Examining changes in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, one thing becomes clear: It’s the global situation — not Cuba — that has changed.
When Cuba lent support to Angola during the former Portuguese colony’s struggle against imperialism after gaining its independence, the U.S. was not pleased, fearing opposition and anti-colonial sentiment might continue to spread around the world.
Cuba’s commitment to the anti-colonial struggle is well documented through its support to countries struggling for liberation. Recently declassified documents published by the U.S. National Security Archive showcase the United States’ plans to retaliate against Cuba following Fidel Castro’s decision to support Angolan troops in 1975. Those