How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

by John Leslie / August 2006 issue of Socialist Action “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. ” Video, 53 minutes. This documentary, produced by the group Community Solution, gives an exciting and interesting view into the lives of ordinary Cubans. The break-up of the USSR and the loss of Soviet oil exports…

May 20: Hands off Cuba and Venezuela!

May 2006 issue of Socialist Action newspaper Venezuelan and Cuban solidarity organizations and many others have endorsed a march on May 20 in Washington, D.C. They demand “an end to the U.S. government’s campaign of lies, threats, and sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba.” There is a West Coast rally scheduled the same day in Los…

Anti-Cuba Terrorist Granted Shelter

by Marc Rome / October 2005 In Sept. 27, Judge William Abbot, presiding in an El Paso, Texas, federal immigration court, granted Luis Posada Carriles at least temporary shelter from receiving justice in Venezuela despite his long history of crime and terrorism. For more than 40 years, Posada carried out CIA directives, mainly against the…

Belated Decision for Cuban 5

by Gerry Foley / September 2005 issue of Socialist Action In August, the 11th Circuit Federal Appeals Court in Atlanta overturned the conviction and sentences of five Cubans who were condemned to crushing prison terms for informing the American and Cuban government of plots to commit terrorist acts in Cuba. At the time of their…

Posada Carriles Affair Unmasks U.S. ‘War on Terrorism’

by Marc Rome  / June 2005   President Bush’s famous Aug. 26, 2003, statement, “if you harbor a terrorist … you’re just as guilty as the terrorists,” now has a hypocritical ring to it in light of Washington’s handling of the Luis Posada Carriles case.   Posada, a Cuban-born exile with a long track record…

Cuba: A Revolution in Motion

by Derrel Meyers  /  April 2005 issue of Socialist Action     Book Review “CUBA—A Revolution in Motion,” by Isaac Saney. Fernwood Press and Zed Press, 240 pages, $20.   On a visit to Cuba in 1996 I was asked by Segundo Piñan, a representative of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People (ICAP),…

Celia Hart Reports from Caracas on the World Congress of Intellectuals: Socialism – The Only “Better World”

We publish below an article from December 2004 by Cuban journalist Celia Hart.  This English-language version is based on the translation by W.T. Whitney Jr. published in Labor Standard (www.laborstandard.org/ ) We have revised and reworked it to some extent. Another version can be found on the following site: http://www.walterlippmann.com/ch-12-12-2004.html.  We have retained some of…

Review of the Film “Motorcycle Diaries”

by Gaetana Caldwell-Smith Walter Salles’s beautifully photographed film (by French photographer, Eric Gautier), could be a South American travelogue were it not based on an iconic revolutionary. “Motorcycle Diaries,” was adapted from the diaries from 1952 that Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his friend, Alberto Granado, wrote while riding around South America on a 1939 Norton…

Files Opened on 27 Years of US Terror in Angola

By JEFF MACKLER After 27 years in the service of one or another imperialist power, Jonas Savimbi fought his last “rebel” battle in February when he met his end at the hands of Angolan government military forces. Savimbi headed the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA), a military/political force armed over the…

Fidel’s Speech in Monterrey, Mexico

(This English translation, from the March 22 issue of Granma, differs slightly from the translated paragraphs in Jaime Gonzalez’s article above.) By FIDEL CASTRO Excellencies: Not everyone here will share my thoughts. Still, I will respectfully say what I think. The existing world economic order constitutes a system of plundering and exploitation like no other in…

Cuba Rejects Phony ‘Aid’ Plan at Mexico Economic Summit

By JAIME GONZALEZ MEXICO CITY-Fidel’s sharp and short speech on March 21, at an international conference held in Monterrey, Mexico, was very far from the courtly hypocrisy accustomed at United Nations boondoggles. “The current world economic order represents a system of plundering and exploitation like no other in history,” Castro said. He pointed out that…

Cuba Condemns Trade Center Attack

The Cuban government rejected the Sept. 11 acts of terrorism in the United States and immediately offered its condolences to the people and authorities of this country for the loss of life. According to the on-line edition of the Cuban newspaper Granma, Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said that Cuba’s historical position is to “totally…

World Bank Leaders Admit: ‘Cuba Has Done a Good Job’

By CARL ROSENTHAL The May 30 release of the World Bank’s 2001 edition of “World Development Indicators” (WDI) was the occasion for some raised eyebrows in ruling-class circles when it demonstrated that revolutionary Cuba had topped virtually all other poor countries as well as some of the advanced capitalist nations in health and education indices.…

Editorials

Editorials   Chinese Communist Party to include capitalists Taking the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, on July 1 the CP general secretary and president of the country, Jiang Zemin, called for welcoming capitalists into the party’s ranks. It was a logical corollary of the policy of restoring capitalism and of…

US Cool to Fidel’s Teaching Offer

The Clinton administration evidently does not wish to have publicized Castro’s offer to have Cuba teach medicine to college graduates from underserved U.S. minority communities. Juan Gonzalez, the New York Daily News reporter and co-host with Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now” program, reports how the State Department refused a visa to Ricardo Alarcon,…

Castro Speaks to Thousands in Harlem

NEW YORK-Fidel Castro, here for a United Nations summit meeting, addressed an enthusiastic crowd of 3000 on Sept. 8 at Riverside Church. An overflow of 1000 heard his speech on loud speakers outside. Riverside Church is the interdenominational and interracial church on the outskirts of Harlem at which Martin Luther King delivered his denunciation of…

Mumia’s Greeting to Fidel

The following greetings were sent by Mumia Abu-Jamal to the Sept. 8 address by Fidel Castro at Riverside Church in Harlem.   Ona Move! On behalf of the committee to welcome the Cuban delegation to the Millennium Summit and their supporters in various communities, we say bien venidos, mis amigos y amigas de Cuba. Bien…

Youth in Action

By PAUL M. HAVANA-“I was really inspired by the amount of heart and emotion that people have for the revolution,” stated Julia Wallace, a member of the Los Angeles branch of Youth for Socialist Action (YSA), who participated in that organization’s trip to Cuba last month. Many other members of the YSA delegation had similar…

Youth in Action

U.S. youth go to Cuba By PAUL M. Youth for Socialist Action (YSA) is sponsoring its first ever trip to Cuba this month. Twenty YSA members from Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis, and Ashland, Wisc., will be participating. YSAers have been planning the two-week visit, scheduled for July 17-31, for over a…

Elian Returns to a Victorious Cuba

By JEFF MACKLER In a letter read to a July 1 rally of 300,000 in the Cuban eastern seaside town of Manzanillo, Fidel Castro defiantly warned the next U.S. president not to try to defeat Cuba’s socialist revolution. The occasion was a celebration of the triumphant return of Elian Gonzalez and his family to Cuba…