Category Archives: Festive Left Friday Blogging

Festive Left Friday Blogging: May Day in Cuba

So, you think the gringos could bring any capitalist influence to bear on socialist Cuba? Think again. This is what it looked like yesterday in Havana: Over a million workers marched and celebrated their day. And not coincidentally, there was … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Just El Ecuadorable, kicking ass on TV

A half-hour talk with Rafael Correa on Spanish TV. In it, he points out how Ecuador prospered while Europe fell into crisis, kicks serious banker butt, and, as an economist by training himself, makes the excellent point that Latin Americans … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Adiós, Gabo…

An interview with Gabriel García Márquez, who died yesterday at the age of 87. The great Colombian talks about the influences on his “magical realism” style, especially Faulkner, popular culture, his childhood in Aracataca (“Macondo”), and more. Video in Spanish. … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ahem.

Yesterday morning, I got an electrifying surprise in my inbox. My friend Anthony, who lives in Sweden, sent me this: Yup, that’s THE Oliver Stone, retweeting this link. And here’s how it got there: A few days ago, Venezuelanalysis picked … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Presidential selfies, LatAm style

Call them the anti-Kardashians. These are the people whose selfies we actually WANT to see, precisely because they’re not vapid and self-absorbed, seeking all the eyeballs all the time. They’re too busy doing great things for their countries. Like this … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ska-P, heroes

Spanish ska-punk group Ska-P are my heroes today. Why? Read on: The Spanish group, Ska-P, sent a message of reflection not only to Venezuelans, but to their followers all over the world, about the situation in Venezuela. On their official … Continue reading

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Venezuelan oppo fascists unmasked…again.

Jesus H. Christ. Can one not get a break from fucking putschists attempting coups in Venezuela? Nope, guess not: Yesterday, the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, presented three videos on a nationwide radio and TV broadcast that showed evidence of … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Tania the Immortal

Tamara “Tania” Bunke (circled, and in inset, above) was a many-faceted, multi-talented young woman. Fluent in at least three languages, she worked as a translator/interpreter in pre-unification East Germany, Cuba, and Argentina. She was also an intelligence agent and a … Continue reading

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Festive Left Friday Blogging: 85 years of Fabricio Ojeda

“No one can stop the advance of the people when they carry in their minds the force of reason, and in their hands the flag of justice.” Fabricio Ojeda would have been 85 years old yesterday. As you can see, … Continue reading

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J. J. Rendón, samurai of silliness

Do you take this man seriously when it comes to matters of leadership in Latin America? If you do, I feel sorry for you. Because Jean-Guy Allard has done some digging, and what he finds is…well, amusing: El Diario las … Continue reading

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