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How should Che Guevara be commemorated?

In Workers’ Liberty 42 , Helen Rate rightly criticises the Socialist Workers’ Party’s opportunistic attitude towards Che Guevara. The thirtieth anniversary of his murder, this October, prompted much discussion of his legacy, both on the left and in the bourgeois press. Although I agree with Helen’s overall assessment of Guevara, I think that certain issues about his life and politics need to be drawn out more sharply than an article which focuses on the SWP is able to do. Recent biographies of “El Che,” particularly one by John Lee Anderson, have shed new light on his place in history and allow us to make a more balanced assessment.

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Celia Hart: a Trotskyist icon?

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Sacha Ismail

Celia Hart Santamaria, the well-known Cuban Communist Party activist who died in a traffic accident in Havana at the start of September, was feted on the international left as a representative of Trotskyism in Cuba.

Celia Hart Santamaria, the well-known Cuban Communist Party activist who died in a traffic accident in Havana at the start of September, was feted on the international left as a representative of Trotskyism in Cuba.

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Hagiography, not biography

Harry Glass reviews The Fidel Casto Handbook by George Galloway

This is pure hagiography of the last grand Stalinist autocrats by one of his most loquacious apologists.

It is the modern equivalent of a biography of Josef Stalin by Stalinist Albanian supremo Enver Hoxha.

It is a requiem for Stalinism by one its last loyal servants. The timing of its publication was perhaps originally intended to coincide with Castro’s death, following his illness last summer. But Casto lives on.

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A “peaceful transition” in Cuba?

“The United States respects your aspirations as citizens and we will stand with you to secure your rights — to speak as you choose, to think as you please, to worship as you wish and to choose your leaders freely and fairly in democratic elections”.

Or so Condoleeza Rice said recently — attempting to exploit Fidel Castro’s illness in order to promote a “peaceful transition” to “democracy”. Meanwhile US officials announce plans for a major deployment of Navy and Coast Guard to prevent refugees from reaching the US in the event that these plans are successful.

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Oppose political repression in Cuba

By Joan Trevor

In March and April the Cuban government arrested dozens of oppositionists for allegedly working with the US to overthrow Fidel Castro's regime. Many of those arrested were quickly tried and have received long prison sentences. Human rights organisations have protested against the crackdown on these 'dissidents', who range from opposition leaders to grassroots human rights activists. The Campaign for Peace and Democracy, the US based organisation that originally developed the 'No to war, no to Saddam Hussein' statement circulated by the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, has protested as well.

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Is Cuba Socialist?

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Paul Hampton

This book is a pseudo-debate between Peter Taaffe of the Socialist Party and CWI (formerly Militant) in Britain and Doug Lorimer of the Australian Democratic Socialist Party (DSP).

It is also, I guess, an attempt to check the recent rash of Castro-worship in the Scottish Socialist Party, with whom Taaffe maintains a strained relationship.

A review of Cuba: Socialism and Democracy by Peter Taaffe

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Fidel Castro — no hero of ours

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Pablo Velasco

Fidel Castro, one of the last remaining leaders of a Stalinist state, died last week at the age of 90. Among sections of the left there is near-hysterical outpouring of eulogy, while bourgeois commentators blithely dismiss him as a communist despot. A third camp socialist assessment of Castro’s politics is needed.

Under Fidel Castro a Stalinist state organised low cost food and welfare but also imposed a repressive regime where LGBT people and dissidents were persecuted.

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Obama and the Platismo dissidents

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Sam Farber

Barack Obama’s arrival in Cuba will mark the first visit by a United States president to the island since Calvin Coolidge went in 1928. His trip follows the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on 17 December 2014 and various other steps taken to normalise relations — a welcome change after decades of hostility that include an ongoing economic blockade, sponsored invasions, and terrorist attacks.

Barack Obama’s arrival in Cuba follows the reopening of diplomatic relations on 17 December 2014 and other steps taken to normalise relations — a welcome change after decades of hostility that include an ongoing economic blockade, sponsored invasions, and terrorist attacks.

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