The Cuban revolution and its relevance today by Mark Burton

Nearly 53 years have passed since the triumph of the Cuban revolution and 50 years since the imposition of a strangulating economic blockade of Cuba by the USA. So this is a good moment to reflect on the revolution, its achievements and challenges and to ask what it means for progressive movements in the world today.

Every year the United Nations General Assembly votes on a Cuban motion for the necessity to end the blockade. Every year the vast majority of the world’s countries vote with Cuba, the exceptions being the USA, Israel and one of its other clients, usually a Pacific micro-state. Not even a country like Colombia votes with the USA.

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