Cuba and the complex relationship between the individual and the collective

30 July 2020 — MRonline

El Carro de la Revolución, by painter and engraver Alfredo Sosabravo, portrays the history of the Cuban people on the road to independence and sovereignty. Photo: Abel Rojas

Originally published: Granma English by Karima Oliva Bello (July 23, 2020)

Just recently, the 59th anniversary of Fidel’s quintessential words to Cuban intellectuals was commemorated. One passage in the speech is particularly noteworthy. Fidel said, and I quote:

The Revolution… must act in such a way that the entire gamut of artists and intellectuals who are not genuinely revolutionary, find that within the Revolution they have an arena in which to work and to create; and that their creative spirit, even if they are not revolutionary writers or artists, has the opportunity and freedom to be expressed. That is, within the Revolution.

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Media Lens: BBC Propaganda Watch: Tell-Tale Signs That Slip Through The Cracks

13 December 2016 — Media Lens

Even the most powerful systems of propaganda inadvertently allow uncomfortable truths to slip out into the public domain. Consider a recent BBC News interview following the death of Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro. Dr Denise Baden, Associate Professor in Business Ethics at the University of Southampton, who has studied Castro’s leadership and Cuban business models, was asked by BBC News presenter Justine Mawhinney for her views on Cuba and Castro. It’s fair to say that Baden’s responses didn’t follow the standard establishment line echoed and amplified in much of the ‘mainstream’ media.

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Media Lens: Fake News About ‘Fake News’ – The Media Performance Pyramid

5 December 2016 — Media Lens 

In the wake of Brexit and Trump, ‘mainstream’ media have done the formerly unthinkable by focusing on media bias. The intensity of focus has been such that the Oxford Dictionaries have announced that ‘post-truth’ is their ‘Word of the Year 2016’.

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Fidel Castro: Fight the ecological destruction threatening the planet!

26 November 2016 – Climate & Capitalism

¡Companero Fidel, presente!
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Climate & Capitalism joins millions of people around the world in mourning the death and honoring the life of Fidel Castro Ruz.

He lives in our memory as a champion of, and an active participant in, the global fight against poverty, ignorance and oppression, and for a sustainable world.

In this short talk at the 1992 Earth Summit, Fidel described the Earth System crisis and identified its causes more powerfully than any other delegate.

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Video: The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa

11 December 2013 — Democracy Now!

As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cubans ‘destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.’ Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.

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History Will Absolve Me: Fidel Castro, Sixty Years Later By Maximilian Forte

17 October 2013 — Zero Anthropology

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s famous “History Will Absolve Me” speech, given in his defense during his trial following the unsuccessful guerrilla attack on the Moncada barracks on July 26 of that year.

The complete speech, which was transcribed after the fact entirely from memory, is available here in English and aquí en Castellano, and below I am highlighting certain extracts which I think are still critically relevant today.

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Depleted Uranium Contamination: A Crime against Humanity By Dr. Arun Shrivastava

26 March, 2012 — Global Research

This article is part of a longer essay on Depleted Uranium weapons, nuclear reactors and their environmental health impacts. 

In this article the long term consequences of radiation contamination from unilateral aggression of the US and NATO countries on South and West Asia are discussed. Afpak region is being bombed daily and the cold blooded murder of nine kids out of the seventeen killed is just a small blip when billions are done in.
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Genocidal Cynicism Part Two BY Fidel Castro

19 November 2011 — Dissident Voice

In order to give an idea of the potential of the USSR in its efforts to maintain parity with the United States in this sphere, we only need to point out that when its disintegration occurred in 1991, in Byelorussia there were 81 nuclear warheads, in Kazakhstan 1400 and in the Ukraine approximately 5000; all these went over to the Russian Federation, the only state capable of sustaining its immense cost, in order to maintain independence.

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Genocidal Cynicism Part One BY Fidel Castro

16 November 2011 — Dissident Voice

No sane person, especially someone who has had access to the elementary knowledge acquired in primary school, would agree that our species, especially those who are children, teenagers or youth, should be deprived of the right to live, today, tomorrow and forever. Never have human beings, throughout their eventful history, as persons endowed with intelligence, ever heard of an experience like that.

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Fidel Castro: NATO’s Genocidal Role (Part II)

25 October 2011 — Prensa Latina

Reflections by Fidel Castro: NATO’s Genocidal Role (Part II)

Havana, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) ‘NATO’s Genocidal Role’ (Part II) is the title of the latest reflection by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Prensa Latina is posting below the full text of Fidel Castro’s reflection.

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: October 26, 2011

26 October 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Fidel Castro: NATO’s Genocidal Role (Part II)
  • NATO In Libya: From Arab Spring To Sharia Autumn
  • State Department Acknowledges U.S. Nuclear Superiority Over Russia
  • Pentagon: Central African Operation Similar To Bosnian, Georgian Ones
  • Pentagon Pivoting From Middle East To Asia-Pacific
  • Pentagon to Expand Activities In Asia?
  • Pentagon Chief’s Distorted Account Of Chinese Military
  • U.S. Readies THAAD Interceptor Missiles For Deployment
  • NATO MEADS Missile Interception Launcher Ready For Flight Test
  • Emirates Seek French Military Satellite, 60 Warplanes Against Iran

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Reflections of Fidel Castro: NATO’s Genocidal Role

24 October 2011 — Prensa Latina News Agency – Reflections of Fidel Castro: NATO’s Genocidal Role

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Imagen activa24 de octubre de 2011, 17:48 Havana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina)

Escrito por Estela McCollin
lunes, 24 de octubre de 2011
Prensa Latina is posting below the full text of Fidel Castro’s reflection.

THIS brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious tool of repression known in the history of humanity.

NATO assumed this global repressive role as soon as the USSR, which had served as the U.S. pretext for its creation, disappeared. Its criminal purpose became obvious in Serbia, a country of Slavic origin, whose people heroically struggled against the Nazis during World War II.

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Fidel Castro: NATO ‘has become the most perfidious instrument of repression the history of humanity has known.’

24 October 2011 — Reuters

HAVANA | Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:53am EDT

HAVANA (Reuters) – Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro denounced NATO on Monday for its role in the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, saying the ‘brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression the history of humanity has known.’

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