October 7, 2014
Fidel Castro Praises Doctors Fighting Ebola; Laments Assassination of Young Venezuelan Lawmaker


Havana, Oct 4, (RHC), — The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro praised the Cuban doctors and nurses who traveled to Sierra Leone to combat the epidemic of Ebola and invited doctors from countries with more resources to join this effort.

A group of 165 Cuban doctors and nurses traveled to Sierra Leone on Wednesday, part of a total of 461 health workers from Cuba, who volunteered several weeks ago to go to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

"The delivery of the first medical brigade to Sierra Leone … is an example of which a country can be proud of" said an article authored by the Cuban leader and published Saturday in the official Communist Party newspaper Granma.

"May the example of Cuban’s march to Africa also be in the hearts and minds of other physicians in the world, especially those with more resources," added Fidel.

"There are enough doctors on the planet so that nobody has to die for lack of care," said the Cuban leader.

Cuban health workers are in 66 countries as part of a comprehensive program developed by Cuba to send medical and paramedical staff to poor countries and disaster or epidemic areas.

Moreover, in his article, Fidel Castro lamented the recent killing of a young parliamentarian in Venezuela, member of the ruling Socialist United Party. He also praised the Venezuelan government’s handling of the situation.

“Venezuelan National Assembly legislator Robert Serra was killed by enemies of the revolution… I can never believe this crime (committed against) this young Venezuelan legislator happened by chance,” he said.

Castro claimed the killing was reminiscent of the “practices” of the “worst Yankee intelligence agencies,” and “fits” the aspirations of the “enemies of the Venezuelan revolution.”

Serra and his partner Maria Herrera were killed in their Caracas apartment on Wednesday.

Authorities say preliminary investigations indicate the pair were executed in a premeditated murder.

why Caribbean + African peoples tend to have a much more balanced view of Cuba than most North/South Americans…

October 1, 2014

Viet Nam will win, 1972

Ché series, 1992

Felix René Mederos Pazos

September 30, 2014
Diplo goes to Cuba and DJs the Puerto Rican Embassy

September 30, 2014

Paranoid North American Imperialist musings on the Communist “Master Plan” for Puerto Rico, claiming that:

 in November of 1964 the Puerto Rican people went to the polls, and cast 778,000 votes out of a total cast of about 860,000 affirming their status as U.S. citizens in a “Free State Associated with the United States”-an association that has brought Puerto Rico out of grinding poverty.


September 25, 2014
NLS IN conversation with James Cooper, Ian Deleón, Stephanie Cormier

Notes I prepared before the convo:

1. Low tech quality  = partially, my decisions are driven by practical concerns, an ecological preoccupation and being astronomically indebted…but also, there is a conscious choice to eschew perfection as a reaction to the late-capitalist market, trying to defy the commodifiable. Philosophically, this decision also relates to the promulgation of the “unfinished”, the fluid, the “scattered”—-which are ideas that have recently hit home for me since reading the Dune saga and Édouard Glissant. 

I really want to embrace this way of thinking into my artistic practice, creating a continuation, parallel flow of creative energies between my thoughts on identity and my artwork. 

perf moment = 2. For me the idea of having complete control is total illusion. I set myself up with a framework, fully expecting deviations and hoping for audience interaction—in this sense my performative moment is not inherently, but susceptible to improvisation. 

In regards to being less didactic, I think I set out to create a balance in my life between didacticism and relying on myth, symbolism and visual language to communicate ideas. I operate fully in both worlds, and performance is usually the realm for which I reserve the symbolic elements…usually—sometimes I like to change that up a bit and really play with an audience who is not expecting to be hit over the head with some concrete ideas—this is still done with a significant level of metaphor, and I’ve had varying levels of success with this method—its just a matter of where your audience is at, what they’re ready for, what their social trajectory has been for performance historically, etc. 

quest from Holly = 3. So far, my experiences in the Caribbean have only reaffirmed my belief in complexity, and non-essentialism, non-absolutism. The way race/class/gender operates in the region is very different from how it is experienced in the US, which I regard as being more “classically” prejudiced and racist. Dealing with these issues in a Caribbean context reminds me to broaden my commentary and my target audience to include the many ways intersectionality and “counter-revolutionary” contradiction occurs at every level of society. 

Back in the US, I feel like my mission involves dealing with “Diasporic amnesia” - a conservative view of history that takes hold in immigrant families through necessary assimilation, or is brought over with the middle/upper class émigrés fleeing more egalitarian societal redistribution programs (as is the case with the Cuban side of my family).

