The effects of the capitalism’s return

The debates on Cuba raise passionate controversies. It could not be different. The first successful socialist revolution in Latin America touched generations and reached huge achievements. But it also has gained powerful enemies. The imperialism has attacked it with rage and hatred. Social relations, however, did not cease with...

What lies behind the reinstatement of diplomatic relations between USA and Cuba?

 "In Cuba there is poverty, but it's not like in Brazil. There are slums there; not here. Nor do we have beggars sleeping on the streets ... it's different." This statement by a Cuban resident of Havana, the country's capital, was shown in a documentary broadcast by the...

Debate with the Cuban delegation at the Porto Alegre Forum – Part I

This article was first published in Marxist Alive n° 3, May 2001. Marxism Alive is the theoretical magazine of IWL-FI. In this dossier we shall reproduce the most outstanding parts of the debate that took place at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre during a workshop on “Capitalist...

On Raul Castro’s replacement as president of Cuba

Miguel Díaz-Canel was elected by the National Assembly as president of the country in replacement of Raúl Castro, with the vote of the 604 deputies, in a unanimous voting. It was almost a protocol-vote: he was the only one running, supported by the Cuban Communist Party, base of the...

Castro-Chavism: rise and fall

The Cuban and Venezuelan governments can rely on support from most of the world’s left organizations. Their prestige, however, had reached its pinnacle in the previous decade and now is getting weaker as the situation of crisis of these governments gets worse. The international weight of these organisations –...

Freedom for Gabriela Zequeira Hernández

Gabriela is a 17-year-old girl who is a symbol of popular participation in the July 11 in Cuba. She went to the hairdresser that afternoon and went through the demonstration, when she was arrested and severely harassed. In prison, she was a victim of sexist violence, as she had...

Why is the Pope visiting Cuba?

Pope BenedictXVI has visited Mexico and Cuba for the first time, as the head of the Catholic Church. This visit which carries out a huge load of political objectives has nothing to do with a mere pastoral visit as the Vatican and the governments of these countries have falsely...

Who’s afraid of Yoani Sánchez?

We need areal debate on what is going on in Cuba and the Castro regime's true character. Since Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez, landed in Brazil, she has been facing protests from pro-Castro regime. In Feira de Santana (BA), these militants have gone as far as to prevent the exhibition...

Cuba: The Meaning of “Day Zero”

As of January 1, the Cuban government has begun to implement an economic plan whose main measure is the elimination of double currency in the country: the non-convertible peso and the convertible peso, which was exchangeable for dollars at a rate of 1=1. Now there will only be a...

New foreign investment law shows that capitalism has been restored

Cuba's National Assembly passed a legislation that frees the entry of foreign capital in the country and gives investors legal guarantees and huge tax exemptions. The law was introduced last year by Raul Castro’s government and, in fact, opens all sectors of the economy to foreign investment, except health,...

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