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  • Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangster, JFK and Castro

    MAFIA SPIES tells the story of America’s first known attempt at state-sanctioned assassination: how the CIA recruited two top gangsters, Sam Giancana and Johnny Roselli, in a plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Cold War. Using recently declassified documents, MAFIA SPIES reveals many details about the US clandestine military effort from a hidden CIA base in Florida to get rid of Castro and, even more remarkably, how Castro managed to avoid getting killed with the help of a Soviet-trained Cuban spy network and double agents placed in Florida. Using FBI and police records, MAFIA SPIES also points to mobster Santo Trafficante as the likely mastermind in the unsolved murders of Giancana and Roselli, as the proverbial “last one standing” in this complex spy tale.
  • Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline

    Congress granted unique immigration status to Cubans more than five decades ago, intending to help them escape Fidel Castro and find refuge in America. A yearlong Sun Sentinel investigation documented how criminals have exploited that special treatment, triggering Congressional hearings, a national discussion and a bill to eliminate the 50-year-old Cuban Adjustment Act. http://interactive.sun-sentinel.com/plundering-america/
  • Twilight of The Assassins

    "The first act of airline terrorism in the Americas was not 9/11 but thrity years ago, when seventy-three people died in the mid air bombing of a Cuban passengers plane. Now, one of the alleged masterminds lives freely in Miami, while another awaits trialon other charges in Texas. For decades, Fidel Castro (and later jaoined by Hugo Chavez) insisted that the CIA was ehind the bombing. However, the Bush administration has been loathe to release its 30 years of CIA and FBI files to finally resolve enduring suspicions.
  • Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus

    Ojito relates her story of growing up in Cuba in the 1960's-70's, under Fidel Castro's government, and leaving Cuba in the 1980 Mariel boatlift when she was 16. She tells how the role of ordinary people in the boatlift managed to change the history of Cuba, South Florida and the U.S., as, she claims, President Carter partly lost the reelection because of the boatlift. She tells how although the White House attempted to deter the boatlift, Cubans came together to flee Cuba and arrive in Key West.
  • Rum Warriors

    The American Lawyer looks at the legal battle between French liquor producer Pernod Richard, S. A., and Bacardi & Company Limited over the rights to the Havana Club rum trademark.
  • They Came to America

    The nine tentmates were among 32,000 Cubans who fled Fidel Castro's island in the summer of 1994, only to be detained for more than a year at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Now, home is in Louisville, Ky., Miami, Chicago, Portland, Ore., Las Vegas and Harrison, N.J. The Sun-Sentinel chronicled the lives of the nine balseros as they struggled through their first year in a new land.
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    Newly released documents show that in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs invasion 35 years ago President Kennedy brushed off an invitation from the revolutionary leader Che Guevara to reach terms for peaceful coexistence between the United States and Cuba. The Miami Herald reports how Kennedy halted talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro to pay ransom to free nearly 1,200 exile-invaders in Cuban Jails and cleared the CIA for a new program of subversion dubbed Operation Mongoose. A recently released CIA memo insists discussion of the assassination of Cuban leaders should not by released in writing. (April 29,1996)
  • Cuban navy bases are being used to smuggle Colombian cocaine into the United States

    Family Weekly tells how Cuban navy bases are being used to smuggle Colombian cocaine into the United States; Fidel Castro and fugitive American financier Robert Vesco are involved.