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    FAREWELL TO THE GREAT AMERICAN SAUL LANDAU By Manuel E. Yepe On Monday night, September 9, Saul Landau died in California. He was a great American who fought
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      FAREWELL TO THE GREAT AMERICAN SAUL LANDAU
      By Manuel E. Yepe

      On Monday night, September 9, Saul Landau died in California. He was a great American who fought until his last breath for the honor and dignity of the United States of America. He strove to prevent the hegemony that imperialist development had generated in his American homeland from continuing to isolate his country it from the rest of America and humanity.

      When he traveled to Cuba for the first time in 1960, Saul Landau was already a graduate student in history and was beginning his master's studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was identified at the time as one of the three with the most progressive students in the United States.  There he began his political activism as editor of Studies on the Left of which he had been co-founder.

      In the initial period of the Cuban revolution, he was the brightest among many young American Marxist intellectuals who mobilized to support Cuba against the hostility of their own government and identified with the young Cuban leaders.

      It was during his first and only stay in Cuba that the outstanding American sociologist, C. Wright Mills, interviewed then Prime Minister Fidel Castro in 1960. That was when Landau met Mills, despite the fact that both were active members of the Fair Play for Cuba (FPCC).  Soon Landau became Mills' research assistant and one of the people who most contributed to the radicalization of the great scholar's thinking.

      Landau personally met Fidel Castro in 1968, after he had already made a documentary for U.S. public television entitled "Report from Cuba".  This first personal contact with the head of the Cuban Revolution resulted in the documentary "Fidel", which was also shown on U.S. public television shortly thereafter.

      Along with the photographer and revolutionary activist Lee Lockwood, author in 1965 of a graphic book on Fidel, Saul participated in the founding of the Center for Cuban Studies in New York City. It was designed to provide culture and information on the reality of Cuba, so distorted by corporate media propaganda.

      Four decades after his first meeting with Fidel Castro, Saul Landau had the opportunity to meet again with the Cuban revolutionary leader in September 2009, this time together with other prominent American artists: Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and James Early.  Together with Danny Glover, Saul visited Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Five Cuban anti-terrorist political prisoners in the United States, in the maximum-security prison where he has been serving a cruel and unjust life sentence for fifteen years.

      Saul Landau was a teacher, journalist, political scientist, poet and filmmaker.  He was also, and especially, due to his long history of intense political activism, a true revolutionary.  Saul Landau published 14 books, produced and directed more than 50 documentaries and wrote a remarkable amount of vibrant chronicles, essays and other articles published in print or broadcast on radio or via digital media in the United States, Latin America and Europe, all of which of were included in his blog.

      As an activist, he embraced the civil rights struggle in his country led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and identified with the defense of immigrants’ rights in the United States as well as the independence of Puerto Rico.  He actively participated in popular protests against the war of aggression in Vietnam.

      He passionately defended the Cuban Revolution for more than 50 years, and with equal intensity supported the struggles of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.  He devoted himself entirely to solidarity with the Chilean people in their victory with Salvador Allende and their suffering under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

      He openly condemned military coups against countries whose governments made Washington uncomfortable, and supported the national liberation movements of peoples around the globe.  There has not been in the contemporary world of Landau one injustice that he did not condemn, or an honorable cause that did not receive his intelligent solidarity.

      All the work of Saul Landau is characterized by its profundity and ingenuity; the originality of his approaches surprises even his most loyal followers.  This explains why the formidable historian and American novelist Gore Vidal has admitted that "Saul Landau is a man I love to steal ideas from."  This great American is departed, but his ideas will remain forever with us!

      September 2013.


      http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs3913.html
      A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.
       

       

        
         HASTA SIEMPRE AL GRAN AMERICANO SAÚL LANDAU
      Por Manuel E. Yepe

      En la noche del lunes 9 de septiembre falleció en California Saúl Landau, un gran americano que luchó, hasta su último aliento, por el honor y la dignidad de los Estados Unidos de América y por evitar que el hegemonismo que el desarrollo imperialista había engendrado en su patria norteamericana siguiera aislándola del resto América y de la humanidad.

