Poetry Corner: Che Comandante by Nicolás Guillén

Che Comandante by Nicolás Guillén, 1967.

“Che Comandante,” by Nicolás Guillén (1902 – 1989), Cuba’s National Poet Laureate, read on that solemn evening of October 18, 1967, in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, shortly after Che’s death was announced to the world.The first verses were prophetic.

Over twenty years ago, Che’s remains were found where they had been hidden following his murder and were transferred to Cuba. Che was laid to rest, with six of his fellow combatants with military honors in a specially built mausoleum in the Cuban city of Santa Clara, where he had commanded over the decisive military victory of the Cuban Revolution.

Cuba prepares to begin post-pandemic recovery; USA steps ups sanctions

Much was made in western media of the success of New Zealand, as a capitalist country, in tackling COVID-19 when they announced earlier this week that they would be lifting a number of internal restrictions. By contrast almost no attention has been given to the stunning success of socialist countries during this pandemic, in particular Cuba and Vietnam, in mainstream media.

Cuba’s Council of Ministers announced yesterday (11 June 2020) a series of measures for the first stage of recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic, planned as a gradual process with three phases.

Nobel Peace Prize proposal for Cuban doctors gains momentum

More than 40 European organisations are backing a proposal to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban medical brigades of the Henry Reeve Contingent, for their contribution to the global battle against COVID-19.

Launched April 28 by the associations Cuba Linda and France Cuba, the initiative has thus far received the support of solidarity groups, political organizations and unions in France, Spain, Ireland and Italy, and thousands of Internet users on the Facebook page “Prix Nobel de la paix pour les brigades médicales cubaines Henry Reeve.”

3 weeks on: US silence following terrorist attack on Cuban Embassy

Cuba’s Foreign Ministry was yesterday (21 May 2020) demanding answers from the United States three weeks after the island’s embassy in Washington was the target of a terrorist attack on 30 April 2020.

The Cuban Embassy in Washington, only a few blocks from the White House, was attacked by Alexander Alazo Baró with an AK-47. 32 rounds were fired at the building, with a clear intention to kill diplomatic staff – although thankfully no one was killed in the attack.

Cuba battles COVID-19 globally

The history of Cuban internationalism goes back decades, evidenced primarily by their wide reaching medical campaigns, which see thousands of doctors sent around the world to aide communities left behind by capitalism. While US/NATO imperialism offers soldiers, Cuban socialism sends doctors. The ongoing Coronavirus crisis is no different.