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    Dear CubaNews readers - Time flies, doesn t it? CubaNews is now in its second decade of service. This is message number 120,000. Yes, one hundred twenty
    Message 1 of 8 , Jan 2, 2011
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      Dear CubaNews readers -

      Time flies, doesn't it?

      CubaNews is now in its second decade of service.

      This is message number 120,000. Yes, one hundred twenty thousand.


      A PERSONAL NOTE

      It's quite a record of accomplishments and one to be very proud of. Hey, in a few days I'll turn 67 years of age as well. You'll remember about three years ago I announced I'd been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia (CLL) which has been referred to as a kind of slow-motion cancer. After four months of chemotherapy, I've been in remission for well over a year, though I need to have my blood tested periodically and keep in contact with my hematologist.

      My spirits are positive but my energy level isn't what I wish it was. Nevertheless, I'm doing what I can to keep up the work of the CubaNews list. I hope and trust readers are finding it useful and stimulating. In the recent past I haven't been able to take the long walks I've been used to for many years. However, I've been returning to a more active practice of yoga which has proved helpful to me in many ways.


      BACK TO BUSINESS

      With all the injustices and struggles to overcome them in the United States and in the rest of the world, Cuba can easily get lost in the shuffle. One of the goals of the CubaNews list is to provide lots of information on Cuba, from a range of viewpoints, and covering many different aspects of Cuban life, politics, and the island's relations with the world, especially the United States. Every day that I can be on a computer I try to find information from, about or related to Cuba which will help readers to better understand the country, or to be better informed about what's being SAID about Cuba, whether good or bad.

      Those of us who follow Cuba used to complain about how Cuba was buried and so little could be found. Nowadays, especially because of the Internet, there's a lot more material, but the quality is uneven. There IS good material if it can be found. That's part of what CubaNews tries to do.

      In addition, CubaNews has made an effort to provide original translations to English of materials from Cuba which have not been translated to English by the Cubans themselves. They only have so many resources, so they do the best they can, I believe. Sometimes their translations aren't the best, even with Fidel Castro's speeches and writings, so CubaNews tries to provide a selection of original translations.

      Recently this work has been augmented by a new blog based in Australia, by long-time Cuba solidarity activist Marce Cameron. He did a herculean job with the translation of the DRAFT GUIDELINES which have been submitted for broad public discussion on the island leading up to the Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to be held in April.
      http://www.walterlippmann.com/pcc-draft-economic-and-social-policy-guidelines-2010.html

      I'd like to heartily recommend this new blog, and encourage everyone reading this to subscribe to it:
      http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com/

      2010 is gone and we've entered 2011. For the Cuban people it's been a remarkable year. We've tried to reflect some of that on the CubaNews list. Here are a few thoughts. I promise not to give you the written equivalent of a speech, so won't repeat things which regular readers of the listserv already know, though a very few points should be kept in mind.

      Washington's blockade of the island, its relentless efforts to strangle the island and to makelife as difficult as possible for the Cuban people remained in virtually full force and effect. The Obama administration has faithfully carried out the promises which the Illinois senator made when seeking the nomination. He promised to allow Cuban-Americans to visit the island and to send money without limits.

      Obama's projects was to deepen social differentiation in Cuba which he formulated as enabling the Cuban people to become more independent of what he likes to call "the regime". Obama also permits some Cuban artists and writers to visit the United States to perform. This has given many the mistaken impression that the US blockade has been modified or might be ended. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cuban Five remain in prison while Cuban-American terrorist militants remain free in Miami.

      You'll remember earlier this year that Fidel Castro predicted the Cuban Five would be released from US prisons before Christmas, indeed well before Christmas. As we know, that hasn't happened. So the struggle to win the freedom of the five men Cuba rightly calls heroes remains of paramount importance. Meanwhile, Cuban exile terrorists continue walking freely on the streets of Miami.

      Meanwhile, the Cuban goverment continues its announced releases of prisoners convicted of being paid collaborators of Washington, or others convicted of engaging in espionage or acts of terrorism. Washington's response to these relases can be summarized as, "So what?"

      Washington's efforts to promote destabilization in Cuba remain as well. That's the reason the US agent Alan Gross remains in custody in Cuba, though unlike Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez, Gross has been visited by his wife.

      PBS recently presented a surprisingly objective three-part series of segments during the PBS NEWS HOUR focusing on Cuban health care and the island's medical diplomacy programs. If you haven't seen the series, which takes about a half-hour when the three parts are combined, take the time to check it out. The WALL STREET JOURNAL, which favors the privatization of everything except corporate debt, went ballistic over this modest series, targetting it for an all out assault by Mary Anastasia O'Grady, its Cuba Basher-in-Chief.

      Check out the PBS news hour. All three segments are posted together here:
      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/12/ray-suarez-responds-to-criticism-of-cuba-series.html

      Washington continues its efforts to lure Cuban doctors, at home and abroad, into defecting. Here's a link to this program which remains posted on the website of the US Interests Section in Cuba:
      http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/CubanMedPrf091906.pdf

      (Sure, Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles faces minor visa violation charges, but Washington has refused for five years to answer Venezuela's extradition request. Cuba renounced any extradition request since it maintains the death penalty, though no one has been executed since three armed hijackers in 2003.)

      Cuba is facing long-overdue decisions which are necessary to upgrade the island's economy. These are being discussed on the island in the draft guidelines to be taken up at the upcoming April congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).

      Most observers of the Cuban scene are acting according to script. The capitalist media says Cuba's system doesn't work, and the island is moving toward capitalism, but not fast enough to suit the United States.

      Ultra-leftist and perfectionistic foreign radicals are saying Cuba is moving toward capitalism, too. They blame the island's revolutionary leadership which they call bureaucratic, or Stalinist, or believers in socialism in a single country. They're very much opposed to the steps to permit modest private economic activity and cooperatives, which in many cases will simply make legal things which have gone on in the informal sector for many years.

      Thanks to the marvels of the Internet and the imaginative work of WikiLeaks, the world is beginning to get the first glimpses of at least some of what US diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere have been telling their bosses in Washington about what is going on, and what they've been up to in recent years.

      Revealing the truth of what imperialist diplomats are doing didn't start with WikiLeaks. The Bolsheviks did the same thing after the Russian Revoolution of 1917. We can see why Washington and the media beholden to Washington are so desperate to smear Julian Assange, to divert attention from the Wikileaks revelations. In time they'll find some charge to cook up and use against Assange, as they will against Bradley Manning, accused of providing the materials to Wikileaks, held in solitary confinement, but NOT CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME.

      Another recent and pleasant surprise (to me) has been the discovery of a new blog by a US expatriate living in China. The blog, which provides a steady stream of information from a left and pro-China perspective is SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM. I've posted a couple of times there but mostly plan to use it as a resource. China is very unpopular among some circles on the political left, including among some on the left who are strongly supportive of Cuba.

      SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM provides a positive alternative to the China-bashing which some continue to engage in.
      http://sweetandsoursocialism.wordpress.com/

      Many items which appear on CubaNews soon find their way to other places through the work of Cuba-L listserv directed by Nelson Valdes, journalists such as Karen Lee Wald and historian Jane Franklin. I sometimes post to the discussion boards at places like the MIAMI HERALD, the WALL STREET JOURNAL and some of the other e-mail lists where materials on Cuba are welcomed. There's always more which could be done, of course, but some of the word is getting out and about.

      In recent days I've had the pleasure of listening to a recording of the Second Declaration of Havana, Fidel Castro's famous speech from February 1962, nearly half a century ago. I hope one of these days to get a sound file of this amazing speech posted to the Internet. It's striking how much it still resonates for our time. Here's just one paragraph:

      At Punta del Este a great ideological battle unfolded between the Cuban Revolution and Yankee imperialism.

      Who did they represent there, for whom did each speak?

      Cuba represented the peoples; the United States represented the monopolies.

      Cuba spoke for America's exploited masses; the United States for the exploiting, oligarchical, and imperialist interests;

      Cuba for sovereignty; the United States for intervention;

      Cuba for the nationalization of foreign enterprises; the United States for new investments of foreign capital.

      Cuba for culture; the United States for ignorance.

      Cuba for agrarian reform; the United States for great landed estates.

      Cuba for the industrialization of Amer­ica; the United States for underdevelopment.

      Cuba for creative work; the United States for sabotage and counter-revolutionary terror practiced by its agents-the destruction of sugar-cane fields and factories, the bombing by their pirate planes of the labor of a peaceful people.

      Cuba for the murdered teachers; the United States for the assassins.

      Cuba for bread; the United States for hunger.

      Cuba for equality; the United States for privilege and discrimination.

      Cuba for the truth; the United States for lies.

      Cuba for libera­tion; the United States for oppression.

      Cuba for the bright future of humanity; the United States for the past without hope.

      Cuba for the heroes who fell at Giron to save the country from foreign domination; the United States for mer­cenaries and traitors who serve the foreigner against their country.

      Cuba for peace among peoples; the United States for aggression and war.

      Cuba for socialism; the United States for capitalism.

      FULL: http://www.walterlippmann.com/fc-02-04-1962.html

      It's been nine months since my list visit to Cuba. That's quite a long time. I'm now planning to return next month and plan to report from there on the latest developments.

      The principal protagonists of all this are the Cuban people, living on the island and confronting the daily challenges of living in a blockaded country. My role as editor of CubaNews is to try to bring readers as much timely and useful information as possible, welcoming the participation, the praise and - sometimes - the criticism which can help us to provide a more useful service to subscribers.

      A supportive readership has gotten CubaNews now up to over 1600 subscribers. Please pass this note on to others who might be interested in Cuba. CubaNews will do its best to help us all follow developments in Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world.

      Thank you for your time and patience.

      Happy New Year!


      Walter Lippmann
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
      ======================
      LAHT: Venezuela's Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution

      Venezuelas Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution
      1/1/2011

      CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent greetings on Saturday to Cuban
      leader Fidel Castro, and to his brother and successor as head of state, Raul
      Castro, on the 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

      "The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, commander Hugo Chavez,
      in the name of the Venezuelan people and of the Bolivarian government, extends
      his sincerest congratulations to the courageous and heroic Cuban people, to
      commander Fidel Castro and to the government, presided over by general of the
      army Raul Castro Ruz," the official communique said.

