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by Peter Schwab

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  • ISBN 0312216203
  • ISBN13 978-0312216207
  • Language English
  • Author Peter Schwab
  • Publisher Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (December 14, 1998)
  • Pages 226
  • Formats docx mobi lrf docx
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1714 kb
  • Size Fb2 1960 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 748

Cuba: Confronting the US Embargo details and analyses the effects of the US embargo on Cuban society and the response of Cuba and its population to overcoming its consequences. Although the embargo disrupts and harms almost all aspects of life concentration focuses on those sectors most affected. The book is framed by the issue of human rights - from both the Cuban and the US perspective - an ideological gulf which underpins the political differences that exist between the two countries, and which raises the question of how extensively the implementation of the embargo violates the human rights of Cuba and its citizens.

Confronting the US Embargo. Authors: Schwab, Peter.

Confronting the US Embargo. Schwab combines political analysis and personal insight to show how the embargo has permeated all facets of daily life in Cuba. NACLA Report on the Americas. hed light on the ordinary lives of Cubans and provid interesting insights into Cuba's relations with the international community.

Cuba: Confronting the . Embargo details and analyzes the effects of the . This book is very interesting. It tells the Cuban side to the economic embargo. Schwab gives specific examples of how the . embargo has hurt the Cuban people. He also provides an idea for an alternative to a . Schwab gives us the side of the story that we don't hear from the . Gives a whole new perspective on the US embargo. com User, July 14, 1999.

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Schwab provides a concise history and critique of the embargo from a human rights perspective. An excellent tool for discussion and classroom use, Cuba: Confronting the .

Contact Us. Magazine. Schwab provides a concise history and critique of the embargo from a human rights perspective. Embargo is valuable reading for anyone concerned with the issues surrounding the embargo. The book is carefully written, and it makes a compelling argument for the dismantling of an egregious policy. Although the embargo disrupts and harms almost all aspects of life, the book focuses on those sectors most affected. embargo on Cuban society and the response of Cuba and its population to overcoming its consequences. It is framed by the issue of human rights-from both the Cuban and the .

Focusing on those sectors most affected, Schwab (political science, State U. of New York-Purchase College) analyzes the effects of the US embargo on Cuban society and the efforts of the island country and its people to overcome the consequences. Human rights, public health, starvation, religion, and. Get A Copy. Although the embargo disrupts and harms almost all aspects oflife, the book focuses on those sectors most affected. oceedings{Schwab1998CubaCT, title {Cuba: Confronting the . Embargo}, author {Peter A. Schwab}, year {1998} }. Peter A. Schwab.

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Peter Schwab raises above partisanship to write an excellent account of the consequences of the US embargo (blockade) on Cuba. The author is very impartial and evenhanded throughout the book. Upon reading this book you will learn information that the media in the US does not care to offer to its public. You will learn about the criminal nature of a senseless blockade that amounts to an act of war. You will also learn about the ordeals this embargo has caused to the Cuban citizens for almost 50 years. I feel indebted to Mr. Schwab after reading his lively written book.
A good overview of Cuba in the 90s, as it was finding its feet after the traumatic post-Soviet "special period." Schwab makes the usual "liberal" case against the embargo for its cynical cruelty, its ineffectiveness, and its real purpose as warfare by other means. He makes the Revolution's case for social as opposed to individual rights; but doesn't fully explore *why* the two are seen as mutually exclusive. Vested power interests, of course, are at the root of this division. In Cuba support for the Revolution really isn't neatly divided pro/anti-"regime," but variously interpreted based on power status within it. Free universal health care vs. actos de repudiacion: the contradiction of the Revolutionary Process.

Which raises the issue of the embargo vs. socialism, as to which is "really" at the root of Cuba's dilemma. Even as Cuban "reforms" under Raul are making the question ever more moot, it lingers yet and will for some time. To those who have been there and thought over its "process" from that side of the straits, it becomes clear that breaking with the "imperialist system" via socialism was necessary to save the Revolution (just as embargo, combined with more direct forms of sabotage, was deemed necessary to save Cuba from a revolution supported by most Cubans.) Economic pluralism had become no more feasible in 1960 than political non-alignment. Socialism was thus an embargo/blockade-in-reverse. The end of the US embargo would reopen the same existential problems threatening destabilization, resolved 50 years ago. Revolutionary Cuba survives *because* of its continued estrangement from the US political market.

It seems the post-Fidel Raulista regime is finding ways of sidestepping the embargo without tearing down "the wall", pretty much the way Schwab envisioned at the close of his book. This will probably prove the best way of opening Cuba; rather than ending the "imperialist blockade" wholesale, flooding Cuba with northern merchandise, fast-buck investors, the total collapse of the state economy, and the rise of organized narco-crime.
It is one thing to say that a nation will do whatever is in its own interest, but quite another to persist in carrying out a foreign policy that has not done anything positive for the United States and has only made the Cuban people miserable. Peter Schwab's book provides detailed evidence of this fact in a variety of contexts. Dr. Schwab describes his experiences during his research in Cuba against the backdrop of a well-documented historical, political, sociological and cultural perspectives. In reality, his position is quite moderate, but may not seem so to those who are unable to see the reality of cause and effect through the blurred window of simplistic "good vs, evil" ideology. Read this book with an open mind and you will see that the embargo is counterproductive in every sense of the word. You will also get a more balanced view of the changes that have happened in both Cuba and to Castro himself over the past 43 years.
This book is well-organized, often conceptual rather than linear, which may require an slight adjustment for some readers. By addressing the diverse aspects of the U.S. embargo against Cuba in different contexts, Dr. Schwab is able to give us much more than the usual two-dimensional view we are usually offered regarding this topic.
What I appreciated most about this book is the author personalizes the impact of the embargo on Cuba. As Americans we go by with our daily lives giving little or no notice to the implications of U.S. Foreign Policy on the day to day lives of the citizens of countries that have fallen out of favor with the U.S.

The author paints a portrait of the archaic embargo, and its lack of results and the polictical climate which allows it to continue. He gives an overview of life for the average Cuban, and all that is lost between the two countries as the ban continues.

The only qualm I have is that the book is a little dated. I think things have actually gotten a little worse for Cuba and the U.S. since George W. Bush became president, and I would have been interested to see the authors take on the current state of affairs.
Peter Schwab has done an excellent job of giving us the other side of the US embargo. "Confronting the US Embargo" tells the citizens of the United States what the direct effects of the embargo are on the average Cuban citizen and explains how they continue to survive. In the United State we hear about the alleged human rights abuses in Cuba, but Schwab portrays the US embargo as a human rights abuse in and of itself. This is a must read for those interested in or studying US foreign policy and its effects.
This is 188 pages of political rhetoric by an author who, 1.) loves communism/collectivism, 2.) has disdain for U.S. concepts of human rights, and 3.) spends most of the book name-calling those who would disgree with him. He constantly mixes up facts with his own opinions. The ideas are also very disorganized, so even as a reference book, it is difficult to use.