drive-by planet: Che’s daughter Aleida Guevara talks about her father… the Cuban embargo… and more

Upper right: A much younger Aleida with Fidel and Che Aleida Guevara, daughter of Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara, was in Moscow recently where she gave an interview to RT. She is a medical doctor based in Havana where she works out of the William Soler Children’s Hospital. In addition to her medical work, Aleida ...

Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.) You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to be. Here ...

Alberta Diary: Remember the reason for the season: It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas

Jiggers, look busy, it’s Krampus! And why is this mom giving him the thumbs up, I wonder? Below: Santa Claus, the God of Coca-Cola; Che Guevara; and Jesus Christ. Never mind Jesus Christ! It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas. Who the hell is Krampus, you wonder? Well, we’ll get to that at the ...

drive-by planet: Arab Spring: uprisings, protests… not much to do with revolution

A recent Tariq Ali article in Guernica – What is a Revolution – challenges misconceptions about the popular uprisings in the Middle East that some pundits characterise as the Arab Spring or more dramatically as “revolutions.” A key point in Ali’s article is that popular uprisings, however large, do not by implication constitute revolutions. Tariq ...

drive-by planet: Che Wants to See You: remarkable untold story of Che Guevara by right-hand man Ciro Bustos

The English translation of Che Wants to See You was recently published. It is a remarkable insider account by Ciro Bustos, a comrade-in-arms who was intimately familiar with Che Guevara and the broader liberation struggle in Latin America. The book adds to the credibility of Bustos who has been unfairly cast as Che’s betrayer in ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Let His Blackness Come Home

It is clear that the travails of prison life–the shitty food, the difficulty of taking a shower without getting gang-raped, the need to trade your Order Of Canada for some “leave me alone time”, and an impromptu marriage to the convict with the most cigarettes–have all conspired to make Conrad Black a marginally less hate-worthy ...

Drive-by Planet: Che’s Irish connection: Galway project sparks controversy

The legendary Cuban revolutionary leader, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, had Irish roots. Che’s grandmother, Ana Isabel Lynch, was the daughter of one Patrick Lynch who lived near Claregalway. Lynch is a well known Galway name. Che who was close to his grandmother, Isabel Lynch, had a keen interest in his Irish heritage. He made visits to ...

Drive-by Planet: Che bad