      The Cuban Revolution, it said, is "a proud example for all countries of Latin
      America, the Caribbean and the world that fight for people's self-determination
      and for justice."

      The revolutionary victory that took place on Jan. 1, 1959, it said, was a "truly
      heroic deed that ignited the hopes of the poorest and most oppressed on this
      continent," and raised "the flags of socialism for the first time" in the
      hemisphere.

      "The search for an authentically Latin American socialism has in Cuba a
      fundamental example, thanks to which the struggles for greater social justice,
      collective development and the union of our countries have not ceased to advance
      on this continent."

      So much so, "that today the hopes for a socialism that meets the needs of the
      21st century grow stronger and more vigorous by the day in every one of the
      countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)," the
      text said.

      =========================================
      WALTER LIPPMANN
      Los Angeles, California
      Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
      "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
      =========================================
    • lmoten@aol.com
      Viva Walter................................................................... ... From: Walter Lippmann To: CubaNews
      Message 2 of 8 , Jan 3, 2011
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        Viva
        Walter...................................................................
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        -----Original Message-----
        From: Walter Lippmann <walterlx@...>
        To: CubaNews <CubaNews@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 2:01 am
        Subject: [CubaNews] Walter Lippmann - New Year's Notes




        Dear CubaNews readers -

        Time flies, doesn't it?

        CubaNews is now in its second decade of service.

        This is message number 120,000. Yes, one hundred twenty thousand.

        A PERSONAL NOTE

        It's quite a record of accomplishments and one to be very proud of.
        Hey, in a few days I'll turn 67 years of age as well. You'll remember
        about three years ago I announced I'd been diagnosed with Chronic
        Lymphocitic Leukemia (CLL) which has been referred to as a kind of
        slow-motion cancer. After four months of chemotherapy, I've been in
        remission for well over a year, though I need to have my blood tested
        periodically and keep in contact with my hematologist.

        My spirits are positive but my energy level isn't what I wish it was.
        Nevertheless, I'm doing what I can to keep up the work of the CubaNews
        list. I hope and trust readers are finding it useful and stimulating.
        In the recent past I haven't been able to take the long walks I've been
        used to for many years. However, I've been returning to a more active
        practice of yoga which has proved helpful to me in many ways.

        BACK TO BUSINESS

        With all the injustices and struggles to overcome them in the United
        States and in the rest of the world, Cuba can easily get lost in the
        shuffle. One of the goals of the CubaNews list is to provide lots of
        information on Cuba, from a range of viewpoints, and covering many
        different aspects of Cuban life, politics, and the island's relations
        with the world, especially the United States. Every day that I can be
        on a computer I try to find information from, about or related to Cuba
        which will help readers to better understand the country, or to be
        better informed about what's being SAID about Cuba, whether good or bad.

        Those of us who follow Cuba used to complain about how Cuba was buried
        and so little could be found. Nowadays, especially because of the
        Internet, there's a lot more material, but the quality is uneven. There
        IS good material if it can be found. That's part of what CubaNews tries
        to do.

        In addition, CubaNews has made an effort to provide original
        translations to English of materials from Cuba which have not been
        translated to English by the Cubans themselves. They only have so many
        resources, so they do the best they can, I believe. Sometimes their
        translations aren't the best, even with Fidel Castro's speeches and
        writings, so CubaNews tries to provide a selection of original
        translations.

        Recently this work has been augmented by a new blog based in Australia,
        by long-time Cuba solidarity activist Marce Cameron. He did a herculean
        job with the translation of the DRAFT GUIDELINES which have been
        submitted for broad public discussion on the island leading up to the
        Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to be held in April.
        http://www.walterlippmann.com/pcc-draft-economic-and-social-policy-guidelines-2010.html

        I'd like to heartily recommend this new blog, and encourage everyone
        reading this to subscribe to it:
        http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com/

        2010 is gone and we've entered 2011. For the Cuban people it's been a
        remarkable year. We've tried to reflect some of that on the CubaNews
        list. Here are a few thoughts. I promise not to give you the written
        equivalent of a speech, so won't repeat things which regular readers of
        the listserv already know, though a very few points should be kept in
        mind.

        Washington's blockade of the island, its relentless efforts to strangle
        the island and to makelife as difficult as possible for the Cuban
        people remained in virtually full force and effect. The Obama
        administration has faithfully carried out the promises which the
        Illinois senator made when seeking the nomination. He promised to allow
        Cuban-Americans to visit the island and to send money without limits.

        Obama's projects was to deepen social differentiation in Cuba which he
        formulated as enabling the Cuban people to become more independent of
        what he likes to call "the regime". Obama also permits some Cuban
        artists and writers to visit the United States to perform. This has
        given many the mistaken impression that the US blockade has been
        modified or might be ended. Nothing could be further from the truth.
        The Cuban Five remain in prison while Cuban-American terrorist
        militants remain free in Miami.

        You'll remember earlier this year that Fidel Castro predicted the Cuban
        Five would be released from US prisons before Christmas, indeed well
        before Christmas. As we know, that hasn't happened. So the struggle to
        win the freedom of the five men Cuba rightly calls heroes remains of
        paramount importance. Meanwhile, Cuban exile terrorists continue
        walking freely on the streets of Miami.

        Meanwhile, the Cuban goverment continues its announced releases of
        prisoners convicted of being paid collaborators of Washington, or
        others convicted of engaging in espionage or acts of terrorism.
        Washington's response to these relases can be summarized as, "So what?"

        Washington's efforts to promote destabilization in Cuba remain as well.
        That's the reason the US agent Alan Gross remains in custody in Cuba,
        though unlike Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez, Gross has been visited by
        his wife.

        PBS recently presented a surprisingly objective three-part series of
        segments during the PBS NEWS HOUR focusing on Cuban health care and the
        island's medical diplomacy programs. If you haven't seen the series,
        which takes about a half-hour when the three parts are combined, take
        the time to check it out. The WALL STREET JOURNAL, which favors the
        privatization of everything except corporate debt, went ballistic over
        this modest series, targetting it for an all out assault by Mary
        Anastasia O'Grady, its Cuba Basher-in-Chief.

        Check out the PBS news hour. All three segments are posted together
        here:
        http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/12/ray-suarez-responds-to-criticism-of-cuba-series.html

        Washington continues its efforts to lure Cuban doctors, at home and
        abroad, into defecting. Here's a link to this program which remains
        posted on the website of the US Interests Section in Cuba:
        http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/CubanMedPrf091906.pdf

        (Sure, Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles faces minor visa violation
        charges, but Washington has refused for five years to answer
        Venezuela's extradition request. Cuba renounced any extradition request
        since it maintains the death penalty, though no one has been executed
        since three armed hijackers in 2003.)

        Cuba is facing long-overdue decisions which are necessary to upgrade
        the island's economy. These are being discussed on the island in the
        draft guidelines to be taken up at the upcoming April congress of the
        Cuban Communist Party (PCC).

        Most observers of the Cuban scene are acting according to script. The
        capitalist media says Cuba's system doesn't work, and the island is
        moving toward capitalism, but not fast enough to suit the United
        States.

        Ultra-leftist and perfectionistic foreign radicals are saying Cuba is
        moving toward capitalism, too. They blame the island's revolutionary
        leadership which they call bureaucratic, or Stalinist, or believers in
        socialism in a single country. They're very much opposed to the steps
        to permit modest private economic activity and cooperatives, which in
        many cases will simply make legal things which have gone on in the
        informal sector for many years.

        Thanks to the marvels of the Internet and the imaginative work of
        WikiLeaks, the world is beginning to get the first glimpses of at least
        some of what US diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere have been telling their
        bosses in Washington about what is going on, and what they've been up
        to in recent years.

        Revealing the truth of what imperialist diplomats are doing didn't
        start with WikiLeaks. The Bolsheviks did the same thing after the
        Russian Revoolution of 1917. We can see why Washington and the media
        beholden to Washington are so desperate to smear Julian Assange, to
        divert attention from the Wikileaks revelations. In time they'll find
        some charge to cook up and use against Assange, as they will against
        Bradley Manning, accused of providing the materials to Wikileaks, held
        in solitary confinement, but NOT CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME.

        Another recent and pleasant surprise (to me) has been the discovery of
        a new blog by a US expatriate living in China. The blog, which provides
        a steady stream of information from a left and pro-China perspective is
        SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM. I've posted a couple of times there but
        mostly plan to use it as a resource. China is very unpopular among some
        circles on the political left, including among some on the left who are
        strongly supportive of Cuba.

        SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM provides a positive alternative to the
        China-bashing which some continue to engage in.
        http://sweetandsoursocialism.wordpress.com/

        Many items which appear on CubaNews soon find their way to other places
        through the work of Cuba-L listserv directed by Nelson Valdes,
        journalists such as Karen Lee Wald and historian Jane Franklin. I
        sometimes post to the discussion boards at places like the MIAMI
        HERALD, the WALL STREET JOURNAL and some of the other e-mail lists
        where materials on Cuba are welcomed. There's always more which could
        be done, of course, but some of the word is getting out and about.

        In recent days I've had the pleasure of listening to a recording of the
        Second Declaration of Havana, Fidel Castro's famous speech from
        February 1962, nearly half a century ago. I hope one of these days to
        get a sound file of this amazing speech posted to the Internet. It's
        striking how much it still resonates for our time. Here's just one
        paragraph:

        At Punta del Este a great ideological battle unfolded between the Cuban
        Revolution and Yankee imperialism.

        Who did they represent there, for whom did each speak?

        Cuba represented the peoples; the United States represented the
        monopolies.

        Cuba spoke for America's exploited masses; the United States for the
        exploiting, oligarchical, and imperialist interests;

        Cuba for sovereignty; the United States for intervention;

        Cuba for the nationalization of foreign enterprises; the United States
        for new investments of foreign capital.

        Cuba for culture; the United States for ignorance.

        Cuba for agrarian reform; the United States for great landed estates.

        Cuba for the industrialization of Amer­ica; the United States for
        underdevelopment.

        Cuba for creative work; the United States for sabotage and
        counter-revolutionary terror practiced by its agents-the destruction of
        sugar-cane fields and factories, the bombing by their pirate planes of
        the labor of a peaceful people.

        Cuba for the murdered teachers; the United States for the assassins.

        Cuba for bread; the United States for hunger.

