National Sections of the L5I:

Cuba

Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Fidel Castro, one of the leaders of the Cuban revolution, has died aged 90. Read more...

Cuba: In from the cold or into the fire?

“These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It’s time for a new approach.” Read more...

Christmas brings back relations between USA and Cuba

This year Barack Obama had a special Christmas present to give to the world: After 53 years, the US will re-establish “normal political relations” with Cuba. Read more...

Taking the capitalist road? The market reforms in Cuba

In February 2008 the resignation of 81 year-old Fidel Castro as Cuban president due to his deteriorating health, and his succession by brother Raul Castro gave rise to debate over the path that Cuba was now to take. Recent economic reforms, particularly those in agriculture have fuelled speculation that Cuba may be about to make a controlled turn towards capitalism, a fate which has already become reality for millions of workers and farmers in states like Vietnam and China. Read more...

Che Guevara and the Cuban Trotskyists

Trotskyism in Cuba had a long tradition stretching back to the early 1930s. The Oposicion Comunista de Cuba had been formed in 1932 in opposition to the sectarian line of the Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC). With a record of fierce revolutionary struggle during the revolution of 1932-33 and a membership peaking at around 500, Trotskyism established roots in the Cuban labour movement. Read more...

Cuba: island of revolution part 3

In the final part of his review of Cuba: a New History by Richard Gott, Stuart King explains how Fidel Castro’s July 26 Movement brought about a social revolution, but one where the working class was deprived of power Read more...

Cuba: island of revolution part 2

Part II: Dictatorship and National Revolution - Stuart King continues his review of Cuba: a New History by Richard Gott. Read more...

Cuba: island of revolution part 1

Stuart King reviews Cuba: A New History by Richard Gott, Yale Note Bene 2005, £9.99. Part I - From Spanish Colony to US semi-colony Read more...