Thinking out loud.
“Solidarity" is one of the most used terms among activists probably next to “struggle”. However, in practice I am surprised sometimes how little it is understood and how frequently it becomes a subjective term depending on…the mood.
Continue reading What solidarity is not
DE LA PUPILA INSOMNE
Palabras de nuestro colaborador Arnold August tras recibir la Medalla de Amistad concedida por el Consejo de Estado a propuesta del ICAP. La Habana, 4 de julio de 2017
Muchas gracias, Fernando, por sus amables palabras. Muchas gracias Gerardo por hacerme entrega de esta Medalla. Me siento honrado de estar hoy aquí en presencia de ustedes dos, por dos razones en particular.
Continue reading Arnold August: Dedico esta medalla a la obra de Fidel
By Arnold August on June 19, 2017
The official June 16 statement was barely uttered when the majority nationwide opposition to the Trump Cuba policy was once again reignited. Indeed, it was already extremely active and vocal before the Little Havana, Miami venue and date were announced on June 9. By stage-managing the event in Little Havana, Trump was preaching to the choir, one that does not even include the rest of Florida, where the majority of Cuban-Americans oppose the blockade, or at least support the Obama policy of making the blockade somewhat more flexible. Trump’s trademark manner of hand-picking events to spread the word across the country will not work. His Cold War rhetoric will not detract the forces that want to increase trade and travel to Cuba.
Continue reading Trump Cuba Policy: What Will Happen in Coming Months?
The 8th biennial convention of the Canadian Network on Cuba was held in Toronto, Canada, on June 3-4, 2017. I was asked to speak on the panel titled Building Solidarity with Cuba in Canada with distinguished panelists Don Foreman of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and Yamil Martinez of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).
This is what I said. The title is taken from a statement by Fidel Castro.
"The seeds of solidarity planted for many years are growing everywhere."
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I like to think that those Venezuelans who have been reported by Reuters (nonetheless) as coming to the rescue of injured people during the spate of violence in Venezuela are sincere in their intentions. 
However, the fact that they have adopted the donning of white helmets as a symbol of their “altruism” makes it all very suspicious. Are we witnessing the birth of the Venezuelan version of the White Helmets of Syria?
Continue reading Venezuelan protesters “import” questionable tactics from Syria
Chemical weapons kill by causing a terrible death mostly to innocent people not involved in the conflict, but just by being nearby. That inevitably includes children. Those who do not die immediately will live scarred for life physically and mentally.
Continue reading Chemical Weapons: Danger Beyond Syria
When I observe violence through media outlets anywhere in the world I seem to notice that it often comes from a rightwing ideology (neoliberal, conservative, capitalist, imperialist, etc). Often It also comes from misguided groups without a real or acceptable ideology who practice violence for the sake of violence. By the way, that gives a bad name to anarchism because that's how those groups are labeled. Anarchism as I understand it has an ideology even if you don't agree with it.
Continue reading My Take on it: The ideology of violence
19 March 2017
Posted in http://peoplesvoice.ca/2017/03/29/solidarity-in-opposition-to-neoliberal-ideology/
In a recent article titled “The Venezuela ‘Opposition’ We Never Hear About”, Canadian journalist and author Arnold August, wrote about the real nature of the “opposition” in Venezuela. [ http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/The-Venezuela-Opposition-We-Never-Hear-About-20170309-0035.html ]
In the context of a meeting of delegates of the international Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity in Caracas, August refers to one of the speakers, the Venezuelan deputy at the National Assembly, Hector Rodríguez, who is the leader of the minority pro-Chavismo group, fact that puts him effectively on the opposition – at least in a conventional sense.
Continue reading Solidarity in opposition to the neoliberal ideology
26 March 2017
It is with great contempt that I question the report of March 14 by Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS), accusing Venezuela of human rights abuses and of holding political prisoners, further demanding that Venezuela hold elections in 30 days.
Continue reading The mind-boggling audacity of some OAS members against Venezuela
Latin America may not have the military clout, but it has three major assets needed to challenge the United States: political will, economic resources, and a key strategic position as the U.S. “backyard”.
The main focus of world politics is still on U.S. president Donald Trump and it will continue to be for a while in part due to his outspoken (at times unpredictable) personality, but mostly because he does happen to have his finger on the nuclear, financial and political trigger of the Empire. That finger may well set off what have already been called “Trumpquakes”. 
Continue reading Latin America – Key player in a multipolar world