Killing Communists in Havana

The Start of the Cold War in Latin America
by Steve Cushion

The Cold War started early in Cuba, with anti-communist purges of the trade unions already under way by 1947. Corruption and government intervention succeeded in removing the left-wing leaders of many unions but, in those sectors where this approach failed, gunmen linked to the ruling party shot and killed a dozen leading trade union militants, including the General Secretary of the Cuban Sugar Workers’ Federation.

Based on material from the Cuban archives and confidential US State Department files, this SHS Occasional Publication examines the activities of the US government, the Mafia and the American Federation of Labor, as well as corrupt Cuban politicians and local gangsters, in this … Read on ...

Tivoli Gardens Massacre

On 24 May 2010, Jamaican police and military initiated a joint operation in the West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, to arrest Christopher Coke, wanted in the USA for drug and arm-trafficking charges. During the first two days of the operation, at least 74 people, including a member of the Jamaica Defence Force, were killed and at least 54 people injured. More than 40 of those killed in Tivoli Gardens are alleged to have been the victims of extra-judicial executions by the security forces. Two people reportedly taken into custody remain unaccounted for and may have been victims of enforced disappearance.

Many firsthand accounts suggest that the killings were carried out by the Jamaican security forces long after the neighborhood … Read on ...

Cutlass – Back Numbers

Cutlass – Back issues

Volume 2

  1. March 2013
  2. February 2014
  3. June 2014
  4. January 2015
  5. Summer 2015
  6. September 2015
  7. May 2016
  8. October 2016
  9. March 2017

Volume 1

1. February 1976 – Jamaica: the terror starts
4. December 1976 – Vote Manley
8. June 1977 – Metal Box, put them under manners
13. April 1978 – The Mandate of May
16. January – March 1979 – Texaco to the People
17. December 1979 – St Vincent and the Grenadines – United People’s Movement
19. June 1980 – Caribbean Connection, from the right… and the left
March – April 1982 – Jamaican Leader to visit Britain
March-April 1988 – New Jewel Movement hosts successful conference
November – December 2002 – Death Penalty in … Read on ...