Festive Left Friday Blogging: René González comes home, and so does Chavecito

René González, a Cuban anti-terror agent (and one of the famous Cuban Five, imprisoned in the US on espionage charges) gets a supervised leave of absence to visit his sick brother back home. As you can see in the video, it was a time for happy tears. It won’t be a permanent stay, unfortunately, since ...

The JFK assassination hoax that refuses to die

Oh, Che. What would you say if you knew how much of this struggle still remains to be fought…and how much ground the good guys have lost since you lost your last fight? Case in point: this professional liar from The Gang That Could Not Shoot Straight. This is what we North Americans are up ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito gets a visitor

Via Cubadebate’s Facebook page, some fresh photos that came in just now: Now, who might that healthy, hearty-looking guy be? Surely not the same walking corpse that the lamestream media, on the orders of a crapaganda-peddling putschist private “intelligence” (ha!) outfit known as STRATFOR, have been writing off for dead already? Oh yeah, and he ...

Photoshop du jour: A dream jam session

You say you want a revolution? You got it: “Imagínate que no hay cielo…” Can’t you just hear it?

MerCHEdes? Of atrocities and apologies (still owing) from Mercedes-Benz

Yes, the above is an atrocity, and a gross violation of rights. But not for the reasons the gusanos of Miami claim. Cubadebate explains what’s really horrible about it: The luxury-vehicle company Mercedes-Benz apologized this week for having used the image of Che Guevara in a publicity campaign. Its apology, however, is for the wrong ...

Keystone XL: Dirty oil barons threaten Obama

The clearest, most concise explanation yet of why the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would ferry dirty tar-sands oil from Alberta to Texas, must not proceed. Yes, all this talk of “ending our dependence on foreign oil” is a LIE. Shocking? Wait, it gets worse. The pipeline would also threaten a geologically unstable area that ...

Cristina gets cancer, Chavecito gets topical, Jezebel gets Teh Stoopid

Dear lord, what is it with progressive LatAm leaders getting the fucking C-word? First it was Dilma, then Lugo, then Chavecito, then Lula, and now Cristina? President Cristina Kirchner is suffering from a papillary cancer in the right lobe of her thyroid gland, according to an official statement from the Casa Rosada [presidential palace of ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Fidel’s Guinness record

Courtesy of Cubadebate, we have the following amusing little item to celebrate today: The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, is the person subject to the greatest number of assassination attempts, according to the Guinness Book of World Records and, surely, the archives of the US Central Intelligence Agency, the principal promoter of ...

The True Story of Che Guevara

A documentary about the life and death of the Argentine hero of the Cuban Revolution. Features Jon Lee Anderson, the author of the best Che bio by far.

Is the LAHT a bunch of Koch-suckers?

I’ve always had my suspicions about a certain crappy “news” outlet pretentiously calling itself the “Latin American Herald Tribune”. I never did trust it; there was something of a rightist stench about it. And today, I received this in my e-mail. I think it tells us something about who may in fact be behind them, ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ollanta inaugurates, Chavecito celebrates

Yesterday was a busy, festive day in Latin America. In Peru, a progressive finally got himself inaugurated president: Ollanta Humala is in the sash! That’s his wife, Nadine Heredia, applauding behind him. Radio Rebelde has more on what Peru can expect of an Ollanta presidency. Sounds like more international unity is on tap, and that’s ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito, fine ‘n’ dandy

And look! He’s entertaining visits from some friends in high places…again: El Ecuadorable was there, along with Fidel and Raúl Castro. And it looks like a good time was had by all. And on the health front, too, the news is nothing but good: The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, informed on Friday, via telephone ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: A friendly visit from Ollanta

Guess who was in Venezuela today: Yup, Ollanta was in the house today. He met with vice-president Elías Jaua in this video, and gave a short press conference in which he expressed a wish to visit Chavecito, to see him “as a friend”, and to talk at length about the “common past and common future” ...

Music for a Sunday: Quiquiribu, mandinga…

“I’m so in love with Black Tomasa that when she leaves the house, oh how sad I get…” Of course, it’s impossible to be sad for long when you hear the late Compay Segundo and his band. Even Cuban songs about sadness have a way of making you happy.

Chavecito speaks

Uh oh. Looks like the bastards and spooks were right about one thing, after all. Chavecito DID have cancer… …and now, let’s hope his confidence is well founded, and that he doesn’t have it anymore. In which case my last post about him is, at least, correct in that respect. BTW, that “knee surgery” of ...

In which the “Chávez has cancer” rumor mill grinds to a halt, once and for all

You know something? When the president of Paraguay (above, at right) says something about Chavecito, I’m much more likely to believe him than the English-language whore media. Why? Well, for starters, he actually knows the man better than they do. And for another, he’s no media whore. Thirdly, he’s had cancer himself (and been cured ...

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Happy Birthday Che!

He would have been 83 this week, had he lived…but really, he’s immortal. Hasta siempre, Comandante.