        Cuba for equality; the United States for privilege and discrimination.

        Cuba for the truth; the United States for lies.

        Cuba for libera­tion; the United States for oppression.

        Cuba for the bright future of humanity; the United States for the past
        without hope.

        Cuba for the heroes who fell at Giron to save the country from foreign
        domination; the United States for mer­cenaries and traitors who serve
        the foreigner against their country.

        Cuba for peace among peoples; the United States for aggression and war.

        Cuba for socialism; the United States for capitalism.

        FULL: http://www.walterlippmann.com/fc-02-04-1962.html

        It's been nine months since my list visit to Cuba. That's quite a long
        time. I'm now planning to return next month and plan to report from
        there on the latest developments.

        The principal protagonists of all this are the Cuban people, living on
        the island and confronting the daily challenges of living in a
        blockaded country. My role as editor of CubaNews is to try to bring
        readers as much timely and useful information as possible, welcoming
        the participation, the praise and - sometimes - the criticism which can
        help us to provide a more useful service to subscribers.

        A supportive readership has gotten CubaNews now up to over 1600
        subscribers. Please pass this note on to others who might be interested
        in Cuba. CubaNews will do its best to help us all follow developments
        in Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world.

        Thank you for your time and patience.

        Happy New Year!

        Walter Lippmann
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
        ======================
        LAHT: Venezuela's Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution

        Venezuelas Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution
        1/1/2011

        CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent greetings on Saturday
        to Cuban
        leader Fidel Castro, and to his brother and successor as head of state,
        Raul
        Castro, on the 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

        "The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, commander Hugo
        Chavez,
        in the name of the Venezuelan people and of the Bolivarian government,
        extends
        his sincerest congratulations to the courageous and heroic Cuban
        people, to
        commander Fidel Castro and to the government, presided over by general
        of the
        army Raul Castro Ruz," the official communique said.

        The Cuban Revolution, it said, is "a proud example for all countries of
        Latin
        America, the Caribbean and the world that fight for people's
        self-determination
        and for justice."

        The revolutionary victory that took place on Jan. 1, 1959, it said, was
        a "truly
        heroic deed that ignited the hopes of the poorest and most oppressed on
        this
        continent," and raised "the flags of socialism for the first time" in
        the
        hemisphere.

        "The search for an authentically Latin American socialism has in Cuba a
        fundamental example, thanks to which the struggles for greater social
        justice,
        collective development and the union of our countries have not ceased
        to advance
        on this continent."

        So much so, "that today the hopes for a socialism that meets the needs
        of the
        21st century grow stronger and more vigorous by the day in every one of
        the
        countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas
        (ALBA)," the
        text said.

        =========================================
        WALTER LIPPMANN
        Los Angeles, California
        Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
        "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
        =========================================
      • bellaestevez@earthlink.net
        Walter, you have been relating to the American people the truth about Cuba. As I have told you several times, you are more Cuban than many Cubans living in
        Message 3 of 8 , Jan 3, 2011
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          Walter, you have been relating to the American people the truth about Cuba.

          As I have told you several times, "you are more Cuban than many Cubans
          living in the good USA". Your work is excellent.

          Jose
          ===============================================
          From: Walter Lippmann

          Sent: Jan 2, 2011 10:56 PM

          To: CubaNews

          Subject: [CubaNews] Walter Lippmann - New Year's Notes




          Dear CubaNews readers -



          Time flies, doesn't it?



          CubaNews is now in its second decade of service.



          This is message number 120,000. Yes, one hundred twenty thousand.



          A PERSONAL NOTE



          It's quite a record of accomplishments and one to be very proud of. Hey, in a few days I'll turn 67 years of age as well. You'll remember about three years ago I announced I'd been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia (CLL) which has been referred to as a kind of slow-motion cancer. After four months of chemotherapy, I've been in remission for well over a year, though I need to have my blood tested periodically and keep in contact with my hematologist.



          My spirits are positive but my energy level isn't what I wish it was. Nevertheless, I'm doing what I can to keep up the work of the CubaNews list. I hope and trust readers are finding it useful and stimulating. In the recent past I haven't been able to take the long walks I've been used to for many years. However, I've been returning to a more active practice of yoga which has proved helpful to me in many ways.



          BACK TO BUSINESS



          With all the injustices and struggles to overcome them in the United States and in the rest of the world, Cuba can easily get lost in the shuffle. One of the goals of the CubaNews list is to provide lots of information on Cuba, from a range of viewpoints, and covering many different aspects of Cuban life, politics, and the island's relations with the world, especially the United States. Every day that I can be on a computer I try to find information from, about or related to Cuba which will help readers to better understand the country, or to be better informed about what's being SAID about Cuba, whether good or bad.



          Those of us who follow Cuba used to complain about how Cuba was buried and so little could be found. Nowadays, especially because of the Internet, there's a lot more material, but the quality is uneven. There IS good material if it can be found. That's part of what CubaNews tries to do.



          In addition, CubaNews has made an effort to provide original translations to English of materials from Cuba which have not been translated to English by the Cubans themselves. They only have so many resources, so they do the best they can, I believe. Sometimes their translations aren't the best, even with Fidel Castro's speeches and writings, so CubaNews tries to provide a selection of original translations.



          Recently this work has been augmented by a new blog based in Australia, by long-time Cuba solidarity activist Marce Cameron. He did a herculean job with the translation of the DRAFT GUIDELINES which have been submitted for broad public discussion on the island leading up to the Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to be held in April.

          http://www.walterlippmann.com/pcc-draft-economic-and-social-policy-guidelines-2010.html



          I'd like to heartily recommend this new blog, and encourage everyone reading this to subscribe to it:

          http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com/



          2010 is gone and we've entered 2011. For the Cuban people it's been a remarkable year. We've tried to reflect some of that on the CubaNews list. Here are a few thoughts. I promise not to give you the written equivalent of a speech, so won't repeat things which regular readers of the listserv already know, though a very few points should be kept in mind.



          Washington's blockade of the island, its relentless efforts to strangle the island and to makelife as difficult as possible for the Cuban people remained in virtually full force and effect. The Obama administration has faithfully carried out the promises which the Illinois senator made when seeking the nomination. He promised to allow Cuban-Americans to visit the island and to send money without limits.



          Obama's projects was to deepen social differentiation in Cuba which he formulated as enabling the Cuban people to become more independent of what he likes to call "the regime". Obama also permits some Cuban artists and writers to visit the United States to perform. This has given many the mistaken impression that the US blockade has been modified or might be ended. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cuban Five remain in prison while Cuban-American terrorist militants remain free in Miami.



          You'll remember earlier this year that Fidel Castro predicted the Cuban Five would be released from US prisons before Christmas, indeed well before Christmas. As we know, that hasn't happened. So the struggle to win the freedom of the five men Cuba rightly calls heroes remains of paramount importance. Meanwhile, Cuban exile terrorists continue walking freely on the streets of Miami.



          Meanwhile, the Cuban goverment continues its announced releases of prisoners convicted of being paid collaborators of Washington, or others convicted of engaging in espionage or acts of terrorism. Washington's response to these relases can be summarized as, "So what?"



          Washington's efforts to promote destabilization in Cuba remain as well. That's the reason the US agent Alan Gross remains in custody in Cuba, though unlike Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez, Gross has been visited by his wife.



          PBS recently presented a surprisingly objective three-part series of segments during the PBS NEWS HOUR focusing on Cuban health care and the island's medical diplomacy programs. If you haven't seen the series, which takes about a half-hour when the three parts are combined, take the time to check it out. The WALL STREET JOURNAL, which favors the privatization of everything except corporate debt, went ballistic over this modest series, targetting it for an all out assault by Mary Anastasia O'Grady, its Cuba Basher-in-Chief.



          Check out the PBS news hour. All three segments are posted together here:

          http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/12/ray-suarez-responds-to-criticism-of-cuba-series.html



          Washington continues its efforts to lure Cuban doctors, at home and abroad, into defecting. Here's a link to this program which remains posted on the website of the US Interests Section in Cuba:

          http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/CubanMedPrf091906.pdf



          (Sure, Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles faces minor visa violation charges, but Washington has refused for five years to answer Venezuela's extradition request. Cuba renounced any extradition request since it maintains the death penalty, though no one has been executed since three armed hijackers in 2003.)



          Cuba is facing long-overdue decisions which are necessary to upgrade the island's economy. These are being discussed on the island in the draft guidelines to be taken up at the upcoming April congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).



          Most observers of the Cuban scene are acting according to script. The capitalist media says Cuba's system doesn't work, and the island is moving toward capitalism, but not fast enough to suit the United States.



          Ultra-leftist and perfectionistic foreign radicals are saying Cuba is moving toward capitalism, too. They blame the island's revolutionary leadership which they call bureaucratic, or Stalinist, or believers in socialism in a single country. They're very much opposed to the steps to permit modest private economic activity and cooperatives, which in many cases will simply make legal things which have gone on in the informal sector for many years.



          Thanks to the marvels of the Internet and the imaginative work of WikiLeaks, the world is beginning to get the first glimpses of at least some of what US diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere have been telling their bosses in Washington about what is going on, and what they've been up to in recent years.



          Revealing the truth of what imperialist diplomats are doing didn't start with WikiLeaks. The Bolsheviks did the same thing after the Russian Revoolution of 1917. We can see why Washington and the media beholden to Washington are so desperate to smear Julian Assange, to divert attention from the Wikileaks revelations. In time they'll find some charge to cook up and use against Assange, as they will against Bradley Manning, accused of providing the materials to Wikileaks, held in solitary confinement, but NOT CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME.



          Another recent and pleasant surprise (to me) has been the discovery of a new blog by a US expatriate living in China. The blog, which provides a steady stream of information from a left and pro-China perspective is SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM. I've posted a couple of times there but mostly plan to use it as a resource. China is very unpopular among some circles on the political left, including among some on the left who are strongly supportive of Cuba.



          SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM provides a positive alternative to the China-bashing which some continue to engage in.

          http://sweetandsoursocialism.wordpress.com/



          Many items which appear on CubaNews soon find their way to other places through the work of Cuba-L listserv directed by Nelson Valdes, journalists such as Karen Lee Wald and historian Jane Franklin. I sometimes post to the discussion boards at places like the MIAMI HERALD, the WALL STREET JOURNAL and some of the other e-mail lists where materials on Cuba are welcomed. There's always more which could be done, of course, but some of the word is getting out and about.



