The Meaning of Che: a Revolutionary Power to Heal

Che’s legacy was not revenge. It remains a doctor’s love for humanity. Thomassin Mickaël | CC BY 2.0   On October 9, 1967, in southern Bolivia, near the barren and desolate village of La Higuera, the Bolivian Army, under instructions from the government of the U.S., trapped the isolated guerrilla column led by Ernesto ‘Che’ […]

Day of the Heroic Guerilla

 Today, October 8, the world recognizes the most famous and prominent revolutionary of the 20th century, Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna. In Cuba, the site of his final resting place, this day is known as “The Day of the Heroic Guerilla.” Argentinean born, the doctor met Cuban revolutionaries in exile in Mexico. After meeting […]

The Cuban Revolution: Still in Motion

by Danny Haiphong The author’s recent trip to Cuba confirmed his confidence in the power of people to transform their lives. It is also clear that “the US government has not stopped its ceaseless attack on the Cuban Revolution and probably never will as long as the US possesses an imperialist system.” Nevertheless, every Cuban he […]

Remembering Che Guevara 50 Years After His Assassination

Argentine communist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who helped lead the Cuban Revolution of 1959. | Photo: Archive In light of a recent upsurge in denunciations of Che and the Cuban Revolution, it is important to separate fact from fiction. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the CIA-ordered assassination of Che Guevara. In light of a […]

Songz to Remember Fidel and the Cuban Revolution

Ecuadorean artists pay tribute to Fidel Castro outside the Ecuadorean Cultural House in Quito, Ecuador, Nov. 27, 2016. | Photo: Facebook / Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana On the first ever anniversary of the Cuban Revolution without Fidel Castro, what better way to mark it than with music? Tributes to Fidel Castro poured in from […]

Fidel Without Illusionz

by Patrick Iber  Fidel Castro speaking in Havana, 1978 (Marcelo Montecino / Flickr) In death, as in life, Fidel Castro has the world’s attention. In the week since his passing, the nature of his legacy has been as fiercely debated. Most conservatives remember him as little more than a tyrant. But even on the left there […]

Who Are Those ‘Gusanoz’ Who Celebrated Fidel’z Death?

In a grotesque display of insensitivity, some Cubans in Miami celebrated the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, carrying “Trump / Pence” signs, hoping to “Make Cuba Great Again” by destroying the Cuban Revolution and bringing back the racism, neocolonialism and fascism of the Batista dictatorship. “Gusanos,” or worms is the term Fidel used to […]

conor gillies’z “socialismo o muerte” revisited

CG: Speaking of student-led revolts, check out the great C.Wright Mills’ beautiful, raw images of Fidel Castro in the year following the Cuban Revolution published in Vanity Fair  by our good friend John Summers. Castro’s death might spark the end of an era, but it also gives us pause to celebrate a lot from one of […]

Mumia Abu-Jamal Speakz on Fidel

Para Fidel: FIDEL CASTRO-RUZ (1926-2016): VIVA FIDEL! [col. writ. 11/27/16] ©’16 Mumia Abu-Jamal Fidel Castro, father of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, has died, after 90 years of a life of rebellion and resistance. That this bold revolutionary figure lived as long as he did is itself a victory, for he outlived at least 11 assassination […]

Colombia’z Other Guerrillaz

Say “Colombian peace talks,” and you’ll likely think of the FARC. But another guerrilla group is key to securing a transformative peace. by Aaron Tauss & Juan Felipe Duque An ELN banner in Colombia. Americas Quarterly / Flickr In October, Colombian voters shocked the country and the world by rejecting a historic peace treaty between […]