Demo in New York on 1/11 ….. Day of UN Vote

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The deceased Cuban leader and PLO chief Yasser Arafat enjoyed close relations and shared anti-imperialist ideology.

Cuban President Fidel Castro greets Palestine leader Yasser Arafat, right, at a dinner reception.

Cuban President Fidel Castro greets Palestine leader Yasser Arafat, right, at a dinner reception.

Fidel Castro: The Palestinian connection

Dalia Hatuqa

 It’s November 1974, and Yasser Arafat, sporting his signature Ray-Ban sunglasses and checkered black-and-white headscarf, is waving to a cheering crowd on the tarmac of Jose Marti International Airport outside Havana.

He descended from the Algerian Airlines plane that took him from New York City to the Cuban capital, where he was greeted and embraced by Fidel Castro, who was at that time prime minister and had been in power for 15 years.

Castro died late on Friday at the age of 90, according to the Cuban government.

The moment in Havana wasn’t the first time the two men had met – their initial encounter happened just over a year earlier at the 4th Summit of Non-Aligned Countries in Algeria. However, it was the first time they met on Cuban soil.

Despite not being a head of state, Arafat was given a presidential welcome in Havana: Cuban Communist Party officials, ministers and others warmly welcomed the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader that day.

Later on, he was awarded one of the country’s highest decorations, the Orden Nacional Playa Giron, or Bay of Pigs Medal, which, according to Cuba’s government radio, is “awarded to Cuban citizens or foreigners who have excelled in the struggle against imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism, or who have done great deeds for peace and progress of mankind”.

The iconic picture of Arafat and Castro walking on the tarmac – housed at the Yasser Arafat Foundation in Ramallah – tells the tale of how an unlikely relationship between the two men, and the PLO and Cuba, were forged.

And while Cuban-Palestinian relations can be traced as far back as the 1966 Tricontinental Conference in Havana, it was Arafat’s November 1974 trip that “cemented the official Palestinian relationship with Cuba”, said Hosni Abdel Wahad, the Palestinian Authority’s assistant foreign minister for the Americas.

“It was during that visit that the official PLO-Cuban ties were forged and the first [PLO] representative office was opened in Havana thereafter.”

Cuba recognises the PLO

It is believed that unofficial ties were made between Cuba and the Palestinians during a first-of-its-kind trip by Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, and Che Guevara to the Gaza Strip in late 1959.

Events in the 1950s set the stage for this trip: during that time, all Latin American countries, with the exception of Cuba, consistently supported the Israeli position over that of the Palestinians in international forums.

Che Guevara, who was not Cuban but was an instrumental figure in the country’s revolution, spoke in support of the Palestinians in the coastal enclave and elsewhere.

This culminated in Cuba’s recognition of the PLO when it was founded in 1964, making it one of the first countries to do so.

The Cubans trained Palestinian cadres, and Fidel himself was a staunch advocate of the Palestinian quest for freedom and independence.

– Mansour Tahboub, former acting director of the Arafat Foundation

Many of Arafat’s pictures at the Yasser Arafat Foundation, which traces and commemorates the life of the late Palestinian leader, attest to a close relationship with Fidel Castro and Cuba.

The mostly black-and-white images document a series of visits by Arafat to the Latin American country – by some accounts, as many as eight; and these are just the official ones, said Mohammad Odeh, who heads Fatah’s Latin America department.

“That’s a significant number considering Cuba is such a geographically distant country.

“It was, at best, a 12-hour plane ride from any European country, yet Arafat made the trip on numerous occasions. Castro always welcomed him like he was a head of state.”

Mansour Tahboub, former acting director of the Arafat Foundation, said such visits were also a testament to the close historical ties.

“Cuba has always been a strong supporter of Palestinians in all realms: political, military, vocational training,” Tahboub said.

“The Cubans trained Palestinian cadres, and Fidel himself was a staunch advocate of the Palestinian quest for freedom and independence.”

The rare archival footage at the foundation provides a window into many milestones of Cuban-Palestinian relations, such as Arafat pictured on stage – with former Syrian president, Hafez al-Assad, in the background – condemning Egypt for signing the 1978 Camp David Accords with Israel, during the 6th Non-Aligned Summit in Havana in September 1979.

During that time, Egypt was suspended as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement after its agreement with Israel was criticised as “an act of complicity with the continued occupation of Arab territories”.

