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Orientalism and Cuba

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Orientalism and Cuba

By Tim Anderson

Misunderstandings over Cuba run very deep, and not just amongst the enemies of socialism, or those who have had little contact with the country.

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Naturally, people are influenced by the corporate media, which wages a ferocious and relentless propaganda campaign against the little independent island. As Salvador Allende told the Chilean Senate in 1960 "day by day and minute by minute .. they [the corporate media monopolies] misrepresent what is happening in Cuba".

However, we can also see elements of what Edward Said called "orientalism" a series of false assumptions about the country, conditioned by cultural prejudice.

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