Chomsky, Nadine Gordimer, Salim Lamrani, Rigoberta Menchu, and Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

Publisher's Notep. ix
Foreword: The United States Must Leave Guantánamo Now!p. 1
Chronologyp. 3
The Empire and the Independent Islandp. 25
The Imposition of the Platt Amendment
The Establishment of the Guantánamo Base as a Framework for US-Cuba Relations
The Formal Repeal of the Platt Amendment
The Guantánamo Naval Base Before 1959
Guantánamo Since the Revolution
Guantánamo: A Critical Historyp. 51
How to End the Guantánamo Treatyp. 91
The Breckenridge Memorandum (December 24,1897)p. 109
The Treaty of Paris (December 10,1898)p. 114
The Piatt Amendment (March 2,1901)p. 123
Agreement on Coaling and Naval Stations (February 16/23,1903)p. 126
Complementary Agreement of the February 16/23,1903 Agreement on Coaling and Naval Stations (July 2,1903)p. 129
Treaty on the Isle of Pines (March 2,1904)p. 132
Treaty of Relations (May 29,1934)p. 135
Memorandum from the Deputy Legal Advisor (Meeker)to Secretary of State Rusk (February 2,1962)p. 139
Note on the United States Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay (November 7,1962)p. 144
Statement by the Government of Cuba to the National and International Community (January 11, 2002)p. 152
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Cuba calls on the United States to stop the torture of prisoners in Guantánamo (January 19,2005)p. 159
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ISBN: 9780980429251
ISBN-10: 0980429250
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 14th December 2010
Publisher: Ocean Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1