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Richard Hart, Jamaican Marxist and historian, dies

Richard Hart, a towering figure of the Jamaican and Caribbean left, died in Bristol, England, on Dec. 21, 2013, at 96 years of age.

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Saul Landau told truth about Cuba

Saul Landau - reporter, author of 14 books, filmmaker (45 of them), poet, college professor, and determined foe of U.S. assaults on Cuba - died Sept. 9 in Alameda, Calif., at the age of 77.

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Hugo Chavez, popular Venezuelan president, dies

In life, Chavez was almost a legendary figure; first elected to Venezuela's presidency in 1998, he was popularly re-elected three more times in 2000, 2006, and 2012.

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Oscar Niemeyer, visionary architect and Communist, dies at 104

A Communist who experienced persecution, exile, and the shifting fortunes of our movement, his dedication to the struggle for a better world inspired generations of activists.

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In Mexico, world loses giants for justice

Two heavy blows in one week and a day! First, journalist, poet, commentator, lifelong post-beat Beatnik and activist for hopeless causes Johnny Ross, 72, died of liver cancer on the shores of Lake Patzcuaro in western Mexico, on January 17.

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Puerto Rican independence leader Juan Mari Bras dies at 82

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Juan Mari Bras, an elder statesman of Puerto Rico's independence movement who gave up U.S. citizenship in an act that inspired hundreds of other activists, died Friday, Sept. 10. He was 82.