Definition of the term "Perestroiko" [CUB30480.E]

During an 18 November 1998 telephone interview, a language professor and Cuba expert at the Cuban Research Institute of the Florida International University stated that in Cuba the term perestroiko refers to a person who favours political openness (que favorece la apertura), a reformist (reformista).

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Cuba Research Insitute, Florida International University, Florida. 18 November 1998. Telephone interview with language professor.

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report. 1994-98.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 1994-98.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. 1994-96.

Human Rights in Cuba. 1995 USINS Information Package.

Human Rights in Developing Countries. 1994-97.

Human Rights Watch World Report. 1994-98.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 1994-97.

Latinamerica Press [Lima]. 1994-98.

Latin American Regional Reports: Central America & the Caribbean [London]. 1994-98.

News from Human Rights Watch [New York]. Monthly.

Newspapers and periodicals pertaining to the appropriate region.

Electronic sources: IRB databases, Internet, Refworld (UNHCR) database, NEXIS and WNC.

Note on oral sources:

Oral sources are usually contacted when documentary sources have been exhausted. However, oral sources must agree to be quoted in a publicly available Response to Information Request. If they refuse, the Response will read "no information currently available." Contacting oral sources is also subject to time constraints; for example, there are periods of the year when academics are unavailable.


This list is not exhaustive. Country-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not included.