The Marcos Jimenez presidency became so repressive that the Venezuelan population revolted. Constant civil unrest resulted in a coup. The Patriotic Junta was responsible for his removal and promised the restoration of democratic government including civil liberties . The irony was that President Jimenez came to power through a military coup. The newsreel seems to […]Read more "Revolt in Carcas Venezuela Newsreel (1958)"
Che Guevara appears in this clip from 1964 on the program Face the Nation. The Marxist revolutionary answers questions regarding relations between Cuba and the United States. Relations between the tow countries declined after the Cuban Revolution. Che Guevara accused the US of continued subversion in the interview. Since 1962, an embargo was imposed, which has […]Read more "Che Guevara on Face the Nation (1964)"
This is an Olmec mask from Olmec civilization. This artifact current resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Olmec mask is composed of Jade. This may have been just decorative art and not meant to be worn. The mask does not contain holes in the eyes or mouth.What can be deduced is that it […]Read more "Olmec Jadeite Mask (900-400 B.C.E)"
This photograph shows then Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush meeting with Panama’s strongman Manuel Noriega in 1983. The Reagan White House was embarking on a policy of aggressive anti-communism and this meant attacking Latin American governments that were either leftist or aligned with the Soviet Union. When Castro came to power in Cuba the […]Read more "Manuel Noriega Meets George Bush (1983)"
Diplomatic relations between Cuba and Indonesia were established in 1960. The photograph shows Castro meeting the first president of Indonesia Sukarno. Indonesia at the time had one of the largest communist parties outside of the Soviet Union and the people’s Republic of China. Sukarno came to Havana discussing areas of bilateral cooperation. The major areas […]Read more "Fidel Castro Meets Sukarno"
This is a CBS news program of Fidel Castro. The Revolution had just deposed the Batista regime and was in its infancy. Castro takes questions from reporters in the program. Castro reveals that his major concern about the shift in public opinion. He wants full support of the people for the revolution to continue.Reporters ask […]Read more "Fidel Castro on “Face the Nation” (1959)"