Statement of the 15th Meeting of the Network in Defense of Humanity; “Emancipatory Communication or Colonized Homelands”

The Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity expresses its solidarity with the people and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in these moments when the sponsors of the media war and terrorism against Venezuela, Cuba and the ALBA countries have been renewed and intensified their interventionist intentions by trying to destabilize them as part of the imperial policy of "regime change" in countries considered hostile to the diplomacy of war coming from Washington.

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Cuba: Participatory democracy in a one-party system

Nino Pagliccia

Todo por la revolucionCanadian author Arnold August wrote a thorough comparative investigation of the practice of democracy in the US, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador in his book, “Cuba And Its Neighbours – Democracy in Motion”. The main message he gives is that people’s participation in politics and society is an essential element of democracy but it is not part of the US-centric understanding of democracy. August writes, “Democracy as practiced in the US is largely non-participatory, static and fixed in time. Cuba, by contrast, is a laboratory where the process of democratization is continually in motion, an ongoing experiment to create new ways for people to participate. ”[1]

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Solidarity in All Health Policies

Nino Pagliccia MSc

Originally Published as Viewpoint: MEDICC Review, January–April 2016, Vol 18, No 1–2

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In the late 1970s, hopes were raised that “Health for All by the year 2000” was attainable by addressing primary health care. This goal of human well-being seemed achievable and was concisely laid out in the Declaration of Alma-Ata, a three-page document that reflected the spirit of social justice, equality and the importance of the role of the state. Most importantly, it recognized health as a human right.

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