Thursday, October 26, 2006

Celebrate the launch of Ron Ridenour's new book

Ron Ridenour, the celebrated writer on Cuban and Central American politics, will publish his new book, Cuba: Beyond the Crossroads, on November 7th. His books include Cuba: A "Yankee" Reports, Backfire: The CIA's Biggest Burn, Cuba at the Crossroads and Yankee Sandinistas. A committed revolutionary, anti-war activist, and supporter of the Cuban revolution, Ridenour's book gathers report and accounts of his extended journey in Cuba earlier this year. It has already generated widespead controversy.

The 112 page book, which is being published by Socialist Resistance, will be launched on Tuesday 7 November at a meeting to be held at 7.30 pm in the Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Sq., W1T 6AQ (Warren St., Euston or Goodge St stations). The selections below give a flavour of the book.

"Regardless of whether of not Cuba has achieved socialism — it is a long process, after all — the Cuban people and its government are more than worthy of our love and support. They have done no harm to the world and they have helped many millions of people in many lands. They have held out against "the enemy of humanity" to quote from the Sandinista anthem. In so doing, they have held out hope for billions of us."

"The main hindrance to worker control, to real socialism, is the world domination by capitalism and imperialism. The fact that the United States lays but 150 kilometers away is the greatest hindrance. I believe, however, that if the Cuban leadership had had more trust in the working class back in the mid-60s, once US military attacks were turned back and the internal counter-revolution defeated, it would have gradually turned over to the workers significant say in productive relations and in making local and national policies."

The book costs £8, around 12 euro, $15 US or $20 Australian. In around a month it will be available on and However, you can help us by buying it directly from us using the button at, where the £8 price also includes worldwide airmail delivery.

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