The hugely succesful book by Alan Woods and Ted Grant, Reason in Revolt,
is being presented at the Havana Book fair. We reproduce an article
published by the Cuban Prensa Latina media, which highlights the
presence of the Spanish Fundación Federico Engels at the 15th Havana
Book Fair, taking place from the 3rd to 13th February 2005. Here is the
link to the official program of February 6, when the book will be presented.
Around thirty-five people participated in the presentation of the book Reason in Revolt, held at the International Havana Book Fair. Celia Hart Santamaría introduced the event and pointed out this was a very courageous book of struggle, and that the book had appeared at a time when the ideas of Marxism were being vilified.
More than half a million people visited the Havana International Book Fair which has just closed. The long queues that formed in order to buy books were an impressive sight. But the Fair is not only a place for the buying and selling of books, but also an open space for debate and discussion of left wing ideas.
A vicious attack on the Peace Community in San Jose de Apartado left 8
people dead, including women and children. Witnesses reported that
armed men who identified themselves as part of the 11th Brigade of the
Colombian army were involved. The brutal actions of the army, and the
government's denial of any involvment has led many to demand an enquiry
into the matter. It is clear, no matter the outcome of any
investigation, that the workers and peasants of Colombia can only rely
on themselves for defence.
The situation in Bolivia has undergone a sharp change in the last few
days. Faced with a new upsurge of the mass struggle against the
policies of the Mesa government, a movement in favour of the expulsion
of Aguas de Illimani (the water company controlled by French
multinational Suez), and for the nationalisation of hydrocarbons, the
forces of reaction decided to go on the offensive by using bourgeois
institutions, their mass media and the reactionary mobilisation of
sections of the petty bourgeoisie.