The Cuban Revolution, Internationalism, and the End of Apartheid

Latin American Perspectives, Issue 150, Vol. 33 No. 5, September 2006 81-117

Isaac Saney

Isaac Saney

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Cuban Revolution continues to be the various internationalist missions it has sent to other countries. From the earliest years ofthe revolution, Cuba has sent thousands of doctors, teachers, and other personnel on humanitarian assignments to various countries (see, e.g., Erisman, 1991). In the mid-199Os, for example, Cuba had three times as many doctors as the World Health Organization serving abroad and providing free medical treatment (Castro, 1996: 30-31)….However, the most dramatic manifestation of Cuba’s internationalism is little known in the West: the island’s crucial role in securing the independence of Namibia and ending racist rule in South Africa.

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