It is with great sadness that we heard the news about the passing of Howard Zinn.
He died of a hearth attack at the age of 87 while he was working on a speaking tour in Santa Monica California.
Howard Zinn was a civil rights and anti-war activist who was best known for his accurate writing of American history from the point of view of working and oppressed people. He demystified the lies about the version of history that is taught in US classrooms.
This internationally known historian and author of "A People's History of the United States" also supported international struggles for justice including the struggle for the freedom of the Cuban Five who have been in US prisons since 1998.
In April 2007, during a conference on the Cuban Five at Northeastern University in Boston, Howard Zinn opened his talk addressing the audience mostly of students and said "Tonight you are so lucky, you will learn about something that most people in the United States are not aware of and that is the case of the Cuban Five". Later in his talk he referred to the imprisonment of the Five for defending their country against terrorism as "an unforgivable act of cruelty".
While we mourn his passing, his legacy will continue in historians and writers who search for the truth instead of taking the line coming from Washington and the corporate media.