Cuba and the United States in the 21st Century: The U.S. and its imperial policy

By Jane Franklin

Simón Bolívar saw it coming. In 1829 the Great Liberator of Latin American colonies warned that the United States “appears destined by Providence to plague America with miseries in the name of Freedom.”

Now, in the 21st century, we witness the global spread of that plague as Washington, obsessed with being a unipolar power in a multipolar world, demands that each and every nation adhere to its dictate of “democracy” and “freedom.” Powerful words have become shibboleths in the service of imperialism.

In an alternate history, things could have been different after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But this is a history of imperialism, with its ineluctable imperatives. read the rest