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Archive for 'Cuba'

Galloway, Che and JFK

I’m not even slightly surprised that George Galloway would suggest that the same sinister imperialist forces which supposedly incapacitated Fidel Castro and killed Hugo Chavez also infected the late Tony Benn with Guillain–Barré syndrome.
What I find more interesting are two of the photos I noticed here in back of Galloway:

That’s right, Galloway apparently idolizes both [...]

Fifty-four years after the Revolution

The great Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez’s best post yet.
Read it. And forward it to anyone you know on the “Left” who still considers Castro’s Cuba worthy of solidarity.

Cuba’s black democratic socialist dissidents

Leonardo Calvo Cárdenas, Manuel Cuesta Morúa and Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna
The Washington Post’s leftwing columnist Harold Meyerson recently met the Afro-Cuban dissident Leonardo Calvo Cárdenas– who, as the former director of Cuba’s Lenin Museum, “hasn’t always been on the outside looking in.”
Calvo Cárdenas’s days in the Lenin stacks came to an abrupt end in 1991, [...]

Germany’s past is Cuba’s present

The dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, in Berlin, tells of her visits to the Jewish Museum and the Stasi Museum.
Of the latter she writes:
I enter their cells, the interrogation rooms. I come from the perspective of a Cuban who was detained in the same place, where a window looking outward becomes an unattainable dream. One [...]

Yoani Sanchez arrives in Brazil

After finally getting a passport allowing her to travel outside Cuba, the great dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has arrived in Brazil.
You can follow her blog posts here and her tweets here.
A small group of pro-Castro demonstrators have made a point of trying to harrass and silence her. They blocked the screening of a documentary film [...]

Yoani Sanchez gets passport, but another dissident is denied

The good news from Cuba is that– after years of being denied permission to travel abroad– the great dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez (Generation Y) has obtained a new passport which will allow her to visit other countries.
By her own account Sanchez has on some 20 occasions been rejected for the much-detested exit visa that for [...]

Cuba gets rid of exit visas

This seems like a significant piece of welcome news from Cuba.  Rather than apply for a visa if they want to travel abroad, now Cubans will just require a passport:
Cuba previously saw people attempting to leave the country as traitors or enemies of the revolution, says our correspondent, but official recognition is growing that many [...]

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign and Lenin’s useful idiots in the trade unions

This is a guest post by Howard Fuller, Branch Secretary, PCS South West Thames Branch (pc)

The Cuba Solidarity campaign held its usual fringe meeting at the Annual Conference of the Trade Unions Congress(TUC) this year attended by several leading trade union figures including Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and [...]

Crackdown in Cuba

I read on this blog how many members of the Cuban Patriotic Union, an organisation whose aims are to promote democracy using non-violent means, have been arrested.  More than 60 dissidents have also apparently been arrested, some of them during a vigil being held for political prisoners.
The dissident Ladies in White, meanwhile, urged democratic governments [...]

Remembering Oswaldo Paya

Here’s something I wrote back in 2003:
Here’s when I’ll believe that most of the Western Left has finally wised up (or grown up):
–When Oswaldo Paya’s picture replaces Che Guevara’s on hundreds of thousands of t-shirts.
–When filmmakers like Oliver Stone make positive documentaries about Oswaldo Paya instead of Fidel Castro.
–When leftist publications and organizations demand that [...]