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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.

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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Tim Anderson is an academic and social activist based in Sydney, Australia

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