Che: ‘Youth must be the motor force of our revolution’

Vol. 84/No. 38 - September 28, 2020
Che Guevara, center, took lead in initiating voluntary labor in early days after Cuba’s 1959 revolution. In future socialist society, he wrote, work will be transformed, turned into production for society without compulsion to force workers to sell their labor power as a commodity.

The Spanish edition of Che Guevara Talks to Young People is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. After joining Fidel Castro’s July 26 Movement, Ernesto Che Guevara, the heroic Argentinian-born revolutionary, helped to lead the first socialist…


‘Fidel led working people to be changers of the world, not victims’

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Launching of the “Rectification” process in 1986, at Fidel Castro’s initiative, was a turning point in the Cuban Revolution. Working people answered the call to join volunteer brigades, like above, to build homes, clinics, schools and child care centers. The historic effort “remobilized and remoralized” working people, Mary-Alice Waters said.

The following talk by Mary-Alice Waters was given in response to an invitation to take part in an online Celebration of the Life of Fidel Castro Aug. 13. Waters is a member of the Socialist Workers Party National Committee and president of Pathfinder…


How Cuban Revolution beat the ‘fifth column’ in Escambray

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Militia members in the Escambray learning to read and write in 1961. Land reform and literacy campaign benefited peasants, helping the volunteer fighters defeat counterrevolutionary bandits, and deepened support to Cuba’s socialist revolution and its leaders.

From the Escambray to the Congo: In the Whirlwind of the Cuban Revolution by Víctor Dreke is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. Dreke joined Cuba’s revolutionary movement as a high school student and became a Rebel…


Program celebrates political legacy of Fidel Castro

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Fidel Castro with independence fighters in Quang Tri, during 1973 visit to liberated areas in U.S.-occupied south Vietnam. “We will never forget Fidel’s declaration that for Vietnam, Cuba is willing to shed its blood,” said Vietnam U.N. Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, inset.

The political legacy of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was celebrated in an online program Aug. 13 organized by supporters of the U.S. National Network on Cuba, Canadian Network on Cuba, and Table de Concertation de Solidarité Québec-Cuba. The co-chairs…


Fight for health care to treat everyone, not to make profit

Vol. 84/No. 32 - August 17, 2020

The big-business press tells us COVID-19 is “the great equalizer,” that it strikes without regard to “wealth, fame, and prestige.” And, most importantly, they tell us, “We’re all in this together.” But these claims are lies that clash with the…


Events mark 1953 opening of the Cuban Revolution

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Cuba’s ambassador to New Zealand, Edgardo Valdés speaks in Auckland July 25.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Cuba’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the solidarity its medical workers have extended to countries worldwide are part of “the fight to make a better world possible for everyone,” Cuba’s ambassador to New Zealand, Edgardo Valdés López,…


Cubans mobilize to fight virus, show living power of revolution

Vol. 84/No. 30 - August 3, 2020
Celebration of end of coronavirus quarantine at senior citizens home in Santa Clara in early June. Cuban government took special measures to protect those most vulnerable to virus.

Revolutionary Cuba has virtually stopped the spread of COVID-19 on the island, has the highest success rate in the world in treating those sickened by the virus and the lowest death rate. This is a powerful example of the difference…


‘Women in Cuba have always been in front line of struggles’

Vol. 84/No. 30 - August 3, 2020
Members of Cuban Women’s Antiaircraft Artillery Defense Regiment leaving for Angola in 1988, to help defeat apartheid South Africa’s invasion. Vilma Espín, leader of Federation of Cuban Women, at center in white blouse.

Marianas in Combat: Teté Puebla and the Mariana Grajales Women’s Platoon in Cuba’s Revolutionary War, 1956-58 by Teté Puebla is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for July. Puebla was an officer in the victorious Rebel Army and of…


Scientific approach to opening of ‘New World’

Vol. 84/No. 29 - July 27, 2020
Reproduction of a painting of Genoa, Italy, in 1597, by Cristoforo Grassi. Genoa was a key European port at the time of Columbus’ voyages. Opening of Americas paved the way for the rapid development of capitalism in Holland and England, while holding it back in Spain.

The approaching 500th anniversary of the European discovery of the Americas has given rise to a widespread debate on the significance of this event and the colonization of the continent which followed. In the accompanying interview Cuban minister of culture…


Che: ‘Moncada attack was beginning of Cuba’s revolution’

Vol. 84/No. 29 - July 27, 2020

Che Guevara Speaks by Ernesto Che Guevara is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for July. Che, born in Argentina, became a central leader of the Cuban Revolution and one of the outstanding communists of the 20th century. The…