Submitted without commentary:

HAVANA, Cuba – June 10 (Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda / – A 100-year-old building in Old Havana collapsed June 7, leaving about 30 residents homeless.

The building, in the heart of the old city, on San Ignacio between Obrap?a and Lamparilla Streets, started making noises just before collapsing, said residents, giving them enough time to evacuate safely. All their belongings were left behind, they said.

19 thoughts on “Venceremos!!!”

  1. It’s the U.S.’s fault. Don’t you all know this by now? George Bush and the Miami Mafia it’s all our fault.

    By the way that’s a good URL for a web site?

  2. Val you just reminded me of something I saw on C-Span and that I was going to run and blog, but I must have fallen a sleep that night and forgot completely till just now. Hemingway’s old house. Thanks


  4. This comment was left on the che worshipping site referenced above.

    Mi dispiace tanto vedere che ce ne sono delle stronzi tale come te, porco della baia. Sei un cretino maiusculo. Che non era altro che un figlio di putana monumentale, un assassino con la sette del sangue e sopra tutto, un coniglio della peggior razza che ha pianto come una putana quando la sua ora e’arrivata. Va fanculo.

    If I remember my high school italian and latin, and with the help os my Italian/English dictionary, here is what I think it says:

    It displeases me terribly to see che, as much as a piece of shit like you, pig of the bay. You are a major cretin. che was nothing but a son of whore, a murderer with a taste for blood, and above all, a coward son of a whore when his hour came. Fuck you.

    If any Italian fans can translate that better I would love to read it…

  5. hey George, that was me!
    I sent you the translation but I am posting it here!

    “I am so dissapointed that there are so many assholes like you, pig of the bay. You’re a monumental idiot.
    Che was no more than a huge son of a bitch, a bloodthirsty assasin and over all, a coward of the worse kind who cried like a whore when his hour arrived.
    Fuck you.”

  6. Ok, I just posted this on the assholes blog. I wonder how long it will be up before he deletes it?

    Che the Idol

    It was Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet dictator, who first warned the
    world of the ?cult of personality?, that irrational and emotional process
    of lionization that transforms a man into a myth. Khrushchev was
    warning the Soviet Union of the cult that had formed around Joseph Stalin, a
    cult that distorted Stalin?s image from that of a mere mortal into an
    infallible authority, a spiritual figurehead, the Christ of communism.
    In much the same way, Ernesto ?Che? Guevara has become a mythical and
    moral leader for the radical left in America. They wear his image proudly
    on the chests of their shirts, his face adorns their dorm room walls
    and his memory remains sacred in their hearts.

    The statist left has adopted the image of Che as their own, making him
    a mascot of their movement. No so-called ?peace? rally would be
    complete without a poster or placard extolling the Argentinean-born
    revolutionary. Uncritically they accept the man and the myth as a symbol of the
    ?social justice? they agitate for, a pious-like leader and mentor for
    their ambitious and righteous project of re-shaping the world according
    to their orthodoxy.

    The legend of Che, a socialist who realized the dream of collectivism,
    appears to be inseparable from their statist fantasies. Che is an icon
    from the now seemingly bygone world they once celebrated in which
    socialism engulfed the better part of the globe and statist radicals were
    making headway here at home. These sentiments are evident in the
    demonstrative light in which Che is regarded in today.

    In the 1999 Time Magazine list of the 100 most important people of the
    20th century, Ariel Dorfman remarks that Che was ?an adventurer
    who?broke down limits without once betraying his basic loyalties? calling him
    a ?hero? who ?provides the restless youth of our era with?a fierce
    center of moral gravity? and calling him ?Christ-like.? In the movie The
    Motorcycle Diaries which received rave reviews at the Sundance Film
    Festival, Che was glorified as a humanitarian and rebel against authority.
    The popular band Rage Against the Machine whose videos can be found on
    MTV have put his image on their T-shirts and posters. Jean-Paul Sartre,
    the French philosopher called Che \”the most complete human being of
    our age.\” ?He is a romantic. He had a political consciousness that
    changed Latin America? gushed Garc?a Bernal, the actor who played Che in the
    Showtime mini-series Fidel and in The Motorcycle Diaries in a Los
    Angeles Times interview. But who was the man behind the legend? Who was the
    real Che?

    Che?s Repression

    Che was more than just a guerilla and fiery orator. He was also a
    leader at the helm of the new communist government in Cuba. Che and Castro
    were the chief engineers of this new social experiment. While Che held
    many formal positions, from the head of the central bank, to manager of
    Cuba?s central planning committee, he was most importantly Castro?s
    unofficial right-hand man and most enthusiastic advocate.

