Verses from “Che Comandante” by Nicolás Guillén
Though you have fallen your light burns no less bright.
A fire horse
sustains your guerrilla sculpture
among the wind and the clouds of the Sierra.
Though still you are not silence.
And even though they burn you,
they conceal you underground,
they hide you
in a cemetery, woods, paramos,
they are not going to prevent us from finding you
Che Comandante, friend.
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IN MEMORY OF CHE GUEVARA
Che is Here, Alive
Fifty-three years since the Heroic Guerilla’s death in Bolivia
Arlin Alberty Loforte
Granma | October 09, 2020
El tiempo hablará. (Time will tell.) by Francis Fernández.
Powerful forces move men like Che. Superior souls are capable of giving their all for others, even if this means life itself.
Che himself affirms, “The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love,” leaving us another creed to steer us along the road of just causes.Read More »
IN MEMORY OF CHE GUEVARA
Notes for the Study of the Ideology of the Cuban Revolution
Ernesto Che Guevara
This is a unique revolution which some people maintain contradicts one of the most orthodox premises of the revolutionary movement, expressed by Lenin: “Without a revolutionary theory there is no revolutionary movement.” It would be suitable to say that revolutionary theory, as the expression of a social truth, surpasses any declaration of it; that is to say, even if the theory is not known, the revolution can succeed if historical reality is interpreted correctly and if the forces involved are utilised correctly. Every revolution always incorporates elements of very different tendencies which, nevertheless, coincide in action and in the revolution’s most immediate objectives.
It is clear that if the leaders have an adequate theoretical knowledge prior to the action, they can avoid trial and error whenever the adopted theory corresponds to the reality.Read More »
IN MEMORY OF CHE GUEVARA
Mobilising the Masses for the Invasion
Speech made by Ernesto Che Guevara to sugar workers in Santa Clara on March 28, 1961; twenty days before the Bay of Pigs invasion.
We have to remind ourselves of this at every moment: that we are in a war, a cold war as they call it; a war where there is no front line, no continuous bombardment, but where the two adversaries – this tiny champion of the Caribbean and the immense imperialist hyena – are face to face and aware that one of them is going to end up dead in the fight.Read More »
VENEZUELA RESISTS IMPERIALISM
President Maduro: More than one Thousand Mercenaries are Training in Colombia to Sabotage 6D Parliamentary Elections
The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, during his speech at the 2020 Internationalist Festival of Peoples Resistance , denounced that “at this moment in Colombia more than one thousand mercenaries are being trained under a directed operation, with the help of the intelligence structure of that country and under the protection of Iván Duque, to sabotage the political and electoral climate in Venezuela.”
The Head of State pointed out that Venezuela lives under the siege of the North American empire which seeks to sabotage, and in a grotesque way create a war in a country that will soon celebrate a new gala of democracy with the election of a new Parliament.Read More »
U.S IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION AGAINST VENEZUELA
Trump’s Looting of CITGO Punishes Low-Income People in Venezuela and US
The Trump administration’s deadly intent to bring down the elected government of Venezuela has been on full display in recent months, as it tightened already severe sanctions, placed a $15 million bounty on President Nicolas Maduro’s head, conducted provocative military maneuvers off the country’s coast, and provided overt and covert support for a coup attempt and an adventurist “invasion” by a small band of armed mercenaries.
These interventions are nothing new. The US government orchestrated a failed coup against Venezuela’s legitimately elected President Hugo Chavez in 2002. A major aggressive policy escalation by the US occurred in 2015 when President Barack Obama declared that Venezuela posed a national threat to the US and therefore the US could impose sanctions on the struggling Latin American country.Read More »
U.S. IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION AGAINST VENEZUELA
Exposing Trump’s Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela
Men stand alongside vehicles lined up to enter a petrol station during a nationwide fuel crunch, in Caracas, Venezuela
THE imposition of sanctions is just one of many weapons used by the United States in its war on Venezuela, but a particularly deadly one.
The ultimate goal is “regime change” — to bring down the country’s government and gain access to the wealth to be made from the largest oil deposits in the world.
Two legal mechanisms laid the groundwork for these long-running sanctions, which have been extended again and again during the Trump presidency.Read More »
NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS
A Prize Auction
This year’s ‘Nobel’ (actually the Riksbank) prize for economics went to Stanford University economists, Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, they “have studied how auctions work. They have also used their insights to design new auction formats for goods and services that are difficult to sell in a traditional way, such as radio frequencies. Their discoveries have benefited sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world.”
So in a world where inequality is at record levels, global warming and environmental degradation are threatening to destroy the planet and there is a world economic slump not seen since the 1930s, the prize givers recognise the work of two economists on how to make the auctions of commodities, land and services more efficient. Read More »
MARXISM, CAPITALISM AND ASIA
Rethinking Asian Capitalism with Marx
The Survival of Capitalism
Since the financial crisis of 2008, we have witnessed astounding proclamations indicating that capitalism is dead or at least dying. The similar scene repeats in this COVID-19 pandemic situation. Some experts quickly anticipate the end of global capitalism and the return of the new cold war. Rhetorical expressions such as these emerging from the left were not surprising; however, in this case, the subjects of these utterances were interesting enough. They were not the left, but preferably those who had stood in opposition to the leftist demand to end capitalism. Politicians, policymakers, people in business as well as liberal economists, even comedians, seemed to be waiting for the last breath of capitalism. However, capitalism did not die. It has survived, and so we still live in a world of ridiculous “transformers.”Read More »
Contradiction and Commitment
Today’s sense of sixties redux presents an opportunity to revisit the Asian American Movement, a vibrant though oft-overlooked sector of global Maoism. It was in 1968 that the pan-ethnic Asian American subject emerged as a product of the political organizations and creative groupings that took to protest in its name; in particular, the first use of the term “Asian American” is credited to Yuji Ichioka and Richard Aoki when they founded the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) at UC Berkeley. Even after the waning of the Asian American Movement by the late 70s and its submergence within interest-group politics, new Asian American literary works would continue to be written that recalled the global sixties’ origins of Asian American identity. Outliving the revolutionary moment of its birth and lacking contemporary social correlates, Asian American political identity would signify ambiguously. Strangely, what suited Asian American literature to the encoding of sixties’ politics for post-sixties times was the influence of Mao’s concept of contradiction upon the imaginative form of Asian American identity.Read More »