Ernesto Che Guevara

Ernesto “Che” Guevara (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara, El Che, or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader. After death, his stylized image became a ubiquitous countercultural symbol worldwide.

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As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was transformed by the endemic poverty he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region’s ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of monopoly capitalism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution. This belief prompted his involvement in Guatemala’s social reforms under President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow solidified Guevara’s radical ideology.

Later, in Mexico, he met Fidel Castro and joined his 26th of July Movement. In December 1956, he was among the revolutionaries who invaded Cuba under Castro’s leadership with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to Comandante, and played a pivotal role in the successful two year guerrilla campaign that deposed Batista. Following the Cuban revolution, Guevara reviewed the appeals of those convicted as war criminals during the revolutionary tribunals, ratifying sentences which in some cases (the number of death sentences is disputed) involved execution by firing squads. Later he served as minister of industry and president of the national bank, before traversing the globe as a diplomat to meet an array of world leaders on behalf of Cuban socialism. He was a prolific writer and diarist, composing a seminal manual on the theory and practice of guerrilla warfare, along with an acclaimed memoir about his motorcycle journey across South America. Guevara left Cuba in 1965 to incite revolutions first in an unsuccessful attempt in Congo-Kinshasa and later in Bolivia, where he was captured with the help of the CIA and executed.

Both notorious as a ruthless disciplinarian who unhesitatingly shot defectors and revered by supporters for his rigid dedication to professed doctrines, Guevara remains a controversial and significant historical figure. As a result of his perceived martyrdom, poetic invocations for class struggle, and desire to create the consciousness of a “new man” driven by “moral” rather than “material” incentives, Guevara evolved into a quintessential icon of leftist-inspired movements. Paradoxically and in contradiction with his ideology, Che’s visage was also reconstituted as a global marketing emblem and insignia within popular culture. He has been mostly venerated and occasionally reviled in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, books, essays, documentaries, songs, and films. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, while an Alberto Korda photograph of him entitled Guerrillero Heroico (shown), was declared “the most famous photograph in the world.”

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27 Responses to “Ernesto Che Guevara”

  1. Carlos Says:

    One of the greatest men of the last 2,000 years.

    He will live forever in our hearts.

    Hasta la Victoria Siempre !

    • Silva Says:

      é verdade che faz falta nos dias de hoje grande homem.Acima de tudo procurem sentir no mais profundo de vocês qualquer injustiça cometida contra qualquer pessoa em qualquer parte do mundo. É a mais bela qualidade de um revolucionário.Os grandes só parecem grandes porque estamos ajoelhados. asta siempre comandante.

  2. Dana Williams-Freeman Says:

    Che Guano was a psychopathic murderer. He stole … he stole everything he laid his hands on including the very breath of those desiring to chose their own lifestyle. He was not content until he controlled every aspect of those lives under his thumb.

    Collectivist, totalitarian, communist. A satanic assassin of free will.

    • Mr. Abraham Says:

      Fuck off Mr. Dana Williams!! You are a damn imperialist. A man who has ever seen the pain exploitation causes, will understand the greatness of Che. You and your USA are never clean of any crime. As long as there is violence by your imperialist forces, there will be counter-violence by the communists to defeat you.

      • Selleck01 Says:

        No country, communist, capitalist or otherwise is free of blood stains Mr. Abraham. Che Guevara’s ideals were beautiful, his vision inspiring, and his means horrific. No one can save humanity by killing human beings. If there is ever to be a real revolution it will have to be a revolution of thought, one that changes how we view and value each other, it can not be imposed by any type of government. We can not expect to make things better by enforcing a system and eliminating the outliers, in doing so we defeat ourselves.

    • Predrag Stijelja Says:

      You talking about stolen!!!???!!!

    • RedEx Says:

      He was no different than any other soldier or revolutionary, except that he did succeed in helping to liberate Cuba. Yes, killed, but that’s what soldiers do. How is a US soldier or any solider in any military any different? How is a military leader or politician who ORDERS the above mentioned soldiers any different. They murder people for goal. Liberation or conquest. The question is whether it was just or not. No country has their hands clean, no politician, no soldiers. If there is injustice and you are an oppressed people you can’t throw flowers at the opposition to liberate.

  3. shane vandyar Says:

    Read confessions of an economic hitman.
    The USA embraces every dictator on the planet – they support them and control them.
    Why is it that 4% of the world population uses 67% of drugs. USA control…

  4. Ali Says:

    I’m Sorry for my weak English, see…
    “Who are you with this character ? “

  5. yash Says:

    there is need of great person like him

  6. pauliepelon Says:

    Say what you want: be it positive or negative about El Che, Nuestro Comandane did what he did for a reason, which was his. Whether it was for the good of humanity or for his own purpose. The man did what he did and unfortunately his life was cut short before he could either defend his actions or pay for them. Or maybe his life was cut short for the reason that he could justify his actions. Remember that, before and since he died numerous dictators have done more damage and committed more atrocities , which have gone unpunished. Presidents which were elected and Kings and Queens by right of birth have destroyed the world since time began. We are the peasants who have to suffer our place in life.

  7. haider Says:

    dr che is my fav personality

  8. sunil dutt che Says:

    See it is very easy to say, say that Che was this and that. May be he was correct or incorrect but the real aspect was his ideas – fight against injustice, domination and enequality. He have to suffer great pain during his fight and was a fearless hero.
    We cant do anything thats why we only say, do something people will day.

  9. Pavelescu Magdalena Says:

    Combattant courageux, pour le peuple pauvres

  10. David Says:

    Without doubt that his tactics may have been high handed , or support of same,I ask that u leave your comfort zones in front of the beautified CNN pictures’ and step into the real world wit effects of dictators ,and a political few who murder millions with they pens on a daily basis,where u buy a bullet for your ‘peaceful’ revolution. Case in point,Libya

  11. CHAVEZ Says:

    GRACIAS POR LAS FOTOGRAFIAS… Mi Guia y mi ejemplo.

  12. প্রবাহ Says:

    Salute to my leader

  13. Abu Zobaen Hossain Sondhi Says:

    My Love & Salute to you. Long live Revolution

  14. Rafi Says:

    Che is the real hero of us forever. He will never die ,he still alive in our heart

  15. vidyasagar Says:

    looks very stylish….

  16. Arul Pandiyan Says:

    Che was a Great Person.. only who can feel the pain as a slavery can feel the Fire iside Che.. No Idiot have quality to talk about Che…

  17. Says:

    what a styl

  18. vukai mwavumisa Says:

    Comrade Che was a great leader!Long live revolution,like Paulo Ferreira he advocated the freedom of the poor masses.Long live Chimurenga of our Forefathers.

  19. Doglas Paes Says:

    Quem é o autor da primeira foto? Eu fiz uma tattoo espetacular com ela!

  20. Nazim Says:

    Every natio dreams 4 such a hero, but hero like che doesnt born in every century. Salute boss.

  21. W.P.Priyadarshana Says:

    Saman priyadarshana.My life che

  22. Jafet Mlassan Says:

    Poor Guevara! If he would be alive,many things would have changed a lot!

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