      Cuando viajó a Cuba por primera vez en 1960, Saúl Landau ya era graduado de historia y comenzaba la maestría en la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison, identificada entonces como una de las tres con estudiantado más progresista en Estados Unidos. Allí proyectaba su activismo político como editor de la publicación Studies on the Left de la cual había sido cofundador.

      En el período inicial de la revolución cubana fue el más brillante entre los muchos jóvenes intelectuales marxistas estadounidenses que se movilizaron para apoyar a Cuba frente a la hostilidad de su propio gobierno e identificarse con los jóvenes dirigentes cubanos.

      Fue durante la primera y única estancia en Cuba del destacado sociólogo estadounidense C. Wright Mills, para entrevistar al entonces primer ministro Fidel Castro en 1960, que Landau conoció a Mills aunque ya ambos eran activos miembros del Comité de Trato Justo para Cuba (Fair Play for Cuba Committee o FPCC). Pronto Landau se convirtió en el asistente de Mills para las investigaciones y una de las personas que más contribuyó a la radicalización del pensamiento de este sabio.

      Landau conoció personalmente a Fidel Castro en 1968, cuando ya había realizado un documental para la televisión pública de Estados Unidos, titulado Report from Cuba.

      Este primer contacto personal con el jefe de la revolución cubana dio lugar al documental "Fidel" que poco después también exhibió la televisión pública de Estados Unidos.

      Junto al fotógrafo y activista revolucionario Lee Lockwood, autor en 1965 de un libro gráfico sobre Fidel, Saúl participó en la fundación de un Centro en Nueva York destinado a ofrecer cultura e información de la realidad de Cuba, tan distorsionada ya por la propaganda de los medios corporativos de información.

      Cuatro décadas después de su primer encuentro con Fidel Castro, Saúl Landau tuvo nuevamente la oportunidad de reunirse con el líder revolucionario cubano en septiembre del 2009, esta vez junto con otros destacados artistas estadounidenses: Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover y James Early.

      Con Danny Glover, Saúl visitó en varias ocasiones a Gerardo Hernández, uno de los cinco antiterroristas cubanos prisioneros políticos en Estados Unidos, en la cárcel de alta seguridad donde cumple desde hace 15 años una cruel e injusta condena perpetua.

      Saúl Landau fue profesor, periodista, politólogo, poeta y cineasta. Era además, y sobre todo, por su larga historia de intenso activismo político, un revolucionario verdadero.

      Saul Landau publicó 14 libros; produjo y dirigió más de 50 filmes documentales y escribió una notable cantidad de vibrantes crónicas, ensayos y otros artículos publicados en medios impresos, radiales y digitales de Estados Unidos, América Latina y Europa, todos incluidos en su blog.

      Como activista abrazó la lucha por los derechos civiles en su país que encabezó Martin Luther King y se identificó con la defensa de los derechos de los inmigrantes en Estados Unidos y los independentistas de Puerto Rico. Participó activamente en la condena popular contra la guerra de agresión en Vietnam.

      Con pasión defendió a la revolución cubana durante más de 50 años y con igual intensidad apoyó la lucha de los sandinistas en Nicaragua y la revolución bolivariana en Venezuela. Se entregó por entero a la solidaridad con el pueblo chileno, victorioso con Salvador Allende y sufrido bajo la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet.

      Condenó abiertamente los golpes militares contra los países con gobiernos incómodos para Washington y apoyó los movimientos de liberación nacional de los pueblos en todo el planeta.

      No ha habido en el mundo contemporáneo de Landau una injusticia que no haya condenado ni una causa honorable que no haya merecido su inteligente solidaridad.

      Toda la obra de Saul Landau se caracteriza por su profundidad y por su ingeniosidad; la originalidad de sus enfoques sorprende hasta a sus más asiduos seguidores. Eso explica que el formidable historiador y novelista estadounidense Gore Vidal haya confesado que "Saul Landau es un hombre de quien me encanta robar ideas (is a man I love to steal ideas from)”.

      Se fue este gran americano, ¡pero quedan sus ideas!

      Septiembre de 2013.
        
