Cuba: Revolution since 1990
(see also Cuba: Revolution 1959-1990, Fidel Castro, Cuba & the US)
CIA World Factbook. Includes map.
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Agencia Cubana de Noticias. Official news agency, pages in Spanish & English.
Center for Cuban Studies (NY).
Granma Internacional. Newspaper of Cuban Communist Party.
Boggs, Grace Lee. "Cuba: love & self-reliance," Monthly Review 48,7(12/96):1-5.
Campbell, Al. "Cuba today & the future of Cuban socialism," MR 48,10 (3/97):12-32.
Cooper, Marc. "For sale: used Marxism," Harper's (3/95):54-63. "Free market" in Cuba.
Deere, Carmen Diana. "Cuba's struggle for self-sufficiency," Monthly Review 43,3 (7-8/91):55-73.
de la Fuente, Alejandro. "Race, ideology & culture in Cuba: recent scholarship," Latin American Research Review 35,3 (2000):199-210.
Galeano, Eduardo. "Cuba hurts," Progressive (6/03):12-13. Cuban government dealing harshly with dissidents.
Garfield, Richard. "The public health impact of sanctions: contrasting responses of Iraq & Cuba," MERIP Report 215 (summer 2000).
Goldman, Irene S. "Documentaries about Jewish renewal in contemporary Cuba: hope or hype?" Latin American Research Review 32,3 (1997):258--68.
González Casanova, Pablo. "Thinking about Cuba," Social Justice 19,4 (win 92):153-58.
Guillermoprieto, Alma. "A visit to Havana," "Love & misery in Cuba," & "Fidel in the evening," in her Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America (NY: Vintage, 2001), pp. 87-110, 111-25 & 126-53.
Judson, Fred. "Cuba & the New World Order," Monthly Review 44,7 (12/92):28-39.
Koont, Sinan. "Cuba: an island against all the odds," MR 46,5(10/94):1-18.
Laber, Jeri. "Castro's welcomes US retribution," (5/5/03):7B.
Landau, Saul. "The Revolution turns forty," Progressive (3/99):24-30.
__________. "The day the counterrevolutionaries had waited for, y en eso llegó Fidel," Latin American Perspectives, 29 (7/02):77-79. 1994 uprising against Castro.
Levine, Robert M. "Cuba's Jewish community under the Revolution," in D. Sheinin & L. Baer Barr (eds.) The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America (NY, 1996).
Levins, R. "Ecological agriculture in Cuba," Capitalism Nature Socialism 5 (1990).
Orlean, Susan. "Rough diamonds: Fidel's little leagues," New Yorker (8/5/02):34-37.
__________. "Carbonaro & primavera," Atlantic Monthly (5/03):135-137.
Oxhorn, Philip & Haroldo Dilla Alfonso. "The virtues & misfortunes of civil society in Cuba," Latin American Perspectives 29 (7/ 02):11-30.
Pastor, Manuel Jr. "Cuba & Cuban studies: crossing boundaries during a 'special period'," Latin American Research Review 31,3 (1996):218-34.
Pérez-López, Jorge F. "Bringing the Cuban economy into focus: conceptual & empirical challenges," Latin American Research Review 26,3 (1991):7-54.
Perez-Stable, Marifeli. "Caught in contradiction: Cuban socialism between mobilization & normalization," Comparative Politics 32 (10/99).
Rucker, Patrick Michael. "Dissent from within," In These Times (5/5/03):5.
Simpson, John. "Cuba's lost horizon," World Monitor (5/93):35-43.
Smaldone, William. "Observations on the Cuban Revolution," Monthly Review 47,11 (4/96):20-32.
Sweeney, John. "Seven days in Havana: how Castro's market socialism works," World Affairs 159 (sum 96).
Welsh, Melinda. "Journey to Cuba," SN&R (12/4/03):19-27.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Arboleya, Jesús. The Cuban Counter-Revolution (trans. Rafael Betancourt; Athens: Ohio U., 2000).
August, Arnold. Democracy in Cuba & the 1997-98 Elections (Montreal: Canada-Cuba, 1999). Includes thoughtful critique of US approach to this subject.
Bengelsdorf, Carollee. The Problem of Democracy in Cuba: Between Vision & Reality (NY, 1994).
Campa, Homero y Orlando Pérez. Cuba: los años duros (México, 1997).
Centeno, Miguel Angel & Mauricio Font (eds.) Toward a New Cuba? Legacies of a Revolution (Boulder, 1998).
Corbett, Ben. This is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives (Cambridge MA: Westview, 2002).
Daniel, Yvonne. Rumba, Dance & Social Change in Contemporary Cuba (Bloomington: Indiana U., 1995).
Díaz Briquets, Sergio. & Jorge Pérez-López. Conquering Nature: The Environmentalist Legacy of Socialism in Cuba (Pittsburgh: U. of Pittsburgh, 2000). Informative book, seriously handicapped by ideological blinders.
Enríquez, Laura J. The Question of Food Security in Cuban Socialism (Berkeley: U. of California, 1994).
Evenson, Debra. Revolution in the Balance: Law & Society in Contemporary Cuba (Boulder, 1994).
Fitzgerald, Frank T. The Cuban Revolution in Crisis. From Managing Socialism to Managing Survival (NY: Monthly Review, 1994).
