Category Archives: Cuban Revolution

Cinema of Cuba

“Cinema arrived in Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century. Before the Cuban Revolution of 1959, about 80 full-length films were produced in Cuba. Most of these films were melodramas. Following the revolution, Cuba entered what is considered the … Continue reading

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Trial of Clay Shaw

District Attorney Jim Garrison “On March 1, 1967, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison arrested and charged New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw with conspiring to assassinate President Kennedy, with the help of Lee Harvey Oswald, David Ferrie, and others. On … Continue reading

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La Chinoise – Jean-Luc Godard (1967)

“La Chinoise (‘The Chinese’) is a 1967 French political film directed by Jean-Luc Godard about young extremists in Paris. La Chinoise is a loose adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s 1872 novel Demons. In the novel, a group of five disaffected citizens, … Continue reading

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1968 Miami riot

“A group of black organizations in Miami called for ‘a mass rally of concerned Black people,’ to take place on August 7, 1968, at the Vote Power building in Liberty City, a black neighborhood. Sponsors were the Vote Power League, … Continue reading

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Roz Payne

“Roz Payne was born in Patterson, New Jersey, and grew up in a political household. Her mom, Edith Berkman, was of Jewish and Polish descent and a Communist labor organizer. She was arrested during the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile strike in … Continue reading

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The Hemingway Marlin Fish Tournament

Joe Russell and Ernest Hemingway with a marlin, Havana Harbor, 1932 (young man at left not identified). “On March 4, 1960, the French freighter La Coubre, delivering Belgian arms to Havana Harbor, exploded, killing 101 people. Fidel Castro immediately denounced … Continue reading

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Black skin, white ally

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul at the 6th Anniversary of Founding of Communist China in Beijing. “Few European intellectuals concerned themselves with the dissolution of the imperial projects across the Global South in the mid-20th century; even fewer advocated outright … Continue reading

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