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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

U.S. presidential pageantry in SA changes nothing in shameful foreign relations practice

Predictable pattern of media/govt propaganda 
Excerpt, minor edit by Carolyn Bennett

Historian Piero Gleijeses today on Democracy Now! Author of Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991.

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman:

“Piero Gleijeses, what do you make of the furor right now … the significance of the handshake between President [Barack] Obama and President Raúl Castro right there at the Soweto stadium at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela?’

Author Piero Gleijeses:

“I think it is pathetic and reflects the ethics of the United States and the policy of the United States.

“…President Obama was received with applause in South Africa when he spoke, etc., because he is the first black president of the United States; but the role of the United States as a country, as a government, past governments, in the struggle for liberation of South Africa is a shameful role.

South Africa
“In general, we [the U.S.] were on the side of the apartheid government. And the role of Cuba is a splendid role in favor of the liberation.

Saudi Arabia
“This handshake—going beyond this particular issue − was long overdue. The [U.S.] embargo is absurd, is immoral.

“And we have here a president who bowed to the king … of Saudi Arabia, which is certainly no democracy.

“Even Obama should know it; so it is an absurd situation.

“The problem with Obama is that his speeches are good, his gestures are good; but there is no follow-up…; unfortunately, it is just a gesture, a long-overdue gesture that does not change a shameful U.S. policy.”

orn 1944 in Venice, Italy, Piero Gleijeses is a professor of United States foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Unspeakable cruelty
South Africa 
Gleijeses is reportedly the only foreign scholar to have been allowed access to the Cuba’s Castro-era government archives and is known for his scholarly studies on Cuban foreign policy under President Fidel Castro and for several works on U.S. intervention in Latin America.

Sources and notes

Among Piero Gleijeses’ books

Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976–1991 (2013)
The Cuban Drumbeat: Castro's Worldview (2009)
Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959–1976 (2002)
Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944–1954 (1992)
Politics and Culture in Guatemala (1988)
Tilting at Windmills: Reagan in Central America (1982)
The Dominican Crisis: The 1965 Constitutionalist Revolt and American Intervention (1978)

Piero Gleijeses
Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991 by Piero Gleijeses

Publisher clip: “During the final fifteen years of the Cold War, southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers.

“Americans, Cubans, Soviets, and Africans fought over the future of Angola, where tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers were stationed, and over the decolonization of Namibia, Africa’s last colony. Beyond lay the great prize: South Africa.

“Piero Gleijeses uses archival sources, particularly from the United States, South Africa, and the closed Cuban archives, to provide an unprecedented international history of this important theater of the late Cold War.

“These sources all point to one conclusion:

…by humiliating the United States and defying the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro changed the course of history in southern Africa.

It was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. In the words of Nelson Mandela, the Cubans ‘destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor . . . [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.’ http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3458

“The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa,” December 11, 2013,


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