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5 ways Americans often misunderstand Cuba, from Fidel Castro's rise to the Cuban American vote

By Caroline McCulloch, Professor of International Relations, Florida International University
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Cuba recently erupted in the largest protests seen there in six decades, reflecting popular anger over a crippling economic crisis, scarce food and medicines and a half-century of repression.

Cuba remains largely an enigma to outsiders, and especially to Americans. Myths prevail because of Cuban government censorship and the United States’ historic tendency – born of the Cold War – to stereotype and simplify the communist island.

“The truth is…

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