For many on the left Cuba continues to represent, if not a socialist paradise, at least progress of a sort.
Cuba's Stalinist rulers have begun the process of sacking 500,000 public-sector workers.
Cuba’s Stalinist government has said it will put 500,000 workers out of state employment next year. This interview with Sam Farber explains the background.
Fidel Castro is right. Hard to spit out, but absolutely right. Speaking to an American journalist and a policy analyst (as reported in the Guardian):
The US socialist magazine Against the Current has carried some debate about Cuba and Che Guevara in its recent issues.
Fidel Castro: “Thus has been the story of mankind; to struggle to overcome the laws of nature; to struggle to dominate nature and have it serve mankind.” (1966)
“Unless we conquer nature, nature will conquer us.” (1970)
Paul Hampton reviews Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution by Helen Yaffe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
A late night meeting of the Cuban leadership towards the end of 1959. Fidel Castro looks around the room and asks for ‘a good economist’ to become the president of the National Bank of Cuba.
There’s a symposium of articles in the latest Against the Current magazine, published in the US.
Review of "Che: Part One"
This is a war film with a political backdrop. The action follows the revolutionaries’ landing in Cuba in December 1956, their trekking covertly through forests, taking of military bases, gaining support of the locals, street-fighting in Santa Clara to being days from taking Havana in January 1959. (The taking of Havana will come in Part Two).