American activist and actor Sean Penn recently published an insightful and captivating essay on his impressions of Venezualan President Hugo Chavez and the new Cuban leader and brother of Fidel, Raul Castro. A couple of months before the United States Presidential election, Penn, along with author Christopher Hitchens and Rice Professor and historian Douglas Brinkley, traveled to Venezuala to meet with Chavez. Later, they hopped on a plane and headed to Havana, where Raul Castro wined and dined with Penn for seven hours, offering him his first-ever interview since taking the helm.

If you have a few minutes, check it out.

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