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Series of Photographs of Che Guevara 1960

Posted August 20, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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I can’t imagine what made him smile, but when he does, he has a certain charm.

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“It is naive to think that we would kneel before any master.”

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Sometimes, the Comandante looked uncannily like Mexican comic Cantinflas.

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U.S.-Cuba relations? “Whenever the U.S. wishes to talk to Cuba on a plane of equality, before or after the November elections, it will find us willing.”

From Look magazine - Our woman in Havana - November 8, 1960

Member Comments

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On November 11, 2004, yamel wrote:

Where can I get the book from Guevara “notas de viaje”?

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On February 10, 2006, alex rodriguez wrote:

hi! i am fascinated by ‘el che’ and other heroes from south america. If you find information on him or evita peron or cASTRO PLEASE NOTIFY ME. I WOULD LIKE TO BUY BOOKS AND GOOD FILMS(NOT LIKE THE FILM MADONNA MADE) ON che geuvara and evita peron and bascically everything that was occuring in that era. Im very confused about the whole cuban revolution. Thank you

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On February 20, 2006, rotatowa wrote:

why are you fascinated by this person??? do you think it was hero??? sorry but he killed and tortured people. he couldn’t imagine revolution without blood moreover he wanted a lot of local wars,bloody wars. why??? he was dengrous fanatic, possessed by his vision destroy american imperialism. you asked about film so i can order “Diarios de motocicleta”- it is realy good film you should read book (title is the same:D- this book was wrote by che). film and book is about che’s romantic youth and his travell via south america. but you should know all truth about che, not only idealistic part of his biography. in every library you find some book about his live ‘couse is the most popular latinoamrican revolutionist. unfortunately everythink what some people know about him is that his face is popular picture on the T-shirt. / sorry for my english i’m polish and i just lean this language at school/

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On February 28, 2006, julia wrote:

rotatowa please, read a little bit more about Che Guevara before doing this kind of opinion about him I don´t know where did you find it, he was the most clever, the most brave, and the most human of all cuban revolution, I`m really sorry for you, what a shame and what a waste, darling you are so lost…
and,, yes your english is terrible.

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On March 02, 2006, anthon wrote:

his english aint that bad plus i think he just meant che was not all good. which i he wasnt

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On March 06, 2006, karina. wrote:

i just came across this site through random searching:

its true, he wasnt all good, but you have to respect a human being for doing what he did. putting him on an extremly high pedastal might not be such a great idea and not what che might hav wanted, but there is no doubt that he deserves great respect for everything that he did do right, for being brave and for dying in the name of revolution. he was an extrodinary human being. and lets remember that, he WAS human, so naturally, he would have faults.

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On March 07, 2006, ant wrote:

yup

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On July 24, 2008, matthew suter wrote:

How come some people call Che evil obviously its the United States for it was them who participated in capturing him and killing him but really they should love him for the revenue they get from his image its them who are evil killing a man and then make money out of him

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On July 24, 2008, manfredz wrote:

not too many revolutons occur without some people being killed. Sad, but tis a fact.
From what I have read and heard, I think Che was responsibele for a lot less blood than Batista. 
Was he responsible for more blood than was necessary - probably
Did he enjoy killing for the sake of killing - some suggest that, but many others disagree with that statement.
Think where you rate Che depends on how you rate the Cuban Revolution.

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On July 24, 2008, Mako wrote:

Che was far from a saint. But Batista was a brutal thug. If there was no Batista, there would have been no Che or Fidel

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On July 24, 2008, manfredz wrote:

am sure if Batista hadn’t existed, someone similar would have been there.  In that period of history almost all central and south american countries were run by similar types.

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On July 24, 2008, publisher wrote:

Machado and a line of puppet presidents.

Meyer Lansky and Santo Trafficante et al were the Presidents of Cuba.

La Revolucion was probably not a bad thing but absolute power corrupts absolutely and Fidel is that guy.

