Where’s Guantánamo in Granma? Competing Discourses on Detention and Terrorism

Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)


There has been copious popular and scholarly work on the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay; however, few writers have taken the base’s Cuban locale seriously or contemplated the Cuban government’s interpretation and representation of the U.S. detention centers on its soil since January 2002. This chapter analyzes Granma, Cuba’s state-run daily newspaper, and its coverage of the base between 2002 and 2009. It argues that the Cuban state minimized its reporting and remained oddly silent given the international outrage against ‘Guantánamo.’ Instead, Granma privileged and amplified the trials of alleged terrorist Luis Posada Carrilles and the lengthy prison terms of Los Cinco in Florida, stories that are all but invisible in American public discourse.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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