Primer ministro del gobierno recolucionario en la

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Primer Ministro del Gobierno Recolucionario, en la Segunda Asamblea Nacional del Pueblo de Cuba, Celebrada en la Plaza de la Revolución, el 4 de febrero de 1962.” Web site of the government of Cuba, . Translated by Robert N. Holden and Eric Zolov. 8 Ibid.
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Matthews is doing more than just report on the status of the revolutionary figure, Matthews is attempting to ease the American public into accepting the Cuban revolution. Compared to the other sources that speak about Castro and his movement from an outside perspective, this article portrays it in a vastly more positive light. The members of the movement are described as young men fighting for their independence. Rather than the evils of Communism, it is the vile deeds of Batista and his men that are detailed. Castro is painted as a powerful and charismatic leader, a leader worthy of being followed and determined to right the wrongs of Batista. Most importantly the revolution's goals are stated to be overtly democratic, and Castro is said to have no animosity towards the United States 9 . There is an obvious attempt to show the Cuban revolution in the most positive light possible. Matthews’ efforts are not unintentional, this romanticized view of the revolutionaries and their struggle is a deliberate effort. The article is meant to reassure Americans that if Castro should succeed he will not disrupt American interests or hegemony over the area. In a time when the threat of Communism had the entire nation paranoid, any hints of a communist insurrection just miles from Florida would cause tremendous public outcry. It is no accident then that Matthews avoids all possible diction that could be related to Communism. In fact, he goes to extreme measures to demonstrate that Castro and his forces are the polar opposite of Communism. According to Matthews they are western educated, speak English, and in fact many are even from America 10 . If Americans think there is a revolution about to overtake Cuba, then they would rather believe that it is a revolution they can support as well. This revolution is a story Americans can sympathize with, the common people organizing to overthrow a tyrannical dictator so that they can establish a democratic government. Matthews even includes the quote from Castro explaining that he has no animosity towards America or its people. In the Cold War the appearance of weakness was just as damaging as actual vulnerability and so Matthews had to ease the suspicions of Americans and reinforce their faith in American dominance. 9 Herbert L. Matthews, “Cuban Rebel is Visited in Hideout.” The New York Times, 24 February 1957, pp. 1ff. 10 Ibid., 1ff.
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The history of the United States and Latin America is one riddled with deception and rhetorical subterfuge. The United States will always attempt to distract from their need to control Latin America.
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