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On July 24, 2008, manfredz wrote:

guess he was no different than Lenin/Stalin, Mao or other communist leaders (and many right wing dictators did similar).
They had their vision of what was good for the country and to realize that, they had to allow for no opposition and had to silence it.
And like many others they accomplished some good and did some bad.  Whether they came out ahead as a plus is left for history to write, and whoever will write that history will weigh (or ignore) the good and the bad.
Just look at Nixon.  Will he be rememebred more for opening of China, ending the Vietnam war etc, or for Watergate and the persecution of those who disagreed with him. Similarly will Castro be rememebred for overthrowing Battista and the mafia, improving the standard of living of many if not most cubans or for the executions, persecution of people, human rights violations and imeding prgress in the later years - time will tell.  KNow one thing that will probably happen - just as has happened to many others, authors will tend to write more about one side or the other with only a few giving a balanced view.

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On July 24, 2008, Mako wrote:

I truly believe that Fidel lead the revolution with good intentions. The aphrodisiac of power corrupted him. Many of my frends families, who were forced to leave Cuba , were very anti Batista and very pro Fidel. A rapid metamorphisis happened to Fidel from a social democrat, to an authoritarian dictator occurred once he sat on the throne
Has any one read the recently released book HAVANA NOCTURNE ?
It ia a GREAT book! The best I have read on the events leading up to the revolution. I strongly recommend it

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On December 25, 2008, che para siempre wrote:

Hi, I’m from argentina so since joung I know the history of Ernesto Guevara. He was realy good person and everytime his intentions was good. He helped the people of cuba like nobody. Rotatowa ask to a cuban, nobody in cuba think that he is a dangerous fanatic. He give the freedom of cubans in one of the hardest and violent dictature in the world. And if he kill and tortured persons, they was for the dictature, never inocents. But i dont believe in that histories.
And at last, the dictature in cuba, was ofcourse helped by the CIA and a lot of others dicatures…. nice no?
Hasta la victoria siempre! ====> read his biography its excellent, the film too.

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On December 25, 2008, paul wrote:

I’m in a dilemma…

Right wing, Latin American dictatorships fought to fend off socialism or related ideologies. Having seen what socialism was doing in Eastern Europe, that would have also happened in Latin America (and both the USA and USSR were fighting proxy wars all over the place during the Cold War). It was an ugly rock and a hard place at that time. Fellow travelers will say “oh they didn’t want socialism, they were national movements”...yeah right.

Right wing dictatorships are just as ugly as Left wing dictatorships. I see a left wing dictatorship in Cuba today, and it’s appalling that anti-war, pacifist, pseudo intellectuals are willing to defend and glorify it.  It’s a tropical gulag which is difficult to demonize with such lovely weather and great culture.

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On February 15, 2009, Che wasnt a murderer wrote:

He was great no more word…

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On April 22, 2009, red wrote:

comment four sir or mam of your american and you say “im proud to be a american”, in another country your saying im proud to be a killer if you say that hes killed alot of people americas has killed that much x’s 10.

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On April 22, 2009, Brucie wrote:

El Che was, and always will be, an inspiration to all gay, lesbian, and transgendered people of all the Americas.  That a gay Argentinian such as El Che could have such an impact on the history of Latin America is a source of great pride for all homosexuals, no matter our, I mean their, race, sexual identification, or place of birth.  And no one looks better in olive green uniform and black boots than El Che.  Viva El Che!  Viva El Gay!

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On April 23, 2009, Cubana wrote:

Brucie are you being serious? Che Guevara was a bigot and responsible for the setting up of “re-education camps” aka concentration camps after the Revolution where gays were forcibly sent to have the gayness knocked out of them (literally).

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On April 23, 2009, paul wrote:

Sarcasm____________________________________________

Your head

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On June 03, 2009, babyperez wrote:

I agree with everyone - he’s got good good points and bad points - depending on how you look at it or from which side you’re standing on. Depends on one’s idea about murder, torture, liberation, freedom, etc…sometimes the steps to get to freedom just “ain’t” pretty. My question is - is wanting freedom ever wrong?Either way, I think he is a figure in history that is responsible for changing a nation and for me, it would be quite interesting to research him, his cause(s) and so forth in order to gain more insight to all parts of “his story”... If anybody knows of some recommended readings, please let me know! Thanks
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Estoy de acuerdo con todos - tiene sus puntos buenos y sus puntos malos. Todo depende de como se mira la tortura, la muerte y asesinato, la liberacion, y la libertad ...a veces los pasos a la libertad no son “muy bonitos”. Mi pregunta es - si el deseo o el querer de tener la libertad es malo o incorrecto? - De todas maneras, creo que ‘el es una figura de la historia que sera muy interesante investigar mas. Me gustaria saber mas de su(s) causa(s) para entenderle mas profundamente. Si hay alguien por alli que conozca algunos libros o sepa donde haya buena literatura, por favor paseme los links! - Gracias!