But these pictures show only a portion of the decades-long relationship between the two men. The PLO and Cuba were natural allies, as both championed what their leaders saw as a struggle against imperial and colonial powers.

Quest for independence

Indeed, Castro conflated Cuba’s “strife to fight imperialism” with the Palestinian quest for independence from Israel’s occupation.

“Cuba’s backing of the Palestinians wasn’t exceptional,” explained Abdel Wahad, who studied journalism in Cuba.

“It was part of the Cuban support system to all people struggling for freedom and fighting against colonialism.”

Castro reaffirmed this belief on numerous occasions, including during an interview with the French weekly Afrique-Asie in 1977.

“The Palestinian movements have shown their ability to resist imperialist … aggression … [The Palestinian cause] will prevail sooner or later in spite of the betrayal by Arab reactionaries, imperialist manoeuvres and Israeli aggression.”

In almost every one of Castro’s many speeches, he voiced support for the Palestinians alongside condemnations of US “imperialist plots”.

Following the end of the Six-Day War, Cuba condemned Israel for the first time at the UN. And of all the Latin American countries that had PLO representative offices at the time, only Cuba and Nicaragua granted the PLO full diplomatic status.

Yet despite its close relationship with the PLO, Cuba continued to maintain relations with Israel until 1973. It was during the Non-Aligned Movement summit of that year in Algeria that Cuba announced it would break off relations with Tel Aviv.

Several historical accounts refer to a dramatic scene unfolding at the event after Castro was reportedly convinced to cut ties with Israel.

Tales were told of an embrace between Castro and former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, and some claimed that “Arafat ran across [the hall] to embrace Fidel, and the applause lasted for minutes”.

During the Non-Aligned Movement’s heyday, before the end of the Cold War, Cuba also gave much-needed political support to the Palestinians in international fora, such as the UN.

Around that time, Cuba co-sponsored the UN General Assembly resolution that equated Zionism with racism.

Even when the UN later repealed the resolution in 1991, Cuba stood in opposition.

Quid pro quo?

Some argued that the prominence Cubans gave to the Palestinian cause was a quid pro quo for helping the Castro government secure influence among “Third World nations”.

“The symbiotic relationship between the two … enabled Castro, despite his role in Latin America and Africa as a Soviet client and surrogate, to assume a leadership position in the Third World and within the Non-Aligned Movement,” wrote David J Kopilow, a former consultant for the Hudson Institute in Washington specialising in Central America.

Cuba assisted the PLO – especially left-leaning factions like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) – in forging ties with neighbouring states.

The Cubans had a huge role in us seeking the status of non-member observer state, and we still liaise with them on all high-level international matters.

– Mohammad Odeh, head of Fatah’s Latin America department

“The Cubans played a vital role in facilitating our interactions on the Latin American scene,” said Hisham Abu Ghosh, a member of the DFLP’s political bureau.

The DFLP had an especially close relationship with the Cuban regime; the party’s leader Nayef Hawatmeh made dozens of trips to the island, the most recent of which was made in November 2013.

The PLO also found fertile ground in Cuba for political training and support, giving “logistical and professional guidance for Palestinian factions”, according to Abdel Majeed Sweilim, professor of political science at Al Quds University.

The Latin American state also took a special interest in providing educational support to Palestinians.

“Despite Cuba’s economic woes, the government would give more than 150 Palestinians annually opportunities to study medicine, engineering and other disciplines,” said Odeh, who studied dentistry on the island in 1970 under a full scholarship granted by the Cuban government.

Close relations have been maintained between the Palestinians and Cuba, but “the nature of the relationship has differed”, explained the PA’s Abdel Wahad. “There is an official relationship with the state of Palestine.”

Cuba was even consulted in the lead-up to the UN’s recognition of Palestine as a “non-member observer state”.

“I was in Cuba two years ago to consult with officials about the UN bid,” Fatah’s Odeh said.

“Not many people know this, but the Cubans had a huge role in us seeking the status of non-member observer state, and we still liaise with them on all high-level international matters.”


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Comandante Fidel Castro






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Bella Ciao with much love and admiration


Fidel Castro bade farewell to Cuba’s Communist Party on Tuesday, telling party members that he would soon die and urging them to fulfill his communist vision.

