Humberto Fontova

This week Castro’s  propaganda ministry published another portion of Che Guevara’s “diaries.” These passages, composed by Ernesto “Che” Guevara between 1956-58, are titled “Diary of a Combatant,” and were published antiseptically “unedited.”  We know this because a minister of the Stalinist regime, (Che Guevara’s widow, Aleida March) vouchsafed this scoop to all foreign “news” agencies bestowed Havana Bureaus by the Stalinist regime.

According to Guevara's widow, the goal is "to show his work, his thoughts, his life, so that the Cuban people and the entire world get to know him and don't distort things anymore," reports CNN.

 “She (Aledia March-Guevara) said she wanted readers to get to know Che Guevara just as he was,” assures the BBC.

“March told reporters the purpose of publishing the diary is to acknowledge his thoughts, life and work,” underscores the Associated Press.

"We'd have to ask if he (Che Guevara) really wanted the 'Diary of a Combatant' published," furtively whispered Maria del Carmen Ariet,  another regime apparatchik while leaking snippets to CNN’s Havana correspondent Shasta Darlington, in what must have been another shadowy cloak and dagger setting.

So there. The candid, courageous and revelatory nature of this Castro-regime publication are solidly documented-- at least in the view of the same reporters who erupt in cynical snorts before any Republican finishes a sentence. 

Che himself must be guffawing in his grave. He had the MSM’s number from day one: “Foreign reporters, preferably American,” he wrote in the first portion of these diaries titled Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War and published in 1963, “were much more valuable to us at that time (1957) than any military victory. Much more valuable than rural recruits for our guerrilla force, were American media recruits to export our propaganda.”

“We cannot for a second abandon propaganda,” stressed his future patron and handler Fidel Castro in a letter to a revolutionary colleague in 1954. “Propaganda is vital — propaganda is the heart of all struggles.”

But with this new portion of Che’s diaries, Castro’s propaganda apparatchiks should strive for better “synergy” with their foreign auxiliaries. To wit:

Humberto Fontova

Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit