This year, for the first time one of Trotsky's key works, the Revolution
Betrayed, was presented by the Frederick Engels Foundation at the Havana
Book Fair, stimulating big interest. A special edition of a theoretical
magazine on China,
including the analysis of the International Marxist Tendency on this subject
was also being sold. It is clear that a layer of the most conscious workers and
youth in Cuba
are looking far a Marxist alternative to the prospect of "market economics"
being reintroduced to the island.
As the news came out about Castro not standing again for president, the
comrades manning the Frederick
Engels Foundation at the Havana Book Fair sent us their impressions of how
people are reacting and what situation is opening up in Cuba.
On Tuesday, February 19, Fidel Castro announced he was no longer going to stand for the position as President of Cuba. All the talk in the bourgeois is
of the need to remove the regime, but there is no mention of the real social
gains of the Cuban Revolution. We do not stand with these vultures. We defend
the Cuban Revolution by working for an all-Latin American and international
The Cuban revolution has made many spectacular advances, but it faces serious problems. From the streets of Havana Darrall Cozens offers an eyewitness account of these successes, challenges, and the debates that are taking place in the island.
The Spanish Marxist journal, El Militante, recently
interviewed Frank Josué Solar, a Cuban university lecturer and communist. As he
says, “the only way out is the extension of the revolution throughout Latin
America to create a socialist federation.”