Soldier of ideas


It is unquestionable that Fidel is incarnated in the hearts of millions of Cubans and admirers throughout the world.

We evoke him dressed in his customary olive green uniform with its epaulets of Comandante en Jefe, with his upright gait, friendly manner, inquisitive gaze; and the deep anti-imperialist convictions he shared with Martí; his iron will to overcome the hardest blows, his wisdom… and above all his infinite love for humanity, for the poor, to whom he dedicated his entire life.

The eminent Cuban writer, debater, professor and diplomat Raúl Roa García said of Fidel, “He hears the grass growing and sees what’s happening around the corner.” He is our undefeated Comandante, confronting any danger whatsoever to safeguard the sovereignty and dignity of Cuba. He is the man who, alongside the people, defeated a bloody military dictatorship and the dark imperialist designs of 11 U.S. administrations, which failed in their efforts to eliminate, even with attempts on his life, the example, the symbol, the soldier of ideas he was.

Che’s farewell letter to Fidel

It’s worth recalling the farewell letter Che Guevara wrote to Fidel, in which the legendary Argentine-Cuban said, “I have lived magnificent days at your side and felt the pride of belonging to our people in the luminous and sad days of the Caribbean (missile) Crisis.

“Few times has a statesman shone as brightly (as you did) on those days. I am also proud to have followed you without hesitation, identifying with your way of thinking, seeing, and evaluating dangers and principles.”

Today, the prolific seeds he sowed in millions of followers across the entire planet are flowering. And resounded in the sure words of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closing of the constituent session of the National Assembly of People’s Power 7th Legislature, February 24, 2008, when he said, “Fidel is Fidel. We all know it well. Fidel is irreplaceable and the people will continue his work when he is no longer physically present. Although his ideas always will be those which have made it possible to uphold the bastion of dignity and justice our country represents.” He was not mistaken.

This August 13, when Fidel would have celebrated his 91st birthday, he continues among us, surrounded by the affection of his people. He bequeathed to us his abiding guidance, his revolutionary firmness, his unwavering optimism and confidence in victory. Thus our best tribute will be making a reality of his principles every day, regardless of where he might be.


Thanks for the example, Fidel

Source:  Cuba: Network in Defense of Humanity

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Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz

Dear Comandante,

On the occasion of your 90th birthday the members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists, and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity want to extend our most sincere congratulations and above all our deepest gratitude for everything you have done for the peoples of Our America and the rest of the world.

Your presence has been a permanent source of inspiration, not only when the ascending tide of the popular struggles were making firm steps towards socialism, but also in the recurrent moments when our advances have been stopped due to the ferocity of the reaction of imperialism and their local allies.

In the phases of uprising your example forced us to never be satisfied and like good revolutionaries we pursued with renewed vigor our march especially when we needed to confront adversities or the counter-offensive of the enemy. The memory of your attitude after the Moncada or the attack of imperialism in Playa Giron strengthened our spirits and convinced us that the unyielding will to fight for our ideals was the sure path to victory. You showed us that path on countless occasions, and we can assure you that all that teaching reiterated to us in your meeting with intellectuals on February 10, 2012, when you said that “Even if we heard that in a few weeks the world will come to an end, our duty would be to fight, to continue fighting until the end”, will never be forgotten. This thinking of yours has ingrained a very deep and indelible brand in millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean who, like many others in other parts of the world, know that this will be our destiny; fighting to the end knowing that the dominant class and imperialism will never just give up.

These convictions that our ideas and the values we hold are infinitely superior to those of the enemy and are an essential ingredient of our revolutionary militancy. From you we learned that defending our values demands from us the most absolute intransigency. We learned this again when with virtuous obstinacy you opposed the herding of the flags of socialism while the Soviet Union and the Socialist camp disappeared. Thanks to your unwavering conviction the Cuban revolution could continue on its march, and by your heroic example, you opened a path that a few years later would start growing in numerous countries of our America after the electoral victory of the presidency of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela in December of 1998. If you had been convinced by those who advised you to leave forever the Socialist project and throw Cuba into the arms of capitalism that bright period that opened from the end of the last century until now, with the defeat of the FTAA, the creation of ALBA, of UNASUR, of CELAC, of Petrocaribe, of the Bank of the South, of Telesur and of this Network in Defense of Humanity would never have taken place. The powerful light that radiated in the lighthouse of the Cuban Revolution was decisive in pushing our people to leave behind that long neoliberal night of the 1990s and return to the path of our Second and Definitive Independence.

