Cuba: A Model of Solidarity in Covid-19 Fight

By NICK BAKER While the U.S. damns its population with reluctant and haphazard “free market” responses to a global pandemic that demands comprehensive, organized, centrally directed action, Cuba is showing the world a different route. It is carrying forward the legacy of its legendary revolutionary doctor with what the British newspaper the Independent called last … Continue reading Cuba: A Model of Solidarity in Covid-19 Fight

Trotsky conference in Cuba: An interview with the organizer

By ROB LYONS From the 6th to the 8th of May, the first International Academic Conference examining the life and ideas of the great Ukrainian revolutionary and leader of the Russian revolution Lev Davidovitch Bronstein, now universally known as Leon Trotsky, was held in Havana, Cuba. The Conference was organized by the Juan Marinelo Cultural … Continue reading Trotsky conference in Cuba: An interview with the organizer

The Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution

By LAZARO MONTEVERDE “A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the working class shaped the guerrillas’ victory,” by Steve Cushion. (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016.) This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Given its durability, revolutionaries should pay close attention to both its successes and failures. This is not always … Continue reading The Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution

Cuba-Canada relations: Diplomacy from below

By BARRY WEISLEDER “Other Diplomacies, Other Ties: Cuba and Canada in the Shadow of the U.S.,” Luis Rene Fernandez Tabio, Cynthia Wright, and Lana Wylie, ed., 363 pages, University of Toronto Press, 2018. In the wake of Ottawa’s vocal support for the latest U.S.-backed attempt at a coup d’etat in Venezuela, studies on foreign relations … Continue reading Cuba-Canada relations: Diplomacy from below

U.S. expels Cuban diplomats: Declaration of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  On September 29, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the decision to significantly downscale the diplomatic staff of the U.S. embassy in Havana and withdraw all their relatives, claiming that there had been “attacks” perpetrated against US Government officials in Cuba which have harmed their health. Once again, on October 3, … Continue reading U.S. expels Cuban diplomats: Declaration of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Después de los ‘ataques’ en La Habana: Declaración del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba

LA HABANA, 3 de octubre de 2017—El 29 de septiembre de 2017, el Secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos, Rex Tillerson, anunció la decisión de reducir significativamente el personal diplomático de su Embajada en La Habana y retirar a todos los familiares, con el argumento de que se han producido “ataques” contra funcionarios del … Continue reading Después de los ‘ataques’ en La Habana: Declaración del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba

The record of U.S. intervention against other countries

  By JOE AUCIELLO If there is a training manual for the sons and daughters of the 1% on how to govern, a kind of “How To Fool and Rule The Masses For Dummies”—it’s easy enough to imagine the need for such a guide—then surely the deluxe edition would include links to what on “The … Continue reading The record of U.S. intervention against other countries

A call to mobilize for a national conference to fight for the full normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba

 COME TO FORDHAM LAW SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY MARCH 25-26, 2017  Dear Friends of Cuba: We are inviting organizations and individuals to help organize an inclusive, broad conference in New York City March 25-26, 2017 focused on US-Cuban relations. The National Conference will be held at the Fordham Law School and will bring together … Continue reading A call to mobilize for a national conference to fight for the full normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba

Books: ‘The Man Who Loved Dogs’

 By LAZARO MONTEVERDE  “The Man Who Loved Dogs,” by Leonardo Padura. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux), 2014. Originally published in Spanish in 2009 as “El hombre que amaba a los perros.” Available in hardcover and paperback in both languages. With the publication of “The Man Who Loved Dogs,” Cuban writer Leonardo Padura joins the … Continue reading Books: ‘The Man Who Loved Dogs’

Fidel Castro’s legacy

By JEFF MACKLER Fidel Castro Ruz, Cuba’s revolutionary leader, president, and prime minister for five decades, died in Santiago de Cuba on Friday, Nov. 25. He was 90 years old. Although one of the most profound, clear-sighted, honest, and dedicated revolutionary leaders of the past half-century, Castro has been demonized by the corporate media as … Continue reading Fidel Castro’s legacy

Fidel Castro: An autobiographical essay

In the early hours of Nov. 26, President Raul Castro announced on Cuban state television that Fidel Castro, the former president and revolutionary leader, had died and would be cremated later in the day. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” he said. “Hasta victoria … Continue reading Fidel Castro: An autobiographical essay

Cuba celebration in Chicago highlights plight of prisoners

 By WILLIAM WOOD — CHICAGO — On July 28, 75 people gathered in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago to Celebrate Cuba’s July 26 holiday and to demand that the U.S. government “End the Blockade of Cuba” and “Return Guantánamo.” As the most important revolutionary holiday in Cuba, the Day of National Rebellion commemorates the … Continue reading Cuba celebration in Chicago highlights plight of prisoners

Cuban official tours Bay Area

By NICK BAKER — SAN FRANCISCO — Miguel Fraga, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy, which opened last year in Washington, D.C., came to the Bay Area in March for a week-long tour, speaking to students and community members about life in Cuba, renewed U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations, and the need to end the U.S. embargo … Continue reading Cuban official tours Bay Area

Fidel Castro on Obama’s visit to Cuba

By FIDEL CASTRO RUZ This letter by Fidel Castro is reprinted from the March 28 edition of Granma, published by the Cuban Communist Party. Brother Obama, We don’t need the empire to give us anything. Our efforts will be legal and peaceful, because our commitment is to peace and fraternity among all human beings who … Continue reading Fidel Castro on Obama’s visit to Cuba

The Cuban Five are free!

By JEFF MACKLER  In simultaneous press conferences in Washington, D.C., and Havana on Wednesday, Dec. 17, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced an agreement that included the immediate release of the three remaining Cuban political prisoners held in U.S. jails since 1998—Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, and Antonio Guerrero. Two other Cubans, Fernando … Continue reading The Cuban Five are free!

Cuba expands women’s reproductive rights

By ANN MONTAGUE Abortion has been legal in Cuba since the victory of the Cuban revolution in 1959 and was codified into law as a women’s “sovereign right” in 1968. Vilma Espin, a feminist and revolutionary fighter, was made the head of the new Federation of Cuban Women and later created the National Center For … Continue reading Cuba expands women’s reproductive rights

U.S. creates secret ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan

By JEFF MACKLER A startling but perhaps, in these repressive times, routine April 3 Associated Press (AP) story entitled, “U.S. secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest” was based on 1000 pages of USAID (United States Agency for International Development) documents obtained by AP. To date AP has not revealed how it obtained these documents. … Continue reading U.S. creates secret ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan

Cuba’s new economic reforms

By JEFF MACKLER Following is an edited version of the resolution on Cuba’s new economic reforms, adopted by the 2012 National Convention of Socialist Action (U.S.). The original draft was prepared by the author. The Dec. 1, 2010, announcement by the Cuban Federation of Labor that the jobs of some 500,000 workers would be terminated … Continue reading Cuba’s new economic reforms

A Marxist analysis of Cuba

The text below consists of major excerpts from a resolution, "Death Agony of World Capitalism and the Crisis of Proletarian Leadership" that was approved by Socialist Action's national convention in August 1998.The Cuban revolution of 1959 profoundly changed economic and social life on the island. Within two years after the revolution, the capitalist system had … Continue reading A Marxist analysis of Cuba