An interview with Cuban President Raul Castro by Talía González Pérez, from Cuban Television’s News System,on the eve of 50th anniversary of Cuban Revolution
"ON the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, I convey my fraternal greetings to the Cuban people, the Communist Party of Cuba and the government" Greetings from Respected Communist Leader Jyoti Basu to Cuba.
That the Cuban Socialist Revolution has not merely survived but consolidated for half a century must be recorded in the history of human civilisation as an epic saga of human labour and endeavour. When I joined the Cubans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the revolution in 1989, I recollect a huge hoarding on Havana’s Malecon (like Mumbai’s marine dive) alluding to the Cuban revolution’s success against US imperialist machinations and subversion to the mythological story of the little David’s victory over the giant Goliath. Indeed it was. More importantly, it continues to be! , writes Sitaram Yechury
On the historic occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, we warmly greet Comrade Fidel Castro and the Communist Party of Cuba. We join the Cuban people in celebrating this joyous occasion and reiterate our complete solidarity with Cuba ,writes Prakash Karat.
It was timely for the Socialist Party of Malaysia (Parti Sosialis Malaysia -- PSM) to host the ``Socialism 2008 –- Malaysia'' conference, when the world is caught in a deep crisis that is considered the worst since World War II. The conference showed that capitalism, during its 18-year term as the dominant ideology of the world, had wreaked havoc on the lives of people and the planet, and that there was an urgent need to put forward a socialist alternative.
“There is no Alternative but Socialism”: Samir Amin
[Prof. Samir Amin, eminent Marxist scholar and Director, Third World Network was in New Delhi on 17th November 2008, to address a Symposium on the Global Economic Crisis. He spoke about the current crisis and the way forward for the progressive forces, to Prasenjit Bose and Senthil Babu from the CPI (M)]. Interview courtesy India News Network.
The transition from capitalism to socialism is the most difficult problem of socialist theory and practice. To add to this the question of ecology might therefore be seen as unnecessarily complicating an already intractable issue. I shall argue here, however, that the human relation to nature lies at the heart of the transition to socialism..... Writes John Bellamy Foster.
Courtesy: Monthly Review
This is the text of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture (organised by Jana Natya Manch) delivered by eminent Marxist economist Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, on 8th November 2008 in New Delhi. In this lecture Prof. Patnaik argues that Marxist theory should not be viewed as a closed isolationist knowledge system. On the contrary, It is important for Marxist theory, especially today, to break out of isolationism, to engage vigorously with the world of ideas in general, and thereby to enrich itself to cope with the unfolding reality of the world capitalist crisis.
"In the "About" section on our webpage we say: Monthly Review has kept a steady viewpoint. That point of view is the heartfelt attempt to frame the issues of the day with one set of interests foremost in mind: those of the great majority of humankind, the propertyless. But of course that audience cannot afford the subscriptions that make it possible for Monthly Review to exist, nor likely the web access that would make it possible to read us online. For those on whose financial support we rely, no doubt their endangered pension funds are now uppermost in their minds, and reasonably so. Yet the contradiction is that they are not those whom, in the last analysis, we seek to address."
Pragoti carries this post from Monthly Review as a mark of solidarity.
Forty-one years ago this day, in a small school hut in La Higuera, Bolivia, Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara was brutally executed by the agents of imperialism. Pragoti commemorates the 41st anniversary of Che Guevera's martyrdom.
If we, in a small point of the world map, are able to fulfill our duty and place at the disposal of this struggle whatever little of ourselves we are permitted to give: our lives, our sacrifice, and if some day we have to breathe our last breath on any land, already ours, sprinkled with our blood let it be known that we have measured the scope of our actions and that we only consider ourselves elements in the great army of the proletariat but that we are proud of having learned from the Cuban Revolution, and from its maximum leader, the great lesson emanating from his attitude in this part of the world: "What do the dangers or the sacrifices of a man or of a nation matter, when the destiny of humanity is at stake."
This was Che's message to the anti-imperialist movement, a year before his martyrdom. Here is the full text of the message titled 'Create Two, Three, Many Vietnams: Message to the Tricontinental' (Courtesy: History is a weapon) followed by an interview (Courtesy: Monthly Review) with Che in 1961 during the Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) invasion in 1961.