4. Humour and irrationality for me are part of the delivery of the message or commentary that I want to communicate—tapping into the mythical, the metaphorical, the unconscious—I feel that these things are important and for me, the specific way I often employ humor is through juxtaposition of familiar and unfamiliar elements. 

This is why you see moments in my work where I am combining a visual reference from Kafka to a quote from Thomas Thistlewood, or a Joy Division song with a period Cuban film from the 1970s. 

It’s a way to give people access, for those who need to go through that familiar door, for the more adventurous, I think I engender those interests as well. 

September 22, 2014
The Francophone Caribbean Today: Literature, Language, Culture (excerpts)

"It is the challenge of the errant, of finding a way in which to remain focused on a future in the country or countries in which he finds himself, and not, like an exilé, to be haunted by the impossible dream of a return to an idealized past.

"In the course of the prolonged dispute regarding the fate of the young Cuban refugee Elián González in the early months of the year 2000, the point was frequently made here in the Caribbean that had the unfortunate little boy been Haitian, it is doubtful whether he would have been the subject of so much attention.”

”[…] the emergence of the expression "travailler comme un Haïtien" (work like a Haitian) as a contemporary version of the traditional racist formulation "travailler comme un nègre" is a reminder that linguistic choices translate and perpetuate political realities, and also that those who have themselves been historically victims of social stratification are not above doing the same to “their own”.

"As we see when he meets Spike Lee and Ice Cube, he abhors such over-investment in black identity politics because it fixes "black America" in a motionless opposition to "white America" which simply plays into the latter’s hands. It ensures that la question raciale continues to be one of irreconcilable difference and, more crucially in capitalist America, it ensures that vast amounts of money are made by the film and music industries out of the highly marketable subjects of racism […] a means of appealing both to the guilty white liberal and to the black militant."  

- edited by Gertrud Aub-Buscher and Beverley Ormerod Noakes

September 5, 2014
Negrismo/Negritud/Négritude: Inter-American Dialogues

Negrismo, unlike negritud, generated a dilettante image because of its close similarity to European negrophilia or the scholarly and artistic interest shown in the black by Leo Frobenius … and others. 

Negritud, on the other hand, incorporated, as René Dépestre notes, ”a conscious and deliberate preoccupation with the destruction of the myths and stereotypes” of Blacks in the Americas. In this stage of the Afrocriollo movement, Black Latin American writers explored Black life and significant social and cultural issues, thus marking a period where ”the black Hispanic for the first time came center stage as author, subject, cultural hero, and as an essential component of new world culture”

While Hughes validates African heritage in a then segregated culture, according to Rodriíguez-Mourelo, Guillén must reclaim an Afro-Hispanic identity from an imposed heterogeneity.


September 1, 2014
Ostend Manifesto on the Purchase of Cuba

(Pierre SouleJames Mason and James Buchanan — U.S. ambassadors to France, Spain and Great Britain and all pro-slavery Democrats) held a meeting in Ostend, Belgium, on October 9, 10 and 11, 1854, where they drew up a manifesto that did little but claim the U.S. right to Cuba (by force if Spain refused to sell) and U.S. Southern cotton growers and sugar planters embraced it passionately, seeing in it a chance to extend slavery if Cuba became an American possession. 

unreal discovery about US interests in Cuba taking place in the 1850s in Ostend, Belgium, where part of my family now lives…crazy connections

September 1, 2014
Planters’ Fear of Unity: Trans-Racial Cooperation in Haitian/Cuban rebellions

1795 - Nicolás Morales, a free Negro, leads an uprising that starts in Bayamo and quickly spreads throughout the eastern part of Cuba before it is suppressed by the Spanish army.Philip Foner in A History of Cuba and its Relations with the United States, Vol. 1, 1492-1845: “…what especially disturbed the slave-owners about this uprising was that whites and Negroes joined together in the revolt and demanded, as in the Haitian Revolution, equality between black and white.”

L’Union fait la force 

September 1, 2014
UGH, so the modern Cuban flag is based on a design by this asshole Narciso López who wasn’t Cuban, fought with the Spanish against Bolivar, approved of slavery, and finally joined forces with US Southerners to orchestrate filibustering actions against Cuba, which they hoped would provoke the US into annexing it as another southern slave state…GROSS
some of these sun flags might have been a much better choice 

UGH, so the modern Cuban flag is based on a design by this asshole Narciso López who wasn’t Cuban, fought with the Spanish against Bolivar, approved of slavery, and finally joined forces with US Southerners to orchestrate filibustering actions against Cuba, which they hoped would provoke the US into annexing it as another southern slave state…GROSS

some of these sun flags might have been a much better choice 

Liked posts on Tumblr: More liked posts »