Fidel Castro, left, with his brother, President Raúl Castro, addressed Cuba’s Communist Party at the party congress in Havana on Tuesday. Credit Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate, via Associated Press

Fidel Castro, left, with his brother, President Raúl Castro, addressed Cuba’s Communist Party at the party congress in Havana on Tuesday. Credit Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate, via Associated Press

In Farewell, Fidel Castro Urges Party to Fulfill His Vision


Image by Carlos Latuff

Here’s just one reason …

POTUS goes to Cuba ....

POTUS goes to Cuba ….


Obama’s visit to Cuba, is scheduled for Mar 21st and 22nd. From there he is expected to continue his trip through Latin-American countries. His departure from the U.S. during that time will mean that he will be absent during the AIPAC conference and consequently miss the visit to the U.S. of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is expected to speak at the conference.

Could the timing be more perfect?

Historic Photo ~ US President Barack Obama (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at the start of their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Historic Photo ~ US President Barack Obama (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at the start of their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Obama times Cuba visit to avoid Netanyahu?

Obama is to be the first U.S. President in 80 years to visit Cuba, but the timing of the visit means he will miss AIPAC, Netanyahu in U.S.

The White House announced on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama will make history as he will be the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in over 80 years. The state visit is a direct continuation of the Obama’s historic achievement from last year when he initiated diplomatic relations between the two countries. Diplomatic relations between the countries was severed 6 decades ago.

The President announced the news via his Twitter account on the same day. “14 months ago, I announced that we would begin normalizing relations with Cuba – and we’ve already made significant progress,” he tweeted. “Our flag flies over our Embassy in Havana once again. More Americans are traveling to Cuba than at any time in the last 50 years.”

It is expected that Obama will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, as well as various entrepreneurs and VIPs of Cuban society.

The statement by the White House made waves in the U.S. media, however, most of the press overlooked one important fact which relates to Israel, the timing of the visit.

Obama’s visit to Cuba, is scheduled for Mar 21st and 22nd. From there he is expected to continue his trip through Latin-American countries. His departure from the U.S. during that time will mean that he will be absent during the AIPAC conference and consequently miss the visit to the U.S. of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is expected to speak at the conference.

The last time the two leaders met was in November 2015. Following the meeting Netanyahu said that it was “one of the best meetings I have had with Obama.” The White House was not so enthused.

The last U.S. President to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge in 1928 when he visited the island country on a U.S. battleship.




No one can deny the young lad had a good upbringing 😉

Fidel Castro holding the New prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

Fidel Castro holding the New prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau … (BTW, this was taken about 43 years before the USA even recognised the Cuban regime)


Pontiff visits Cuba before his arrival in USA

Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff

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Pope Francis to stop off in Cuba on way to United States in September



Have truer words ever been spoken?






New Yorkers are invited to celebrate tonight …

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What you didn’t know, but should have ….

Che visited gaza on June 18, 1959. As he walked around in Palestinian refugee camps, refugees welcomed him with chants supporting the Cuban revolution.

Che visited Gaza on June 18, 1959. As he walked around in Palestinian refugee camps, refugees welcomed him with chants supporting the Cuban revolution.

Che Guevara in Gaza: Palestine Becomes a Global Cause

By Dr. Salman Abu Sitta FOR

Che Guevara’s visit to Gaza in 1959 was the first sign of transforming the Zionist colonization of Palestine from a regional conflict to a global struggle against colonialism.

The trigger was the Bandung conference in 1955 and the resulting Non-Aligned Movement, whose members has just recently shaken the yoke of foreign domination. The stature of Nasser, as a world leader in the struggle against Imperialism and colonialism, brought world leaders to see for themselves the devastating results of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, clearly demonstrated in Gaza refugee camps.

Gaza Strip became the symbol of Palestine. This tiny sliver of land (1.3% of Palestine) remained the only place raising the flag of Palestine. It carried a major part of al Nakba burden when it became the temporary shelter for the inhabitant of 247 villages, expelled from their homes in southern Palestine.

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The best birthday present I got so far this year!

Cuba Opens its Washington Embassy

As a side note, the Cuban flag that was raised in Washington yesterday was the very same one that was removed 54 years ago. It shows the determination and hopes of the wonderful Cuban people.




Today, April 13th, would be the 80th wedding anniversary of my parents. In 1960, on this day, their family and friends organised a surprise party for their 25th anniversary. I was sent to our local Woolworth Store to buy some crepe paper rolls to decorate the walls. When I got there I was greeted by a picket line, was handed a leaflet that I did not read and went into the store to buy what I needed.

