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…

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…

After Chavez: Which way for socialism?

By MARC ROME Hugo Chavez, the outspoken and charismatic anti-imperialist president of Venezuela for the past 14 years, passed away on March 5 after succumbing to heart failure and a two-year bout with cancer. About 2 million traveled from across Venezuela to pay their last respects, some demanding that they be armed to defend what…

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…