Fidel Castro, the harbinger of the 20th century Latin American communist wave and leader of the Cuban revolution, died overnight Friday, the Associated Press reported. He was 90.
Castro, who stepped down from power in 2008 permanently after nearly five decades as prime minister and president of the island, had made few public appearances in recent months.
Castro’s sightings were increasingly bookended by rumors of his death, which often set social media abuzz for hours. One of his last appearances was in April, meeting a group of Venezuelan visitors to Cuba, shortly before his brother, Raul, sat down with US President Obama to discuss the thawing of relations between the two countries, the first meeting of its kind since 1956.
You’re a time-traveler and you’ve just returned from the early 1900s. However, upon arriving in 2016, you realize you must have changed something because the United States is now communist and Supreme Leader Elon Musk is in control.
Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, had a baseball-sized growth on his neck. Official photos of the “Eternal President” were therefore taken from a leftward angle to hide the growth. In the picture: Kim Il-sung in a meeting with the Hungarian communist leader János Kádár. 1984
Ik a lot of communist leaders were bad but isnt it wrong to say that the cold war was about containing communism.. and then saying america was Good and Capitalist? Idk im tired of the "if ur poor communism sounds good!!" rhetoric coming out
The Containment of Communism was an excuse for the military expansion of amerika globally, thus serving an imperialist agenda.
Noam Chomsky delves into this in Understanding Power–we attack and invade other countries, obliterating their people and infrastructure in the name of “defense.” He made an allusion to the Containment with h*tler’s policies about how Germany and the Germans were “under attack” from the Jewish and Rromani people, from the communists, from the European encirclement, etc, therefore the reich was “justified” into committing atrocities in the name of “defense.”
In terms of power, it’s easier to sell offense masked with “defense” than it is to sell offense on its own. We didnt *need* to go to war in Korea or Vietnam, we didnt need to fund counter insurgents against the Soviets in Afghanistan, nor did we need to destroy Central/South America as a means to fend off against the communist ideology, but rather to expand our global imperialist doctrine by using communism as a scapegoat.
Our real goal was a race to see how many countries we could have under our thumb before the outbreak of war between the two giants. It wasnt an ideological crusade, it was a conquest campaign.
ROMANIA. Bucharest. 1989. In an example of acute historical irony, this anticommunist civilian uses an AK-47 to hunt down secret police during the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania’s oppressive communist dictator.
The Romanian Revolution was a period of violent civil unrest in December 1989 and part of the Revolutions of 1989 that occurred in several countries. The Romanian Revolution started in the city of Timișoara and soon spread throughout the country, ultimately culminating in the show trial and execution of longtime Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, and the end of 42 years of Communist rule in Romania. It was also the last removal of a Communist regime in a Warsaw Pact country during the events of 1989, and the only one that violently overthrew a country’s government and executed its leader.
Rules: 1. ALWAYS post these rules 2. Answer the questions given by the person who tagged you 3. Write down 11 questions of your own 4. Tag 11 people
1. do you prefer sunrises or
Sunsets are way nicer looking, they make for better photographs too
2. if you own bandshirts, which
one is your favourite?
The Nirvana one with Kurt and Courtney that says ‘Love Kills’ in the Nirvana font, my fav t-shirt
3. if you could change your
name, would you? and if yes, which one would you choose?
I’d choose something that’s less stuttery to say, I love the name Layne so probs smth like that
4. how would you name a cat?
I’d bring up a list of Communist leaders and choose the one his personality fits the most
5. are you more of an introvert
or an extrovert?
lul, extrovert, why is that even a suggestion, I systematically avoid as much socialising as possible, so introvert all the way
6. what is your favourite live
NIrvana 1992 Live at Reading is utterly brilliant, but the Muse concert I went to was also awesome, it’s between them, probably Muse because it was irl and Chris looked me right in the eyes I was starstruck
7. do you play an instrument?
if not, which one would you like to be able to play?
Always wanted to learn guitar or drums but they’re both expensive af to make them sound good
8. if you’d immediately be able
to speak another language fluently, which one would you choose?
Russian so I sound threatening af, or German or maybe a Scandinavian language so I can move there and live in a happy country with more socialism and less assholes
9. how are you today?
Stressed af and tired and sad but also looking forward to Easter
10. what is your favourite kind
Pepperoni with a load of spicy stuff and peppers all over it, spicy food is the absolute best thing ever
11. coffee or tea?
Coffee, I’m probably pretty dependent on Caffeine to get me through the day, I have a friend who takes three shots of espresso before he even goes to school at like 8AM so he probably has coffee for blood now
The Nazis stated that Marinus van der Lubbe, a young Dutch council communist, had been caught at the scene of the fire, and he was arrested for the crime. Van der Lubbe was an unemployed bricklayer who had recently arrived in Germany. The Nazis stated that van der Lubbe had declared that he had started the fire. Van der Lubbe was tried and sentenced to death. The fire was used as evidence by the Nazi Party that communists were plotting against the German government. The event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.
