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.
The U.S. has never mastered the art of coexistence and solidarity. Those are not words used in U.S. foreign policy. But those should be our bottom line words.
Americans in general and particularly American presidents historically have been quite nationalistic, and have projected that idea to what is known as U.S.-centered policies. Even if they did not say the words “America first”, as Trump has clearly spelled them out, all the actions of U.S. presidents have always put U.S. interests first – albeit their own vision of them – at the expense of many other nations. No one can doubt that on the face of the U.S. domination in the world.
Today, the movement is redefining its focus after a successful end to the long campaign to secure the release of the Cuban Five (Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, René González and Fernando González); an overwhelming victory for the island and its supporters.
We are living in interesting times. I know this is a cliché statement. But I can safely say that these are “my” interesting times, as I have never experienced before. Maybe more than “interesting”, these are very unsettling times. And I don’t mean because Trump is the U.S. president-elect, but because he may be the catalyst to a deeper and unknown transformation that might suck us in as in a black hole unwillingly.
|If the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love, as Che said, the true solidarity individual is guided by a deep drive for Peace and Respect.|
Presentation given at the Círculo de Formación "Robert Serra", Vancouver.
7 July 2016
- Current situation in the world
- What is the real meaning of solidarity? Lessons from Latin America
- International implications of solidarity. More lessons from Latin America
- Domestic implications of solidarity
It is somewhat of a wonder to pinpoint exactly from where and how the idea of a book comes. I believe that ultimately it comes from a place of interest or passion that matures over time, and eventually compels us to want to tell a story or pass on a message we believe is worth sharing. I have always been fascinated by the concept of solidarity so beautifully made universal by the phrase “La solidaridad es la ternura de los pueblos” (Solidarity is the expression of care of the peoples). Beyond a mere feeling, solidarity for me is the real binding fabric between peoples as well as an essential tool for democracy. It is common among activists and particularly within the labour movement to speak of solidarity or to act in solidarity with someone or a cause. When I say, I am in solidarity with you, I mean to say, I am at your side. Not that I blindly accept everything you claim or represent, but that I place myself close to you so that I can better hear your plea, and support you with my respect, my dialogue, my voice and my actions.
International Seminar on Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases in the World. Guantanamo, Cuba. A report
A strong sense of solidarity pervaded this international meeting attended by 211 participants from 33 countries. Among other demands the meeting called for peace and the dismantling of all military bases in the world as a direct threat to world peace. (final declaration can be seen here in Spanish and here in English)
|Particularly poignant was Dr. Carbonell’s remark that the U.S. political state strategy to justify its military presence is the use of pretexts such as combating corruption, drugs, poverty or some other humanitarian reason.|
FINAL DECLARATION – Fourth International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases
[Versión en español acá]
“May peace be the motto of the world”
Guantánamo, November 23, 24 and 25, 2015
With the presence and active participation of pacifists and anti-war fighters from 33 countries, the FOURTH INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR FOR PEACE AND THE ABOLITION OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES was celebrated in the city of Guantánamo, capital of the province of the same name, in the Republic of Cuba, on November 23, 24 and 25, 2015, summoned by the World Peace Council, the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples. Continue reading FINAL DECLARATION – Fourth International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases
31 December 2015
Often beginnings are arbitrary. It is by convention that we say a new year is beginning on January 1st of 2016. Obviously other cultures have other conventions and have different beginnings. Continue reading Beginnings