    As soon as Che and Castro took power in Cuba, they began to break the
    promises that had fueled the rebellion against the Batista regime. By
    June of 1959, just 6 months after the rebel victory over Batista, Castro
    announced that elections would be postponed indefinitely. When asked
    why, he simply quipped ?Elections? What for?? At the same time, and as
    always with Che?s backing, he suspended the 1940 constitution which
    guaranteed many fundamental rights. The French writer Jeannine Verd?s-Laroux
    commented ?the totalitarian nature of the regime was inscribed there
    from the very beginning.? In the years following the revolution new laws
    banned the freedom of association, the right to free speech and the
    free press would be abolished, replaced by strict speed codes and a party
    run press directed from the top. The new regime also deported
    dissidents and priests, closed colleges and spied on students, and persecuted
    artists and Christians. The functionality and power of formerly
    independent unions were taken over by the ministry of labor while the government
    seized massive amount of private property without regard for property
    rights. The once independent judiciary was put under control of the
    executive. On May Day in 1960 Castro announced there would be no elections
    in Cuba- ever. Castro and Che were now full-fledged tyrants, capable of
    ruling by decree. This led way to their ability to set up forced labor
    camps, similar to those used by the Soviets and Nazis.

    Various groups have estimated that Cuba held between 15,000 and 500,000
    or so political prisoners between 1959 and the 1980s and murdered about
    20,000 Cubans. To this day no one knows the exact figure however,
    because of the regime continues to restrict the flow of information in and
    out of the country. This is the ?social justice? Che helped bring to

    Che the Mass Murder

    For a man who claimed to be liberating the peasants of Latin America,
    Che spent an awful lot of his time obliterating them. From very early on
    Che had learned the value of violence to maintain order and consolidate
    power. As part of a rebel detachment fighting the Batista regime in
    Cuba, Che had a child who had stolen some food immediately executed
    without trial. After the 1959 rebel victory in Cuba over the Batista regime,
    various foreign presses reported that over 600 Batista supporters were
    killed in mass executions. Che was later made the supreme prosecutor of
    the new state?s ?cleaning commission? and sent hundreds to their deaths
    at La Cabana prison while Fidel Castro?s brother and Che comrade Raul
    Castro rounded up POWs and massacred them. Historian Jorge Casta?eda
    charges that these executions ?were carried out without respect for due
    process? The Cuban human rights activist Armando Valladares who was
    imprisoned at the La Cabana prison claims that Che took ?personal interest?
    in the torture and execution of some political prisoners.

    While many of the anti-Batista revolutionaries favored democratic
    socialism or western democracy, Che and Castro favored soviet style
    communism. After the revolution toppled the Batista regime, the jockeying for
    power began. Che was vicious in his strategy against the democrats,
    deporting them, jailing them, sending them to concentration camps and
    executing them. In Che?s Cuba you could be put up against the wall simply
    for passing out anti-communist literature, a tactic Che referred to as
    ?justice at the service of future justice? Regis D?bray, Che?s Bolivian
    companion described him as ?an authoritarian through and through?

    Che was ambitious however, and thusly desired to obliterate more than
    just his political rivals and own innocent people. During the Cuban
    missile crisis, Che demanded that nuclear war be unleashed on the United
    States. He told British reporter Sam Russell that ?if the [nuclear]
    missiles had been under Cuban control [during the Cuban missile crisis],
    they would have fired them off.? Reportedly, he was disappointed when
    Khrushchev decided to draw back his weapons in the missile crisis. \”If the
    weapons had been left, we would have used them against the heart of the
    USA\” he remarked.

    Creating a Just Society

    Historical analysis shows that Che was instrumental in setting up the
    Cuban concentration camps, hence the Nazi SS Death?s Head skull which
    adorns the beret of the Che figure on the cover of this magazine. The
    corrective work camps housed both political dissidents and so-called
    social ?deviants? such as homosexuals and other social outcasts. Samuel
    Farber, a writer raised in Cuba contends that ?Che Guevara played a key
    role in inaugurating a tradition of arbitrary administrative, non-judicial
    detentions [concentration camps]?for the confinement of dissidents and
    social ?deviants.?? Che comrades like Regis D?bray admit Che was the
    engine behind the idea. One of Che?s chief policies for the new Cuba
    included sending ?people who have committed crimes against revolutionary
    morals? to the forced labor camps to be re-educated.

    It was Che?s hatred of the individual that led him to squeeze out any
    semblance of independent thought from Cuba. He trusted in the
    collective: collective redistribution, or socialism and collective justice, or
    social justice. In a July 1960 speech, Che told a crowd of students and
    workers that ?individualism?must disappear in Cuba? saying that the
    proper ?utilization? of the individual is for the ?absolute benefit of the
    community.? Men were mere components in Che?s socialist nightmare. It
    was this attitude that lead Che to lash out against all and any who
    disagreed with his orthodoxy and his vision of a socialist super state
    which would ensure social justice for all and freedom for none. He wasn?t
    just socializing the economy. He was socializing the people.