          In recent days I've had the pleasure of listening to a recording of the Second Declaration of Havana, Fidel Castro's famous speech from February 1962, nearly half a century ago. I hope one of these days to get a sound file of this amazing speech posted to the Internet. It's striking how much it still resonates for our time. Here's just one paragraph:



          At Punta del Este a great ideological battle unfolded between the Cuban Revolution and Yankee imperialism.



          Who did they represent there, for whom did each speak?



          Cuba represented the peoples; the United States represented the monopolies.



          Cuba spoke for America's exploited masses; the United States for the exploiting, oligarchical, and imperialist interests;



          Cuba for sovereignty; the United States for intervention;



          Cuba for the nationalization of foreign enterprises; the United States for new investments of foreign capital.



          Cuba for culture; the United States for ignorance.



          Cuba for agrarian reform; the United States for great landed estates.



          Cuba for the industrialization of Amer­ica; the United States for underdevelopment.



          Cuba for creative work; the United States for sabotage and counter-revolutionary terror practiced by its agents-the destruction of sugar-cane fields and factories, the bombing by their pirate planes of the labor of a peaceful people.



          Cuba for the murdered teachers; the United States for the assassins.



          Cuba for bread; the United States for hunger.



          Cuba for equality; the United States for privilege and discrimination.



          Cuba for the truth; the United States for lies.



          Cuba for libera­tion; the United States for oppression.



          Cuba for the bright future of humanity; the United States for the past without hope.



          Cuba for the heroes who fell at Giron to save the country from foreign domination; the United States for mer­cenaries and traitors who serve the foreigner against their country.



          Cuba for peace among peoples; the United States for aggression and war.



          Cuba for socialism; the United States for capitalism.



          FULL: http://www.walterlippmann.com/fc-02-04-1962.html



          It's been nine months since my list visit to Cuba. That's quite a long time. I'm now planning to return next month and plan to report from there on the latest developments.



          The principal protagonists of all this are the Cuban people, living on the island and confronting the daily challenges of living in a blockaded country. My role as editor of CubaNews is to try to bring readers as much timely and useful information as possible, welcoming the participation, the praise and - sometimes - the criticism which can help us to provide a more useful service to subscribers.



          A supportive readership has gotten CubaNews now up to over 1600 subscribers. Please pass this note on to others who might be interested in Cuba. CubaNews will do its best to help us all follow developments in Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world.



          Thank you for your time and patience.



          Happy New Year!



          Walter Lippmann

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

          ======================

          LAHT: Venezuela's Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution



          Venezuelas Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution

          1/1/2011



          CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent greetings on Saturday to Cuban

          leader Fidel Castro, and to his brother and successor as head of state, Raul

          Castro, on the 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.



          "The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, commander Hugo Chavez,

          in the name of the Venezuelan people and of the Bolivarian government, extends

          his sincerest congratulations to the courageous and heroic Cuban people, to

          commander Fidel Castro and to the government, presided over by general of the

          army Raul Castro Ruz," the official communique said.



          The Cuban Revolution, it said, is "a proud example for all countries of Latin

          America, the Caribbean and the world that fight for people's self-determination

          and for justice."



          The revolutionary victory that took place on Jan. 1, 1959, it said, was a "truly

          heroic deed that ignited the hopes of the poorest and most oppressed on this

          continent," and raised "the flags of socialism for the first time" in the

          hemisphere.



          "The search for an authentically Latin American socialism has in Cuba a

          fundamental example, thanks to which the struggles for greater social justice,

          collective development and the union of our countries have not ceased to advance

          on this continent."



          So much so, "that today the hopes for a socialism that meets the needs of the

          21st century grow stronger and more vigorous by the day in every one of the

          countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)," the

          text said.



          =========================================

          WALTER LIPPMANN

          Los Angeles, California

          Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

          "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"

          =========================================
        • Bernie Dwyer
          What can I say, Walter but thank you. Even for those of us living on the Island, you are providing a service that reflects back what the world out there is
          Message 4 of 8 , Jan 3, 2011
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            What can I say, Walter but thank you. Even for those of us living on the Island, you are providing a service that reflects back what the world out there is saying about us however misguided it can be at times.

            See you in February,
            Bernie
            ==========================================================
            --- On Sun, 1/2/11, Walter Lippmann <walterlx@...> wrote:

            From: Walter Lippmann <walterlx@...>
            Subject: [CubaNews] Walter Lippmann - New Year's Notes
            To: "CubaNews" <CubaNews@yahoogroups.com>
            Date: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 10:56 PM







             









            Dear CubaNews readers -



            Time flies, doesn't it?



            CubaNews is now in its second decade of service.



            This is message number 120,000. Yes, one hundred twenty thousand.



            A PERSONAL NOTE



            It's quite a record of accomplishments and one to be very proud of. Hey, in a few days I'll turn 67 years of age as well. You'll remember about three years ago I announced I'd been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia (CLL) which has been referred to as a kind of slow-motion cancer. After four months of chemotherapy, I've been in remission for well over a year, though I need to have my blood tested periodically and keep in contact with my hematologist.



            My spirits are positive but my energy level isn't what I wish it was. Nevertheless, I'm doing what I can to keep up the work of the CubaNews list. I hope and trust readers are finding it useful and stimulating. In the recent past I haven't been able to take the long walks I've been used to for many years. However, I've been returning to a more active practice of yoga which has proved helpful to me in many ways.



            BACK TO BUSINESS



            With all the injustices and struggles to overcome them in the United States and in the rest of the world, Cuba can easily get lost in the shuffle. One of the goals of the CubaNews list is to provide lots of information on Cuba, from a range of viewpoints, and covering many different aspects of Cuban life, politics, and the island's relations with the world, especially the United States. Every day that I can be on a computer I try to find information from, about or related to Cuba which will help readers to better understand the country, or to be better informed about what's being SAID about Cuba, whether good or bad.



            Those of us who follow Cuba used to complain about how Cuba was buried and so little could be found. Nowadays, especially because of the Internet, there's a lot more material, but the quality is uneven. There IS good material if it can be found. That's part of what CubaNews tries to do.



            In addition, CubaNews has made an effort to provide original translations to English of materials from Cuba which have not been translated to English by the Cubans themselves. They only have so many resources, so they do the best they can, I believe. Sometimes their translations aren't the best, even with Fidel Castro's speeches and writings, so CubaNews tries to provide a selection of original translations.



            Recently this work has been augmented by a new blog based in Australia, by long-time Cuba solidarity activist Marce Cameron. He did a herculean job with the translation of the DRAFT GUIDELINES which have been submitted for broad public discussion on the island leading up to the Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to be held in April.

            http://www.walterlippmann.com/pcc-draft-economic-and-social-policy-guidelines-2010.html



            I'd like to heartily recommend this new blog, and encourage everyone reading this to subscribe to it:

            http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com/



            2010 is gone and we've entered 2011. For the Cuban people it's been a remarkable year. We've tried to reflect some of that on the CubaNews list. Here are a few thoughts. I promise not to give you the written equivalent of a speech, so won't repeat things which regular readers of the listserv already know, though a very few points should be kept in mind.



            Washington's blockade of the island, its relentless efforts to strangle the island and to makelife as difficult as possible for the Cuban people remained in virtually full force and effect. The Obama administration has faithfully carried out the promises which the Illinois senator made when seeking the nomination. He promised to allow Cuban-Americans to visit the island and to send money without limits.



            Obama's projects was to deepen social differentiation in Cuba which he formulated as enabling the Cuban people to become more independent of what he likes to call "the regime". Obama also permits some Cuban artists and writers to visit the United States to perform. This has given many the mistaken impression that the US blockade has been modified or might be ended. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cuban Five remain in prison while Cuban-American terrorist militants remain free in Miami.



            You'll remember earlier this year that Fidel Castro predicted the Cuban Five would be released from US prisons before Christmas, indeed well before Christmas. As we know, that hasn't happened. So the struggle to win the freedom of the five men Cuba rightly calls heroes remains of paramount importance. Meanwhile, Cuban exile terrorists continue walking freely on the streets of Miami.



            Meanwhile, the Cuban goverment continues its announced releases of prisoners convicted of being paid collaborators of Washington, or others convicted of engaging in espionage or acts of terrorism. Washington's response to these relases can be summarized as, "So what?"



            Washington's efforts to promote destabilization in Cuba remain as well. That's the reason the US agent Alan Gross remains in custody in Cuba, though unlike Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez, Gross has been visited by his wife.



            PBS recently presented a surprisingly objective three-part series of segments during the PBS NEWS HOUR focusing on Cuban health care and the island's medical diplomacy programs. If you haven't seen the series, which takes about a half-hour when the three parts are combined, take the time to check it out. The WALL STREET JOURNAL, which favors the privatization of everything except corporate debt, went ballistic over this modest series, targetting it for an all out assault by Mary Anastasia O'Grady, its Cuba Basher-in-Chief.



            Check out the PBS news hour. All three segments are posted together here:

            http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/12/ray-suarez-responds-to-criticism-of-cuba-series.html



            Washington continues its efforts to lure Cuban doctors, at home and abroad, into defecting. Here's a link to this program which remains posted on the website of the US Interests Section in Cuba:

            http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/CubanMedPrf091906.pdf



            (Sure, Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles faces minor visa violation charges, but Washington has refused for five years to answer Venezuela's extradition request. Cuba renounced any extradition request since it maintains the death penalty, though no one has been executed since three armed hijackers in 2003.)



            Cuba is facing long-overdue decisions which are necessary to upgrade the island's economy. These are being discussed on the island in the draft guidelines to be taken up at the upcoming April congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).



            Most observers of the Cuban scene are acting according to script. The capitalist media says Cuba's system doesn't work, and the island is moving toward capitalism, but not fast enough to suit the United States.



            Ultra-leftist and perfectionistic foreign radicals are saying Cuba is moving toward capitalism, too. They blame the island's revolutionary leadership which they call bureaucratic, or Stalinist, or believers in socialism in a single country. They're very much opposed to the steps to permit modest private economic activity and cooperatives, which in many cases will simply make legal things which have gone on in the informal sector for many years.



