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By IKE NAHEM
“Marxism taught me what society was. I was like a blindfolded man in a forest, who doesn’t know where north or south is. If you don’t eventually come to truly understand the history of the class struggle, or at least have a clear idea that society is divided between the rich and the poor, and that some people subjugate and exploit other people, you’re lost in a forest, not knowing anything.
“[Humans] make [their] own history, but [they] do not make it out of the whole cloth; [they] do not make it out of conditions chosen by [themselves], but out of such as [they] find close at hand.”
The Epoch of Fidel
Fidel Castro was one of the outstanding revolutionary leaders over the entire course of recorded world history. His astonishing and heroic life experiences are intertwined with the accomplishments, example, and practice of the Cuban Revolution that he was the central leader of.
The political and personal integrity of Fidel Castro stood rock-solid in the face of decades of tremendous, unremitting pressures directed by the US government to destroy the Cuban Revolution (and him personally through murder).
The skilled resistance Fidel personified at the head of the politically conscious, organized, and mobilized Cuban masses gave him the moral high ground over decades in the treacherous waters of world politics in the “Cold War” era and beyond.
BY IKE NAHEM
The last two weeks of October 1962, 55 years ago, was the closest the world has come so far to a widespread nuclear exchange in what has become known as the “Cuban Missile Crisis.”
The First Use of Nuclear Weapons
In August 1945, the United States government, having, at that moment, a monopoly on the “atom bomb,” unilaterally dropped nuclear explosives, successively, on the civilian inhabitants of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At the time of this clear war crime Japanese imperialism’s conquests and vast expansion in China, the Pacific Rim, and Southeast Asia, that began in the 1930s, had shrunk sharply. The Japanese rulers were utterly alone and isolated politically; their German Nazi ally was defeated, smashed, and under occupation. Japanese imperialism was in headlong retreat under intense attack from, on the one hand, rival colonial powers and imperialists fighting to get their colonial territories back, and indigenous independence forces in the remaining lands they occupied on the other. The latter was a mass upsurge for national independence and included resistance to Japanese aggression in parts of Manchuria in China, as well as Korea, Vietnam, and the “Dutch East Indies,” now Indonesia. At the time the decision to explode the nukes on Japanese cities was made, the Japanese navy was incapable of any operations and the Japanese merchant fleet was destroyed. The Japanese government had begun to send out “peace feelers,” fully aware of its hopeless situation. Washington’s utterly ruthless action – rationalized as necessary to prevent mass casualties for US soldiers in a ground invasion of Japan – finalized the defeat and prostration of the Japanese Empire in the Asian-Pacific “theater” of World War II…and sent an unmistakable shock and signal to the world for all time.
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Submission to United Nations Human Rights Commission, Geneva, Switzerland By Ike Nahem (This documented was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Office of the Commissioner, based in Geneva, Switzerland in the name of Cuba solidarity organizations in the … Continue reading
NEW YORK – NEW JERSEY
ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE MONCADA ATTACK
THE EVENT THAT LAUNCHED THE CUBAN REVOLUTION
DINNER – RECEPTION 6:00 PM PROGRAM 7:00 PM
REPRESENTATIVES FROM CUBA, VENEZUELA
MUSICIAN JUDY GORMAN
LOCATION NYSNA 131 WEST 33RD STREET, 2ND FLOOR
(BETWEEN 6TH AND 7TH AVENUES IN MANHATTAN, TWO BLOCKS FROM PENN STATION)
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10, NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS
SPONSORED BY: CUBA SI, JULY 26 COALITION, CASA DE LAS AMERICAS
WE CALL ON ALL FRIENDS OF CUBA AND FIGHTERS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE TO GATHER AT THE CUBAN MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO HONOR THE LIFE AND EXAMPLE OF OUR BROTHER, FIDEL CASTRO
THE GREAT REVOLUTIONARY AND INTERNATIONALIST. THE CHAMPION OF THE OPPRESSED. THE ORGANIZER OF SOLIDARITY.
315 LEXINGTON AVENUE BETWEEN 38th and 39th
STREETS IN MANHATTAN
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 12 NOON TO 2:00 PM
TO COINCIDE WITH THE BURIAL OF FIDEL’ S REMAINS IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA AND THE END OF THE NINE DAY MOURNING PERIOD IN CUBA FROM 9:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON, FRIENDS CAN ENTER THE CUBAN MISSION TO SIGN THE CONDOLENCE BOOK FOR FIDEL CASTRO
With the passing of the great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016 it is first and foremost to the Cuban people that we express our condolences and our solidarity.
Fidel was a product of a profound and rich Cuban and Latin American history, but it must be said that the example and legacy of Fidel belongs in truth to the world. And in particular to the oppressed and exploited overwhelming majority of humanity, in every corner of our Earth.