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Fidel, Political Power and the New Culture of Communication

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English version of the Spanish-language presentation given as part of the panel titled “Fidel, Builder of the New Society” at the “Fidel, Politics, and Culture Symposium” held February 10–11, 2017 during the Havana International Book Fair.

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I am Fidel! I am Fidel! I am Fidel!

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Where is Fidel? Daniel Ortega asked in the Jose Marti Memorial of the Revolution Square in Havana, in tribute to Fidel, and the Cuban people, exalted, grateful and loving, in unison answered: I am Fidel! I am Fidel! I am Fidel! At that moment, Cuba vibrated again, as in 1st. January 1959. The world listened to the Cuban people, the winds and the seas echoed the reciprocal love between the Cuban Revolution Leader and his people.

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Morning After To-Do List

Michael Moore

Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn’t let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must “heal the divide” and “come together.” They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.

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Dilma: her deposition consummated by a defeated

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Dilma and I lived on the same street – Rua Major Lopes, in the town of Belo Horizonte. As she walked to school every morning she passed my house where she saw my mother working in her garden. She and my sister Thereza were friends.

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“Fidel the Guerrilla in 2015–16 and Beyond”

Fidel guerrillero opinión foro

During Obama’s historic visit to Cuba on March 20–23, 2016, I was commentating on the event with Cuban colleagues for the Caracas-based TeleSUR television network. On the Cuban side, the event was overshadowed by Cuban diplomacy skillfully led, in a complex situation, by President Raúl Castro and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Article by Fidel Castro: The birthday

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Tomorrow I will turn 90 years old. I was born in a territory called Birán, in the eastern region of Cuba. It’s known by that name, although it has never appeared on a map. Given its good conduct it was known for close friends and, of course, a stronghold of political representatives and inspectors involved in any commercial or productive activity typical of the neocolonized countries of the world.

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Why are we so afraid of Cuba?

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In the morning before breakfast and the start of our intensive journey throughout Cuba, Chuck Wurth would walk through the neighborhoods surrounding our hotels in Havana and Cienfuegos. Wurth, of Overland Park, then would return and share what he had gleaned with his wife, Antonia, and the 21 others in our National Association for Multicultural Education group. His personal, on-the-street, unscripted interactions with everyday Cubans caused Wurth to ask our group: “What are we so afraid of?”

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¡Fidel 90 y más!: A Revolutionary Legacy

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“There are men who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable ones.” – Bertolt Brecht

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Trump racism reflects our humanity

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The Trump acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was above all an assault to peace and democracy; it was in itself a call to violence and the continuity of racist and interventionist policies. At the beginning of the race for the presidency many labeled him crazy as a way to discrediting him, no, the crazies are another thing. Trump is the exemplification of ultraconservative thought that governs the foundation of this country, its society and its system. Trump, all he has done, is to say aloud what most in this society speaks behind closed doors.

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Cuba, a country both wished for and possible

Cuba, pueblo, bloqueo

With the triumph of the revolution in 1959, Cuba obtained independence and
sovereignty. If they’ve really existed since then and not just as a goal, their
preservation remains as a challenge.