Línea Abierta : Mandela and Cuba.
Summary: Mandela and Cuba. Thousands gave the last farewell to the father of the nation Nelson Mandela in Soweto, cradle of the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa. At the memorial service, Cuba’s Raul Castro was given a special recognition: he was one of only five world leaders to speak at the podium. An expert delves into the historical friendship between Mandela and the Castro brothers and how, while the U.S. was branding Mandela as a terrorist, Cuba played a decisive role in bringing the Apartheid regime down. Guest: Dr. Nelson Valdes, professor emeritus of sociology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, expert in Latin America and Cuba; he was brought from Cuba as a child as part of US-sponsored Operation Pedro Pan; Albuquerque, NM.