[Marxism] More Anti-Fidel Crap From Sam Farber

Steve Olson noarch99 at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 22 09:59:07 MDT 2007


Just finished reading Farber's essay in New Politics - even more of the same.
  http://www.wpunj.edu/newpol/issue43/Farber43.htm

Jscotlive at aol.com wrote:
  The following appeared in the latest edition of the International Socialist 
Review, a bi-monthly magazine produced and distributed by the UK SWP. 



REVIEW ESSAY
Fidel Castro's political testament 
Fidel Castro: Biografía a Dos Voces
Ignacio Ramonet
Random House Mondadori • 2006 • 655 pages 
REVIEW by SAM FARBER 
THIS IS a book-long interview, the outcome of conversations that Ignacio 
Ramonet, the Spanish-born editor of the Parisian Le Monde Diplomatique, had with 
Fidel Castro from January 2003 to December 2005. A short time after the book 
came out, Castro stepped aside as head of state on July 31, 2006, due to a 
serious illness, the nature of which was declared a state secret. His younger 
brother Raúl, officially designated as his successor since the early days of 
the 1959 Revolution, replaced him “for the time being.”1 The timing of Castro’
s illness and the release of Ramonet’s book led the Cuban government’s 
media to make a lot more out of this publishing event than might have otherwise 
been the case. Significantly, the ample coverage and serialization of Ramonet’
s interview was accompanied by the Cuban media’s serialization of the 
Secretos de Generales,2 containing the biographies of forty-one top Cuban generals, 
which had already appeared and been serialized ten years earlier. The 
official media, while glorifying Fidel, were simultaneously building up the image of 
the top army brass. 
contd: _http://www.isreview.org/issues/54/castro.shtml_ 
(http://www.isreview.org/issues/54/castro.shtml) 




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