    Che?s new order required indoctrinating Cuban society according to his
    vision of ?revolutionary morality?. This new morality transformed
    individual Cubans into what Che called the ?new man?, mere vessels of the
    collective, devices under absolute control, working in the absolute
    interest the state. In this way the state could control the minds of Cubans
    and target them absolutely in one direction and at one enemy. Like
    Hitler, Che used hatred to focus the energies of the masses. \”Hatred as an
    element of struggle? Che remarked in his essay Two, Three, Many
    Vietnams, ?unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond
    his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent,
    selective, and cold-blooded killing machine [emphasis mine]? This is ultimately
    what Che advocated, the creation of an organic machine, filled with
    killers and under his control, bringing his brand of social justice to the

    Che?s Legacy

    Che?s legacy is one of repression, terror, murder and destruction. One
    in which children lost their parents, patriots lost their country and
    tens of thousands lost their lives. Yet so many who claim to be
    supporters of peace seem are so enthralled with the cult of Che. So what makes
    the life and actions of Che so compelling?

    Che is a hero to the statist left, not in spite of what he did, but
    because of it. Because he implemented the ultimate form of social
    collectivism. What Che represents is what the statists are really seeking:
    unyielding control over the destiny of others, the economic and political
    livelihoods of America?s citizens. The right and the ability to
    implement social justice as they see fit. This is what the image of Che
    represents and this is what the statists desire. Che was a man who got things
    done, who not only advocated but implemented.

    Che represents the next step for the statist activists, from ideas to
    actions. He is the manifestation of their rebellion, rebellion against
    individualism, diversity, capitalism, freedom. But real rebels do not
    support centralized state authority. They do not support collectivism.
    They fight it. Real rebels don?t worship a cult of personality. Real
    rebels crash it. Those who worship Che aren?t rebels or peace activists.
    They are dupes furthering the destructive legacy of collectivism and the
    mayhem it has wrought the world over.

    Dorfman, Ariel Che Guevara Time Magazine Online.(June 14, 1999)
    Anderson, Jon Lee: Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. (New York: Grove
    Press 1997), p. 458
    Fontaine, Pascal ?Communism in Latin America? The Black Book of
    Communism: Crimes, Terror,
    Repression (Cambridge: Harvard University Press 1999), p. 649
    Verd?s-Laroux, Jeannine La lune et la caudillo pp. 179-189
    Charen, Mona Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War
    and Still Blame America First. (Washington D.C.: Regnery Publishing
    2003) p. 176
    Fontaine, p. 648
    Anderson, p. 356
    Anderson, p. 388
    Casta?eda, Jorge, Compa?ero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara (New
    York: Vintage 1998) p. 143
    Che Guevara Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia 2005

    Fontaine, p. 652
    Anderson, p 458
    Debray, Regis Loues soient nos seigneurs (Paris: Gallimard, 1996) p 186
    Anderson, p. 545
    Ratner, Michael & Smith, Michael Steven Che Guevara and the FBI: The
    U.S. Political Police Dossier
    on the Latin American Revolutionary (Ocean Press 1997) p. 92
    Farber, Samuel ?The Resurrection of Che Guevara? New Politics Summer

    Fontaine, p. 652
    Casta?eda, p. 178
    Anderson, p.478
    Guevara, Che Message to the Tricontinental: \”Create Two, Three…Many
    Vietnams\” (First published in
    English by the Executive Secretariat of the Organization of the
    Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia,
    and Latin America (OSPAAAL), Havana, April 16, 1967. Transcribed for
    the Internet by the Workers\’ Web
    ASCII Pamphlet project (RCG), 1997. 2nd (HTML) Edition, 1998) authorize the reproduction and distribution of this
    E-Mail as long as the source is credited. / autoriza la reproduccion y redistribucion de este
    correo, mientras nuestra fuente ( sea citada.

  7. Sure enough, the real che comment was taken down and replaced with Italian, of which I know very little but it goes something like this. Trashy comments that are part of a campaign of disinformation from the reactionary right,soiling the name (puke here) of the man who is the hope and symbol of millions. Also something about being banned from a blog. Anyone speak Italian?

  8. The address of the collapsed house is right on the tourist trail from the Catedral to the newly renovated Plaza vieja, just a block from the Raquel Hotel.

    I suppose Eusebio Leal didn’t want to convert this one into another posh hotel?

Comments are closed.