• Chavez cutout
    Notes on Venezuela

    In this week’s column, Israel Centeno takes a look at the political myth-making behind “Chavismo”, which he describes as “a religious movement,” fifteen years in the making, used by the government to veil the country’s deepening economic and social crisis.

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  • Che Mercedes Ad Campaign
    Che: Until Defeat Always

    The mythical representation of the Che Guevara icon has been undoubtedly useful propaganda for the Cuban government, but, argues Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, the most surprising, unexpected blow to the myth is capitalism’s appropriation of his image as a kind of trademark.

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  • Willi Munzenberg and Double Lives by Stephen Koch
    The Innocents’ Club

    Israel Centeno reviews Double Lives by Stephen Koch, which looks back at Willi Müzenberg and the Innocents’ Clubs of the early 20th century. Such groups of naïve left intellectual sympathizers of “good despots”, Centeno argues, still abound today.

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  • Camila Vallejo
    Desperately Seeking Camila

    This was not the Cuban remake of A Star is Born. This was the visit of the Chilean communist student leader Camila Vallejo to the Island at the beginning of April. She is “the world’s most glamorous revolutionary,” according to the New York Times.

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