Sunday, October 03, 2010

Anti-American Art: Against the Terrorist Empire

This is a stamp with souvenir sheet from Cuba, issued in 2009 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. It shows a photo of a demonstration and a sweeping montage of Cuban flags next to a statue of Jose Marti, hero of Cuban independence from Spain.

The banner reads: "Contra el Imperio Terrorista, La Solidaridad Junto a los Pueblos. Avanza!" "Against the Terrorist Empire, The Solidarity of the People Together. Forward!" Shown on the banner are portraits of the Cuban Five.

The Cuban Five are five heroic Cuban intelligence agents who came to the United States to monitor the actions of anti-Castro Cuban organizations including the terrorist network led by CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles. They were arrested in September of 1998 and charged with espionage and other charges. Despite the fact these agents were actually engaged in trying to stop real bomb-throwing, aircraft-exploding terrorists, they have been imprisoned as political prisoners for the past twelve years. There is an international campaign for their release.

Ironic, isn't it, that actual terrorists are being protected by the United States. Who'd'a thunk it? Just....well, el pueblo.

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