Riding with Fidel

Granma | 28 December, 2016

The song “Cabalgando con Fidel” (Riding with Fidel) was written by Raúl Torres on the occasion of Fidel’s death

Photo: Radio Rebelde

They say that in the plaza these days,

Martí and Camilo have been seen

riding horseback.

And leading the caravan,

slowly with no rider,

is a horse for you.

Returning are the wounds that do not heal,

of the men and women

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How was Cuba before revolution?

A Journal of People report

Cuban villagers before the revolution.

Cuban villagers before the revolution.

Ceaseless propaganda by a group from the mainstream media tries to scandalize gains the people in Cuba have made since they organized their revolution.

The people in Cuba began a new phase of their historic march as Fidel and his comrades victoriously entered Havana on a January-day. It was January 1, 1959. Today, January 1, 2017, it will help learn if the days before the people’s revolution in Cuba are looked at. Read More »

The Fidel I knew

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Granma | 28 December, 2016

Fidel Castro Ruz at the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) held in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Estudio Revolución

Fidel is dead, but he is immortal. Few people have known the glory of entering into the realm of legend and history during their lifetime. Fidel is one of these people. He belonged to a generation of legendary fighters – Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Amílcar Cabral, Che Guevara, Camilo Torres, Turcios Lima, Ahmed Ben Barka – who, in pursuit of an ideal of justice, threw themselves into political action in the 1950s, with the aim and the hope of changing an unequal, discriminatory world, marked by the onset of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and United States.Read More »

Fidel, undefeated, has left us, but his spirit of struggle will permanently remain in the conscience of all revolutionaries

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Granma | 28 December, 2016

Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the Eighth Period of Ordinary Sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power VIII Legislature, in Havana’s International Conference Center, December 27, 2016, Year 58 of the Revolution

(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

Photo: Estudio Revolución

Compañeras and compañeros:

The last days of the year, as is customary, have been characterized by intense activity. This past Saturday, we held a meeting of the Council of Ministers, which approved for presentation to the National Assembly the 2017 Economic Plan and proposed State Budget, which we have analyzed here today.Read More »

Efficiency and discipline to turn the economy around

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Granma | 28 December, 2016

Photo: Juvenal Balán

The National Assembly of People’s Power VIII Legislature’s plenary of its eighth period of ordinary sessions opened with a tribute to the most loyal defender of the people’s power, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, and was presided by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers.Read More »

Critics Still See Holes in US ‘Evidence’ of Russian Election Interference

by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Common Dreams | 30 December, 2016

On Thursday, the DHS and FBI released a report on alleged Russian election interference, dubbed GRIZZLY STEPPE. (Screenshot)

As the U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats over hacking charges, critics say the so-called evidence released Thursday alongside President Barack Obama’s sanctions is an insufficient response to calls for hard proof of the allegations.

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Life After the USSR: Buying the Dream, Living the Nightmare

by Eric Draitser

telesur | 25 December, 2016

Standing in front of the Berlin Wall in June 1987, then President Reagan famously proclaimed:

There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace … General Gorbachev, if you seek peace – if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe – if you seek liberalization: come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

Despite the neoliberal talking points about “freedom,” “democracy,” and “peace,” the reality of life in post-Soviet Eastern Europe is not at all what was promised. Consider the abstractions employed by people like Reagan who framed the end of the Soviet Union as an event that would usher in “peace” and “prosperity.” And then consider the fact that neither peace nor prosperity has come to fruition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc.Read More »

2016 Year-Ender: We’re In For A Wild Ride

by Gwynne Dyer

Common Dreams | 29 December, 2016

Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, at the 2016 FreedomFest at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

The main message of 2016 was that we are entering a period of economic and political upheaval comparable to the industrial revolution of 1780-1850, and nothing expressed that message more clearly than Donald Trump’s appointment of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. Even though it’s clear that neither man understands the message.

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