Fidel, Political Power and the New Culture of Communication

By Arnold August on February 10, 2017

Presentation given as part of the panel titled, “Fidel, Builder of the New Society” at the “Fidel, Politics, and Culture Symposium” held February 10–11, 2017 during the Havana International Book Fair. 

Photo: Sonia Almaguer

Among his many other achievements, Fidel’s accomplishments as the constructor of the new Cuban society include: overthrowing capitalism in favour of socialism and its related principles of equality and solidarity; defeating U.S. neo-colonialist domination to attain sovereignty, (more…)

A Goodbye to Fidel in Santa Ifigenia

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde on December 4, 2016

cuba-rosa-mAt 6:50 in the morning, the ashes of Fidel Castro enter the gate of the Cemetery of Santa Ifigenia. It is a splendid Sunday morning, unusually cool in this Caribbean city, as if the winds had been confabulated to receive the Commander in Chief over the land of Cuba. (more…)

Chile’s 1973 Coup and Barack Obama’s Selective Memory on 9/11

By: Arnold August on September 11, 2016

Obama, referring to the military coup in Chile, stated in 2011 that we should not be “trapped by our history.”

The US-orchestrated coup in Chile led to tens of thousands of people being imprisoned, tortured, killed, forced into exile or disappeared. | Photo: EFE

The US-orchestrated coup in Chile led to tens of thousands of people being imprisoned, tortured, killed, forced into exile or disappeared. | Photo: EFE

At the September 11, 2016 ceremony, President Barack Obama remembered and honored the victims of terrorism. However, what was Obama’s position when he visited La Moneda in Chile in 2011, the presidential palace where the U.S.-organized military coup of September 11, 1973, took place? (more…)


August 8, 2016

Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz

Dear Comandante,

fidel INGLES imagenOn the occasion of your 90th birthday the members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity want to extend our most sincere congratulations and above all our deepest gratitude for everything you have done for the peoples of Our America and the rest of the world. (more…)

Moncada Attack: Lessons from the Birth of the Cuban Revolution

By Arnold August on July 24, 2016

Today, progressives throughout the world could learn many lessons from the July 26, 1953, Moncada attack led by Fidel Castro.

The Moncada, Photo: Bill Hackwell

The Moncada, Photo: Bill Hackwell

In 1953, when virtually all the progressive and revolutionary forces in Cuba offered no viable solution to oppose the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship, Fidel Castro and his comrades did indeed work out a path. (more…)

More than 800 Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements from all Over the World Stand Up Against the Coup in Brazil.

May 16, 2016

HumanidadContraElGolpe_en (1)The undersigned, intellectuals, artists, writers, researchers and social movement organizations from all over the world denounce the coup underway in Brazil and stand in solidarity with President Dilma Rousseff who was elected by 54 million Brazilians only one year and a half ago. (more…)

Obama in Cuba: How “Political Prisoners” Hit the Corporate International Media Headlines

By Arnold August, on March 26, 2016

In the course of President Obama’s visit to Cuba on March 20–22, 2016, the issue of supposed Cuban “political prisoners” took centre stage in Cuba–US relations for at least 24 hours in much of the international mainstream media. (more…)

Do the Cuban People Have the Right to Choose Their Leaders?

By Arnold August on March 14, 2016

In the context of developing Cuba-US relations, on March 2, 2016 in Geneva, the Deputy secretary of State of the US State Department, Antony J. Blinken, issued the National Statement at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. (more…)

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