As usual, leave it to Yemen’s Mighty, Mighty Ansarullah to show the entire planet–especially the increasingly apathetic Arab-Muslim part of it–what principled Anti-Imperialism, unrelenting Anti-Zionism and true Striking Star Solidarity with another oppressed nation look like. Last week, Yemen’s defenders held a massive rally for Venezuela, condemning US-Zionist aggression against the Bolivarian Revolution in the harshest possible terms and letting Nicolas Maduro know that he, as well as the Venezuelan people, have friends, comrades and family on Yemeni soil. The Ansarullahis mocked the Tangerine Terrorist Donald Trump. They trampled upon the American and ‘Israeli’ flags. They displayed portraits of Nicolas Maduro and El Comandante Hugo Chavez (rip). Nasserists and socialists of various types joined in–an example of the Houthiyeen putting politics aside for the sake of fighting the Imperium. Pictures of Fidel Castro (rip) could be seen too. The Yemeni and Venezuela flags were rocked together in a sea of Sarkhas. Beauty doesn’t even come close to describing it.
I was only 10 years old when my Bedstuy, Brooklyn neighborhood was lit ablaze by the classic joint “Victory” and I heard legend Biggie Smalls spit the following bars: “… Used to call me fatso/Now you call me Castro/My rap flow’s, militant…” I remember asking all the old heads on my block who “Castro” was, thinking he was some Nostrand Avenue OG so fearsome and slick that he was never caught by “the authorities”. And to my surprise, when a gentleman put me on game–a Cuban brother who was down with the 1959 Revolution and wanted to go home but ended up getting pinched for gun-running–that’s actually ***EXACTLY*** who he was, albeit in an entirely different setting. This man who the Notorious B.I.G. name-dropped was indeed an OG, but a Cuban not a Brooklynite, and he was indeed as hardcore, slippery, fiery and brilliant as they come, but the “authorities” he defied weren’t Blue Bacon and Feds but the American regime, especially its CIA, the usurping ‘Israeli’ entity and the global Zio-Imperialist system at large. And from this moment forward, I, like y’all, and not millions or even tens of millions but HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of other Moustazafeen (oppressed ones) worldwide, was infatuated with, in awe of, and inspired by this sky-toppling giant known as Castro. Continue reading Striking Star Salute To Fidel Castro: A Skying Revolutionary Life Comes To A Close At 90→
Dec. 17, 2014, was an historic day for Cuba. On that morning, the three remaining Cuban Five members in U.S. prison flew home to freedom. At the same time, Alan Gross, an American who was arrested in Cuba 5 years ago, and convicted for illegally bringing into Cuba undercover communications equipment, was returned to the United States.
This was announced on Dec. 17 at 12 noon, simultaneously by Cuban President Raul Castro on Cuban Television and by President Obama in Washington.
Havana drew the line at giving back American fugitives granted asylum in Cuba, after NJ Governor Chris Christie urged President Obama to demand extradition of a convicted cop-killer before reestablishing bilateral ties.