Thursday, April 21, 2016

#atozchallenge: R is for Russia

Bonus R: I'm going to be revealing the cover for Sign of the Green Dragon starting May 1. I could use some help with that if you feel up to posting for me. Just tell me in a comment and I'll put you on my contact list for May. That is if I can still think clearly enough to do that. Now onward with this #atozChallenge, and don't spare the horses.

Here's to a great AtoZ!

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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 

Answers to your T/F Quiz for Q

TRUE 1. The Chinese influenced Cuban music. They contributed the cornetín chino (Chinese cornet) It's a wind instrument. 

FALSE 2. A TRES is only a 6-string guitar, not 12. It's known for a distinctive tuning and used to help create the guaijira sound--a strident rural acoustic music.

R is For Russia:

Following the Bay of Pigs, Castro aligned himself with Russia. He wanted protection from the U.S. and money to support the newly established Cuban government. Castro joined the COMECON, an organization of socialist countries designed to improve their economies, and Russia was the key player in that organization. All was moving forward--if not as economically successful for the people as it was touted--when the Soviet Bloc collapsed and all economic aid ended. Now Castro was forced to look elsewhere for money. Venezuela in fact. Now that oil is in the (pun alert) "tank," he's looking closer to home. And that would be the good old U.S of A. Ergo, his brother's now holding up Obama's hand.

Your T/F Quiz for R:

1. The Bay of Pigs was an attempt by the U.S. to overthrow the Castro government.
2. The Soviet Bloc collapsed in 1969.

Answers tomorrow.


  1. 1. True (mostly, it involved exiled Cubans, but was supported by the CIA and military. 2. Nope, that's a little early! Did they say anything about Cuban fighting in Angola? Or is that something they're trying to forget?

  2. I wasn't around (quite yet) when the Bay of Pigs happened, but growing up, every time the topic came up my parents' mood would sober. I believe that #1 is true.

    Thanks for the info - enjoying your theme. Have a great weekend!

  3. Money drives the politician, no matter what country he's from.
    I'll say true for 1 and false for 2! But I'm still half asleep so if I'm wrong it's because I didn't read it right, and had no one to copy from. :)

  4. #1 is true indeed. They sure seem to align wherever it suits them

  5. Oh man. Zero for two on yesterday's quiz. I'm pretty sure today's number 1 is true and I'll say number 2 is false, that happened later.

  6. And yes, I can spread the word about your cover reveal. You can reach me at tamara (dot) narayan (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. It is hard to run a country without money! The world is such a mess, isn't it?

  8. I was very young when that happened but I remember how upset my mother was. She was sure another war was about to begin.

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  9. Number 1 False - The Bay of Pigs was all about the Soviet Union stationing missiles in Cuba.

    Number 2 - False - The Soviet Bloc collapsed later. President Regan was the one that challenge Gorbatschow to bring down the walls and that was much later than 1969.

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  10. True on #1. False on #2. My hope is that Cuba doesn't allow itself to be run-over with/by American companies. I hope they get the help they need when it comes to trade and tourism, but I sure wouldn't like to see McDonald's arches on the waterfront.

  11. Ahh yes...bad boy and all the strife that came with it in the 1960's. i believe #1 is true and it failed horribly. #2 is false.

  12. This was fascinating to read Lee, so educational.

  13. I believe #1 is true. I know #2 can't be true, since I remember news of the Gang of Eight's coup d'état against Gorbachëv breaking into the afternoon programming in 1991.

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  14. Hooray for sweet Mother Russia!

  15. Money and oil seem to be the driving force. I'd love to help with your cover reveal.

  16. Cuba used to be the one country in the West you were allowed to travel to from the Soviet bloc. My mother studied Spanish and visited Cuba when she was in college...

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  17. I'm so excited to be part of your cover reveal! Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

  18. Lee,

    I'd love to help with your cover reveal.

    Yvonne V

  19. Yes, I'd like to do your cover reveal. Been waiting to see it.

  20. I'd love to do your cover reveal. Fascinating post.

  21. I knew about Russia, but not the exact relationship. I'll help with the cover reveal, for sure.

  22. Hi Lee - both are false ... but I wonder if over the centuries anyone will say it was a mistake for Cuba to align itself to Russia ...

    That Ego thing ... cheers Hilary

  23. You already know I'm on board with your cover reveal and anything else you would like to post in my Author Spotlight.

    That part of history involving Cuba I have always found interesting, One of my favorite movies is about the Cuba Missle Crisis in 62. Thirteen Days starring Kevin Costner

    This is the trailer YouTube Trailer

    This another POV I found interesting about that time: Turning History on Its Head by Philip Brenner

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  24. That was a scary period of Cuban history and for U.S.


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