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What is the future likely to bring?  A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you're an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to figure out what's happening here or, for that matter, imagine you're an historian 100 years from now -- assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious -- and you're looking back at what's happening today.  You'd see something quite remarkable.


Democracy in the Americas after Chavez: Book launch of 'Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Octopus Books in Centretown
251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 59.0508" N, 75° 41' 49.866" W

On June 12, author and journalist Arnold August comes to Octopus Books to launch his new book “Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion” and to speak about recent developments in Venezuela. August, who was in Venezuela just before the April 14 elections, will discuss the Venezuelan democratic system, using photos and videos from his recent trip. He will explore the relationship between the U.S. on the one hand and Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, and Ecuador on the other hand and what the future might hold for the Bolivarian Revolution and the various progressive movements taking place within Latin America and the Caribbean.

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'Only solution is to close Guantanamo': Hunger strike puts detention centre back in spotlight

In response to growing worldwide attention on the mass hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, this morning U.S. President Barack Obama has, once again, said he will seek to close the detention centre. Obama said Tuesday: "It is inefficient, it hurts us in terms of our international standing, it lessens co-operation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts, it is a recruitment tool for extremists, it needs to be closed."



Book: One Day in December

April 26, 2013
| Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are famous around the world. But most people have not heard of fellow revolutionary Celia Sanchez. A new biography by Nancy Stout aims to change that.
Length: 21:14 minutes (19.44 MB)

One month on: Latin America continues to mourn Hugo Chavez and carry his legacy forward

Billboard in Havana, Cuba. (Photo: Nueva Perspectiva / flickr)

One month after the death of revolutionary leader and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on March 5, the outpouring of love, respect and solidarity for Chavez and the determination to continue the democratic revolution continues apace.

It is now very clear that not only Chavistas love and respect this fallen leader, but millions and millions of Latin Americans. Leaders from all over Latin America have paid their respects to this larger than life man.

 Even the most conservative leaders from 33 Latin American and Caribbean nations came to mourn the passing of Chavez. In total, at least 55 presidents, prime ministers and princes attended the formal funeral ceremony in Caracas, some with handkerchiefs in hand wiping tears from their eyes.


| March 17, 2013

Movie: Maestra

February 11, 2013
| Three years after the Cuban revolution, a quarter of a million volunteers went out into the countryside to teach people to read and write. A new film documents this historic project.
Length: 17:16 minutes (15.82 MB)
| November 14, 2012

Canada, US Alone on Cuba Exclusion at Americas' Summit

Canada, US Alone on Cuba Exclusion at Americas' Summit (and vid)

"A summit of 33 Western Hemisphere leaders open Saturday with the United States and Canada standing firm, but alone, against everyone else's insistence that Cuba join future summits.

'This is the last Summit of the Americas', Bolivia's foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, told the Associated Press, 'unless Cuba is allowed to take part.'

Progressive Voices

Hamilton Friendship Association with Cuba: Lisa Nussey

March 1, 2012
| On this week's episode of Progressive Voices, we speak with Lisa Nussey, executive member of the Hamilton Friendship Association with Cuba.
Length: 16:46
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