The Americas theater is intended to give voice to the United States’ continental neighbors: North America (minus the U.S.), Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The complex history of the region begins with the spread of Euro-American colonization and the slave trade in the centuries after Columbus’ arrival in Guanahani; it is punctuated by such key events as the Mexican-American war, the Spanish-American war, the so-called Good Neighbor Policy of the 1930s, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the signing of NAFTA, and the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
This theater’s Founders — those responsible for the most profound and influential expressions which have defined the region’s conceptual topography with respect to America — include José Martí, Simón Bolívar, Ramón Emeterio Betances, and Pablo Neruda.
(We’re looking, in particular, for suggestions about the most influential expressions from the Americas; tell us what should be in our archives, and why, in the “Americas — Founders” section of our forums.)
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“I think, what US President Barack Obama wants is to enter Cuba to overthrow the regime from within,” notes the young man. López recognizes Cuba’s achievements in health, education and security, but he complains about his salary as a nurse, which forces him to work in a second job as an informal taxi driver.Daniel López drives his 1984 Polish car on the open streets of Havana. He doesn’t take his eyes off the road and talks about that issue that the entire population in Cuba is talking about: the official restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States on July 20, after 54 years of severed ties.
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