Funes, Fernando. Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba (Oakland, Calif. : Food First,2002).
Habel, Janette. Cuba: The Revolution in Peril (London: Verso, 1991).
Halperin, Maurice. Return to Havana: The Decline of Cuban Society under Castro (Nashville, 1994).
Maza Miquel, Manuel P. Entre la ideología y la compasión: guerra y paz en Cuba (Santo Domingo, 1997).
McCaughan, Edward J. Reinventing Revolution: The Renovation of Left Discourse in Cuba & Mexico (Boulder, 1997).
Moses, Catherine. Real Life in Castro's Cuba (Wilmington DE, 1999).
Pérez-Stable, Marifeli. The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, & Legacy (2nd ed.) (NY: U. of Oxford, 1998).
Ripley, C. Peter. Conversations with Cuba (Athens: U. of Georgia, 2000). Talks with ordinary Cubans revealing dispair, but also abiding decency & commitment to values of Revolution.
In the Library: Fiction
Ríos Rivera, Esteban & Juana Ponce de León (eds.) Dream with No Name: Contemporary Fiction from Cuba (NY, 1999).
In the Library: For Young Readers
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
In the Library: Photography
Pietropaolo, Vicenzo. Making Home in Havana (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 2002).
"Bitter Sugar" , dir. León Ichaso, 102m. In video stores. Devastating commentary on contemporary Cuban life.
"Buena Vista Social Club" , dir. Wim Wenders, ?m. In video stores. Older popular music & Cuban society today.
"Changing Tides" , dir. Luis Felipe Bernaza, 34m. From Cinema Guild. "Balseros" en route to Florida.
"Children are the Hope of the World" , dir.?, 30m. From Cinema Guild. Examines Cuban educational system, interviewing principals, teachers & students.
"Comandante" , dir. Oliver Stone, 99m. Documentary on the ageing revolutionary leader.
"Crossing Borders: A Cuban Returns" , dir. Glenn Gebhard, 50m. From Cinema Guild. American college professor, taken from Cuba as a child in 1962, revisits island.
"Cuba Amor" , dir. Toshi Matsushita, 38m. From Cinema Guild. Focus on beaches, tourist sites & wildlife.
"Cuba at a Crossroads" [1994-2000], dir. Glenn Gebhard, four 30m segments. From Cinema Guild. Examines changes in Cuban society during post-Soviet economic crisis, 1994-2000.
"Cuba Feliz" , dir. Karim Dridi, 96m. Peregrinations around the island of guitarist Miguel de Morales, "El Gallo."
"Cuba Va!: The Challenge of the Next Generation" , dir. Gail Dolgin & Vicente Franco, 59m. From Cinema Guild. Interviews with Cuban youth, both committed socalists & disillusioned dissidents.
"Everyday Art" , dir. Maria Luis Mendonça, 50m. Contemporary folk traditions.
"Fidel" , dir. Estela Bravo, 75m. From First Run Features.
"Forever Cuba" , dir. Julieta Torres & Isabel Arroyo, 60m.
"Great Day in Havana" , dir. Laurie Ann Schag & Casey Stoll, 83m. State of the arts in contemporary Havana.
"The Greening of Cuba (Verde que te quiero verde)" , dir. Jaime Kibben, 38m. From Food First. Cuban farmers reinvent sustainable agriculture in quest for self-sufficiency after collapse of USSR.
"Guantanamera" , dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea & Juan Carlos Tabío, 105m. In video stores. Satire on life, death & bureaucracy in contemporary Cuba.
"Inside Castro's Cuba" , by Central Independent Television, 51m. From Filmakers' Library.
"Life is to Whistle (La vida es silbar)" , dir. Fernando Pérez, 106. Three characters (a ballerina, a social worker & a percussionist) search for happiness in contemporary Havana.
"Looking for a Space: Lesbians & Gay Men in Cuba" [200?], dir. Kelly Anderson, 38m. From Filmakers' Library.
"Miami-Havana" , dir. Estela Bravo, 60m. From Cinema Guild. Human tragedy of separation in families divided by US-Cuban conflict.
"Miel para Oshún" , dir. Humberto Solás, 115m. Cuban American searches for roots in Cuba.
"Nothing (Nada)" , dir. Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, ?m. From First Run/Icarus. Send-up of bureaucracy at the Havana post office, & theme of migration & separation.
"A Paradise Under the Stars" , dir. Gerardo Chijona, 90m.
"Patch Adams, the Children & Havana" , dir. Lázaro Farinas, 30m. From Cinema Guild. Humanitarian visit by famous American doctor.
"Salud!" , dir. Connie Field, 93m. Documentary on Cuban health care system & work of Cuban doctors overseas.
"Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y chocolate)" , dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea & Juan Carlos Tabío, 108m. In video stores. Young party militant befriends elderly gay man who has refused to leave Cuba despite persecution.
"Viva Cuba" , dir. Juan Carlos Cremata Alberti & Iraida Malberti Cabrera, 80m. Friendship of a boy & girl threatened by political & class differences between parents.
"Workers' Democracy in Cuba"
"Yank Tanks" , dir. David Schendel, 70m. Documentary on carefully maintained older American cars on Cuban streets.