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Design Inspiration
The colors, design, fonts, and leading come from 1950s to 1960s era books by International Publishers and Boston Press. Particular examples are the "Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare" by Kwame Nkrumah and "Guerrilla & Counter-Guerrilla Warfare" by William J. Pomeroy, both by International Publishers. The font used for graphical text headers is Copperplate Gothic Bold, which was designed by Frederic W. Goudy in the early 1920s and is used on the cover of Karl Polanyi's work "The Great Transformation."

Open Source Software
In addition to providing information on impact of socialism in Cuba and other parts of the world, this site exists as an example of the power and benefit of open source and free software. It is hosted on a Linux machine running the Apache web server, on which in turn the PHP 4 engine and the Tomcat JSP servlet container are installed. To complete the package, MySQL is the database management system used for the news articles and forum. All of these components, outside of the physical hardware requirements of the server and network, are available for free.

Furthermore, these aren't just "good enough" materials for web hosting and development, they are superior — in mine and the opinion of many others — to the costly proprietary products that I've worked with in the past such as Microsoft's IIS web server, Active Server Pages, and their database management systems; Access and SQL Server. Indeed, I've found these open source tools even to be superior to "premium" products such as ATG's Dynamo platform, which leases for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then again, I don't require the commerce platform or personalization that these products offer, see my privacy statement.

Tools Used
The primary software used to develop this website are not open source, however, although plenty of similar freeware or open source tools are available. The reason they were used is because the software was either cheap, or that I had it under an existing license from either my college or place of employment. The two applications I refer to are Macromedia HomeSite and Adobe ImageReady. Similar freeware programs are Web-o-Rama and The Gimp, respectively. Free FTP programs used are FTP Explorer and Leech FTP for the PC and Fetch for the Mac.

News Feed
The news for this site is provided by Cuba Information Access and Moreover.

Forum
The forum application — Led-Forums — was originally written by John Coulter, although I've made substantial modifications.

Site Author and Developer
Daniel Krook is the webmaster of PlayaGirón.net. He majored in both International Studies: Comparative Development (Latin America & Sub-Saharan Africa) and Political Science: International & Comparative Politics at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he received his B.A. in December 1999. He has also studied at the Universidad de La Habana during a summer program and at the University of Cape Town during a semester abroad.


from: Moreover &
Cuba Information Access

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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
[submitted by CyberBrook]

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» Camilo Cienfuegos
(1932-1959)
Granma expeditionary; became Rebel commander and headed Antonio Maceo Column No. 2, leading march westward from Sierra Maestra to Las Villas Province; became Rebel Army chief of staff in January 1959; plane lost at sea on October 28, 1959.