That is why our debt, the debt of our people to you, Comandante, is immeasurable and hence our deep gratitude for your revolutionary integrity, for being faithful to that wonderful definition of “revolution”. You expressed it so well in your speech on May 1, 2000, when you pointed out that revolution “is to defend the values in which we believe at the cost of any sacrifice; it is modesty, selflessness, altruism, solidarity and heroism; it is fighting with audacity, intelligence and realism.” Throughout your prolific life you have been faithful to these ideas, that will live eternally in the soul of all the revolutionaries around the world, in all of those who know that another world is possible and necessary, and that if we continue to struggle with constancy and consistency as you have shown for so many years, the victory is inevitable.

Happy 90 years, Fidel! Thanks for your example. You can be sure that we will be faithful to your teachings until the final victory.

On behalf of the Executive Secretariat of the Network in Defense of Humanity, (REDH)

Carmen Bohórquez (REDH General coordinador)

Alicia Jrapko (REDH United States)

Ángel Guerra (REDH Cuba/México)

Ariana López (REDH Cuba)

Atilio Boron (REDH Argentina)

David Comissiong (REDH Caribbean)

Fredy Ñáñez (REDH Venezuela)

Hugo Moldiz (REDH Bolivia)

Juan Manuel Karg (REDH Argentina)

Katu Arkonada (REDH Basque Country/Bolivia)

Luciano Vasapollo (REDH Italy)

Marilia Guimaraes (REDH Brazil)

Nayar López Castellanos (REDH México)

Omar González (REDH Cuba)

Roger Landa (REDH Venezuela)

Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, President of the Socialism Movement, President of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba
Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The cuban five heroes: Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Fernando González Llort, René González Sehwerert

An  important  group of intellectuals, artists, scientists and social activists such as:

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentina; Pablo González Casanova, México; Silvio Rodríguez, Cuba; Delcy Rodríguez, Venezuela; Álvaro García Linera, Bolivia; David Choquehuanca, Bolivia; Alfonso Sastre, País Vasco; Padre Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, Nicaragua; Rafael Cancel Miranda, Puerto Rico; Mumia Abu Jamal, USA; Roberto Fernández Retamar, Cuba; Víctor Flores Olea ,México; Daniel Viglietti, Uruguay; Frei Betto, Brazil; Martin Almada, Paraguay; Socorro Gomes, Brazil; Stella Calloni, Argentina; Leonardo Boff, Brazil; Jorge Sanjinés, Bolivia; Piero Gleijeses, USA; Fernando Rendón Meriño, Colombia; Héctor Díaz-Polanco, México; Fernando Moraes, Brazil; Fernando Martínez Heredia, Cuba; Gilberto López y Rivas, México; Cindy Sheehan, USA; Lindberg Farias, Brazil; Patricio Echegaray, Argentina; Ismael Clark Arxer, Cuba; Marta Harnecker, Chile; Michael Lebowitz, Canadá; Joao Pedro Stedile, Brazil;Miguel Mazzeo, Argentina; Aldo Díaz Lacayo, Nicaragua; Walter Sales, Brazil; Hernando Calvo Ospina, Colombia/Francia; Miguel Barnet, Cuba; Montserrat Ponsa Tarrés, Spain; Néstor Kohan, Argentina; Camille Chalmers, Haití; Javier Couso Permuy, Spain; Theotonio dos Santos, Brazil; Hildebrando Pérez Grande, Perú; Katiuska Blanco Castiñeira, Cuba; Luis Hernández Navarro, México; Bill Hackwell, USA; Laura Albizu-Campos Meneses, Puerto Rico; Jorge Veraza, México; Emir Sader, Brazil; Fander Falconí, Ecuador; Paulo Pimenta, Brazil; Saúl Ibargoyen, Uruguay; Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez, México; James Cockcroft , USA /Canadá; Beto Almeida, Brazil; Michel Collon, Bélgica; Ghassan Ben Jeddou, Libano; Eva Golinger, USA; Waldo Leyva, Cuba; Tim Anderson, Australia; Rubiel Garcia, Cuba; Carlos Fernández Liria, Spain; Thierno Diop, Senegal; Luis Suárez Salazar, Cuba; Salim Lamrani, Francia; Antonio Gaztambide, Puerto Rico; Carlos Fazio, México; Jane Franklin, USA; Fidel Barbarito, Venezuela; Gilberto Ríos Munguía, Honduras; Carlo Frabetti, Spain; James Early, USA; Vicente Battista, Argentina; Winston Orrillo, Perú; Gabo Sequeira, Argentina; Manuel Santos Iñurrieta, Argentina; Nora Cortiñas, Argentina; Pablo Guayasamín, Ecuador; Elma Beatriz Rosado, Puerto Rico; Arturo Corcuera, Perú; Raúl Pérez Torres, Ecuador; Francisco Villa, Chile; Gisela Alonso Domínguez, Cuba; Isaías Rodríguez, Venezuela/Italia; Guillermo Castro, Panamá; Peter Phillips, USA; Arnold August, Canadá; Luis Morlote, Cuba; Dolores Miconi, Argentina; Irene Leon, Ecuador; Beth Carvalho, Brazil; Yeidckol Polenvsky, México; Ilka Oliva Corado, Guatemala/ USA; Elisa Smaneoto, Brazil; Cristina Vazquez, USA; Lindeberg Farias, Brazil; Father Luis Barrios, USA; Gail Walker; USA; Alexander Torres Iriarte, Venezuela; Roberto Mamani Mamani, Bolivia; Alfredo Vera Arrata, Ecuador; Bill Martínez, USA; Carlos Cabal Mirabal, Cuba; John Kirk , Canadá; Jorge Kreyness, Argentina; José Regato, Ecuador; Luis Alvarenga, EL Salvador; Maria Nela Prada Tejada, Bolivia; Matti Laitinen, Finlandia; Verónica Córdova, Bolivia; Pepe Viñoles, Uruguay; Ramón Pedregal Casanova, Spain; Sergio Jorge Pastrana, Cuba; Stephen Kimber, Canadá; Verenice Guayasamín, Ecuador; Jandira Fhegalli, Brazil; Mónica Bruckman, Perú/ Brazil; Diego Mondaca, Bolivia

