The life of Fidel Castro: A Marxist appreciation

One year after his passing

by Ike Nahem

Pambazuka News | December 07, 2017

Revolutionary Cuba today – and this is the living legacy of Fidel Castro – has become, in word and deed, the leading voice for working people and oppressed nations and peoples everywhere. In the worldwide Battle of Ideas that Fidel stressed continually, the Cuban Revolution is the living, resonant, politically attractive socialist alternative to today’s capitalist world disorder with its grotesque inequality and permanent fueling of war.

“Marxism taught me what society was. I was like a blindfolded man in a forest, who doesn’t know where north or south is. If you don’t eventually come to truly understand the history of the class struggle, or at least have a clear idea that society is divided between the rich and the poor, and that some people subjugate and exploit other people, you’re lost in a forest, not knowing anything.” Fidel Castro

“[Humans] make [their] own history, but [they] do not make it out of the whole cloth; [they] do not make it out of conditions chosen by [themselves], but out of such as [they] find close at hand.” Karl Marx

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Fidel’s Concept of Revolution

With the truth as a weapon and a shield

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Granma | December 01, 2017

Photo: Roberto Chile

This tenet, which along with others is part of Fidel’s conception of Revolution, is rooted in Martí’s idea that “outside of the truth, there is no salvation,” and: “He who tells the truth on time commands. The truth well-spoken, spoken at the right time, dispels his enemies, as if it were smoke.”Read More »

Revolution: a constant dialogue between ideas and reality

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Granma | November 29, 2017

Photo: Roberto Chile

A close reading of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz’s speeches and interviews, his concept of Revolution seems to take on a special significance, which for decades has marked, and continues to mark, the political life of Cuba. This definition emphasizes a macro-historical change reflected in the process of decolonization and independence in Latin America.
It is worth recalling that after the conquest and colonization, and the 20th century wars of independence, the countries of this continent were subjected to political and economic domination by the United States. Read More »

Fidel’s Commitment to Women’s Emancipation Unparalleled

by Marion Deschamps

teleSUR | November 25, 2017

The Cuban Women

The beginning of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 marked a remarkable political, economic and social change in Latin America’s history, especially for Cuban women, who did not just participate in the military victory but also have played a prominent role throughout the building of the socialist nation.Read More »

Fidel will never leave (+Photos)

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Granma | November 26, 2017

Photo: Jose M. Correa

Once again the historic guerilla brought together a multitude of grateful youth. Once again he showed us the right way, with his index finger pointing to the future. In a cultural-political act at the University of Havana’s historic Grand Staircase – where he spoke to students on many occasions – the generation in which he placed all his trust, gathered one year after his passing, to show that Fidel has not left, and that today, he is more present than ever. Read More »

Fidel’s ideas, now more necessary than ever

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Granma | November 24, 2017

Photo: Dunia Álvarez Palacios Photo: Granma

With moving images, music by Cuban singer-song writer Silvio Rodríguez, and remarks by National Prize for History winner Dr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas, the workshop The Strategic Thought of Fidel Castro Ruz: International Relations and Foreign Policy was inaugurated November 23.
The event focused on an in-depth exploration the ideology of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution in the run up to the first anniversary of his passing. Read More »

Revolution is…

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Granma | November 23, 2017

Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz announced his concept of Revolution on May 1st, 2001. Photo: trabajadores.cu

A year after the death of the historic leader of Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, and the Cuban people continue loyal to the ideas expressed in his concept of Revolution, announced on May 1, 2001 in Havana.

The many lessons of his legacy have proven vital at a time when the country is facing adverse weather events, undergoing necessary transformations, and working hard to build the kind of future to which we aspire.Read More »

Faithful to his trust

“It would be easier for me to stop breathing than to stop being faithful to your trust. Always at your service”

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Granma | August 15, 2017

Photo: Granma

In my possession the promotion to Commander of the July 26 Revolutionary Army; on receiving such a high honor and responsibility, I have sworn to fully comply with this responsibility and work with all my power to accelerate the triumph of the Revolution. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to further serve this most worthy cause, for which I will always be willing to give my life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be more useful to our suffering homeland. It would be easier for me to stop breathing than to stop being faithful to your trust. Always at your service.

Comandante Camilo Cienfuegos

Note to Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro on hearing the news of his promotion to Commander,
April 23, 1958.Read More »