Fidel Castro resigns

19 February 2008, 1:39 pm

Fidel Castro has resigned as president of Cuba. Here is the full text, taken from Granma:

Message from the Commander in Chief

Dear compatriots:

Last Friday, February 15, I promised you that in my next reflection I would deal with an issue of interest to many compatriots. Thus, this now is rather a message.

The moment has come to nominate and elect the State Council, its President, its Vice-Presidents and Secretary.

For many years I have occupied the honorable position of President. On February 15, 1976 the Socialist Constitution was approved with the free, direct and secret vote of over 95% of the people with the right to cast a vote. The first National Assembly was established on December 2nd that same year; this elected the State Council and its presidency. Before that, I had been a Prime Minister for almost 18 years. I always had the necessary prerogatives to carry forward the revolutionary work with the support of the overwhelming majority of the people. Read the rest of this entry »


Edward Said, 1935-2003

25 September 2007, 2:38 pm

Said died four years ago, 25 September. Here’s an archive of selected writings by him and on him. Not surprisingly, he was under FBI surveillance for decades and they compiled quite a dossier on him. The Memory Hole has a copy, while Counterpunch has an essay on it by David Price.


Voodoo Chile, he dead

18 September 2007, 3:57 pm

On this day, thirty-six years ago (18 Sept. 1970), Jimi Hendrix kick de bucket… the crazy motherf–ker.


Do not forget

12 September 2007, 4:03 pm

Steve Biko, killed in detention, 12 September, thirty years ago…


On this day, the said man said

20 April 2007, 12:07 pm

The violence of the oppressor running wild;
dem picking up a yout dem fe suss;
Powell prophesying a black, a black, a black conquest.
And the national Front is on the rampage,
making firebombs fe burn we.

Terror fire terror fire reach we,
such a suffering we suffering
in this burning age of rage;
no place to run to get gun,
and the violence damming up inside…

- Linton Kwesi Johnson, “Doun di Road” (from Dread Beat an Blood, 1975, Bogle-L’Ouverture)


Rushdie fatwah

14 February 2007, 8:36 am

On 14 February 1989, Ayatullah Khomeini sent this Valentine’s greeting to Salman Rushdie. See coverage at BBC.


Biko, twenty-nine years ago

12 September 2006, 8:05 am

Steve Bantu Biko, 1946-1977. (BBC On This Day)


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