            Thanks to the marvels of the Internet and the imaginative work of WikiLeaks, the world is beginning to get the first glimpses of at least some of what US diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere have been telling their bosses in Washington about what is going on, and what they've been up to in recent years.



            Revealing the truth of what imperialist diplomats are doing didn't start with WikiLeaks. The Bolsheviks did the same thing after the Russian Revoolution of 1917. We can see why Washington and the media beholden to Washington are so desperate to smear Julian Assange, to divert attention from the Wikileaks revelations. In time they'll find some charge to cook up and use against Assange, as they will against Bradley Manning, accused of providing the materials to Wikileaks, held in solitary confinement, but NOT CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME.



            Another recent and pleasant surprise (to me) has been the discovery of a new blog by a US expatriate living in China. The blog, which provides a steady stream of information from a left and pro-China perspective is SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM. I've posted a couple of times there but mostly plan to use it as a resource. China is very unpopular among some circles on the political left, including among some on the left who are strongly supportive of Cuba.



            SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM provides a positive alternative to the China-bashing which some continue to engage in.

            http://sweetandsoursocialism.wordpress.com/



            Many items which appear on CubaNews soon find their way to other places through the work of Cuba-L listserv directed by Nelson Valdes, journalists such as Karen Lee Wald and historian Jane Franklin. I sometimes post to the discussion boards at places like the MIAMI HERALD, the WALL STREET JOURNAL and some of the other e-mail lists where materials on Cuba are welcomed. There's always more which could be done, of course, but some of the word is getting out and about.



            In recent days I've had the pleasure of listening to a recording of the Second Declaration of Havana, Fidel Castro's famous speech from February 1962, nearly half a century ago. I hope one of these days to get a sound file of this amazing speech posted to the Internet. It's striking how much it still resonates for our time. Here's just one paragraph:



            At Punta del Este a great ideological battle unfolded between the Cuban Revolution and Yankee imperialism.



            Who did they represent there, for whom did each speak?



            Cuba represented the peoples; the United States represented the monopolies.



            Cuba spoke for America's exploited masses; the United States for the exploiting, oligarchical, and imperialist interests;



            Cuba for sovereignty; the United States for intervention;



            Cuba for the nationalization of foreign enterprises; the United States for new investments of foreign capital.



            Cuba for culture; the United States for ignorance.



            Cuba for agrarian reform; the United States for great landed estates.



            Cuba for the industrialization of Amer­ica; the United States for underdevelopment.



            Cuba for creative work; the United States for sabotage and counter-revolutionary terror practiced by its agents-the destruction of sugar-cane fields and factories, the bombing by their pirate planes of the labor of a peaceful people.



            Cuba for the murdered teachers; the United States for the assassins.



            Cuba for bread; the United States for hunger.



            Cuba for equality; the United States for privilege and discrimination.



            Cuba for the truth; the United States for lies.



            Cuba for libera­tion; the United States for oppression.



            Cuba for the bright future of humanity; the United States for the past without hope.



            Cuba for the heroes who fell at Giron to save the country from foreign domination; the United States for mer­cenaries and traitors who serve the foreigner against their country.



            Cuba for peace among peoples; the United States for aggression and war.



            Cuba for socialism; the United States for capitalism.



            FULL: http://www.walterlippmann.com/fc-02-04-1962.html



            It's been nine months since my list visit to Cuba. That's quite a long time. I'm now planning to return next month and plan to report from there on the latest developments.



            The principal protagonists of all this are the Cuban people, living on the island and confronting the daily challenges of living in a blockaded country. My role as editor of CubaNews is to try to bring readers as much timely and useful information as possible, welcoming the participation, the praise and - sometimes - the criticism which can help us to provide a more useful service to subscribers.



            A supportive readership has gotten CubaNews now up to over 1600 subscribers. Please pass this note on to others who might be interested in Cuba. CubaNews will do its best to help us all follow developments in Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world.



            Thank you for your time and patience.



            Happy New Year!



            Walter Lippmann

            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

            ======================

            LAHT: Venezuela's Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution



            Venezuelas Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution

            1/1/2011



            CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent greetings on Saturday to Cuban

            leader Fidel Castro, and to his brother and successor as head of state, Raul

            Castro, on the 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.



            "The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, commander Hugo Chavez,

            in the name of the Venezuelan people and of the Bolivarian government, extends

            his sincerest congratulations to the courageous and heroic Cuban people, to

            commander Fidel Castro and to the government, presided over by general of the

            army Raul Castro Ruz," the official communique said.



            The Cuban Revolution, it said, is "a proud example for all countries of Latin

            America, the Caribbean and the world that fight for people's self-determination

            and for justice."



            The revolutionary victory that took place on Jan. 1, 1959, it said, was a "truly

            heroic deed that ignited the hopes of the poorest and most oppressed on this

            continent," and raised "the flags of socialism for the first time" in the

            hemisphere.



            "The search for an authentically Latin American socialism has in Cuba a

            fundamental example, thanks to which the struggles for greater social justice,

            collective development and the union of our countries have not ceased to advance

            on this continent."



            So much so, "that today the hopes for a socialism that meets the needs of the

            21st century grow stronger and more vigorous by the day in every one of the

            countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)," the

            text said.



            =========================================

            WALTER LIPPMANN

            Los Angeles, California

            Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews

            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

            "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"

            =========================================























            [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          • noah fine
            Dear Walter,   Cuba News has been an important and much needed tool in our work here in Vancouver for the freedom of the 5 Cuban Heroes. We wanted to take
            Message 5 of 8 , Jan 3, 2011
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              Dear Walter,

               

              Cuba News has been an important and much needed tool in our
              work here in Vancouver for the
              freedom of the 5 Cuban Heroes. We wanted to take this opportunity, along with
              the many who have already written in response to your anniversary, to thank you
              for your work and time in providing the Cuba News service.

               

              Happy anniversary Cuba News! And many more!

               

              In solidarity,

              Noah Fine

              On behalf of the Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver

               

              Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver

              604-719-6947 | freethe5vancouver@...

              http://freethe5vancouver.ca


               

               



              --- On Mon, 1/3/11, Walter Lippmann <walterlx@...> wrote:

              From: Walter Lippmann <walterlx@...>
              Subject: [CubaNews] Walter Lippmann - New Year's Notes
              To: "CubaNews" <CubaNews@yahoogroups.com>
              Received: Monday, January 3, 2011, 1:56 AM







               









              Dear CubaNews readers -



              Time flies, doesn't it?



              CubaNews is now in its second decade of service.



              This is message number 120,000. Yes, one hundred twenty thousand.



              A PERSONAL NOTE



              It's quite a record of accomplishments and one to be very proud of. Hey, in a few days I'll turn 67 years of age as well. You'll remember about three years ago I announced I'd been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia (CLL) which has been referred to as a kind of slow-motion cancer. After four months of chemotherapy, I've been in remission for well over a year, though I need to have my blood tested periodically and keep in contact with my hematologist.



              My spirits are positive but my energy level isn't what I wish it was. Nevertheless, I'm doing what I can to keep up the work of the CubaNews list. I hope and trust readers are finding it useful and stimulating. In the recent past I haven't been able to take the long walks I've been used to for many years. However, I've been returning to a more active practice of yoga which has proved helpful to me in many ways.



              BACK TO BUSINESS



              With all the injustices and struggles to overcome them in the United States and in the rest of the world, Cuba can easily get lost in the shuffle. One of the goals of the CubaNews list is to provide lots of information on Cuba, from a range of viewpoints, and covering many different aspects of Cuban life, politics, and the island's relations with the world, especially the United States. Every day that I can be on a computer I try to find information from, about or related to Cuba which will help readers to better understand the country, or to be better informed about what's being SAID about Cuba, whether good or bad.



              Those of us who follow Cuba used to complain about how Cuba was buried and so little could be found. Nowadays, especially because of the Internet, there's a lot more material, but the quality is uneven. There IS good material if it can be found. That's part of what CubaNews tries to do.



              In addition, CubaNews has made an effort to provide original translations to English of materials from Cuba which have not been translated to English by the Cubans themselves. They only have so many resources, so they do the best they can, I believe. Sometimes their translations aren't the best, even with Fidel Castro's speeches and writings, so CubaNews tries to provide a selection of original translations.



              Recently this work has been augmented by a new blog based in Australia, by long-time Cuba solidarity activist Marce Cameron. He did a herculean job with the translation of the DRAFT GUIDELINES which have been submitted for broad public discussion on the island leading up to the Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to be held in April.

              http://www.walterlippmann.com/pcc-draft-economic-and-social-policy-guidelines-2010.html



              I'd like to heartily recommend this new blog, and encourage everyone reading this to subscribe to it:

              http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com/



              2010 is gone and we've entered 2011. For the Cuban people it's been a remarkable year. We've tried to reflect some of that on the CubaNews list. Here are a few thoughts. I promise not to give you the written equivalent of a speech, so won't repeat things which regular readers of the listserv already know, though a very few points should be kept in mind.



              Washington's blockade of the island, its relentless efforts to strangle the island and to makelife as difficult as possible for the Cuban people remained in virtually full force and effect. The Obama administration has faithfully carried out the promises which the Illinois senator made when seeking the nomination. He promised to allow Cuban-Americans to visit the island and to send money without limits.



              Obama's projects was to deepen social differentiation in Cuba which he formulated as enabling the Cuban people to become more independent of what he likes to call "the regime". Obama also permits some Cuban artists and writers to visit the United States to perform. This has given many the mistaken impression that the US blockade has been modified or might be ended. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cuban Five remain in prison while Cuban-American terrorist militants remain free in Miami.



              You'll remember earlier this year that Fidel Castro predicted the Cuban Five would be released from US prisons before Christmas, indeed well before Christmas. As we know, that hasn't happened. So the struggle to win the freedom of the five men Cuba rightly calls heroes remains of paramount importance. Meanwhile, Cuban exile terrorists continue walking freely on the streets of Miami.



              Meanwhile, the Cuban goverment continues its announced releases of prisoners convicted of being paid collaborators of Washington, or others convicted of engaging in espionage or acts of terrorism. Washington's response to these relases can be summarized as, "So what?"



              Washington's efforts to promote destabilization in Cuba remain as well. That's the reason the US agent Alan Gross remains in custody in Cuba, though unlike Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez, Gross has been visited by his wife.



