May 25th marked African Liberation Day. In the words of brother Elombe Brath, Chairman of Patrice Lumumba Coalition, "African Liberation Day is a symbolic day to mobilize the broad masses of African and all progressive peoples around the issue of totally liberating the African continent and those African people still remaining in colonial bondage or under other oppressive regimes and repressive conditions".
May 25, 2008 was the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity in 1963, by the then independent 32 African states. Coincidentally, it was May 25,1958, exactly 50 years ago, that Cuban revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro won a decisive victory after 74 days of intense combat against soldiers of the Batista dictatorship.
That victory signaled a strategic turnaround in the war that would eventually revolutionize Cuba. Later on Cuban Internationalist forces would assist African peoples in ways that no other nation on earth has ever duplicated or surpassed.
Cuban government leaders and hundreds of activists participated in a one-day conference for the International Day Against Homophobia that featured shows, lectures, panel discussions and book presentations. "The freedom of sexual choice and gender identity (are) exercises in equality and social justice," Mariela Castro, the director of Cuba's Center for Sexual Education said.
In our country -I do not hesitate to say this- there are insensitive people, knowing very little about what goes on around them, who quickly and mindlessly say that "we should not help Bolivia". They will never understand that, both in politics and in the revolution,the alternative to a mistaken or misguided strategy is defeat.
Fidel Castro steps down, after half a century of achievements against all odds.
Some aspects of Cuba during the regime of the veteran leader who made his country the bastion of communism in the American continent and supported revolutions abroad. An article taken from The Post.
KEY ADDRESS BY COMRADE RAUL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCILS OF STATE AND MINISTERS, AT THE CLOSING SESSION OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE SEVENTH LEGISLATURE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE’S POWER. INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER, HAVANA, FEBRUARY 24, 2008, “YEAR 50 OF THE REVOLUTION.”
SACP statement on the resignation of Cde Fidel Castro
Not Quite Cricket, it turns out, as the Americans prevent Cuban participation in a Caribbean 20-20 cricket tournament.Reports from the Guardian and Cricinfo.