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Visions of FreedomHavana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991$
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Piero Gleijeses

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469609683

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469609690_Gleijeses

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The Cuban Drumbeat

The Cuban Drumbeat

(p.17) Chapter 1 The Cuban Drumbeat
Visions of Freedom

Piero Gleijeses

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that Mikhail Gorbachev did not consider Castro a relic of the past. In Havana, Gorbachev was a tactful and respectful guest. The Cubans appreciated that he did not try to lecture them, give them advice, or criticize them. At the press conference after the talks, when a journalist asked “What advice did the charming Gorbachev give the Cubans?” Castro quipped, “Gorbachev is charming precisely because he does not tell other countries what to do.” The Soviet leader assured the Cubans of continuing support. “Cuba—it is our revolutionary duty, our destiny to help her,” Gorbachev wrote after leaving the island. His promises rang hollow, however, against the backdrop of the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Soviet Union and in the Soviet bloc.

Keywords:   Mikhail Gorbachev, Castro, relic, Havana, Soviet leader, Soviet Union, Soviet bloc

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