              PBS recently presented a surprisingly objective three-part series of segments during the PBS NEWS HOUR focusing on Cuban health care and the island's medical diplomacy programs. If you haven't seen the series, which takes about a half-hour when the three parts are combined, take the time to check it out. The WALL STREET JOURNAL, which favors the privatization of everything except corporate debt, went ballistic over this modest series, targetting it for an all out assault by Mary Anastasia O'Grady, its Cuba Basher-in-Chief.



              Check out the PBS news hour. All three segments are posted together here:

              http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/12/ray-suarez-responds-to-criticism-of-cuba-series.html



              Washington continues its efforts to lure Cuban doctors, at home and abroad, into defecting. Here's a link to this program which remains posted on the website of the US Interests Section in Cuba:

              http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/CubanMedPrf091906.pdf



              (Sure, Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles faces minor visa violation charges, but Washington has refused for five years to answer Venezuela's extradition request. Cuba renounced any extradition request since it maintains the death penalty, though no one has been executed since three armed hijackers in 2003.)



              Cuba is facing long-overdue decisions which are necessary to upgrade the island's economy. These are being discussed on the island in the draft guidelines to be taken up at the upcoming April congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).



              Most observers of the Cuban scene are acting according to script. The capitalist media says Cuba's system doesn't work, and the island is moving toward capitalism, but not fast enough to suit the United States.



              Ultra-leftist and perfectionistic foreign radicals are saying Cuba is moving toward capitalism, too. They blame the island's revolutionary leadership which they call bureaucratic, or Stalinist, or believers in socialism in a single country. They're very much opposed to the steps to permit modest private economic activity and cooperatives, which in many cases will simply make legal things which have gone on in the informal sector for many years.



              Thanks to the marvels of the Internet and the imaginative work of WikiLeaks, the world is beginning to get the first glimpses of at least some of what US diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere have been telling their bosses in Washington about what is going on, and what they've been up to in recent years.



              Revealing the truth of what imperialist diplomats are doing didn't start with WikiLeaks. The Bolsheviks did the same thing after the Russian Revoolution of 1917. We can see why Washington and the media beholden to Washington are so desperate to smear Julian Assange, to divert attention from the Wikileaks revelations. In time they'll find some charge to cook up and use against Assange, as they will against Bradley Manning, accused of providing the materials to Wikileaks, held in solitary confinement, but NOT CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME.



              Another recent and pleasant surprise (to me) has been the discovery of a new blog by a US expatriate living in China. The blog, which provides a steady stream of information from a left and pro-China perspective is SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM. I've posted a couple of times there but mostly plan to use it as a resource. China is very unpopular among some circles on the political left, including among some on the left who are strongly supportive of Cuba.



              SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM provides a positive alternative to the China-bashing which some continue to engage in.

              http://sweetandsoursocialism.wordpress.com/



              Many items which appear on CubaNews soon find their way to other places through the work of Cuba-L listserv directed by Nelson Valdes, journalists such as Karen Lee Wald and historian Jane Franklin. I sometimes post to the discussion boards at places like the MIAMI HERALD, the WALL STREET JOURNAL and some of the other e-mail lists where materials on Cuba are welcomed. There's always more which could be done, of course, but some of the word is getting out and about.



              In recent days I've had the pleasure of listening to a recording of the Second Declaration of Havana, Fidel Castro's famous speech from February 1962, nearly half a century ago. I hope one of these days to get a sound file of this amazing speech posted to the Internet. It's striking how much it still resonates for our time. Here's just one paragraph:



              At Punta del Este a great ideological battle unfolded between the Cuban Revolution and Yankee imperialism.



              Who did they represent there, for whom did each speak?



              Cuba represented the peoples; the United States represented the monopolies.



              Cuba spoke for America's exploited masses; the United States for the exploiting, oligarchical, and imperialist interests;



              Cuba for sovereignty; the United States for intervention;



              Cuba for the nationalization of foreign enterprises; the United States for new investments of foreign capital.



              Cuba for culture; the United States for ignorance.



              Cuba for agrarian reform; the United States for great landed estates.



              Cuba for the industrialization of Amer­ica; the United States for underdevelopment.



              Cuba for creative work; the United States for sabotage and counter-revolutionary terror practiced by its agents-the destruction of sugar-cane fields and factories, the bombing by their pirate planes of the labor of a peaceful people.



              Cuba for the murdered teachers; the United States for the assassins.



              Cuba for bread; the United States for hunger.



              Cuba for equality; the United States for privilege and discrimination.



              Cuba for the truth; the United States for lies.



              Cuba for libera­tion; the United States for oppression.



              Cuba for the bright future of humanity; the United States for the past without hope.



              Cuba for the heroes who fell at Giron to save the country from foreign domination; the United States for mer­cenaries and traitors who serve the foreigner against their country.



              Cuba for peace among peoples; the United States for aggression and war.



              Cuba for socialism; the United States for capitalism.



              FULL: http://www.walterlippmann.com/fc-02-04-1962.html



              It's been nine months since my list visit to Cuba. That's quite a long time. I'm now planning to return next month and plan to report from there on the latest developments.



              The principal protagonists of all this are the Cuban people, living on the island and confronting the daily challenges of living in a blockaded country. My role as editor of CubaNews is to try to bring readers as much timely and useful information as possible, welcoming the participation, the praise and - sometimes - the criticism which can help us to provide a more useful service to subscribers.



              A supportive readership has gotten CubaNews now up to over 1600 subscribers. Please pass this note on to others who might be interested in Cuba. CubaNews will do its best to help us all follow developments in Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world.



              Thank you for your time and patience.



              Happy New Year!



              Walter Lippmann

              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

              ======================

              LAHT: Venezuela's Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution



              Venezuelas Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution

              1/1/2011



              CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent greetings on Saturday to Cuban

              leader Fidel Castro, and to his brother and successor as head of state, Raul

              Castro, on the 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.



              "The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, commander Hugo Chavez,

              in the name of the Venezuelan people and of the Bolivarian government, extends

              his sincerest congratulations to the courageous and heroic Cuban people, to

              commander Fidel Castro and to the government, presided over by general of the

              army Raul Castro Ruz," the official communique said.



              The Cuban Revolution, it said, is "a proud example for all countries of Latin

              America, the Caribbean and the world that fight for people's self-determination

              and for justice."



              The revolutionary victory that took place on Jan. 1, 1959, it said, was a "truly

              heroic deed that ignited the hopes of the poorest and most oppressed on this

              continent," and raised "the flags of socialism for the first time" in the

              hemisphere.



              "The search for an authentically Latin American socialism has in Cuba a

              fundamental example, thanks to which the struggles for greater social justice,

              collective development and the union of our countries have not ceased to advance

              on this continent."



              So much so, "that today the hopes for a socialism that meets the needs of the

              21st century grow stronger and more vigorous by the day in every one of the

              countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)," the

              text said.



              =========================================

              WALTER LIPPMANN

              Los Angeles, California

              Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews

              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

              "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"

              =========================================






















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            • Mike and Emily
              Walter: Thank you from Denver for your time and work ref. Cuba.  Take care of yourself.  Wish I was in Cuba again..... Em ... From: Bernie Dwyer
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                Thank you from Denver for your time and work ref. Cuba.� Take care of yourself.� Wish I was in Cuba again.....



                Em



                ----- Original Message -----
                From: "Bernie Dwyer" <radiodwyer@...>
                To: CubaNews@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Monday, January 3, 2011 7:53:42 PM
                Subject: Re: [CubaNews] Walter Lippmann - New Year's Notes

                 



                ----- Original Message -----
                From: "Bernie Dwyer" <radiodwyer@...>
                To: CubaNews@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Monday, January 3, 2011 7:53:42 PM
                Subject: Re: [CubaNews] Walter Lippmann - New Year's Notes

                 




                What can I say, Walter but thank you. Even for those of us living on the Island, you are providing a service that reflects back what the world out there is saying about us however misguided it can be at times.

                See you in February,
                Bernie
                ==========================================================
                --- On Sun, 1/2/11, Walter Lippmann < walterlx@... > wrote:

                From: Walter Lippmann < walterlx@... >
                Subject: [CubaNews] Walter Lippmann - New Year's Notes
                To: "CubaNews" < CubaNews@yahoogroups.com >
                Date: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 10:56 PM

                 

                Dear CubaNews readers -

                Time flies, doesn't it?

                CubaNews is now in its second decade of service.

                This is message number 120,000. Yes, one hundred twenty thousand.

                A PERSONAL NOTE

                It's quite a record of accomplishments and one to be very proud of. Hey, in a few days I'll turn 67 years of age as well. You'll remember about three years ago I announced I'd been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia (CLL) which has been referred to as a kind of slow-motion cancer. After four months of chemotherapy, I've been in remission for well over a year, though I need to have my blood tested periodically and keep in contact with my hematologist.

                My spirits are positive but my energy level isn't what I wish it was. Nevertheless, I'm doing what I can to keep up the work of the CubaNews list. I hope and trust readers are finding it useful and stimulating. In the recent past I haven't been able to take the long walks I've been used to for many years. However, I've been returning to a more active practice of yoga which has proved helpful to me in many ways.

                BACK TO BUSINESS

                With all the injustices and struggles to overcome them in the United States and in the rest of the world, Cuba can easily get lost in the shuffle. One of the goals of the CubaNews list is to provide lots of information on Cuba, from a range of viewpoints, and covering many different aspects of Cuban life, politics, and the island's relations with the world, especially the United States. Every day that I can be on a computer I try to find information from, about or related to Cuba which will help readers to better understand the country, or to be better informed about what's being SAID about Cuba, whether good or bad.

                Those of us who follow Cuba used to complain about how Cuba was buried and so little could be found. Nowadays, especially because of the Internet, there's a lot more material, but the quality is uneven. There IS good material if it can be found. That's part of what CubaNews tries to do.

                In addition, CubaNews has made an effort to provide original translations to English of materials from Cuba which have not been translated to English by the Cubans themselves. They only have so many resources, so they do the best they can, I believe. Sometimes their translations aren't the best, even with Fidel Castro's speeches and writings, so CubaNews tries to provide a selection of original translations.

