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Paying the debt to Africa: On the 45th anniversary of Cuba’s Operación Carlota

Cuban and Angolan soldiers at the front

Cuban and Angolan soldiers at the front

By ISAAC SANEY*

First published November 5, 2015

“The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the peoples of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character…Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonizers. They have shared the same trenches with us in the struggle against colonialism, underdevelopment, and apartheid.” –Nelson Mandela Continue reading

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How the CIA recruited students in the 1950s & 1960s

In the 1960s, the agency sought to fight Communism and the people’s movements for rights  through subversion of the youth and student movement. There’s little reason to think its tactics have changed. An inadvertent confession | TOM HAYDEN

Nation (Dec. 2) – Only once in a while does a book come along that sheds new light on the 1960s. Karen Paget’s forthcoming Patriotic Betrayal (Yale University Press) is just such a work, telling the inside story of how the Central Intelligence Agency corrupted the natural and democratic growth of students’ rights movement by infiltrating the National Student Association (NSA) and directing it to its Cold War ends.

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Harper honours Mandela

Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week announced a new scholarship in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, which will allow up-and-coming African public servants to pursue graduate studies at a Canadian university for one to 2 years. Continue reading

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Mandela is dead: Why hide the truth about apartheid?

A refelection by FIDEL CASTRO

Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro

(December 12, 2013) – Maybe the empire thought that we would not honor our word when, during days of uncertainty in the past century, we affirmed that even if the USSR were to disappear Cuba would continue struggling. World War II broke out on September 1, 1939 when Nazi-fascist troops invaded Poland and struck like a lightning over the heroic people of the USSR, who contributed 27 million lives to preserve mankind from that brutal massacre that ended the lives of 50 million persons. Continue reading

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Mandela: We admire the achievements of the Cuban Revolution

Speech by Nelson Mandela, Moncada Day Rally, Matanzas, Cuba, July 26, 1991

After 27 years of imprisonment by the racist/fascist apartheid system, Nelson Mandela chose Cuba as one of the first countries outside of Africa and the first Latin American country to visit. During that visit he delivered the following speech outlining Cuba’s decisive contribution to the South African liberation struggle. Continue reading

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Mandela is an unsurpassable example for Latin America and the Caribbean

• Speech given by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the funeral honours for the historic leader of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, December 10, 2013, Year 55 of the Revolution Continue reading

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Biography of Nelson Mandela, 1918–2013

Government of South Africa

Early Years 

A young Nelson Mandela during his days as a lawyer.

A young Nelson Mandela during his days as a lawyer.

ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA was born in Mvezo, a village near Mthatha in the Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela. His father was the principal councillor to the Acting Paramount Chief of the Thembu royal house.

Rolihlahla literally means “pulling the branch of a tree.” After his father’s death in 1927, the young Rolihlahla became the ward of Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the Paramount Chief, to be groomed to assume high office. Continue reading

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Mandela: Madiba is gone – The struggle continues

Nelson Mandela addresses a jubilant mass rally of 100,000 people in Soweto, February 13, 1990,  two days after his release from 27 years of political imprisonment by the racist apartheid regime of South Africa, his freedom the result of sustained political action and armed struggle in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela addresses a jubilant mass rally of 100,000 people in Soweto, February 13, 1990, two days after his release from 27 years of political imprisonment by the racist apartheid regime of South Africa, his freedom the result of sustained political action and armed struggle in South Africa.

By ISAAC SANEY

Historic march by 20,000 women in Pretoria against the racist pass laws, August 9, 1956, today commemorated as Women's Day in South Africa. The women chanted the phrase “wathinth’ abafazi, wathinth’ imbokodo” which translates as “you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

Historic march by 20,000 women in Pretoria against the racist pass laws, August 9, 1956, today commemorated as Women’s Day in South Africa. The women chanted the phrase “wathinth’ abafazi, wathinth’ imbokodo” which translates as “you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

TML (Dec. 7) – ON THURSDAY EVENING DECEMBER 5, Nelson Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. The life of the man known to the anti-apartheid movement as Madiba spanned almost the entire existence of the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC was founded under British colonial rule in January 1912 and it was within it that Madiba would play many leadership roles. The ANC provided the umbrella under which all those opposed to white minority rule, from revolutionary communists to trade union activists to dispossessed township youth, came together and worked out a program of struggle aimed at achieving black majority rule. Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela passes away

July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

THE Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its deepest condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, to the people of South Africa and to the African National Congress at the sad news of the death of Nelson Mandela. Mandela passed away on December 5 at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, “the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,“ adding that he “passed on peacefully.” Mandela played a legendary role in the anti-colonial struggle of his people and in ending the cruel apartheid regime. He became the first black president of South Africa. He remained true to his principles and, to the end of his days, he continued to stand with all those who helped South Africa win freedom. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” Zuma said. “Our thoughts are with the millions of people who embraced Mandela as their own and who saw his cause as their cause…. This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.” Mandela will be accorded a state funeral, Zuma said, and national flags will be lowered to half-mast.

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Symposium Announcement – Africa’s Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba & Southern Africa Liberation

September 27 & 28, 2013,

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Mandela Fidel

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The story of how Cuba helped to free Africa

By ISAAC SANEY*

Angolan and Cuban soldiers at the front

CUBA’S direct, critical and extensive role in the struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa is little known in the West. November 5th, 2005 marks the 30th anniversary of Cuba’s decision to deploy combat-troops, at the request of the Angolan government, to repulse a major South African invasion of October 1975. In 1987-1988, a decisive battle occurred in the south-eastern Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale. When it occurred, the battle was the largest military engagement in Africa since the North African battles of the Second World War. Arrayed on one side were the armed forces of Cuba, Angola and the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO); on the other, the South African Defense Forces, military units of the Union for the Total National Independence of Angola (UNITA — the South African-supported organization) and the South African Territorial Forces of Pretoria-controlled Namibia. Continue reading

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