Par Fidel Castro | Cuba Debate, Haiti Chery. “Moi qui ai abordé bien souvent des problèmes difficiles dans de longs discours, en m’efforçant toujours au maximum de bien faire comprendre mes idées, j’ai du mal à m’expliquer comment ce militaire d’origine modeste, mais à l’esprit agile et au talent sans pareil, a été capable d’un tel déploiement d’éloquence sans perdre la voix ni ses forces. La politique est pour moi le combat prolongé et résolu des idées…. Si cette science ou cet art ou comme on veut l’appeler servait au bien de l’humanité, elle mériterait du respect, celui-là même que méritent ceux qui apprennent aux autres l’habitude de penser.” (Français | Espagnol)
By Fred E. Foldvary, The Progress Report | Ah, ça ira!: Lyrics by Ladré, music by Bécourt, Chansons historiques de France, YouTube | Edith Piaf, YouTube. July 14 is celebrated as Bastille Day in France. The Bastille was a prison in Paris that the people stormed and seized in 1789, starting the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and the aristocracy. (Lyrics and videos included)
By Pablo Neruda, with English translations by Donald D. Walsh: The Mountain and the River, Poverty, Little America, from the collection The Captain’s Verses (Los Versos del Capitan). New Directions Publishing, bilingual edition, 1988. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is regarded as one of the greatest poets to have ever lived. His death in September 1973, shortly after the Chilean coup d’etat led by Augusto Pinochet, remains a topic for speculation.(English | Spanish)
By Toni Solo, Tortilla con Sal, Haiti Chery | Introduction by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Imperialist collaborators take pride in the degree to which they assume the posture and masks they borrow from the oppressors of the world’s peoples, the United States and Europe. The predecessors of Augusto Cesar Sandino and inheritors of his legacy make it possible for people to abandon those masks so as to recognize their own faces, know their own minds and find their own souls. (English | Spanish)
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. “These Southerners have found Haiti to be the veritable promised land of ‘jobs for deserving democrats’…. In Port-au-Prince many of them live in fine villas. Many of them who could not keep a hired girl in the United States have a half-dozen servants. All of the civilian heads of departments have automobiles furnished at the expense of the Haitian Government… It is interesting to see with what disdain, as they ride around, they look down upon the people who pay for the cars.” – James Weldom Johnson
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Charlemagne Peralte organized the Cacos after escaping his enslavement by the U.S. occupation. The revolutionary Cacos soon grew to thousands of guerillas, including many Dominicans won over by Peralte to the anti-imperialist cause, and a provisional Caco government was declared in northern Haiti.
By Charlemagne Peralte, Haiti Chery. “Despite the principles of international law usually adopted by civilized nations,… the American Government got involved in the internal affairs of the small republic of Haiti and imposed a rule whose approval by the Haitian Parliament was guaranteed enforced by military occupation….”
By Christopher Minster, Latin American History/About.com. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the victory over French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. The French attacked Mexico to try to collect a debt from this country after Mexican President Benito Juarez declared bankruptcy from a civil war, but the French were soundly defeated by a cavalry led by young General Porfirio Diaz.
By Syed Hussan, Mary-Elizabeth Dill, and Abeer Majeed, Rabble | Occupy Oakland | Occupy Wall Street | YouTube | Haiti Chery. Occupy May Day in Oakland and New York will be joined by workers the world over. Get informed about the events. Read about the contributions of immigrants to the history of labor and the designation of May 1st as International Workers’ Day. UPDATES: April 30, Peter Seeger’s ” L’Internationale”; May 1, videos of oakland protesters marching early in the day and of later attack on a young woman by police.
By Jean Edner Dorvil in: A Taste of Haiti (Hyppocrene books, NY) | Introduction and recommendations by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Tomtom ak Kalalou Gombo is now considered to be traditional to the town of Jeremie in southern Haiti, but in colonial times this was the everyday dish of the Haitians. It is never eaten alone.
By Orfilio Peláez, Granma. Three Cuban cave painting sites were discovered in a nature reserve in Imías municipality, Guantánamo province, in February 2012 by the Cuban Speleological Society. A use of the color red, found in these paintings, is rare and presumed to be linked to important events in the lives of the original pre-Columbian inhabitants.