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    Helicópteros Históricos (Spanish Text)

    Literature written in exile contains unexpected bridges between what authors experience in their isolation. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo examines the curious similarities between two banned books and the exiled writers who “created a fictional sparring of words with the Commander-in-Chief who drove them from their homeland.”

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    Three Kings Day in Revolutionary Cuba

    In Cuba, it’s not uncommon for children to say: “The Three Kings are Fidel, Camilo, and Che.” For writer and columnist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuba is currently experiencing a “phase of forgetting” in its now decades long history of religious repression.

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    Mandela and the Cuban Apartheid

    “The situation in Cuba,” writes Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, “is identical to that of apartheid South Africa.” In his column, the Cuban writer looks at Nelson Mandela’s relationship with Fidel Castro in spite of the Cuba’s human rights violations and undemocratic political system.

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