Books about Cuba

Cuba's Gay Revolution: Normalizing Sexual Diversity Through a Health-Based Approach explores the unique health-based approach that was employed in Cuba to dramatically change attitudes and policies regarding sexual diversity since 1959. 

It examines leaders in the process to normalize sexual diversity, such as The Federation of Cuban Women's (FMC) and The National Centre of Sexual Education (CENESEX). 

The manuscript is written for academics interested LGBTQ issues, Cuba, and Latin America. 


Just released from Fernwood Publishing.
Arnold August’s Third Book on Cuba.
Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond.

The book contains an analysis of the Trump Cuba policy
 This book could not have been more timely. With Fidel Castro’s death focusing outside attention on Cuba’s future and with Trump’s election throwing U.S.–Cuban “normalization” into question, Arnold August contests the common assumptions and public rhetoric about Cuban politics and about that “normalization.”
— Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham

Extract from Foreword by Keith Ellis:
 What does a Canadian progressive intellectual do when a revolution made by the people of Cuba has won, because of its spirit and its achievements, his admiration and his loyalty? What does he do when this revolution, which, he shows, is the authentic culmination of a process that has involved all the salient stages of Cuba’s history, of its struggles, now finds itself in a time of unprecedented complexity and new difficulties, fed in part by the very successes of the Revolution? Arnold August brings to the task his finest gift, his superbly developed talent as a journalist, understanding this to mean the habit of assessing different aspects and representations of reality, so that he offers an ultimate fairness to the reasonable and humane reader. August constantly exhibits a related attribute: his remarkable power of analysis. The two together make the experience of reading him an enlightening one. His research work for this book, as for others on related topics, led him to live in Cuba for important periods of time, to live among Cubans and notice 1) how Fidel’s extraordinary power of analysis has been reflected in the Cuban population and 2) the impact its diffusion throughout the society has had on producing the calm, pleasant affability that underpins the stability of Cuba during times that could have been tempestuous. The people know how to think, and August has the superior skills, derived from his affinity for truth-telling, to produce a reliable picture of the complexities of their reaction to attempts to beguile them.

For nine other endorsements from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., the Table of Contents, the biographies of Keith Ellis and Ricardo Alarcón (the author of the Introduction to the book), and how to purchase the book from Fernwood Publishing (Halifax), please click here:


Two books donated to Halifax Library are now available.   The two books are: Healthcare without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism and José Martí, Mentor of the Cuban Revolution.  They are available for anyone who wishes to borrow them.



This booklet was prepared in homage to Fidel Castro. It contains, in English, Spanish and French, the text of a presentation by Arnold August from August 2016 on the occasion of Fidel’s 90th birthday and an article he wrote following the leader’s death later the same year. The articles in this booklet are “Fidel the Guerrilla in 2015–16 and Beyond” and “Fidel’s Legacy to the World on Theory and Practice.”
This booklet is offered free of charge to the public for circulation, printing or distribution.

Best regards
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Cuba–US Relations: Is Resistance to the Media War No Longer Valid? By Arnold August, published in CounterPunch, October 16, 2015
Dear Friends,

One of the most positively commented on articles I have written
recently was the piece on freedom of the press and Cuba–US 
relations, published on September 9, 2015. The emails coming
from the US, Canada, Europe and Cuba reflected a pent-up 
frustration – and even a barely veiled anger –at how some 
of the US press deals with Cuba. Readers of the article
seemed to breathe a sigh of relief that writers are not getting
caught up in illusions, in the wake of the new Cuba–US relations, 
about the traditional media war waged against Cuba since 
the 1959 Revolution. Another writer, Iroel Sánchez from Cuba, 
took on The Washington Post for its misinformation and bias
regarding Cuba. My piece did not target CNN USA, but 
challenged one high-ranking CNN anchor, Jake Tapper.
Furthermore,it dealt initially only with his reporting from 
Havana of the August 14, 2015 reopening of the US Embassy 
and the flag-raising ceremony conducted by John Kerry.

For my full follow-up article on CNN published in CounterPunch October 16, 2015 click here:

Best regards,

Arnold August


Cuba has more medical personnel serving abroad--over 50,000 in 66 countries--than all of the G-7 countries combined, and also more than the World Health Organization. For over five decades, the island nation has been a leading force in the developing world, providing humanitarian aid (or "cooperation," as Cuba's government prefers) and initiating programs for preventative care and medical training.
In Healthcare without Borders, John Kirk examines the role of Cuban medical teams in disaster relief, biotechnology joint ventures, and in the Latin American Medical School--the largest medical faculty in the world. He looks at their responses to various crises worldwide, including the 1960 earthquake in Chile, the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the subsequent cholera outbreak, and the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Kirk issues an informative and enlightening corrective for what he describes as the tendency of the industrialized world's media to ignore or underreport this medical aid phenomenon. In the process, Kirk explores the philosophical underpinnings of human rights and access to medical care at the core of Cuba's medical internationalism programs and partnerships.

"Kirk's invaluable study reveals to us, for the first time, the range and character of Cuba's remarkable achievements, which should be an inspiration and a model for those with far greater advantages."--Noam Chomsky, author of Manufacturing Consent

"Invaluable. Provides ample, detailed, and clear evidence of the whole evolution of medical internationalism within Cuban foreign and social policy, going well beyond the headlines to trace that evolution carefully and honestly."--Antoni Kapcia, coeditor of The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society

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