Magazine article New Internationalist

Bacardi; the Hidden War by Hernando Calvo Ospina

Magazine article New Internationalist

Bacardi; the Hidden War by Hernando Calvo Ospina

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(Pluto ISBN 0 7453 1873 8)

Bacardi is one of the most instantly recognizable brands in the world; think of rum and the ubiquitous `bat' symbol pops up unbidden. Colombian investigative journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina has, however, uncovered the murky dealings that lie behind the fun-loving image the corporation projects. This fabulously successful company grew from humble origins in 19th-century Cuba - via heavy Mafia involvement during the Batista years - into one of the main players in the shadowy network of organizations working to overthrow Fidel Castro and replace his regime with one subservient to US business interests. It is now based in the Bahamas though still run by Cuban-Americans - a globalized company that long anticipated globalization.

The author details Bacardi's links with the Cuban-American far right through the hysterically anti-Castro Cuban-American National Foundation and he patiently follows the threads that connect the myriad Cuban exile front organizations and the US-funded destabilization programme. …

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