The following is from the Cuban paper, Granma International:
Oil became the principal wealth in the hands of the large yankee transnationals; with that source of energy, they had at their disposal an instrument that considerably increased their political power in the world. It was their principal weapon when they decided to simply liquidate the Cuban Revolution as soon as the first, just and sovereign laws were enacted in our homeland: by depriving it of oil.
Current civilization was developed on the basis of this source of energy. Of the nations in this hemisphere it was Venezuela which paid the highest price. The United States made itself the owner of the vast oilfields which nature endowed upon that sister nation.
The following is from Reflections by Comrade Fidel. Though The Marxist-Leninist does not agree with Fidel Castro’s criticisms of the FARC-EP, this is very helpful analysis of the developing situation in Colombia:
Three days ago, there was news printed that the Attorney General of Colombia, Alejandro Ordóñez Maldonado had removed the prestigious Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba from her post and disqualified her from carrying out political office for 18 years, because of her alleged promoting and collaborating with the FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Faced with such an unusual and drastic measure taken against an elected post in the highest legislative body of state, Piedad has no alternative other than appealing to the very Attorney General who produced the measures.
It was logical that such arbitrariness would cause a mighty rejection, expressed by a wide range of political personalities, among them former prisoners of the FARC and relatives of those who had been liberated, thanks to the senator, former presidential candidates, persons who had held that high office, others who were or still are senators or members of the legislative power.
The following is the text of Fidel Castro’s speech this morning to a mass rally at the University of Havana:
My dear comrades:
I asked that we meet early, before the heat of our sun becomes too intense.
This stairway, to which I never imagined I would be returning, keeps some indelible memories of the years when I began to become aware of our era and our duty. One can acquire knowledge and awareness throughout one’s lifetime but never in any other stage of one’s existence will a person again have the purity and selflessness with which, being young, one faces up to life. At that age, I discovered my true destiny.
The Marxist-Leninist recieved the following article from Stansfield Smith, a member of the Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5 and Latin American Solidarity Coalition Coordinating Committee, in response to the KKE article on 21st Century Socialism. While in princple I agree with many of the points in the Greek Party’s article, Smith makes significant points about the role of the united front in the national liberation movements. Hopefully this will generate further discussion of these important questions:
Reply to Greek CP about the “Opportunism” of 21st Century Socialism
A new world is possible and that new world is being built in Latin America. The Bolivarian process in Venezuela is an inspiration for millions of people around that world, and has stimulated renewed interest in socialism. Dimitris Karagiannis writes an article that reads like a sectarian condemnation of the direction of this whole revolutionary movement taking place in Latin America – except that in Cuba. (But it is impossible to imagine a Cuban periodical printing what Karagiannis wrote.)
The following is from Blabbeando. Also of interest is this article about the tremendous progress Socialist Cuba has made in terms of LGBTQ rights. Of course The Marxist-Leninist objects to the references to Comrade Fidel as a “dictator”:
A stunner of an interview with Fidel Castro was posted today on the site of the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. In it, journalist Carmen Lira Saade interviews to the former dictator at his home in Havana and discusses the US blockade, Cuba’s relationship with Mexico and LGBT rights. Here is my translation of the passage in which the Cuban dictator addresses LGBT rights when he was leading the country.
[NOTE: The reporter writes in the first person and uses dashes for some citations and quotation marks for others, making the interview difficult to follow at parts. Nevertheless I have tried to retain the punctuation used in the original Spanish-language article from La Jornada].
Even though there is nothing that shows he feels any discomfort, I do not think Fidel is going to like what I am about to say.
The following article by Comrade Fidel Castro is being reposted here from CounterPunch.org
Two days after the catastrophe in Haiti, which destroyed that neighboring sister nation, I wrote:
“In the area of healthcare and others the Haitian people has received the cooperation of Cuba, even though this is a small and blockaded country. Approximately 400 doctors and healthcare workers are helping the Haitian people free of charge. Our doctors are working every day at 227 of the 237 communes of that country. On the other hand, no less than 400 young Haitians have been graduated as medical doctors in our country. They will now work alongside the reinforcement that traveled there yesterday to save lives in that critical situation. Thus, up to one thousand doctors and healthcare personnel can be mobilized without any special effort; and most are already there willing to cooperate with any other State that wishes to save Haitian lives and rehabilitate the injured.”
“The head of our medical brigade has informed that ‘the situation is difficult but we are already saving lives.’”
Hour after hour, day and night, the Cuban health professionals have started to work nonstop in the few facilities that were able to stand, in tents, and out in the parks or open-air spaces, since the population feared new aftershocks.
The following is from Marxism-Leninism Today:
US Bases in Colombia: It is a Time for Mobilization, for Marching Together
Written by Fidel Castro Ruz
This reflection is not addressed to the governments, but to the fraternal peoples of Latin America.
Tomorrow, August 28, the UNASUR Summit will convene in Argentina and its significance cannot be overlooked.
There, an analysis should be made of the concession to the American superpower of seven military bases in the Colombian territory. A rigorous secrecy had been imposed on the previous talks of the two governments. The accord should have been presented to the world as a fait accompli.
Posted in Colombia, Imperialism, Latin America, Marxism-Leninism, Republic of Cuba
Tagged Alvaro, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Fidel Castro, Jose Marti, Plan Colombia, Raul Reyes, Republic of Cuba, UNASUR, Venezuela
Who won the election? Among radicals and especially Marxists, the punch line of the joke has always been, “the bourgeoisie”. And that’s true. But we also won this one. We defeated McCain/Palin and the ultra-right and we are on the way to moving forward with the people’s struggles under new conditions. We also elected the first African American president in the history of this white-supremacist country. This is something to celebrate.
(Will I. Am’s song, “Yes We Can”)
The ultra-right has amazingly made socialism an issue this time around. Now we all know that Obama will be the Commander and Chief of the Empire. He’s an imperialist, not a socialist. We know that the struggle for socialism will be a struggle against the Democratic Party as much the Republicans. But tonight I want to celebrate the victory. Let the fight begin anew tomorrow, under new, and I would say more favorable, conditions.
Here is what Fidel Castro said about the importance of the election:
If my estimates should be erroneous, all kinds of racism prevail and the Republican candidate obtains the presidency, the danger of war would grow and the opportunities of the peoples to advance would be reduced.
So here’s a wrap up of my most significant posts here on the election:
Please also read this important statement from Freedom Road Socialist Organization:
McCain: Down in Flames!
Americans are celebrating the defeat of warmonger and angry rich guy John McCain. The voters wanted change – an end to war, lies and corruption. Many correctly saw McCain as the continuation of Bush’s failed policies, so they punished him in the voting booths. To be sure, McCain’s pathetic response to the economic crisis and defense of tax breaks for the rich sealed his defeat. Working and middle class voters are angry about the economy, opposed to the $700 billion bailout and looking for a leader who will “spread the wealth.”
Posted in Black Liberation, Electoral Politics, FRSO, Music
Tagged Barack Obama, Black Liberation, Electoral Politics, Fidel Castro, FRSO, John McCain, video, white supremacy, Will I. Am