Archive for the ‘Cuba’ Category

Che Guevara era “un verdadero asesino”

Che Guevara

Han pasado 50 años desde su muerte, el 9 de octubre a manos del Ejército boliviano, pero el Che sigue despertando pasiones.

Jóvenes de todo el mundo visten camisetas con su imagen, y su figura, elevada a categoría de mito, fue objeto de numerosos estudios y biografías.

Pero Ernesto “Che” Guevara también tiene detractores que acusan al guerrillero argentino de ser una persona sanguinaria y un asesino sin piedad.

En BBC Mundo quisimos conocer la visión de uno de ellos, el periodista y escritor cubano exiliado en Francia Jacobo Machover, autor de “La cara oculta del Che” (2008).

En su libro usted pretende desmitificar la figura del Che, ¿por qué considera que esto era importante?

Se trata de una figura que ha sido magnificada por todas partes del mundo. Se lo considera un héroe revolucionario, un romántico, un humanista, cuando en realidad en mi país, en Cuba, ha sido uno de los principales responsables de las ejecuciones que se produjeron en 1959 e incluso antes, cuando estaba en la Sierra Maestra luchando con Fidel Castro.

A mí me parece que es una vergüenza seguir mostrando afiches y camisetas con la cara de alguien que es un verdadero asesino, y sin ninguna razón, de gente que no había sido juzgada.

Cuando había juicios, duraban media hora o ni siquiera eso y la gente era condenada a muerte sistemáticamente bajo pretexto de haber sido esbirros de la dictadura de (Fulgencio) Batista, pero eso no era comprobado. No fueron juicios dignos.

Interlitq publishes an extract from Ameland by Hernán Neira, translated by Peter Robertson

La Vista by Lydia Rubio

Interlitq publishes an extract from Ameland by Hernan Neira, translated from the Spanish into the English by Peter Robertson. Artwork by Lydia Rubio.

Interlitq publishes 5 poems by Elizabeth Rimmer

Elizabeth Rimmer

Interlitq publishes 5 poems by Elizabeth Rimmer (Poetic Voices series).

Artwork by Lydia Rubio.

Donald Trump calls Fidel Castro ‘brutal dictator’

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959

Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro was a “brutal dictator”, US President-elect Donald Trump has said, hours after the 90-year-old’s death was announced.

Mr Trump, who takes office in January, said he hoped Cubans could move towards a freer future.

Castro came to power in 1959 and ushered in a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

Supporters said he returned Cuba to the people. Critics called him a dictator.

His brother Raul, who succeeded him as president, announced his death on state television on Friday night.

Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, dies at 90

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Kevin Sullivan and J.Y. Smith write:

Fidel Castro, whose Cuban revolution turned his Caribbean island into a potent symbol of the world’s greatest ideological and economic divides of the 20th century, has died, Cuban state media announced late Friday. He was 90.

The death was announced on Cuban state TV by Castro’s younger brother, Raúl, who succeeded his sibling years ago as the country’s leader.

The son of a prosperous sugar planter, Mr. Castro took power in Cuba on New Year’s Day 1959 promising to share his nation’s wealth with its poorest citizens, who had suffered under the corrupt quarter-century dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Mr. Castro, a romantic figure in olive-drab fatigues and combat boots, chomping monstrous cigars through a bushy black beard, became a spiritual beacon for the world’s political far left.