Yoani Sanchez to team up with Che Guevara hagiographer Jon Lee Anderson


The setting for the Sanchez/Anderson conversation/presentation will be Colombia’s Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias , where the participants are “all writers committed to freedom of expression,” says the flier, and the theme will be “the ethical responsibilities of Latin American writers today.”

Specifically Yoani Sanchez will explore with (Che Guevara glorifier) Jon Lee Anderson (who wrote his book on Che Guevara while living in Cuba with the full co-operation and editorial assistance of the Castro regime) “his (Anderson’s) work on behalf of freedom of expression.”

I SWEAR I am not making any of this up. Here’s the announcement in Spanish.


“I have yet to find a single credible source pointing to a case where Che Guevara executed an innocent person.” (Jon Lee Anderson, Che; A Revolutionary Life.)

“He studied the evidence in each case of the 50 executions with methodical care. ( you see only fifty executions took place in Cuba in 1959 according to Anderson.) The executed were all torturers and murderers of women and children,” asserts The History Channel in their Che Biography (based on Anderson’s book.)

Anderson’s book, as trumpeted above, inspired Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro’s famous movie, where Anderson also served as “advisor.” Like the book the movie was produced in collaboration with Castro’s propaganda ministry. Even the New york Times gagged at portions of the movie calling it : “epic hagiography.”

Here’s The New York Post Kyle Smith’s take on the movie Anderson inspired and helped direct:

“MEET Che Guevara. Just think of him as Jesus plus Abraham Lincoln with a touch of Moses and Dr. Doug Ross. After 4 ½ hours of watching Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara heal the sick, teach the illiterate, daze the women, execute the lawless, defeat the corrupt, uplift the peasantry and spew the sound bite, I was convinced there would be a scene in which he turned water to Bacardi.”

“We must do away with all newspapers. A revolution cannot be accomplished with freedom of the press.” (declared the object of Jon Lee Anderson’s love jones, Che Guevara.)

“We’re not going to allow all the press foolishness (freedom) that Batista allowed. I can have you executed this very night. How about that!” (snapped the object of Jon Lee Anderson’s love jones, Che Guevara.)

“You’ll need proof that I’ve broken some law” responded Cuban journalist Llano Montes, who had just written an article about Che moving into a luxurious estate in Havana’s swanky Tarara section.

“We don’t need proof,” snapped Guevara. “We manufacture the proof.”

I repeat: Yoani Sanchez will discuss with Jon lee Anderson his “work on behalf of “freedom of expression.”


4 thoughts on “Yoani Sanchez to team up with Che Guevara hagiographer Jon Lee Anderson”

  1. Anderson looks like a smug, snotty prick, like NYC’s new mayor, but but you’d better believe he thinks, or acts like he thinks, that he “gets” not only Che but the whole Cuba thing better than WE do. Such absurdity is beyond risible, not to mention contemptibly presumptuous, but obviously he’s still getting mileage out of it, and will continue doing so as long as he can. It’s not that I blame him, exactly, just as I don’t exactly blame cockroaches for being disgusting, but I DO blame those who keep putting gas in his tank, so to speak (like our Latrine “brothers”). As for YS, we shall see soon enough what she makes of this business, but she’d better have some damn good irony up her sleeve.

  2. Anderson’s expression speaks to me: “Yes, I’m a superior being. Yes, ordinary people bore me. Yes, I’m the supreme Che expert. Yes, I’m fully worthy of my meal ticket, I mean subject. Yes, my righteousness is bigger than yours. Yes, I’m a prime example of my kind. Yes, you may venerate me…” Well, you get the idea.

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