Buena Vista Social club sing Hasta Siempre, Commandante

“Hasta Siempre, Comandante”, or simply “Hasta Siempre”, is a 1965 song by Cuban  composer Carlos Puebla  The song’s lyrics are a reply to revolutionary Che Guevara’s farewell letter to Fidel Castro when he left Cuba, to advance revolutionary struggle in the Congo and later Bolivia where he was executed.

The lyrics recount key moments of the Cuban revolution, describing Che Guevara and his role as a commander.  The title derives from Che’s  well known exhortation “¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!” (“Until Victory, Always!”). [adapted from Wikipedia)

Bhaskar, Sunkara, On the left in the recent German elections

http://portside.org/2013-10-05/german-lessons

Harry Targ, Spirit of Socialism lives on in Chile and poem by Mitchell Cohen

http://portside.org/2013-09-08/spirit-socialism-chile-lives-poem-pinochets-capture

Raymond Suttner: Decisions/concessions made by the Mandela-led ANC during the transition towards post-apartheid South Africa

The transcript and interview with Professor Sampie Terreblanche  (link at the end of this article) provides insights Continue reading

Raymond Suttner: Arundhati Roy on the buying off of Mandela and ANC by big capital: The engaged intellectual cannot empower people where there is no humility

According to Arundhati Roy, in part of a talk published on You Tube, 12 June 2013 when the struggle in South Africa  ‘started ‘it was the Black consciousness (BC) people who were most powerful Continue reading

Raymond Suttner, entry on Joe Slovo, Dictionary of African Biography, 2012

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Raymond Suttner Writings-Booklet 1

Raymond Suttner Writings-Booklet 1

TB Davie Memorial Lecture 1984 on the Freedom CharterTBDavie