Two giants twinned by history

Two giants who share a birth date and common ideals. Two men who both, in different times, dignified our country’s past to illuminate our present and future. Two heroes of the Revolution who are June children, Antonio Maceo Granjales and Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna

Mailenys Oliva Ferrales

Granma | June 14, 2022

Photocomposition: Carlos M. Perdomo

Distances matter little – in time and kilometers – if two names remain eternal in the memory of a country, fused as the same reference of integrity and courage. Two giants that history has twinned beyond a shared birth date and common ideals. Two men who both, in different times, dignified our country’s past to illuminate our present and future. Two heroes of the Revolution who are June children, Antonio Maceo Granjales and Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna.
In Santiago de Cuba the first was born. It was 1845 when the Maceo family baptized the boy who would become a renowned Mambí leader in Cuba’s wars of independence.

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The world’s peoples can always count on Cuba to be present for just causes

Party First Secretary and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez yesterday conversed with Latin American intellectual Atilio Boró in a radio interview, discussing Cuba’s creative resistance in the face of continuing U.S. attacks and imperialist threats around the world

Granma | April 25, 2022

Artwork by Ernesto Rancaño 

“We are not going to surrender, we are going to continue resisting, but with the concept of creative resistance, which is precisely the way in which we have faced COVID-19, that is, we resist, but with talent, effort and intelligence, we also grow; as we resist, we are capable of advancing.”


This observation was among those shared by Communist Party First Secretary and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, in an interview with Latin American intellectual Atilio Borón, for the Argentine radio stations Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and the Universidad Nacional de Avellaneda, also broadcast on several community radio stations in Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and elsewhere.

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Venezuela stands in solidarity with Argentina in its just claim of the Malvinas

On Saturday, Argentina asked the United Kingdom to abandon its military presence in the archipelago.

Últimas Noticias | April 03, 2022

Venezuela expressed its solidarity with the Argentine people, for their claim to the Malvinas Islands, on the 40th anniversary of the military confrontation between Argentina and the United Kingdom for control of the South Atlantic archipelago.

“Commemorating 40 years of the Malvinas War, Venezuela reaffirms, together with the member countries of CELAC, its solidarity with the people and Government of Argentina in its just territorial claim over the Malvinas Islands, a legacy of European colonialism in our continent” Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia wrote on Twitter.

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As Inflation Hits US Workers Hard, do Argentina and Venezuela Provide a Heterodox Toolbox to Confront It? (Part I)

Dakotah Lilly

Orinoco Tribune | March 30, 2022

Part I: Introduction
Inflation is currently a problem in the United States. It is not a problem in the classical sense that inflation has been weaponized as in the past; as a trojan horse against popular, socialist, or nationalist governments in favor of neoliberal adjustment plans. Instead, inflation is a problem in the United States because it exemplifies a ramping up of an aspect of a class based warfare tactic by the oligarchic establishment in order to continue raking in huge profits and an ever increasing share of the capital-labor pie. How do we know this? Well, we know there is general inflation that is further squeezing the wallets of the average working family because every single wage earning member of a family that is not of privilege will be the first to tell you that their wage is not going nearly as far as it was 1, 2, or 3 years ago. Not only this, but the US Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers for the Consumer Price Index puts inflation at its highest numbers in 40 years.

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Argentina, the IMF and the Big Debt

Gustavo A. Maranges

Orinoco Tribune | March 27, 2022

Sometimes we make decisions only thinking about the immediate situation, while forgetting the repercussions they may have in the next 5-10 years. We think that it will all just work itself out. We tend to be optimistic at best, but the reality is that we are inconsistent. When it comes to the decision of an individual, the consequences of that decision rarely affects a considerable amount of people. However, when it comes to that of the government of a country, a single measure can change the lives of millions for generations to come.

Argentina is a country that knows what this means, especially when we talk about the economy. The South American country’s economic history has un-erasable footprints of Neoliberalism and the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) associated policies.

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2021 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: The Pink Tide Rises Again

Roger D. Harris

Orinoco Tribune | January 01, 2022

US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean continued in a seamless transition from Trump to Biden, but the terrain over which it operated shifted left. The balance between the US drive to dominate its “backyard” and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, continued to tip portside in 2021 with major popular electoral victories in Chile, Honduras, and Peru. These follow the previous year’s reversal of the coup in Bolivia. 

Central has been the struggle of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America) countries – particularly Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua – against the asphyxiating US blockade and other regime-change measures. Presidential candidate Biden pledged to review Trump’s policy of US sanctions against a third of humanity. The presumptive intention of the review was to ameliorate the human suffering caused by these unilateral coercive measures, considered illegal under international law. Following the review, Biden has instead tightened the screws, more effectively weaponizing the COVID crisis

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Nicaragua, Mexico and Argentina Support Bolivia’s Motion to Investigate Almagro for OAS Role in 2019 Coup

orinocotribune | August 28, 2021

During a special virtual meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), that brought together its 34 active member countries, the government of Bolivia reiterated its motion to initiate an investigation against Secretary General Luis Almagro and his putschist agenda.

Bolivian Foreign Affairs Minister Rogelio Mayta denounced the OAS for its renewed and unjustified attack on Bolivia, after Almagro reaffirmed, on August 9, that a fraud had taken place in the 2019 Bolivian presidential elections.

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COVID-19 VACCINE

Argentina Signs Deal With Russia To Acquire COVID-19 Vaccines

teleSUR | December 10, 2020

A doctor checks on an elderly woman in the Kennedy neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 7, 2020.

A doctor checks on an elderly woman in the Kennedy neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 7, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Qhubotvoficial

“I am going to be vaccinated before anyone else so that no one will be afraid,” President Fernandez said

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez on Thursday announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Russian-produced COVID-19 vaccines in order to undertake a national vaccination campaign next year.

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MARADONA

Diego Maradona: The God of Football Who Fought for Social Justice

The world at large may remember Diego Maradona as a flawed genius but in Latin America, the Argentinian will also be remembered as an activist who fought for democracy.

Shobhan Saxena and Florencia Costa

The Wire| November 26, 2020

Sao Paulo: At the opening of the FIFA World Cup at Arena de São Paulo in 2014, Diego Maradona sat in a cabin with some journalists. When then Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rose to speak, there was a commotion in the highly-priced boxes. Unable to understand what was being shouted, the Argentinian turned to a Brazilian columnist for help. On being told that Brazil’s rich were booing the president with abuses directed at her gender, Maradona said: “This is absurd. Just absurd.” A few months later, when the plea for impeaching Brazil’s first female president was accepted by Congress, Maradona called on Rousseff. “He said his heart was with me,” Rousseff recalled on Wednesday, paying tribute to the legend. “Maradona’s death is a great loss for all football lovers, who had the same passion for him as he led his life,” Rousseff said, adding that the Argentine deserves to be “admired for defending the rights of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean to sovereignty, democracy and social justice”.Read More »