NACLA Update 09/09/2011

Dear NACLA friends,

Get ahead of the short autumn days with breaking news about Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, U.S. immigration policy, the drug war, and other NACLA issues. During the last few months, our daily blogs and web articles have reaffirmed our commitment to providing in-depth reporting and analysis on Latin America and U.S. policy toward the region. So far this week you can read:

Suzanna  Reiss: Medical & Military Malpractice: The U.S. Public Health Service in Guatemala
Joseph Nevins: Chasing People Like Animals—on Land and, Increasingly, at Sea
Nazih  Richani: The Santos Government Revises Military Strategy
Fred  Rosen: Dangerous Walks of Life
Kirsten Weld: More Bad Blood in Guatemala

By now, our current issue "Cuba: Salvaging a Revolution?" has reached many of you in the mail. But for those of you who are not subscribed yet, you can log on to our website and access your subscription today!

This issue covers the new economic reforms that were announced by the Cuban leadership to resuscitate an economy that, as noted in Eric Hershberg's Introduction, "is incapable of producing the minimum supply of goods, services, and tax revenue needed to provide for the basic needs of the population." Cuban sociologist Mayra Espina Prieto examines the implications that Cuba's new economy will have for social policy. Anthropologist Katrin Hansing discusses how the legacy of the Special Period in Cuba has not only changed many Cubans' attitudes toward their lives but also opened up new cultural spaces for expression. Marguerite Rose Jiménez describes one leading light of the Cuban economy, its innovative biotechnology sector, focused on producing low-cost medicines. On social issues, historian Alejandro de la Fuente offers an assessment of persistent racial inequality in Cuba, while anthropologist Noelle Stout discusses the rise of gay tolerance on the island. Rounding out the issue, noted international relations scholar William M. LeoGrande reviews U.S.-Cuban relations under the Obama administration as a case of missed opportunities for improvement.

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with specialists from our Cuba issue, and a preview of our Human Rights issue.

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