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  • Marce Cameron
    From Cuba s Socialist Renewal http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com To sign up as a follower or receive email updates click link above The dust has
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 30, 2011
      From "Cuba's Socialist Renewal"
      http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com
      To sign up as a follower or receive email updates click link above

      The dust has settled from the Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist
      Party (PCC) and reactions are circulating in cyberspace from all
      quarters, some better informed than others. It's amusing to note that
      at least one foreign news agency reported that Fidel was present for
      the singing of the national anthem at the close of the Congress. Fidel
      was there, they got that right, though it wasn't the national anthem
      but the communist Internationale that had nearly a thousand delegates,
      overcome with emotion, holding hands and swaying to the melody.

      The best informed and most interesting commentaries on the Congress
      are those of Cuban commentators living on the island who are
      sympathetic to Cuba's socialist project and who, because they don't
      shoulder heavy PCC or state responsibilities, are free to do what
      Cuba's revolutionary journalists have been urged to do by Raul Castro:
      speak their minds and tell it how it is, responsibly of course. In the
      main report to the Congress, Raul called on Cuban journalists to
      "definitely banish the habit of describing the national reality in
      pretentious high-flown language or with excessive formality". In other
      words, more real journalism please and less self-congratulatory
      propaganda.

      Those of us who write about Cuba from outside the country from a
      position of solidarity should also adopt this approach. As the Cuban
      Revolution changes, so do the requirements of solidarity. It's no
      longer enough, for example, to point out that Cuba has free health
      care and education. People want to know why universal rationing and
      subsidies are disappearing, why half a million state-sector workers
      are to be made "available" (the Cuban euphemism) in a first stage of
      rationalisations, whether Cuba is following the Chinese road to
      capitalist restoration.

      The best way to approach such understandable doubts and concerns is to
      acquaint oneself with the internal debate in Cuba, much of which is
      publicly accessible in the internet age, and draw one's own
      conclusions. My own conclusion is that Cuba is on the path of
      socialist renewal. A renewal process that embodies a reconception of
      socialism — or, to be more precise, of the socialist-oriented society
      — that junks both idealistic errors and the discredited Soviet manuals
      on "Marxism-Leninism" in a return to classical Marxism's conception of
      the transition from capitalism to socialism, in the concrete
      conditions of Cuba today. But more on this in another blog post.

      As expected, the Congress adopted the Economic and Social Policy
      Guidelines. The final draft, which was substantially modified on the
      basis of the public debate and further amended by the Congress's five
      working commissions, has yet to be published. Given the importance of
      this document it seems to me that a balanced assessment of the outcome
      of the Congress and the pre-Congress debates must await the
      publication of the final version of the Guidelines. While it has been
      reported that more than two thirds of the guidelines were modified in
      the final draft as a result of the public debate and some 30 new
      guidelines were added, we don't know which ones were modified, how
      much, and most importantly, in what direction. Some things are known.
      For example, Raul noted in the main report that Cubans will soon be
      able to buy and sell their homes and cars.

      If the Guidelines adopted by the Congress are not translated into
      English then I'll translate them and publish them on this blog as soon
      as they become available in Spanish. In the meantime, I'd encourage
      readers who haven't already done so to read the official English
      translations of Raul Castro's opening and closing speeches to the
      Congress and, if you have the time and the interest, the following
      commentaries from Cuba. All are candid, well informed and offer
      valuable insights and reflections. All have been previously published
      in English. Over the next few weeks I'll endeavour to compile,
      translate and post a selection of other such commentaries which have
      not been translated.

      Main report to the Congress
      http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2011/0416central-report-communist-party.htm

      Raul's closing address
      http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2011/0416central-report-communist-party.htm

      Interview with Ricardo Alarcon, President of Cuba's National Assembly
      of People's power
      http://progreso-weekly.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2468:trying-to-reinvent-socialism&catid=36:in-cuba&Itemid=54

      Twenty Years Are Really Something, by Luis Sexto, Cuban journalist
      http://progreso-weekly.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2453:the-sixth-congress&catid=36:in-cuba&Itemid=54

      The Congress's Political Balance, by Jesus Arboleya, Havana University
      http://progreso-weekly.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2452:the-congress-political-balance&catid=36:in-cuba&Itemid=54

      Raul Castro, the First Secretary by Fernando Ravensberg, BBC Mundo
      Havana correspondent
      http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=42552
    • Walter Lippmann
      It s important to keep in mind that Cuba s process of socialist renewal, as described by Marce Cameron, retains completely Cuba s historic opposition to US and
      Message 2 of 2 , May 1, 2011
        It's important to keep in mind that Cuba's
        process of socialist renewal, as described
        by Marce Cameron, retains completely Cuba's
        historic opposition to US and NATO wars of
        conquest and theft of resources targetting
        the countries of the Third World, such as
        Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq, among others.

        Neither Cuba nor any other country which
        strives to build a society based on better
        principals than the greed and violence
        which characterize capitalism can prosper
        as long as Washington and NATO are able to
        attack them with impunity.

        Here are three key paragraphs in Raul's
        report to the PCC congress.

        We live in a convulsive world where natural disasters follow one another like the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Japan while the United States wages wars of conquest in Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken the lives of more than one million civilians.

