Latin America & the Caribbean
BRISBANE — To celebrate the 57th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution, the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society organised a night of Cuban poetry readings, live music and food and drinks. On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro led an attack by opponents of the Batista dictatorship on the Moncada Barracks. The event was held at the Queensland Council of Unions building. Veteran left-activist Jim Sharp read some poems from his new book, which was launched on July 31.
Fidel Castro Handbook By George Galloway MQ Publications, 2006 Review by Ramona Wadi In the introduction, to the Fidel Castro Handbook author George Galloway describes himself as “a partisan for Cuba, for the revolution, for the leadership”. While a partisan view may be shunned in journalistic terms Galloway has no hesitation in embracing a revolution and being loyal to a cause that inspired working class and other exploited people throughout the world.
Featuring Pacha Guzman, a leading activist with the Venezuelan-based Ezequiel Zamora National Campesino Front (FNCEZ). The FNCEZ is Venezuela’s largest peasant-based organisation and is a member of La Via Campesina and the Latin American Coordinator of Campesino Organisations. Entry: $5 ($10 solidarity). All funds raised going to cover costs of tour. Tour supported by: Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network and many others.
Brazil at a crossroad; the campaign for democracy
Brazilians current president Temer is enacting a militarisation of Brazil. Ten human rights activists have been murdered in the last five months, including prominent socialist, lesbian councilor Marielle Franco.
Alongside this attack on democracy is a vicious privatization campaign aiming to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich.
Brazilians are responding through mass protests, including hundreds of thousands rising up demanding justice for Marielle Franco.
Santiago Rising (directed by Nick MacWilliam, 89 mins, Alborada Films, 2021)
Santiago Rising takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital city in late 2019, as large public protests over economic inequality engulf the country.
The film charts the build-up to the historic vote, in October 2020, that saw Chileans vote for a new people’s constitution to replace the one imposed during the brutal Pinochet dictatorship.