Recognition of the role of Cuba in aiding the ANC whilst the western
powers backed apartheid is hardly serviceable in maintaining the conventional
Cold War narrative. Hence the media's impressive avoidance of the
context of the Castro-Obama handshake and its significance.
Despite its claims of 'exceptionalism', the US empire is following in the footsteps of Britain and other European imperial forebears. Alex Doherty interviews the author of new book,'Patterns of Empire'.