anti castro

Can we please stop calling Chechnya the first concentration camp since Hitler’s. North Korea has them and the Soviet Union had them. Also Che and Castro murdered gays too. Not sure if we can classify them as concentration camps but the millions of people who died under Maoism in work camps in Cambodia, China and other areas are worth mentioning too. Do not erase the suffering of millions for your shocking headline.

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“Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years? Why should some be miserably poor, so that others can be hugely rich? I speak on behalf of the children in the world who do not have a piece of bread. I speak on the behalf of the sick who have no medicine, of those whose rights to life and human dignity have been denied.”

— Fidel Castro’s message to the UN General Assembly, 1979

Comrade Fidel Castro, presente!

“We have never aspired to having custody of the banners and principles which the revolutionary movement has defended throughout its heroic and inspiring history. However, if fate were to decree that, one day, we would be among the last defenders of socialism in a world in which US imperialism had realized Hitler’s dreams of world domination, we would defend this bulwark to the last drop of our blood.” - December 7, 1989

Long live the Cuban Revolution! Socialism or death!

Cassandra Clare: *is going to join the Shadowhunters cast at NYCC*

Shadowhunters fans:

Originally posted by banamout

Tbh there are issues with capitalism but instead of saying we should resort to socialism or communism how about we focus on working on a solution to the problems in capitalism (while keeping in mind how socialism and capitalism has played out in the past)

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How Fidel’s girlfriend tried to assassinate him

One of Fidel’s lovers was a woman named Marita Lorenz, a German born American woman turned anti-Castro insurgent and CIA informant. The two met in 1959 two months after Castro took over Cuba, a passenger on her father’s cruise liner. 

As a result of their relationship, Marita became pregnant twice.  According to Marita the pregnancies resulted in a miscarriage or forced abortion. Details on that point are fuzzy and Marta’s account on her pregnancies are inconsistent. However it is clear that Marita was extremely angry at Castro for his blase attitude toward the loss of her children. 

At that point Marita became an anti-Castro counter revolutionary, joining a secret Florida based group in 1960.  During her membership in the group, she was approached by CIA operative Frank Sturgis, who went by the alias, “Francisco Fiorini”. Franks Sturgis is certainly an interesting figure in history. Originally he was actually a Castro supporter who helped train his revolutionary army and ran guns for him. In the photo below he claims to be standing on a mass grave of 71 Batista supporters he personally executed. Apparently he had a change of heart and become an anti-Castro supporter, organizing many anti-Castro militant groups. Later, he would be one of the five robbers involved in the Watergate Scandal which brought down Richard Nixon.

Sturgis came to Marita with an offer to assassinate Castro, and provided several pills filled with botulinum toxin which were said to kill a man in 30 seconds.  Marita smuggled the pills in a can of facial cream. When it came time to taint Castro’s food with the poison, she found that the pills had dissolved in the facial cream.  

Unable to feed Castro the poisoned facial cream, she gave up the attempt and considered the mission FUBAR.  However, Castro was unable to sense that something was wrong, and asked if she was a CIA operative. Marita denied being with the CIA, saying that we she was going to do she was doing for herself, and no one else.  In response, Castro handed her a loaded pistol and told her to go ahead and kill him.  Marita held the pistol to his chest, but claims that when it came to actually committing the deed, she couldn’t actually do it.  At that point Castro laid back chewing a cigar saying, “You can’t kill me, nobody can kill me.”  Then according to Marita, in a moment reminiscent of Bond film, her heart melted for him once again, she exclaimed that she still loved him, and they made sweet lovin’ one more time.

