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Star Pedro Pérez-Sarduy: A Reaction. I wrote this response as a short assignment in early 1998 for HIST 236 Modern Latin American History (which was not "The History of Modern Latin America," the Honduran professor would insist) at Trinity College. The paper was a reaction to two presentations that acclaimed Afro-Cuban writer, author, and poet Pedro Pérez-Sarduy had made at the school during this particular day, once to a class on Cuban history, the other to a larger more general audience that night. The paper was intended to convey my thoughts on the latter presentation.
Star "¡Propaganda!" Text from an interview with Félix Beltrán on Cuban political and film posters. It is transcribed from a brochure I picked up at an American Institute of Graphic Arts exhibition in New York called ¡Propaganda! on May 16, 2001.

As an artist Beltrán was originally a leading supporter of the Revolution in Cuba, and did much to develop the poster as an artistic and political medium, but eventually left in 1979 after personal and professional friction with the government. The interview is somewhat critical of Cuba's treatment of artists in general, but also provides a balanced look at the larger circumstances of these conditions.

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» "I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation. One of the fundamental objectives of Marxism is to remove interest, the factor of individual interest, and gain, from people's psychological motivations. Marx was preoccupied both with economic factors and with their repercussions on the spirit. If communism isn't interested in this too, it may be a method of distributing goods, but it will never be a revolutionary way of life."
» Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
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» Vilma Espín
(1930- )
Helped organize November 1956 Santiago de Cuba uprising; leader of July 26 Movement in Oriente Province and member of its National Directorate; fighter in Rebel Army; president, Federation of Cuban Woman since 1960 founding; currently member of Communist Party Central Committee and Political Bureau.