(The proposed Che Geuvara monument for Galway)
As a victim of Che Guevara’s atrocities, as a historian, and as a Cuban of Irish descent, I am deeply disturbed by the fact that the city of Galway is planning to erect a monument to Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I don’t mind one bit if those behind this monstrous project want to believe lies — that’s their right in a truly free society — but it would be wrong to allow their abysmal ignorance or willful blindness to stand unchallenged.”
These are the words written by Yale Professor Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, which won the National Book Award in 2003. He wrote this letter and submitted it to the Irish Times in response to plans by the city of Galway to erect a statue honoring Che Guevara. The Times demurred, but it was published in the Galway Advertiser, and Professor Eire has given National Review permission to reprint it.
He goes on to compare Che to Irelands Oliver Cromwell’s sketchy history too. “If Galway wants to honor Che with a monument” writes Carlos, “it should also build one for Cromwell, right next to it. It’s only fair.” Read the whole letter in the National Review.
Today we introduce another 2 hours of Cuban jams and talk time with our special guest of the week, Helena Kubicka de Braganca. At 20 years old, Helena saw Soy Cuba for the first time and her life would never be the same.
(Sugar Barons guest, Photographer Helena Kubicka de Braganca)
It would take another 8 years before she finally followed her gut and dove into the island herself for over 2 months meeting “artists, musicians, prostitutes, farmers, and revolutionaries”. The result is I Am Cuban, a hardcover coffee table book inspired by her travels through the nation. Although Helena was born in London (to Polish and Portuguese immigrants), we consider her an honorary Cuban. You won’t want to miss our conversation about contemporary Cuba and the fountain of inspiration she bumped into.
Tune in today (Wednesday) on www.radiolily.com from 2-4 pm for a new set of Cuban classics and some a trip down memory lane for Helena.
Nowness recently ran a photo essay by American photographer Michael Dweck, known for his photos of natural babes in Montauk, New York. This time, Michael visited Cuba and discovered a whole scene of the young cool crowd in Cuba’s elite circles (not the type of youth normally captured by most predictable photographers). “These people travel freely, have nice cars, big studios and a lot of assistants” writes Nowness. “They sell their artworks in other countries; they show at Art Basel, some have work in MoMA and the Tate. The government allows it even though Cuba is supposed to be classless. The regime doesn’t admit that this creative class exists, but I think they also realize that without culture you don’t have a society.”
Visit Nowness to see the whole feature… or go to Michael Dweck’s Cuba Project to see a more complete collection of images. The photographs will be exhibited in San Francisco at Modernism Inc from Sept 8 to Oct 29th located at 685 Market Street.