After Marita’s attempted assassination of Castro, she returned to the United States where she became the mistress of exiled Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez, the relationship which produced two daughters. Yeah, she apparently had a thing for Latin American dictators. After the assassination of John F. Kennedy she testified to the House Select Committee on Assassinations that she suspected John Sturgis had recruited Lee Harvey Oswald and masterminded a conspiracy to kill the President, yet no evidence was found supporting her claims.  In the 1970′s she married the manager of an apartment building in New York, and her and her husband were recruited by the FBI to spy on Eastern Bloc diplomats and Mafia bosses who lived in her building. Marita was permitted to travel to Cuba in 1985, where she met with Castro one more time. Today she currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante

We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante. And there are lessons that we must revisit and heed as we pick up the mantle in changing our world, as we aspire to build a world rooted in a vision of freedom and the peace that only comes with justice. It is the lessons that we take from Fidel.
From Fidel, we know that revolution is sparked by an idea, by radical imaginings, which sometimes take root first among just a few dozen people coming together in the mountains. It can be a tattered group of meager resources, like in Sierra Maestro in 1956 or St. Elmo Village in 2013.

Revolution is continuous and is won first in the hearts and minds of the people and is continually shaped and reshaped by the collective. No single revolutionary ever wins or even begins the revolution. The revolution begins only when the whole is fully bought in and committed to it. And it is never over.
Revolution transcends borders; the freedom of oppressed people and people of color is all bound up together wherever we are. In Cuba, South Africa, Palestine, Angola, Tanzania, Mozambique, Grenada, Venezuela, Haiti, African America, and North Dakota. We must not only root for each other but invest in each other’s struggles, lending our voices, bodies, and resources to liberation efforts which may seem distant from the immediacy of our daily existence.

Revolution is rooted in the recognition that there are certain fundamentals to which every being has a right, just by virtue of one’s birth: healthy food, clean water, decent housing, safe communities, quality healthcare, mental health services, free and quality education, community spaces, art, democratic engagement, regular vacations, sports, and places for spiritual expression are not questions of resources, but questions of political will and they are requirements of any humane society.

Revolution requires that the determination to create and preserve these things for our people takes precedent over individual drives for power, recognition, and enrichment.

A final lesson is that to be a revolutionary, you must strive to live in integrity. As a Black network committed to transformation, we are particularly grateful to Fidel for holding Mama Assata Shakur, who continues to inspire us. We are thankful that he provided a home for Brother Michael Finney Ralph Goodwin, and Charles Hill, asylum to Brother Huey P. Newton, and sanctuary for so many other Black revolutionaries who were being persecuted by the American government during the Black Power era. We are indebted to Fidel for sending resources to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and attempting to support Black people in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina when our government left us to die on rooftops and in floodwaters. We are thankful that he provided a space where the traditional spiritual work of African people could flourish, regardless of his belief system.

With Fidel’s passing there is one more lesson that stands paramount: when we are rooted in collective vision when we bind ourselves together around quests for infinite freedom of the body and the soul, we will be victorious. As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom. Fidel Vive!

Harry's tweet got me thinking

So you know how Harry said he’s filming with David and Alberto all day?? I have a theory.

So I’m guessing if they’re filming together maybe there’s a scene where Raphael and Simon decide to discuss the terms of his punishment or getting the kill order on him removed or whatever and Magnus is like neutral ground (I know he did that in the books at one point even though I chose to kind of forget the books I hope this scenario comes true because it means Raphael and Simon are on the road to forgiveness) and then the fact that they’re filming all day means that idk maybe they work together to find Camille and bring her to an end or something.

A Gun For Guerrillas

In the late 1950s, Gordon Ingram (designer of the MAC-10) visited Peru for a year on business terms, setting up manufacture for his Model 6 submachine gun. He met Juan Erquiaga Azicorbe, a Peruvian army officer, who was very interested in Ingram’s work. Ingram specialized in designing cheap submachine guns and Erquiaga wanted to capitalize on this by selling such weapons to guerrilla paramilitaries.

Some years later, Erquiaga went to the United States and collaborated with Ingram in designing the MR-64. It was not a particularly special design; it was more or less a copy of the STEN gun with modified aesthetics. But it was extremely simple to manufacture, as well as cheap. Erquiaga set up the Erquiaga Arms Company in the City of Industry in California. From there, the MR-64 was manufactured in the thousands, and sold to Cuban anti-Castro guerrillas.

Understandably, when the FBI learned of Erquiaga’s actions, they feared it would threaten already poor US-Cuban relations and raided Erquiaga’s factory, confiscating the weapons being manufactured there. Erquiaga himself managed to flee the country and avoid arrest.