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Salut les Cubains – Agnès Varda (1964)

“Agnès Varda’s pictures of Cuba had been sitting untouched in boxes since the mid-1960s. The images – of female bodies in form-fitting silhouettes, and men harvesting in cane fields – ‘were never meant to be shown,’ says the grande dame … Continue reading

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Frantz Fanon: The Brightness of Metal

After Frantz Fanon died in 1961, his body was carried across the border from Tunisia to be buried in Algeria. “Frantz Fanon was born on the Caribbean island of Martinique on 25 July 1925. He died in the United States, … Continue reading

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The US Blockade on Cuba Must End

Richard Nixon, then Dwight D. Eisenhower’s vice president, met with Cuba’s Fidel Castro on April 19, 1959, in Washington, DC. “… The US blockade on Cuba has been a key part of Washington’s long-standing war on the country, launched shortly … Continue reading

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How Cuba Remembers Its Revolutionary Past and Present

Castro’s cabin at the rebel headquarters had a simple bed, a fridge, a study and a secret trapdoor, in case he came under attack.  “It’s not hard to see why Fidel Castro’s guerrilla headquarters during the Cuban revolutionary war was … Continue reading

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Anti-Imperialist Propaganda Posters from OSPAAAL

Nixon Tearing the Heart out of Indochina, 1971. Creator: René Mederos “On January 3, 1966, 513 delegates representing 83 groups from countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa gathered in Havana, Cuba for the first Tricontinental Conference. The meeting was … Continue reading

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Régis Debray – Revolution in the Revolution (1967)

“In the ’60s, Regis Debray fought beside Che Guevara in Bolivia. Today, his obsession isn’t ideology- it’s ‘mediology.’ Twenty-seven years ago, French radical theoretician Régis Debray was sentenced by a Bolivian military tribunal to 30 years in jail. He had … Continue reading

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Guerrillero Heroico

“Guerrillero Heroico (English: ‘Heroic Guerrilla Fighter’) is an iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara taken by Alberto Korda. It was captured on March 5, 1960, in Havana, Cuba, at a memorial service for victims of the La Coubre explosion. … Continue reading

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Our Man in Havana – J. Hoberman

April 10, 1984: “… Well, a lot of things have changed since 1957, but Havana remains a cornucopia of ’50s imagery. It’s actually in fashion! Even modest bungalows out in the suburbs sport curlicue grill­work and harlequin mosaics, jazzily tapered … 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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Aquarius Rising

A protester at a demonstration against the Vietnam War during the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968 “Certain years acquire an almost numinous quality in collective memory—1789, 1861, 1914. One of the more recent additions to the list is 1968. Its … Continue reading

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