Back Channel to Cuba

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The Secret Story Behind the Breakthrough in Relations Between Washington and Havana

Behind the political posturing, botched invasion, nuclear threats, assassination attempts, and brutal economic warfare, this is the startling, previously hidden drama of negotiations with Cuba by every U.S. President from Eisenhower to Obama. Based on the acclaimed book of the same name by William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh, as well as first-hand, inside accounts, BACK CHANNEL TO CUBA will tell the true story behind the stunning 2014 announcement by Presidents Obama and Castro that the U.S. and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations.



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The United States watched the global “spring” revolutions and thought it was immune. It wasn’t. When a Middle Eastern terrorist partners with violent elements of the Alt Right, the government, divided like the country, can’t stop the American Spring that follows. The President secretly welcomes the rebellion, planning to resign and later direct the street forces in open revolt against the government he once led; while the military is too focused on external threats to diagnose the real internal threat before it is too late. With the dark and well-armed American underbelly exposed, conflict spreads and a second civil war follows. The best hope to avoid irreparable ruin, and to rebuild through a second reconstruction, is one man’s hunt for the Middle Eastern terrorist ... not to kill him but to recruit and make him a hero. "American Spring" creator and writer Bernie Campbell was previously Communications Director of the U.S. Democratic Governors Association and is a global political consultant who has guided foreign governments and international political leaders from Brazil to Nigeria and Ukraine to Nepal.



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Citizen “Cane” MEETS Che Guevara

Known as the King of Sugar, Julio Lobo was the wealthiest man in pre-revolutionary Cuba, if not the world. He had a life fit for Hollywood: he barely survived both a gangland shooting and a firing squad, and courted movie stars such as Joan Fontaine and Bette Davis. Ironically, he worked with the mafia while at the same time supporting Fidel Castro's revolution. But when he turned down Che Guevara's personal offer to become Minister of Sugar in the Castro-led Government, Lobo's decades-long reign came to a dramatic end. Based on John Rathbone's New York Times best-seller "The Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Cuba's Last Tycoon," this project is a rare, gripping portrait of Cuba's transformation over the years. Like Lobo himself, the story also tackles perennial issues like the true meaning of "success," and the pernicious cost of wealth inequality.