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On June 13, 2009, Chéguevara was a good man wrote:

Ché Guevara was a good man, he liberated many people from the rulers who were controlling them. he was only human. NO human is perfect! i know that he killed a lot of people. But didn’t he liberate the people of Cuba and many other places? wasn’t that the whole point? you could say that the people in Britain (myself included) are bad people, for killing all of those German people in the World Wars. But personally i think it depends which side of the fence you’re on. if you support what the Cuban government did, well your obviously going to say that what he did was bad. But if ryou think that it was worth it for all those people he liberated. then i think he was a GOOD man! Stop moaning about what happened in the past, and enjoy your freedsom, because Ché and many other freedom fighters, they won that for YOU. They wanted the people of the future to have the right to stand up for themselves, and to vote for whoever they want.

i’m sorry i’ve gone on like this, but who ever said that Ché was a bad man, well yeah you’ve got your own opimiom. But look on Google, at the pics of what it was like BEFORE Ché.

Sorry for any spelling or grammar mistakes, i was typing very fast.


“Words that do not match actions are not important.”    Ché Guevara.

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On September 30, 2009, indian wrote:

today first time i came through this page. sorry i am not from a english speaking country. i am from a very small town in north India.
everyone has to right to make and express his/her opinions, some are pro che and some are anti. in my country hardly anyone know about che, sadly he has became just a figue on t-shirts.
for me che was a hero, a hero of real life. he left his country his home for a mission. he could have lived like a common man enjoying all materialist things, but he was not a coward and escapist like us. today we all talk about oppression, poverty, human rights, freedom etc etc, but he was few among those who took action for it. action speaks louder then words. people like che never die they always remain alive in hearts of billions of youth like me. u can deny him but can’t ignore him
salute to che and the land where he was born.

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On September 30, 2009, publisher wrote:

“sorry i am not from a english speaking country. i am from a very small town in north India”

I thought they spoke English in India.

“everyone has to right to make and express his/her opinions”

Not in Cuba.

“salute to che and the land where he was born.”

Argentina?

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On October 01, 2009, indian wrote:

english is not language of India, we speak hindi in daily life but also learn english
mayeb there is no freedom expression in Cuba, where it is??? in USA??

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On October 02, 2009, Lisa wrote:

“I thought they spoke English in India.”
This can tell me you ignore a lot of things so i have to ignore your comment…
I just wanna say… you judge to Che for try a revolution fighting…. At least he didnt invade a country to get its richness, yes talking about usa.
Aguante el Che!

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On October 02, 2009, indian wrote:

didnt invade a country to get its richness, yes talking about usa.
from nicaragua to iraq, vietnam to afghanistan, sandanista to saddam hussain… list is long very long
everytime they make excuse of invation that its for peace or mission democracy or fight against narcotics, if anyone will oppose them he will be branded as mass murderer

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On October 03, 2009, Didi wrote:

Hi, so i came upon this cite randomly and was very sadden by the views some had of Che Guevarra. I am Cuban and in reality noone can tell you better who Che was than a cuban themself. In my country Guevarra is known as a massacre yes its a harsh word but very well said. In the revolution Guevarra killed many and tortured the innocent people and prove of that is among the elder cubans who have always told me stories of how they would see Guevarra point a rifle at a civilian and just shoot at him just for being against the revolution. Thinking Guevarra is a hero is like comparing Hitler to a saint!

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On October 03, 2009, Lisa wrote:

I wish to know the economic status and social status of comment number 29!
I bet you aren’t in the low status. And that explains your comment.

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On October 28, 2009, meenu wrote:

Us thinks that by killing che the revoultion would end but its their worst nightmare that he is still living legend among our generation adn will be legend forever in generations to come.