Ministers of the Plurinational State of Bolivia:

Juan Ramón Quintana, Reymi Ferreira, Luis Arce, Verónica Ramos, César Navarro, Hugo Siles,  Carlos Romero, Gonzalo Trigoso, Luis Alberto Sánchez,  Ariana Campero,  René Orellana, Marko Machicao, Roberto Aguilar, Alexandra Moreira, Miltón Claros.

Also from Bolivia: Gabriela Montaño, Gringo González, Héctor Arce, Alfredo Rada, Leónida Zurita,  Juanita Ancieta,  Leonardo Loza,  Feliciano Vegamonte, Eduardo Pardo, José Pimentel.

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Cuba Celebrates Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

Source:  TeleSUR
August 13 2016

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Fidel Castro blows out candles on a cake during a celebration of his 70th birthday, Havana, Cuba. | Photo: Prensa Latina

On the occasion of his birthday, Fidel Castro penned a brief article recalling some of his earliest memories, while also calling for peace.

Every corner of Cuba is celebrating celebrate the 90th birthday of the country’s most famous man: Fidel Castro.

IN DEPTH:  Fidel at 90

The Karl Marx Theater in Havana is currently hosting a special gala on Saturday night, where some of Fidel’s oldest comrades, including some of those who accompanied him in the attack on the Moncada barracks, are expected to join.

Foreign dignitaries and heads of state have also traveled to Cuba to participate in the events commemorating the 90th birthday of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is among the honored guests at Saturday’s event. Venezuela and Cuba are close allies and their cooperation has been instrumental in the proliferation of socialist ideas in Latin America and the world over.

Look to the example of Fidel in this time of threats

“We are experiencing a time of threats, attempts at re-colonization, and the people of the continent must be prepared with a strong sense of morality and spirit of resistance, for which we must look to the example of Fidel,” stated Vice President of Venezuela Aristobulo Isturiz on Friday while inaugurating a photo exhibit dedicated to the Cuban revolutionary.

”Through his thoughts and actions, Fidel taught us that conscience, values and principals are of the utmost importance, as they sustain the people in times of material scarcity, and the Cuban Revolution with him at the helm has been the greatest example toward which we must look.”

Participants at the World Social Forum in Montreal also celebrated his birthday with a panel dedicated to Fidel.

Champion of human development and international solidarity

“Fidel celebrates 90 years of a life he has assumed as few men on this planet. His stature as champion of human development and international solidarity has made Cuba a significant player on the world stage,” said a description of the panel.

