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Cuba: The end of the “revolution’s” social enchantment

The repressive social enchantment that kept the greater part of the outmoded international left pacified has vanished. Beneath the “Cuban Revolution”, and against the grain of its benign image, the “Cuban State” has emerged publicly, in all its crudeness and repressive grandiloquence. The same Cuban state that created – in order to confront Yankee imperialism – an omnipresent political police that fights the society kept under its control. The same Cuban state that destroyed – in the name of socialism – all popular and workers organizations that, with their histories of struggle, made the declared socialist conquests a daily reality. That same Cuban state that has turned solidarity into an internationally renown branding, at the cost of keeping us sunk in mistrust and fear among neighbors. The same Cuban state that – in the midst of the intensified Yankee blockade – builds more hotels for foreign tourists than infrastructures to produce food, fruits and milk. The same Cuban state that has produced the only vaccines in Latin America against covid-19, but maintains its health personnel in a condition of salaried employees of the political police.

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An Anarchist View from Havana: Isbel Diaz Torres

This week on the Final Straw, we’re sharing another audio gift from comrades. Isbel Diaz Torres is a participant in the Taller Libertario Alfredo López / ABRA in Havana, Cuba, recorded in late 2018. In this chat, Isbel talks about the ABRA which is the only openly anarchist organization in Cuba at the time, about the LGBTQ movement and abortion rights which are both facing repression due to pressure from Cuban Evangelical and Catholic churches on the Cuban government, political discourse and difference, government co-optation, neoliberalism, animal rights, repression of dissent and the erasure of anarchist history.

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Solidarity with Detained Cuban Anarchist and #LGBT Activists

Havana, Cuba – Following tensions around the cancellation of the state sponsored LGBT march and the effort by activists to call for an independently organized one, two anarchist and LGBT activists, Isbel Diaz Torres and partner Jimmy Roque Martinez, are believed to have been detained by Cuban authorities.

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RIP New Afrikan Revolutionary Nehanda Abiodun

Nehanda Abiodun, a New Afrikan revolutionary freedom fighter, passed away on January 30. Abiodun, who was wanted on charges connected to the 1979 jailbreak of Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, was living in Cuba where she was granted political asylum.

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4th Libertarian Spring Workshop, La #Habana, #Cuba

An invitation to the 4th Libertarian Spring Workshop from May 4th thru 11th, 2019 in La Habana, Cuba.

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Interview: Frank Fernandez on Cuban #anarchism

In 1999 Canadian author Larry Gambone talked to Fernandez, writer of the seminal book on Fidel Castro’s destruction of Cuba’s anarchist movement, about how the regime maintained itself and on libertarian struggles in the country. This article is taken from the May 15th 1999 issue of Freedom Newspaper, and elements are no longer relevant, but it offers a useful look at the situation at the time.

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Cuba: Images and review of the opening of anarchist social center ABRA, La Habana

Anarchists opened social center ABRA on Cuba on May 5. A review.

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Cuban Anarchists Announce Opening of ABRA Social Center

We are excited to reprint the below statement from our Cuban anarchist comrades announcing the opening of the ABRA social center and library in Habana today May 5, 2018. Comrades with the Taller Libertario Alfredo López and allied groups have been working for over 10 years to rebuild an anarchist presence in Cuba and the establishment of a permanent space for social and political activities represents a tremendous step forward. The International Relations Committee of Black Rose/Rosa Negra (BRRN) has sent a message of revolutionary greetings and solidarity – we wish the comrades of ABRA great success!

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