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Revolutionary Propaganda in Cuba: A tour through photos

As people often mention, in Cuba there are not billboard ads for companies or products, but rather signs boasting revolutionary socialist propaganda. These signs are especially prominent on main roads and the provinces outside of Habana.
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Museo de la Revolución

'Glory to the heroes of the new homeland'
‘Glory to the heroes of the new homeland’

Cuba’s Museum of the Revolution is dedicated to preserving the history of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary movement from 1953 to 1959.
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Week 1

2-6 Sep.

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Our first full day in Cuba began with an introduction to Casa de las Américas, the country’s primary location for cultural research and study, and where we’ll be taking our classes for the semester. After meeting with Casa’s administrators, our professors, and the two Cuban women who will be taking classes with us, we went on a tour of the building. Besides being research center, Casa also serves as a living museum of sorts. There is art on display throughout the entire building, and not just murals and paintings, but also a plethora photographs (part of a year-long exhibition) and literature.
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Desde La Habana: Day 1

DSCN0094I’ve never seen a place like this. From the air, it seemed a little like the sprawling Midwestern fields I’ve seen so many times. If it wasn’t for the ocean, sand, palm trees, and lack of many massive highways, I might of thought I was going home.

Even though the customs officer welcomed me to her country, I had a hard time believing I was really here. After leaving the airport we passed dilapidated buildings complimented by billboards sporting nationalistic or socialist propaganda, and along side old cars pumping out plumes of black smoke. In the US when a truck coughs out its diesel refuse the odor can be overpowerfully sickening, but here in Habana the mix of ocean air and cloudy pollutants is refreshing and serves as a constant reminder that I really am not in my own country any more.
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