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The statues of Haiti’s heroes who led the slave revolt centuries ago are no longer visible.

Marie Staunton: Rush to adopt Haiti's orphans could compound their misery

The shocking images of bloodied children walking the streets of quake-hit Haiti will have touched even the hardest of hearts. Here in the west we find it difficult to comprehend how anyone could endure the suffering felt by the people of Haiti – especially the children.

Erin Norman: An irate tirade for Haiti

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Cuba: what everyone needs to know, By Julia E Sweig

Apart from the blind spot Sweig shares with all political scientists – a refusal to take the arts seriously, especially culpable in Cuba's case – this lucid Q&A-style survey more or less lives up to its subtitle.

The Same Earth, By Kei Miller

The hazards of homecoming lie at the heart of the poet Kei Miller's charm-filled debut. Imelda Richardson is a cross 18-year-old when she first leaves the small Jamaican village of Watersgate for England.

The Dead Yard, By Ian Thomson<br />From Harvey River, By Lornia Goodison

For many years, Jamaica was the undisputed star of the Anglophone Caribbean. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, when "sugar was king", its economic importance to Britain was only rivalled by that of India. Rich in natural resources, breathtakingly beautiful, Jamaica was dubbed the island "most likely to succeed" after colonialism. Then it all went wrong. Two new books, with contrasting perspectives, explore the country that has become the cautionary tale of the Caribbean.

Top Cuban officials resign after reshuffle

Two of Cuba's most prominent officials have resigned from all Communist Party and government posts after they were removed from the Cabinet and criticised by Fidel Castro, according to letters published today in the state press.

Raul Castro: Our victory has been glorious &ndash; despite a bothersome neighbour

Nicolas Guillén's masterly verses synthesised what the January 1959 triumph brought to our people. "I have what I was meant to have," he said in one of his poems, referring not to material wealth but to being the masters of our own destiny.

<a href="http://newseditor.independentminds.livejournal.com/16913.html">Jimmy Leach: Cuba defiant yet fragile on 50th anniversary of Castro.</a>

The Cuban Revolution is 50 years old this week. And as Leonard Doyle reports, it has rarely been so fragile. Yesterday, Raul Castro talked of the continuing struggle that Cuba faces - in it's battle with the US.

Battle for Cuba's future is brewing behind the scenes

Fidel Castro's enemies may have prayed for almost half a century for this day, but there is little sign that the resignation of the figurehead of the Cuban revolution will bring about much immediate change.

Paperback: Bad Men, by Clive Stafford Smith

As some of the alleged "worst of the worst" held at Guantánamo Bay face trial, this shattering account of the Cuban limbo is timelier than ever. Stafford Smith has defended over 50 inmates, but the systemic cruelty he shows feels almost less shocking than the downright incompetence. If arguments for torture have ever tempted you, he prescribes a cure. The abuses recounted here have "radicalised thousands, if not millions".

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