                Recently this work has been augmented by a new blog based in Australia, by long-time Cuba solidarity activist Marce Cameron. He did a herculean job with the translation of the DRAFT GUIDELINES which have been submitted for broad public discussion on the island leading up to the Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to be held in April.

                http://www.walterlippmann.com/pcc-draft-economic-and-social-policy-guidelines-2010.html

                I'd like to heartily recommend this new blog, and encourage everyone reading this to subscribe to it:

                http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com/

                2010 is gone and we've entered 2011. For the Cuban people it's been a remarkable year. We've tried to reflect some of that on the CubaNews list. Here are a few thoughts. I promise not to give you the written equivalent of a speech, so won't repeat things which regular readers of the listserv already know, though a very few points should be kept in mind.

                Washington's blockade of the island, its relentless efforts to strangle the island and to makelife as difficult as possible for the Cuban people remained in virtually full force and effect. The Obama administration has faithfully carried out the promises which the Illinois senator made when seeking the nomination. He promised to allow Cuban-Americans to visit the island and to send money without limits.

                Obama's projects was to deepen social differentiation in Cuba which he formulated as enabling the Cuban people to become more independent of what he likes to call "the regime". Obama also permits some Cuban artists and writers to visit the United States to perform. This has given many the mistaken impression that the US blockade has been modified or might be ended. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cuban Five remain in prison while Cuban-American terrorist militants remain free in Miami.

                You'll remember earlier this year that Fidel Castro predicted the Cuban Five would be released from US prisons before Christmas, indeed well before Christmas. As we know, that hasn't happened. So the struggle to win the freedom of the five men Cuba rightly calls heroes remains of paramount importance. Meanwhile, Cuban exile terrorists continue walking freely on the streets of Miami.

                Meanwhile, the Cuban goverment continues its announced releases of prisoners convicted of being paid collaborators of Washington, or others convicted of engaging in espionage or acts of terrorism. Washington's response to these relases can be summarized as, "So what?"

                Washington's efforts to promote destabilization in Cuba remain as well. That's the reason the US agent Alan Gross remains in custody in Cuba, though unlike Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez, Gross has been visited by his wife.

                PBS recently presented a surprisingly objective three-part series of segments during the PBS NEWS HOUR focusing on Cuban health care and the island's medical diplomacy programs. If you haven't seen the series, which takes about a half-hour when the three parts are combined, take the time to check it out. The WALL STREET JOURNAL, which favors the privatization of everything except corporate debt, went ballistic over this modest series, targetting it for an all out assault by Mary Anastasia O'Grady, its Cuba Basher-in-Chief.

                Check out the PBS news hour. All three segments are posted together here:

                http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/12/ray-suarez-responds-to-criticism-of-cuba-series.html

                Washington continues its efforts to lure Cuban doctors, at home and abroad, into defecting. Here's a link to this program which remains posted on the website of the US Interests Section in Cuba:

                http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/CubanMedPrf091906.pdf

                (Sure, Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles faces minor visa violation charges, but Washington has refused for five years to answer Venezuela's extradition request. Cuba renounced any extradition request since it maintains the death penalty, though no one has been executed since three armed hijackers in 2003.)

                Cuba is facing long-overdue decisions which are necessary to upgrade the island's economy. These are being discussed on the island in the draft guidelines to be taken up at the upcoming April congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).

                Most observers of the Cuban scene are acting according to script. The capitalist media says Cuba's system doesn't work, and the island is moving toward capitalism, but not fast enough to suit the United States.

                Ultra-leftist and perfectionistic foreign radicals are saying Cuba is moving toward capitalism, too. They blame the island's revolutionary leadership which they call bureaucratic, or Stalinist, or believers in socialism in a single country. They're very much opposed to the steps to permit modest private economic activity and cooperatives, which in many cases will simply make legal things which have gone on in the informal sector for many years.

                Thanks to the marvels of the Internet and the imaginative work of WikiLeaks, the world is beginning to get the first glimpses of at least some of what US diplomats in Cuba and elsewhere have been telling their bosses in Washington about what is going on, and what they've been up to in recent years.

                Revealing the truth of what imperialist diplomats are doing didn't start with WikiLeaks. The Bolsheviks did the same thing after the Russian Revoolution of 1917. We can see why Washington and the media beholden to Washington are so desperate to smear Julian Assange, to divert attention from the Wikileaks revelations. In time they'll find some charge to cook up and use against Assange, as they will against Bradley Manning, accused of providing the materials to Wikileaks, held in solitary confinement, but NOT CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME.

                Another recent and pleasant surprise (to me) has been the discovery of a new blog by a US expatriate living in China. The blog, which provides a steady stream of information from a left and pro-China perspective is SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM. I've posted a couple of times there but mostly plan to use it as a resource. China is very unpopular among some circles on the political left, including among some on the left who are strongly supportive of Cuba.

                SWEET AND SOUR SOCIALISM provides a positive alternative to the China-bashing which some continue to engage in.

                http://sweetandsoursocialism.wordpress.com/

                Many items which appear on CubaNews soon find their way to other places through the work of Cuba-L listserv directed by Nelson Valdes, journalists such as Karen Lee Wald and historian Jane Franklin. I sometimes post to the discussion boards at places like the MIAMI HERALD, the WALL STREET JOURNAL and some of the other e-mail lists where materials on Cuba are welcomed. There's always more which could be done, of course, but some of the word is getting out and about.

                In recent days I've had the pleasure of listening to a recording of the Second Declaration of Havana, Fidel Castro's famous speech from February 1962, nearly half a century ago. I hope one of these days to get a sound file of this amazing speech posted to the Internet. It's striking how much it still resonates for our time. Here's just one paragraph:

                At Punta del Este a great ideological battle unfolded between the Cuban Revolution and Yankee imperialism.

                Who did they represent there, for whom did each speak?

                Cuba represented the peoples; the United States represented the monopolies.

                Cuba spoke for America's exploited masses; the United States for the exploiting, oligarchical, and imperialist interests;

                Cuba for sovereignty; the United States for intervention;

                Cuba for the nationalization of foreign enterprises; the United States for new investments of foreign capital.

                Cuba for culture; the United States for ignorance.

                Cuba for agrarian reform; the United States for great landed estates.

                Cuba for the industrialization of Amer­ica; the United States for underdevelopment.

                Cuba for creative work; the United States for sabotage and counter-revolutionary terror practiced by its agents-the destruction of sugar-cane fields and factories, the bombing by their pirate planes of the labor of a peaceful people.

                Cuba for the murdered teachers; the United States for the assassins.

                Cuba for bread; the United States for hunger.

                Cuba for equality; the United States for privilege and discrimination.

                Cuba for the truth; the United States for lies.

                Cuba for libera­tion; the United States for oppression.

                Cuba for the bright future of humanity; the United States for the past without hope.

                Cuba for the heroes who fell at Giron to save the country from foreign domination; the United States for mer­cenaries and traitors who serve the foreigner against their country.

                Cuba for peace among peoples; the United States for aggression and war.

                Cuba for socialism; the United States for capitalism.

                FULL: http://www.walterlippmann.com/fc-02-04-1962.html

                It's been nine months since my list visit to Cuba. That's quite a long time. I'm now planning to return next month and plan to report from there on the latest developments.

                The principal protagonists of all this are the Cuban people, living on the island and confronting the daily challenges of living in a blockaded country. My role as editor of CubaNews is to try to bring readers as much timely and useful information as possible, welcoming the participation, the praise and - sometimes - the criticism which can help us to provide a more useful service to subscribers.

                A supportive readership has gotten CubaNews now up to over 1600 subscribers. Please pass this note on to others who might be interested in Cuba. CubaNews will do its best to help us all follow developments in Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world.

                Thank you for your time and patience.

                Happy New Year!

                Walter Lippmann

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

                ======================

                LAHT: Venezuela's Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution

                Venezuelas Chavez Hails Cuba on 52nd Anniversary of Revolution

                1/1/2011

                CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent greetings on Saturday to Cuban

                leader Fidel Castro, and to his brother and successor as head of state, Raul

                Castro, on the 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

                "The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, commander Hugo Chavez,

                in the name of the Venezuelan people and of the Bolivarian government, extends

                his sincerest congratulations to the courageous and heroic Cuban people, to

                commander Fidel Castro and to the government, presided over by general of the

                army Raul Castro Ruz," the official communique said.

                The Cuban Revolution, it said, is "a proud example for all countries of Latin

                America, the Caribbean and the world that fight for people's self-determination

                and for justice."

                The revolutionary victory that took place on Jan. 1, 1959, it said, was a "truly

                heroic deed that ignited the hopes of the poorest and most oppressed on this

                continent," and raised "the flags of socialism for the first time" in the

                hemisphere.

                "The search for an authentically Latin American socialism has in Cuba a

                fundamental example, thanks to which the struggles for greater social justice,

                collective development and the union of our countries have not ceased to advance

                on this continent."

                So much so, "that today the hopes for a socialism that meets the needs of the

                21st century grow stronger and more vigorous by the day in every one of the

                countries that make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)," the

                text said.

                =========================================

                WALTER LIPPMANN

                Los Angeles, California

                Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/

                "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"

                =========================================

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              • Carlos Ugalde
                Companeros at Cuba News and Walter, Feel free to send out on CubaNews. Thank you. Carlos Ugalde =================================== Esteemed Companero
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                  Companeros at Cuba News and Walter,

                  Feel free to send out on CubaNews. Thank you.

                  Carlos Ugalde
                  ===================================

                  Esteemed Companero Walter,

                  Thanks for all your work, which I always welcome and share with several other people. Yes, I agree that many supposed left-wingers are really angry about the reforms or what I describe simply as "continual evolution by and for the Cubans in the island", not the kind of change that both the Yankees and the Miami-based Cuban mafia would like to see.

                  What hurts most is that certain analysts keep saying from a safe distance that there will be no changes in the Third World until Revolution comes to Yankeeland. Just imagine, had Fidel followed that rule he would still be preparing everything in Mexico and would have never come in the Granma Yacht with Che and so many other heroes, many of whom didn't survive.

                  I hope will see each other in Cuba some time in April. About the Second Delcaration of Havana, I've always believed it's one of Fidel's best speeches, if not the best one. In 1982 I played it on the radio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program I had then, but the tape got screwed up halfway through the speech and I had to read the second half by sections with some music in between, but it was a great honor and favorably received by many listeners.

