August 18, 2014
Eduardo Galeano | Mirrors

Red Emperor

I was in China three years after the failure of the Great Leap Forward. No one talked about it. It was a state secret.

I saw Mao paying homage to Mao. In Tiananmen Square, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Mao presided over an immense parade led by an immense statue of Mao. The plaster Mao held his hand high, and the flesh-and-blood Mao answered the greeting. From an ocean of flowers and colored balloons, the crowd cheered both.

Mao was China and China was his shrine. Mao exhorted all to follow the example set by Lei Feng and Lei Feng exhorted all to follow the example set by Mao. Lei Feng, a young Communist apostle of dubious existence, spent his days consoling the sick, helping widows, and giving his food away to orphans. His nights he spent reading the complete works of Mao. When he slept, he dreamed of Mao, his guide for every step. Lei Feng had no girlfriend or boyfriend because he did not waste time on frivolities, and it never occurred to him that life could be contradictory or reality diverse.

Fidel

His enemies say he was an uncrowned king who confused unity with unanimity.

And in that his enemies are right.

His enemies say that if Napoleon had a newspaper like Granma, no Frenchman would have learned of the disaster at Waterloo.

And in that his enemies are right.

His enemies say that he exercised power by talking a lot and listening little, because he was more used to hearing echoes than voices.

And in that his enemies are right.

But some things his enemies do not say: it was not to pose for the history books that he bared his breast to the invaders’ bullets,

he faced hurricanes as an equal, hurricane to hurricane,

he survived 637 attempts on his life,

his contagious energy was decisive in making a country out of a colony,

and it was not by Lucifer’s curse or God’s miracle that the new country managed to outlive 10 U.S. presidents, their napkins spread in their laps, ready to eat it with knife and fork.

And his enemies never mention that Cuba is one rare country that does not compete for the World Doormat Cup.

And they do not say that the revolution, punished for the crime of dignity, is what it managed to be and not what it wished to become. Nor do they say that the wall separating desire from reality grew ever higher and wider thanks to the imperial blockade, which suffocated a Cuban-style democracy, militarized society, and gave the bureaucracy, always ready with a problem for every solution, the alibis it needed to justify and perpetuate itself.

And they do not say that in spite of all the sorrow, in spite of the external aggression and the internal high-handedness, this distressed and obstinate island has spawned the least unjust society in Latin America.

And his enemies do not say that this feat was the outcome of the sacrifice of its people, and also of the stubborn will and old-fashioned sense of honor of the knight who always fought on the side of the losers, like his famous colleague in the fields of Castile.

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The Bacardís: supporters of the pre-revolutionary, mafia-run, Bacchanalian Cuba, Capitalists, and right-wing terrorista promoters.

PLUS, their rum tastes awful.

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El odio los cría y la FNCA los junta

August 3, 2014
[Ext. Cuba, Italian Mobsters from the US:]
Q. How do you say banana daiquiri?
A. …Banana daiquiri.

[Ext. Cuba, Italian Mobsters from the US:]

Q. How do you say banana daiquiri?

A. …Banana daiquiri.

August 3, 2014
fucking US Marine pissing on a statue of José Martí in Cuba

fucking US Marine pissing on a statue of José Martí in Cuba

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Highlights from the Spain Rodriguez graphic biography of Che

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

"America Awakens" (1972) by Patricia Israel and Alberto Perez, Chile.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

"America Awakens" (1972) by Patricia Israel and Alberto Perez, Chile.

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Guantanamo, modest beginnings

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no words to describe what is going on here…

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no words to describe what is going on here…

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