The fire started in the Reichstag building, the assembly location of the German Parliament. A Berlin fire station received an alarm call that the building was on fire at 00:59. By the time the police and firefighters arrived, the main Chamber of Deputies was engulfed in flames. The police conducted a thorough search inside the building and found van der Lubbe. He was arrested, as were four communist leaders soon after.
Adolf Hitler, who had been sworn in as Chancellor of Germany on 30 January, urged President Paul von Hindenburg to pass an emergency decree to suspend civil liberties and pursue a “ruthless confrontation” with the Communist Party of Germany. After passing the decree, the government instituted mass arrests of communists, including all of the Communist Party parliamentary delegates. With their bitter rival communists gone and their seats empty, the Nazi Party went from being a plurality party to the majority, thus enabling Hitler to consolidate his power.
An essay by Karla Souza on her Mexican & Chilean Background for Hispanic Heritage Month
1960s New York, Rockefeller State. Kitchen. Interior.
Elba Silva, Chilean woman, tough as nails, extremely stubborn. My grandma.
Wipes the sweat off her brow and continues to cook arduously as she writes down a recipe that John D. Rockefeller III, wanted to make for a dinner guest. Diego Rivera’s mural at the Rockefeller Center had been banned years earlier because it included the face of communist leader Vladimir Lenin. This was the talk at the dinner table, and Elba overhears this conversation and many more during her years as a cook at the Rockefeller Estate.
Flashforward to 2014. Los Angeles California, casting room. Interior.
Elba’s granddaughter, Karla Souza, sits in a sparsely decorated casting room, anxiously waiting to be called. Oblivious to the hours of hard work, dedication and struggle her grandmother endured so Karla could have an opportunity to make a living in the United States of America.
She starts looking around at all the other girls auditioning for the same character as she is: “The Latina.” That’s the character description in the script by the way. As if that’s a personality trait you can play as an actor! Anyway I’m getting sidetracked.
She hears her name called out: “Karla Souza?”
“I’m sorry … How exactly are you Latin?” asks the casting director before doing the scene.
“I’m Mexican,” Karla replies.
Still some doubt and skepticism on the casting director’s face prompts Karla to respond:
“My mother is Mexican and my dad is from Chile. I was born in Mexico City. I just moved to Los Angeles two weeks ago.”
Needless to say I didn’t book that job. I wasn’t “Latina enough.”
I’m a spoiled American. I don’t fully realize how lucky I am to call this country home. I am a perfect example of what my pastor Rankin Wilbourne calls today’s generation: Radically individualistic. A generation of people with one project in mind: Project self. Me, me, me. Naive and oblivious to the blessings and graces given as I go about my day.
The antidote to the pandemic of individualism and selfishness, for me, is to stop and consider: Consider those around me. Those who came before me. Consider the pain and struggle people go through to move to and stay in the US. Surviving as an undocumented immigrant, living in constant fear of deportation. To just stop for a second in my busy privileged life and consider.
I consider. What is my immigrant story?
Elba Silva, my grandma on my dad’s side, moved to New York from Chile in search of better opportunities (don’t we all?) and ended up working as an assistant cook with the Rockefeller family for 20 years. She made killer Chilean empanadas and was stubborn as all get out. Her husband became a gardener to the Rockefellers, and New York became their home. When she passed away, her one request was to be buried in a beautiful cemetery that overlooks Manhattan.
She had become a US citizen, which gave my dad a path to citizenship.
My father, a shoemaker, immigrated from Chile to Mexico City where he met my mother. They married and soon after moved from Mexico City to Colorado when I was 2 years old. My parents knew the advantages we would have in learning another language and culture at such a young age. We lived in Colorado for 5 years, and my dad ran his Mexican shoe business from there. I vaguely remember receiving the letter from then President, Bill Clinton, saying something like: “Congratulations! You are now a citizen of the United States of America.” Which to me, meant nothing at the time.
I only recently moved back to the US after having lived in Europe for eight years and Mexico for 10. As the years have gone by, however, I finally realize how fortunate I am to have a US passport.
My front porch proudly displays both the Mexican and American flags. I celebrate both El Grito (Mexican Independence Day) on Sept. 15, and Fourth of July. At birthday celebrations, you’ll hear both “Las Mañanitas” and Happy Birthday. I consider myself as much American as I do Mexican.
As a kid, I would check the box that said Caucasian in forms because I thought they were asking about the color of my skin. I was later told that I was considered “brown” even if my skin is white. Forgive me if I’m still confused. These boxes fail miserably at labeling us.
From bringing Mexican candies on set to inviting and encouraging my friends to visit Mexico, I take pride in sharing my Latino experience.
You will hear me speaking Spanish unabashedly, making my character Laurel on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder authentically Latina and showcasing Latino playwrights with the non-for-profit Ammunition Theatre Company.
I’m the Mexican born granddaughter of a Chilean American cook, daughter of a Mexican and Chilean American shoemaker, wife of a Texan.