        Popular movements in Arab nations are uprising against corrupted and oppressive governments allied with the United States and the European Union. The unfortunate conflict in Libya, a nation subjected to a brutal military intervention by NATO, has given that organization a new pretext to go beyond its originally defensive limits and expand worldwide the threats and war actions undertaken to safeguard its geostrategic interests and access to petroleum. Likewise, imperialism and the domestic reactionary forces connive to destabilize other countries while Israel oppresses and massacres the Palestinian people with complete impunity.

        The United States and NATO include in their doctrines the aggressive interventionism against the Third World countries aimed at plundering their resources. They also impose to the United Nations a double standard and use the media consortia in an increasingly coordinated way to conceal or distort the events, as it befits the world power centers, in a hypocritical mockery intended to deceive the public opinion.


        Walter Lippmann
        La Habana, Cuba
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
        ==============================================
        From "Cuba's Socialist Renewal"
        http://cubasocialistrenewal.blogspot.com
        To sign up as a follower or receive email updates click link above

        The dust has settled from the Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist
        Party (PCC) and reactions are circulating in cyberspace from all
        quarters, some better informed than others. It's amusing to note that
        at least one foreign news agency reported that Fidel was present for
        the singing of the national anthem at the close of the Congress. Fidel
        was there, they got that right, though it wasn't the national anthem
        but the communist Internationale that had nearly a thousand delegates,
        overcome with emotion, holding hands and swaying to the melody.

        The best informed and most interesting commentaries on the Congress
        are those of Cuban commentators living on the island who are
        sympathetic to Cuba's socialist project and who, because they don't
        shoulder heavy PCC or state responsibilities, are free to do what
        Cuba's revolutionary journalists have been urged to do by Raul Castro:
        speak their minds and tell it how it is, responsibly of course. In the
        main report to the Congress, Raul called on Cuban journalists to
        "definitely banish the habit of describing the national reality in
        pretentious high-flown language or with excessive formality". In other
        words, more real journalism please and less self-congratulatory
        propaganda.

        Those of us who write about Cuba from outside the country from a
        position of solidarity should also adopt this approach. As the Cuban
        Revolution changes, so do the requirements of solidarity. It's no
        longer enough, for example, to point out that Cuba has free health
        care and education. People want to know why universal rationing and
        subsidies are disappearing, why half a million state-sector workers
        are to be made "available" (the Cuban euphemism) in a first stage of
        rationalisations, whether Cuba is following the Chinese road to
        capitalist restoration.

        The best way to approach such understandable doubts and concerns is to
        acquaint oneself with the internal debate in Cuba, much of which is
        publicly accessible in the internet age, and draw one's own
        conclusions. My own conclusion is that Cuba is on the path of
        socialist renewal. A renewal process that embodies a reconception of
        socialism — or, to be more precise, of the socialist-oriented society
        — that junks both idealistic errors and the discredited Soviet manuals
        on "Marxism-Leninism" in a return to classical Marxism's conception of
        the transition from capitalism to socialism, in the concrete
        conditions of Cuba today. But more on this in another blog post.

        As expected, the Congress adopted the Economic and Social Policy
        Guidelines. The final draft, which was substantially modified on the
        basis of the public debate and further amended by the Congress's five
        working commissions, has yet to be published. Given the importance of
        this document it seems to me that a balanced assessment of the outcome
        of the Congress and the pre-Congress debates must await the
        publication of the final version of the Guidelines. While it has been
        reported that more than two thirds of the guidelines were modified in
        the final draft as a result of the public debate and some 30 new
        guidelines were added, we don't know which ones were modified, how
        much, and most importantly, in what direction. Some things are known.
        For example, Raul noted in the main report that Cubans will soon be
        able to buy and sell their homes and cars.

        If the Guidelines adopted by the Congress are not translated into
        English then I'll translate them and publish them on this blog as soon
        as they become available in Spanish. In the meantime, I'd encourage
        readers who haven't already done so to read the official English
        translations of Raul Castro's opening and closing speeches to the
        Congress and, if you have the time and the interest, the following
        commentaries from Cuba. All are candid, well informed and offer
        valuable insights and reflections. All have been previously published
        in English. Over the next few weeks I'll endeavour to compile,
        translate and post a selection of other such commentaries which have
        not been translated.

        Main report to the Congress
        http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2011/0416central-report-communist-party.htm

        Raul's closing address
        http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2011/0416central-report-communist-party.htm

        Interview with Ricardo Alarcon, President of Cuba's National Assembly
        of People's power
        http://progreso-weekly.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2468:trying-to-reinvent-socialism&catid=36:in-cuba&Itemid=54

        Twenty Years Are Really Something, by Luis Sexto, Cuban journalist
        http://progreso-weekly.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2453:the-sixth-congress&catid=36:in-cuba&Itemid=54

        The Congress's Political Balance, by Jesus Arboleya, Havana University
        http://progreso-weekly.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2452:the-congress-political-balance&catid=36:in-cuba&Itemid=54

        Raul Castro, the First Secretary by Fernando Ravensberg, BBC Mundo
        Havana correspondent
        http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=42552



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        WALTER LIPPMANN
        Havana, Cuba
        Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
        "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
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