We are Fidel!

November 25 marks the second anniversary of the death of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and celebrations of his life have begun, with a focus on reaffirming Cuba’s commitment to continuing his legacy

Granma | November 23, 2018

 

Photo: Claudia García Martínez

 

 

November 25 marks the second anniversary of the death of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and celebrations of his life have begun, with a focus on reaffirming Cuba’s commitment to continuing his legacy

Keynote address by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, closing the Constituent Session of the National Assembly of People’s Power 7th legislature. Havana, February 24, 2008, Year 50 of the Revolution:

Fidel is Fidel; we all know it very well. Fidel is irreplaceable and the people shall continue his work when he is no longer physically with us; his ideas will always be with us, the same ideas that have made it possible to build the beacon of dignity and justice our country represents.

 

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A seismic force named Fidel (+ Photos)

Fidel’s his optimism and confidence in overcoming difficult situations have left their permanent mark on the Cuban people and served as inspiration for millions of men and women on all continents

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Granma | November 23, 2018

 

The Comandante en Jefe never wasted a minute. February 1, 1970. Photo: Liborio Noval

Since I was a boy, as long as I can remember, I always thought of him as a giant. As an adult, I admired his profound, revolutionary conviction, his uncompromising anti-imperialism, his resolute struggle against any vestige of discrimination or injustice, no matter how small, and also for his loyalty to Martí’s thought, and his personal example of never being affected by vanity or ambition regarding any position or honor, because as Martí said, “All the world’s glory could fit in a kernel of corn.”

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‘Tear Gassing Children Is Outrageous and Inhumane’: US Condemned for Violence Against Asylum Seekers

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime,” says Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after U.S. Border agents fire tear gas into Mexico

 

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Common Dreams | November 26, 2018

 

Migrants gather outside a temporary shelter set up for members of the ‘migrant caravan’ on November 24, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico. Around 6,000 migrants from Central America have arrived in the city with the mayor of Tijuana declaring the situation a ‘humanitarian crisis’. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

 

As legal experts and human rights advocates overnight and Monday morning continued to denounce the tear gassing of children and other asylum seekers by U.S. forces at the Mexico border on Sunday, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among Democratic lawmakers who slammed the Trump administration for its treatment of refugees as she issued a reminder that vulnerable people fleeing violence and persecution have the right, codified by domestic and international law, to apply for asylum protection.

 

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Children ‘Screaming and Coughing in the Mayhem’ as Trump Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas Into Mexico

“Strong breeze carried U.S.-launched teargas deeper into Mexico. Migrants ran for hundreds of yards before escaping the cloud.”

Common Dreams | November 25, 2018

 

A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

 

After Central American migrants approached the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday to call attention to awful shelter conditions and request asylum, U.S. Border Patrol agents reportedly fired tear gas into Mexico, forcing parents with toddlers to flee.

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Facts That Privileged Americans Don’t Want Us to Know

It’s strange that most media outlets rarely if ever report on these realities… until you remember who owns most media outlets

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“Why should privileged Americans want to avoid this issue?” writes Buchheit. “Because they’re not about to make a financial commitment to the root cause of most of the violence in our country, which is the overwhelming stress and suffering brought on by deprivation in the richest nation in the world.” (Photo: flickr/tedollins32/cc)

Many of us are ill-informed about certain critical economic and social issues. The following facts should have been reported by the mainstream media, but unfortunately most of that media is controlled by the very people who have reason to hide the facts.

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India: Eight Naxals, Two Police Personnel Killed in Encounter in Chhattisgarh

The gunbattle took place at a forest in Kistaram area bordering Telangana.

The Wire | November 26, 2018

Raipur: Eight Naxals and two police personnel were killed in an encounter between ultras and security men in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday, police said.

The gunbattle took place at a forest in Kistaram area bordering Telangana, around 500 km from here, when a team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Sukma’s Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI.

Eight bodies of Naxals have been found at the encounter spot, he said.

Two District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel were also killed in the exchange of fire, the SP said.

Reinforcements have been rushed to the spot, he said.

Further details were awaited as the encounter was still underway, he added.

(PTI)

Source: https://thewire.in/security/eight-naxals-two-police-personnel-killed-in-encounter-in-chhattisgarh

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Gujarat model of development showing its cracks from an anthropological point of view

by Radhakanta Barik

Frontier | Nov 22, 2018

Gujarat is being controlled by the traders and rich farmers. It is a marriage between moneyed people and farmers producing  ground nut. This is a combination of Patel and Bania who have a control over the society and its culture. Both function as a part of mercantile class who has a tremendous control over the society, politics and culture. Both of them share the religion of elite which has no association with popular Hinduism. For instance now a day’s people of Gujarat are celebrating the Nabaratra for which they sing  songs and dances known as Dandiya. Raas or Dandiya Raas is the traditional folk dance form of Gujarat & Rajasthan India, and is associated with scenes of Holi, and lila of Krishna and Radha at Vrindavan. It  is no more  a folk song but upgraded by the elite into a grand spectacle with coloured dress and beating of drums and using the  film songs. Read More »

Kolkata Film Festival

by Abhijit Ghosh-Dastidar

Frontier | Vol. 51, No.21, Nov 24 – Dec 1, 2018

The Kolkata International Film Festival (November 2018) explored cinema and camera as a means of expression. Diversity and representation extended to Indian Languages Films, Cinema International, Centenary tribute to Ingmar Bergman (Sweden), Special Focus on Australia and Tunisia, and Restored Classics of Orson Welles, Vittorio de Sica, Federico Fellini, Michael Angelo Antonioni and Satyajit Ray. The films crafted visually seductive sequences and captured their numerous world locations, emphasising vibrant diversity of lifestyle.Read More »