Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa – Democracy Now!


Published on Dec 11, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org

As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cuban “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.” Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.

9/11, Permanent War and the Transnational Capitalist Class

Look for Censored 2017, the Fortieth Anniversary Edition of Project Censored’s annual publication, at your favorite independent bookstore now. You can also find it online here. Below we post the transcript of a speech Peter Phillips gave in September 2016. Phillips is a Sociologist & the President of the Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored. – RR…

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog for 2017 is Now Available

The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company’s 2017 catalog is hot off the press and now available. If you haven’t seen their catalog before, you’re in for quite a treat. It’s a huge, full-color publication quite unlike any other you’ve likely seen. Stop by the Petaluma Seed Bank to pick up your copy, or sign up…

Report from Shepherd Bliss on Sonoma Co. Standing Rock Solidarity Events

Here’s an important message from our friend, Sonoma County activist, writer, and teacher, Shepherd Bliss. Thanks to Connie Madden for forwarding. Dear Water Protectors, I attended 3 events 11/26 on Standing Rock. They started with a silent prayer at the Sebastopol gazebo, one of many around the world. I  just got a phone call that…