                  As always it is a pleasure to read the speech and one can not tire for it is ever relevant. I've had to share it with other companeros even right there in Mart��'s island. I'm planning a special trip to be there on February 4, 2012 on the occasion of the 50th anniversay. The Yankees heard the whole speech as Fidel gave it, and I assure you that they just didn't know what to do about this comrade who was so determined and had such a fighting spirit and a whole people behind him.

                  They realized then and there that they had a long struggle ahead, since they had never seen so much strength of character and so many truths and sound principles. Try to find the recording and listen to Fidel's every word at the beginning. For 28 years my students in Glendale College read and discussed that historic document. The end of the lesson always coincided with the last 20 minutes of the recording of ���Paredon Records���.

                  And yes, the part that you quote in your end-of-the-year note is really impressive and as topical as ever. That's why we can't give in to the foolish positions of so many ignorant and misinformed people. I suggest that you study Fidel's speech on May 1st, 2002, and you will see that Fidel thought of that document when he wrote the speech.

                  May I offer you my congratulations and appreciation for your presence in the meeting not long ago. We'll have a group fundraiser (pe��a) for Haiti in March, to be held in the backyard, which has been named Plaza del Che, as you know.

                  Take care of yourself, and just so you know well in advance, in March or August 2012 I will have my next exhibition in Santiago de Cuba about ���Women in Our America���, with around 75 fotos, like the one about Children in 2009.

                  A big hug and my greetings to everyone,

                  Companero,

                  Carlos Ugalde

                  ====================================

                  Companero,

                  Aqui esta y ya la envie como puedes ver. Hice unos dos cambios menores. En vez de, 28 anniversary, it was "for 28 years my students had to read and discuss the speech" The second was "a Pena, fundraiser for Haiti".

                  Bien I appreciate your interest and sharing and with pleasure.

                  Abrazo,

                  Carlos Ugalde

                  Estimado Compa�ero,

                  Gracias por todo tu trabajo y siempre bienvenido y lo comparto con varias personas. Pues si estoy de acuerdo que he visto muchos de la supuesta izquierda encabronados con las reformas o simplemente lo que llamo, �la continua evoluci�n por y para los cubanos en la isla y no de cambios tal como los que quieren lo yanquis y la mafia en Miami. Es doloroso ver ciertos analistas de tan lejos siguiendo con la linea que hasta que cuando haya la Revoluci�n en yanquilandia entonces habra cambio en el Tercer Mundo. Imaginate si Fidel hubiera siguido esa linea, estaria todavia preparandose en Mexico y jamas hubiera subido en el Granma junto con el Che y tantos mas heroes y eso que pocos sobrevivieron.

                  Aver si nos vemos en abril en algun lugar en la isla. Sobre la onda del discurso de la Segunda Declaraci�n de La Habana, para mi siempre ha sido uno o si no el mayor discurso de Fidel. En 1982, lo present� en el programa que tuve ese tiempo como comemoraci�n a los 20 a�os. Se chingo la cinta al medio camino y tuve que leer la mitad junto con un poco de musica entremedio y fin fue todo un honor y bien recibido por mucha gente. Uno no se puede cansar de leer ese documento que hasta yo mismo lo he tenido que compartir con algunos compa�eros en la misma isla de Marti. Inclusie yo pienso hacer viaje especial para estar el 4 de febrero en 2012 para los 50 a�os. Los yanquis escucharon cada palabra simultaneamente y te aseguro que simplemente no sabia que hacer con este compa�ero tan cambativo y firme y mas que tenia todo un pueblo atras de el. Alli se dieron cuenta que seria una larga lucha ya que jamas habian topado con tanta firmeza y principios y con tanta verdad. Busca la grabaci�n y escucha cada minuto y cada palabra tal como lo dice Fidel al principio. Por los 28 a�os en Glendale College, mis estudiantes tuvieron que leer y analisar ese documento historico. El fin de la clase siempre coincidia con que presentaba los �ltimos 20 minutos de la grabaci�n de �Paredon Records�. Y si, precisamente la parte que citas en tu nota del a�o es impresionante y tan actual como ha sido cada a�o y por eso no hemos podido claudicar antes las estupideces de tanta gente ignorante y tan mal informada. Te recomiendo hacer un analsis del discurso de 2002 de primero de mayo. Ver�s que Fidel a los 40 a�os pens� de ese documento cuando prepare su discurso a los 40 a�os.

                  Bien, te felicito y gracias por haber venido al evento no hace mucho tiempo. Tendremos una Pe�a para Haiti en Marzo en el patio, ahora con nombre, Plaza del Che como sabes. Cuidate de tu salud y para que sepas con tiempo, en marzo o agosto de 2012 tendr� la pr�xima exhibici�n en Santiago de Cuba con tema sobre �La Mujer en Nuestra America�. Unos 75 imagenes tal como lo hice con los Ni�os en 2009.

                  Uun abrazo y saludos a todos,

                  Compa�ero,

                  Carlos Ugalde
                • Carlos Ugalde
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                    English translation edited by Walter Lippmann.]
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                    Companeros at Cuba News and Walter,

                    Feel free to send out on CubaNews. Thank you.


                    Carlos Ugalde
                    ========================


                    Esteemed Companero Walter,

                    Thanks for all your work, which I always welcome and share with several other people. Yes, I agree that many supposed left-wingers are really angry about the reforms or what I describe simply as "continual evolution by and for the Cubans in the island", not the kind of change that both the Yankees and the Miami-based Cuban mafia would like to see.

                    What hurts most is that certain analyst keep saying from a safe distance that there will be no changes in the Third World until Revolution comes to Yankeeland. Just imagine, had Fidel followed that rule he would still be preparing everything in Mexico and would have never come in the Granma Yacht with Che and so many other heroes, many of whom didn't survive.

                    I hope will see each other in Cuba some time in April. About the Second Delcaration of Havana, I've always believed it's one of Fidel's best speeches, if not the best one. In 1982 I played it on the radio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program I had then, but the tape got screwed up halfway through the speech and I had to read the second half by sections with some music in between, but it was a great honor and favorably received by many listeners.

                    As always it is a pleasure to read the speech and one can not tire for it is ever relevant. I've had to share it with other companeros even right there in Marti's island. I'm planning a special trip to be there on February 4, 2012 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary.

                    The Yankees heard the whole speech as Fidel gave it, and I assure you that they just didn't know what to do about this comrade who was so determined and had such a fighting spirit and a whole people behind him. They realized then and there that they had a long struggle ahead, since they had never seen so much strength of character and so many truths and sound principles.

                    Try to find the recording and listen to Fidel's every word at the beginning. For 28 years my students in Glendale College read and discussed that historic document. The end of the lesson always coincided with the last 20 minutes of the recording of "Paredon Records".

                    And yes, the part that you quote in your end-of-the-year note is really impressive and as topical as ever. That's why we can't give in to the foolish positions of so many ignorant and misinformed people. I suggest that you study Fidel's speech on May 1st, 2002, and you will see that Fidel thought of that document when he wrote the speech.

                    May I offer you my congratulations and appreciation for your presence in the meeting not long ago. We'll have a group fundraiser (pena) for Haiti in March, to be held in the backyard, which has been named Plaza del Che, as you know. Take care of yourself, and just so you know well in advance, in March or August 2012 I will have my next exhibition in Santiago de Cuba about "Women in Our America", with around 75 photos, like the one about Children in 2009.

                    A big hug and my greetings to everyone,

                    Companero,

                    Carlos Ugalde

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                    Estimado Compañero,

                    Gracias por todo tu trabajo y siempre bienvenido y lo comparto con varias personas. Pues si estoy de acuerdo que he visto muchos de la supuesta izquierda encabronados con las reformas o simplemente lo que llamo, “la continua evolución por y para los cubanos en la isla y no de cambios tal como los que quieren lo yanquis y la mafia en Miami. Es doloroso ver ciertos analistas de tan lejos siguiendo con la linea que hasta que cuando haya la Revolución en yanquilandia entonces habra cambio en el Tercer Mundo. Imaginate si Fidel hubiera siguido esa linea, estaria todavia preparandose en Mexico y jamas hubiera subido en el Granma junto con el Che y tantos mas heroes y eso que pocos sobrevivieron.

                    Aver si nos vemos en abril en algun lugar en la isla. Sobre la onda del discurso de la Segunda Declaración de La Habana, para mi siempre ha sido uno o si no el mayor discurso de Fidel. En 1982, lo presenté en el programa que tuve ese tiempo como comemoración a los 20 años. Se chingo la cinta al medio camino y tuve que leer la mitad junto con un poco de musica entremedio y fin fue todo un honor y bien recibido por mucha gente. Uno no se puede cansar de leer ese documento que hasta yo mismo lo he tenido que compartir con algunos compañeros en la misma isla de Marti. Inclusie yo pienso hacer viaje especial para estar el 4 de febrero en 2012 para los 50 años. Los yanquis escucharon cada palabra simultaneamente y te aseguro que simplemente no sabia que hacer con este compañero tan cambativo y firme y mas que tenia todo un pueblo atras de el. Alli se dieron cuenta que seria una larga lucha ya que jamas habian topado con tanta firmeza y principios y con tanta verdad. Busca la grabación y escucha cada minuto y cada palabra tal como lo dice Fidel al principio. Por los 28 años en Glendale College, mis estudiantes tuvieron que leer y analisar ese documento historico. El fin de la clase siempre coincidia con que presentaba los últimos 20 minutos de la grabación de “Paredon Records”. Y si, precisamente la parte que citas en tu nota del año es impresionante y tan actual como ha sido cada año y por eso no hemos podido claudicar antes las estupideces de tanta gente ignorante y tan mal informada. Te recomiendo hacer un analsis del discurso de 2002 de primero de mayo. Verás que Fidel a los 40 años pensó de ese documento cuando prepare su discurso a los 40 años.

                    Bien, te felicito y gracias por haber venido al evento no hace mucho tiempo. Tendremos una Peña para Haiti en Marzo en el patio, ahora con nombre, Plaza del Che como sabes. Cuidate de tu salud y para que sepas con tiempo, en marzo o agosto de 2012 tendré la próxima exhibición en Santiago de Cuba con tema sobre “La Mujer en Nuestra America”. Unos 75 imagenes tal como lo hice con los Niños en 2009.

                    Uun abrazo y saludos a todos,

                    Compañero,

                    Carlos Ugalde



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