When I came out the demonstrators asked if I read the leaflet I was given, I responded “not yet” … it called for a boycott of Woolworth because their stores in the South refused to serve Blacks at their lunch counters. I felt as if I committed a crime by not heeding their call, so I promised to join their demonstration the following week. I kept my word and continued with these good people for over a year until Woolworth finally changed their policies.

That's me under the third 'O'

That’s me under the third ‘O’

The reception from those passing by was not always the friendliest, I was called every name in the book, from ‘N’ Lover to Communist … I didn’t even know what a Communist was even though I was around during the McCarthy days and the Rosenberg Spy Case. I found it strange that suddenly, because I was against segregation in the South I was a Communist. There were shouts of ….

Russia??? That was a place that my mother left in 1922 for good reasons. Why would I want to go there???

The 60’s were years of change in America. A Catholic was elected President, the Civil Rights Movement grew by leaps and bounds as did the Peace Movement. Fidel Castro was the leader of a new Cuba, just 90 miles away putting an end to the infamous dictatorship of Batista. Times were good and the future looked promising.

It was a natural move to get involved in the ‘Ban The Bomb Movement’. There I found myself in the company of great notables like Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Spock, Linus Pauling, Bertrand Russell and so many more … and we were all called Communists (sic). Some of us investigated the name calling and realised that the shoe fit, so we wear it to this day.



It was also natural to define 'Communist' and realise that I was one .... that's me next to the cop.

That’s me next to the cop.

Despite the horrible situation that the world is in today, the hope for a bright future prevails. Just yesterday America’s Afro-American President met for the first time with the leader of Cuba. 

There are moves to control the spread of nuclear arms throughout the world.

We lost many Brothers and Sisters along the way, but our ranks continue to swell. Both are the reasons that I never lost the hope of a bright and peaceful future …. and that all started on April 13th.

The rest is history!

Welcome To The Future Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

A Blessing to the memory of those who are no longer with us to see the great changes taking place.



Is it finally happening or am I dreaming?

Is it finally happening or am I dreaming?

Waking up to the news this morning was like being in an episode of The Twilight Zone …. Are we finally seeing the fruits of decades of struggle? Is there finally hope for the progress and change that was actually voted for??

Here’s to more mornings of news like this ….

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Normalization of relations with Cuba,


Freedom for the Cuban 5,


Governor of New York State banned fracking, 


and the legal aid criminal attorneys in Brooklyn all walked out of court at 11 AM and held a die-in in front of the main jail in Brooklyn on Atlantic Ave.



Legal Aid criminal attorneys having a die-in outside jail in Brooklyn. Part of Black Lives Matter protests.

Legal Aid criminal attorneys having a die-in outside jail in Brooklyn. Part of Black Lives Matter protests.

This is not the end of the struggle!



Even my Christmas Cactus rejoiced to all of the above news items
Even my Christmas Cactus rejoiced to all of the above news items



On the Day of the Heroic Guerilla, we remember Che Guevara


On October 8, 2012, the Day of the Heroic Guerilla, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine remembers Comandante Ernesto “Che” Guevara, revolutionary leader, fierce fighter, and principled struggler whose true commitment to internationalism and liberation lives on in the struggles of peoples around the world for freedom, justice and socialism.

Following the revolutionary victory in Cuba in 1959, Che’s commitment to international revolution did not diminish, and he joined Bolivian revolutionaries in 1966. On October 8, 1967, Che and his comrades were captured and surrounded by the US-backed Bolivian military, and executed.

Nine days later, Fidel Castro spoke, memorializing Che and commemorating October 8 as the Day of the Heroic Guerilla, saying “Che died defending no other interest, no other cause than the cause of the exploited and oppressed of this continent. Che died defending no other cause than the cause of the poor and humble of this earth … Before history, people who act as he did, people who do and give everything for the cause of the poor, grow in stature with each passing day and find a deeper place in the heart of the people with each passing day.”

In Palestine, Che’s spirit, his commitment to liberation, rises in the streets of our occupied homeland. We mourn and honor our Guevara Gaza, Mohammad al-Aswad, and the thousands of Palestinian Guevaras, the eternal martyrs, who have struggled, fought, sacrificed and died for the liberation of Palestine, and the thousands of Palestinian Guevaras still to come, to hold high the banner of the resistance until the day of victory is ours.

