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DOCUMENTARY: Cuba: An African Odyssey (Jihan El Tahri | 2007)

Directed by Egyptian filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri, his revealing award-winning documentary adds to our understanding of the Cold War through its least-known context, Africa. From 1961 to 1991, the continent was a battleground for four different competing interests.

The Soviet Union wanted to extend its influence into a new continent; the U.S. lusted after Africa’s natural resources; former European empires felt their grip on the area weaken, and, most of all, many newly formed African nations fought to defend their recently won independence.

When the latter called on Cuban guerrillas to aid them in their struggle, Castro and Cuba stepped in to build a new offensive strategy, which would have long-lasting influence on developing countries in their battles against colonialism.

From Che Guevara s efforts in the Congo to the triumphant battle at Cuito Cuanavale, CUBA: AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY tells the story of those internationalists who won their battles but ultimately lost the war.

Highly recommend watching this documentary. Incredibly in-depth and eye-opening. 

If you live anywhere close to the Hackney Picturehouse, the film will be screened on Thursday, November 8th as part of the Film Africa festival.

Watch a short clip from the documentary featuring Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro.

US president says killing of ambassador and staff in Benghazi will not break political bonds between the two countries.

President Barack Obama has pledged to bring to justice those who attacked the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing an American ambassador for the first time in 33 years.

The Tuesday night assault, which came amid a protest and reportedly involved RPGs and grenades, left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US personnel dead, as well as five others wounded.

US officials confirmed to Al Jazeera that a special unit of roughly 50 members of the Marine Corps had been dispatched to Libya to reinforce the troops guarding diplomats there, as two warships headed to the Libyan coast.

The Marines’ Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) detachment is specially trained to deploy repidly to protect government workers overseas.

Speaking at the White House early on Wednesday, Obama pledged that the incident would not “break the bonds” between the two countries.

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FILM: Amistad (full movie)

Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on the true story of an uprising in 1839 by newly captured African slaves that took place aboard the ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba, the subsequent voyage to the Northeastern United States, and the legal battle that followed their capture by a United States revenue cutter.

It shows how, even though the case was won at the federal district court level, it was appealed by President Martin Van Buren to the Supreme Court, and how former President John Quincy Adams took part in the proceedings.

(Full Spanish-language version)