ANALYSIS:  Fidel Castro: A Latin American Legend

Putin:  Fidel devoted his entire life to serving the Cuban people

Russian President Vladimir Putin also sent a birthday message: “You enjoy deep respect in Russia as an outstanding statesman who devoted his entire life to serving the people of Cuba.”

Meanwhile the Granma newspaper has printed a special 16-page commemorative edition to celebrate Fidel Castro’s lifetime of political work.

In honor of his birthday, the website Cuba Debate launched a special site featuring thousands of Fidel’s speeches and articles, which are available in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Arabic.

Cubans were also greeted by a special article penned by Fidel Castro, and published Saturday morning, as the country prepared to celebrate the socialist icon’s birthday.

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In his letter, Fidel recalled early memories of his childhood in the town of Biran, where he was born.

In a display of the brilliant memory for which he is known for, Fidel wrote about a walk he took with his father at the age of 9. He also wrote about his mother and his studies that took him away from his family.

Fidel: Preserve peace, oppose nuclear war

Fidel Castro concluded his letter by returning to a theme he has visited often since retiring from active political life, calling for the world to preserve peace and oppose nuclear war.

“That is why we must hammer the need to preserve peace and that no power assume they have the right to kill millions of people,” wrote Fidel.

Castro went on to criticize Barack Obama, for the U.S. president’s speech in May when he visited Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic bombing at the end of World War II.

Obama’s failure to apologize

“The U.S. president’s speech in Japan lacked the words to apologize for the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in Hiroshima, even though they (the United States) knew the effects of the bomb,” the ex-leader said in an article published by official media.

Castro condemned as “equally criminal” the bombing of Nagasaki three days later on August 9, 1945.

Karl Marx’s 198th birthday

samir amin 3“To be a “Marxist” is to continue the work that Marx merely began, even though that beginning was of an unequal power.  It is not to stop at Marx, but to start from him.  For Marx is not a prophet whose conclusions, drawn from a critique of both reality and how it has been read, are all necessarily “correct” or “final”.  His opus is not a closed theory.  Marx is boundless, because the radical critique that he initiated is itself boundless, always incomplete and must always be the object of its own critique, must unceasingly enrich itself through radical critique, treating whatever novelties the real system produces as newly opened fields of knowledge.”

Samir Amin:  Introduction to The Law of Worldwide Value

Karl Marx – May 5 18181 to March 14 1883

karl marx 2“My inquiry led me to the conclusion that neither legal relations nor political forms could be comprehended whether by themselves or on the basis of a so-called general development of the human mind, but that on the contrary they originate in the material conditions of life, the totality of which Hegel, following the example of English and French thinkers of the eighteenth century, embraces within the term “civil society”; that the anatomy of this civil society, however, has to be sought in political economy. The study of this, which I began in Paris, I continued in Brussels, where I  moved owing to an expulsion order issued by M. Guizot.

“The general conclusion at which I arrived and which, once reached, became the guiding principle of my studies can be summarised as follows. In the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which arises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness.

“The mode of production of material life conditions the general process of social, political and intellectual life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.

“At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or — this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms — with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. Then begins an era of social revolution. The changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure.”

Karl Marx:  A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy


Jamaicans to celebrate Fidel’s 89th birthday

Tomorrow, August 13, 2015 Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution will celebrate his 89th birthday.  People throughout the world have great respect and admiration for Fidel because they know that he has led a courageous, principled and heroic life-long struggle for over 50 years against a brutal empire that has destroyed many democracies.

fidel 70Fidel has survived hundreds of assassination attempts, while Cuba has been subjected to terrorism of all forms including chemical and biological warfare.  As stated by the Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, “He (Fidel) has provided a model of the kind of revolutionary leadership that could make it possible for humanity to advance and to achieve highest moral integrity.

Paul Burke“Millions of people around the world respect and admire Fidel for his decisive and revolutionary role before, during and after the Cuban Revolution up until today.

“In Cuba, and elsewhere in the world, millions of people will participate in block parties and cultural celebrations of his birthday”

In Jamaica, the Friends of Cuba and the Jamaica Cuba Friendship Association as well as other solidarity groups which together form the Jamaica Cuba Solidarity Network will celebrate yet another birthday of the great and extraordinary World and Cuban Revolutionary Leader, Comrade Fidel Castro, at the PCJ building in New Kingston.

Also, in Westmoreland, Jamaica, the Association of Clubs will highlight the achievements of Fidel and the Cuban revolution at a meeting at the Petersfield Community Club.