Argentina to celebrate life of Che

BUENOS AIRES, May 26 (UPI) -- Argentina's Tourism Ministry has announced it will sponsor a 10-day commemoration of the life of Che Guevara.

Maradona says he's 'in love' with Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, April 1 (UPI) -- Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona is reportedly "in love" with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Buenos Aires Herald reports.

'Motorcyle Diaries' gets two Oscar nods

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- "The Motorcycle Diaries" -- based on the life and times of a young Che Guevara -- was nominated Tuesday for two Academy Awards.

Che Guevara backlash grows

MIAMI, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A backlash to the Che Guevara fad in the United States is growing, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

Cuba's Castro falls flat on his face

HAVANNA, Cuba, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro took an embarrassing header during a ceremony commemorating his fallen comrade Che Guevara.

Hollywood fest honors 'Fahrenheit'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival has named "Fahrenheit 9/11" its Hollywood Movie of the Year, Daily Variety said Wednesday.

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Hollywood ready for the fall

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Edinburgh film festival prepares to open

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 15 (UPI) -- A black-and-white film with Bill Murray, a Korean remake of "Dangerous Liaisons" and a Finnish "Pop Idol" satire are set for Scotland's top film festival.

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Cuba sets out to checkmate own record

SANTA CLARA, Cuba, April 29 (UPI) -- Cuba is looking to break its own world record for the most people playing chess at the same time.

Soderbergh, Del Toro reunite on 'Che' film

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has replaced Terrence Malick as director of a new big-screen biography about revolutionary Che Guevara.

New sis for 'Alias' Sydney

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- The twisted plots of ABC's "Alias" could become even more contorted when main character Sydney learns she has a sister.

Six reported dead in Columbia blast

BOGOTA, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An apparent car bomb exploded in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, killing at least six people, including two police officers, and injuring 15 others.

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Ernesto Che Guevara
WAP870112211 - 2 AUGUST 1961 - HAVANA, CUBA: Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) and Major Ernesto "Che" Guevara wait to board a plane for Montevideo, Uruguay. Guevara was killed in Bolivia on October 8, 1967. UPI

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Spanish pronunciation: ; June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist, and major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Since his death, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global insignia within popular culture.

As a 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 capitalism, monopolism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution. This belief prompted his involvement in Guatemala's social reforms under President Jacobo Arbenz, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow solidified Guevara's radical ideology. Later, while living in Mexico City, he met Raúl and Fidel Castro, joined their 26th of July Movement, and travelled to Cuba aboard the yacht, Granma, with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to second-in-command, and played a pivotal role in the successful two year guerrilla campaign that deposed the Batista regime.

Following the Cuban Revolution, Guevara performed a number of key roles in the new government. These included instituting agrarian reform as minister of industries, serving as both national bank president and instructional director for Cuba’s armed forces, reviewing the appeals and firing squads for those convicted as war criminals during the revolutionary tribunals, and traversing the globe as a diplomat on behalf of Cuban socialism. Such positions allowed him to play a central role in training the militia forces who repelled the Bay of Pigs Invasion and bringing to Cuba the Soviet nuclear-armed ballistic missiles which precipitated the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Additionally, he was a prolific writer and diarist, composing a seminal manual on guerrilla warfare, along with a best-selling memoir about his youthful motorcycle journey across South America. Guevara left Cuba in 1965 to foment revolution abroad, first unsuccessfully in Congo-Kinshasa and later in Bolivia, where he was captured by CIA-assisted Bolivian forces and executed.

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