On the 45th anniversary of Che’s death, we remember him as one of the martyrs of Palestine, a great martyr for the freedom of the oppressed of the world. And we continue to live his words: “Let us sum up our hopes for victory: total destruction of imperialism by eliminating its firmest bulwark: the oppression exercised by the United States of America…And if we were all capable of uniting to make our blows stronger and infallible and so increase the effectiveness of all kinds of support given to the struggling people – how great and close would that future be!… Wherever death may surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that this, our battle cry, may have reached some receptive ear and another hand may be extended to wield our weapons and other men be ready to intone the funeral dirge with the staccato singing of the machine-guns and new battle cries of war and victory.”

Che Guevara Presente! Viva viva Palestina!




Recently it was revealed that Fidel Castro was super critical of the Iranian President’s views on Israel. When this became public the accusations came flying from every server on the Web… Fidel is a zionist, Fidel is senile, Fidel has lost his mind!

Today he proved that all of the above is false, and that his mind is as clear as it was when he and his forces toppled the Cuban dictator, Batista, in 1959. He probably holds the Guinness Book of Records’  ‘record’ for the Longest Lasting Thorn in the Side of The United States’ …. and here’s why;

Castro: Israel, US killed nuke scientists  

Cuban revolutionist blames Mossad, secret services of US, UK for recent assassination of Iranian scientist. ‘I don’t remember another time in history when killing of scientists was official policy of powers armed with WMDs,’ he writes in local paper

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro on Friday accused Israel, the United States and Britain for the “massacre” of Iranian scientists.

The Cuban revolutionist claimed that the mercenaries who acted on behalf of these countries are also responsible for a series of other assassinations that are meant to thwart the development of an Iranian nuclear program.

Washington immediately refuted Castro’s allegations, calling them “ludicrous.”

In an article published in a Cuban newspaper under the title “What Would Einstein Say?”, the 84-year-old claimed that western intelligence agency were responsible for the disappearance of Iranian scientists on a regular basis.

According to the Castro, Mossad agents and special American forces placed the explosive on the vehicles of two nuclear scientists in Tehran two months ago.

The operation killed Dr. Majid Shahriari and injured Dr. Fridun Abbasi. The scientists’ wives were also injured in the incident.

Castro refers to another article published in the British Sunday Telegraph, which pointed to an alleged connection between the Israeli secret service and the assassination of Iranian scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi last year.

There are other serious developments related to the butchery of scientists, organized by Israel, the United States, Britain, and other powers,” he wrote, adding, “I don’t remember another time in history when the assassination of scientists had become an official policy of a group of powers armed with nuclear weapons.”

In his article, Castro argued that the targeted killings were meant to pressure Iran ahead of continued negotiations with the West.

The next round of talks will be held between Iranian officials and representatives of the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany on January 20 in Istanbul.



Last night my cousin Aaron visited us for dinner and brought with a film for us to watch afterwards. He said it was “special for me” and promised that I would enjoy it. I looked at the title, it certainly did not look like a movie I would go out of my way to see, it was called The Motorcycle Diaries’.

The film itself was produced in 2004, but was unknown to me, probably because it is in Spanish (with English subtitles) and never received raving reviews in Israel. It was a film based on diary entries written by one of my heroes, Che Guevara. Next month it will be the 43rd anniversary of his brutal assassination in Bolivia by the CIA. But, despite his demise, he is very much with us today. His face has become an icon to an entire generation that adorns it on t shirts and posters. But, what is known about the man himself?

The Motorcycle Diaries shows a side of Che never before revealed on film…. the Humanitarian that he was. A man who cared, a man who loved, both family and all of humanity. It showed how he became the revolutionary that he was, a man that dedicated (and gave) his life for humanity.

The thoughtfulness of my cousin for choosing this particular film indicates what a special human being he is as well. All I can say is thank you Aaron and Bless you for being you!

And Bless the memory of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara ….. may he continue to inspire generations to come!

The film itself is a MUST SEE for those of you that haven’t already. I guarantee that you will not regret it.

A short clip from the film can be seen here…..


“This went on for maybe two thousand years,” he said. “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything.” (If only the last part were true….. the Muslims seem to get blamed for everything these days)

Fidel Castro tells Ahmadinejad: Stop bashing the Jews

“The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust,” ageing revolutionary tell U.S. journal The Atlantic.

Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro has urged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop slandering the Jews, according to an article published on the U.S. website The Atlantic on Tuesday.

The ageing revolutionary devoted much of a five-hour conversation to the issue of anti-Semitism, wrote Jeffrey Goldberg, who interviewed Castro in the Cuban capital Havana.

Castro told The Atlantic that the Iranian government should understand the consequences anti-Semitism.

“This went on for maybe two thousand years,” he said. “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything.”

He added: “The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.”

Asked by Goldberg if he would repeat his comments to Ahmadinejad, Castro said. “I am saying this so you can communicate it.”

Following the interview, Goldberg spoke with Haaretz about his impression of the thinking behind Castro’s comments.
“I think he [Castro] realizes he’s gone too far in certain criticisms of Israel,” Goldberg said.
“I think he wants to be a player in this issue; and I think he’s genuinely offended by Holocaust denial.”

Ahmadinejad has publicly called the Holocaust “a myth”, claiming Jews exaggerated the Nazi genocide to win sympathy from European governments.

The Atlantic article can be seen HERE


Fifty one years ago the biggest whorehouse and gambling casino in the Carribean closed its doors permanently. Fifty one years ago the United States was faced with the greatest challenge in its entire history…. a challenge that came from a mere ’90 miles from home’.

Cuba was free! Despite every possible attempt to turn the clocks backwards, Cuba remains free!!

Embargoes, blockades, attacks, invasions …. nothing worked!

Cuba has been the inspiration of the downtrodden nations throughout the world and continues to be.

Palestinians rejoice on this glorious day as one day their land will be free as well…..

On the 48th anniversary of the Revolution Fidel Castro wrote the following…..
By: Fidel Castro  

On the 48th anniversary of the revolution

Dear Compatriots:

Please accept my warmest congratulations on the 48th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution.

We have concluded a year of tireless efforts and very encouraging results in the Battle of Ideas that we are all waging and the programs associated with the ongoing Energy Revolution and our nation’s economic and social development. We hosted the Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement and we carry on with our determination to confront and overcome the U.S. blockade and constant aggressions. Nothing has been able to make us abandon our path.

I wish to acknowledge the serenity and maturity with which our people have acted and the good work done by our glorious Communist Party, the Revolutionary Government, our youth and grassroots organizations, the members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) and the Interior Ministry (MININT) and our National Assembly of People’s Power.

I truly appreciate your affection and support. Regarding my recovery, I always said it would be a long-term process, but certainly we are not losing this battle. I collaborate as a good and disciplined patient with the devoted team of doctors that is treating me.

I keep up to date with the main news and everything that is going on in the world today. I exchange with my closest collaborators whenever it is necessary, regarding issues of great importance.

Humanity is going through very difficult times, with wars and threats emerging everywhere and the unrestricted consumerism that is typical of the globalized imperialist system, which leads to the exhausting of major natural resources and the polluting of the environment. That, alone, justifies our heroic struggle.

Every success we achieve demands from us greater efforts to preserve it and further develop it. We need our people’s full cooperation and discipline.

It is my most ardent desire that the year 2007 constitute a dawning of hope for our entire people.

Long live our Revolution on its 48th anniversary!

Fidel Castro Ruz


Castro is right, so is Helen Thomas

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

Zionist supremacists from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles are ganging up on two elderly targets these days. The first is the 84-year-old Fidel Castro, a man who apparently made up his mind about Zionism more than six decades ago. And the second is 89-year-old veteran American journalist Helen Thomas.

Castro’s crime was a few passing remarks he uttered recently, saying that the Swastika has become Israel’s real flag.

“It would seem that the Fuehrer’s (Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s) Swastika is today Israel’s banner.” The ex-Cuban leader added that “the hatred felt by the state of Israel against the Palestinians is such that they wouldn’t hesitate to send the one and a half million men, women and children of that country to the crematoria where millions of Jews of all ages were exterminated by the Nazis.”

As to Thomas’s, she has been vilified and demonized for saying that all Ashkenazi Jews who had immigrated to Palestine from their native East European states, such a Poland, should go back to their native homelands.

Castro and Thomas didn’t cry blaspheme. Their remarks, though courageous, are factually true.

When speaking of the Swastika becoming Israel’s banner, Fidel Castro was only voicing what millions of people around the world are saying and whispering. In the final analysis, when Israel thinks, behaves and acts like Nazi Germany, Israel can be and should be compared with Nazi Germany.

For so many years, Israel and her immoral supporters and spin doctors have been utilizing the holocaust to justify Israel’s own slow-motion holocaust against the Palestinian people and other peoples in the Middle East.

Now, given her manifestly nefarious behavior, one can safely state that Israel is indulging in actions and behaviors that qualify her for the Nazi epithet. To be sure, this is not a new discovery. In a certain sense, one can claim that Israel has always been a Nazi state in one way or the other..

In the final analysis, the extirpation and partial annihilation of an entire people from their ancestral homeland is a Nazi act par excellence. Even Jews recognize this fact.

Hence, Israel and its hypocritical supporters can’t have it both ways, namely behave and act like as the Nazis behaved and acted, and at the same time continue to enjoy the fruits of the holocaust industry.

In the final analysis, European Jewry didn’t perish in order to leave propaganda ammunition for later-day Zionists to cover up genocidal crimes against another Semitic people, the Palestinians.

Castro’s courageous remarks have actually been echoed by many Jewish leaders both in Israel and abroad.

For example, Sir Gerald Kaufman, the veteran British Labor MP, remarked a few years ago that “Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism.”

Kaufman compared the actions of Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip with the Nazis who forced his family to flee to Poland.

Kaufman, who was brought up as an Orthodox Jew and Zionist, argued eloquently that Israeli crimes made the Star of David look like the Nazi Swastika.

“My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her hometown. A German soldier shot her dead in the bed.

“My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”

And, one might add, nor did they perish in order to provide a cover for Israeli soldiers massacring innocent aid activists in international waters in order to starve and savage 1.7 million men, women, and children in Gaza.

And now the Helen Thomas’s story. Responding to a passing question, the elderly veteran White House correspondent said that the ultimate solution for the Palestinian question should see European Jewry return home, to Poland, even to America.

Well, what is wrong with this most logical observation? For sure, some Jews have the right to live in Palestine, as equal and dignified citizens, but not as masters of violence and land thieves.

However, Jews, or more correctly descendants of converts to Judaism originating in the Khazar region, have no automatic right to claim Palestine as their patrimony especially if that dubious right is exercised at the Palestinian people’s expense.

Even religiously and theologically, there is no religious text in the Old Testament stating that the Almighty promised Jews a homeland in Palestine. There is a promise to the Israelites but not to Jews. Needless to say, the Israelites and Jews are not the same people since there are more Israelites, or descendants of Jacob or Israel, who are non-Jews than there are Jews.

Indeed, there is ample evidence that hundreds of thousands of modern-day Palestinians are descendants of the ancient Israelites? So, is it logical to say that Khazari converts have more right to Palestine than these Arabic-speaking Muslims and Christians who have been living in the land from time immemorial, certainly centuries before an Austrian Jewish Journalist envisioned a “Jewish” homeland in the land of the Palestinians.

Of course, Zionist leaders, who are actually pathological liars with little or no rectitude , can continue to repeat the stale historical lie, that “this is our eternal homeland.”

But the truth is that Palestine has never been the exclusive homeland of Jews. And the wheel of history doesn’t stop rolling.


Image by Tommy Thomdean

There has been talk in the Western Press the past week of President Obama’s intention to keep the embargo on Cuba. There has been no talk of the continuing embargo on the Gaza Strip. America is as much responsible for that embargo as the one on Cuba.

But, needless to say, it’s ‘only’ Palestinians that are suffering as a result of this. A non existent people living in a non existent land. Next month Palestine will have literally ceased to exist for 61 years. Israeli Independence Day will mark 61 years of the ‘Nakba. Israel could not have done this alone, the United States has stood by her since that fateful day in 1948…. the day that Liberty died..

Is this how the people of America want to see themselves? Is the above image the way its citizens want to view their precious Miss Liberty? Somehow I think not…..

What I do think is that they are unaware of the situations, both in Cuba and in Palestine. We are no longer living in the dark ages, there are ways and means of getting the truth out to the people of the world. The Western Press has chosen not to do this….. but there are other medias that do, the Blogesphere included.

Seek out the facts, open your eyes and minds. Demand of your government, wherever it may be, that the embargo on Cuba be lifted. Allow the Cuban people to live the life they chose under a system that they choose. Demand the same for the people of Palestine. The West helped to take Palestine off the map, it is their responsibility to put it back.

Only then will Miss Liberty return to the beautiful image she was meant to be.