This time of year brings many memories. The memories are like echoes, for they coincide so closely with events of today, equally tragic and bloody.
On Mar. 9, Cuba and the world lost a remarkable revolutionary figure, Melba Hernandez Rey, age 93. The cause of death was complications of diabetes.
It has been 96 years since the Russian Revolution and 22 years since the Soviet Union, collapsed and broke into pieces, and the world lost much in that collapse.
The history of Cuba's Movement of 26th July is a history of triumph over great adversity.
One thing is apparent to anyone who has studied Cuban society as Esteban Morales has: the subject of racism is far from "taboo" in Cuba.
I first heard of Gene Sharp from a commentator on National Public Radio. He said that he had examined the "Arab Spring" upsurges in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
The revolution is coming soon, to a theater near you.
Tea party leaders and the ultra-right need a lesson in history when it comes to our Founding Fathers who were not only revolutionaries in deed, but many held far-reaching democratic ideas that the tea-baggers would denounce as "socialist."
Jill Lepore's "The Whites of Their Eyes" is two distinct histories in the space of a single volume.
July 26, 1953 was the start of the movement to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista -- and the Cuban Revolution.