      
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           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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    • Walter Lippmann
      From: Henry [ Add to Address Book ] To: cubasolidarityNY@yahoogroups.com Cc: walterlx@earthlink.net Subject: RE: [CubaLosAngeles]
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        Subject: RE: [CubaLosAngeles] Manuel E. Yepe: Farewell to the Great American Saul Landau
        Date: Sep 15, 2013 4:47 PM

        I loved Sal Landau, especially the films he produced about Cuba and mourn his leaving us.

         

        His politics were very problematic in at least one sense. At a screening for his last movie “will the real terrorist stand up” I raised the question of why any person for justice or for Cuba would support Obama or Clinton. He laughed it off. He projected the lesser evil argument. Even when I confronted him with the fact that Obama was raising money in Florida in the home of a famous and rich Cuban American Gloria Estevan, daughter of a Batista high up, and a personal private and public supporter of the notorious terrorist of Cuba and Venezuela living in Assylum in Florida known as Luis Posada Carriles.

        This Landau persisted in his comfortable position as an Obama supporter, and voiced that it was ridiculous not to support Obama even with his promotion and fundraising from the anti Cuban terrorist networks.

         

        Life is not black and white, my condolences to his daughter Rachel and the rest of his family, may we all learn and advance til more justice is won!

         

        Dr Hank

         

        From: CubaLosAngeles@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CubaLosAngeles@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Walter Lippmann
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        FAREWELL TO THE GREAT AMERICAN SAUL LANDAU
        By Manuel E. Yepe

        On Monday night, September 9, Saul Landau died in California. He was a great American who fought until his last breath for the honor and dignity of the United States of America. He strove to prevent the hegemony that imperialist development had generated in his American homeland from continuing to isolate his country it from the rest of America and humanity.

        When he traveled to Cuba for the first time in 1960, Saul Landau was already a graduate student in history and was beginning his master's studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was identified at the time as one of the three with the most progressive students in the United States.  There he began his political activism as editor of Studies on the Left of which he had been co-founder.

        In the initial period of the Cuban revolution, he was the brightest among many young American Marxist intellectuals who mobilized to support Cuba against the hostility of their own government and identified with the young Cuban leaders.

        It was during his first and only stay in Cuba that the outstanding American sociologist, C. Wright Mills, interviewed then Prime Minister Fidel Castro in 1960. That was when Landau met Mills, despite the fact that both were active members of the Fair Play for Cuba (FPCC).  Soon Landau became Mills' research assistant and one of the people who most contributed to the radicalization of the great scholar's thinking.

        Landau personally met Fidel Castro in 1968, after he had already made a documentary for U.S. public television entitled "Report from Cuba".  This first personal contact with the head of the Cuban Revolution resulted in the documentary "Fidel", which was also shown on U.S. public television shortly thereafter.

        Along with the photographer and revolutionary activist Lee Lockwood, author in 1965 of a graphic book on Fidel, Saul participated in the founding of the Center for Cuban Studies in New York City. It was designed to provide culture and information on the reality of Cuba, so distorted by corporate media propaganda.

        Four decades after his first meeting with Fidel Castro, Saul Landau had the opportunity to meet again with the Cuban revolutionary leader in September 2009, this time together with other prominent American artists: Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and James Early.  Together with Danny Glover, Saul visited Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Five Cuban anti-terrorist political prisoners in the United States, in the maximum-security prison where he has been serving a cruel and unjust life sentence for fifteen years.

        Saul Landau was a teacher, journalist, political scientist, poet and filmmaker.  He was also, and especially, due to his long history of intense political activism, a true revolutionary.  Saul Landau published 14 books, produced and directed more than 50 documentaries and wrote a remarkable amount of vibrant chronicles, essays and other articles published in print or broadcast on radio or via digital media in the United States, Latin America and Europe, all of which of were included in his blog.

        As an activist, he embraced the civil rights struggle in his country led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and identified with the defense of immigrants’ rights in the United States as well as the independence of Puerto Rico.  He actively participated in popular protests against the war of aggression in Vietnam.

        He passionately defended the Cuban Revolution for more than 50 years, and with equal intensity supported the struggles of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.  He devoted himself entirely to solidarity with the Chilean people in their victory with Salvador Allende and their suffering under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

        He openly condemned military coups against countries whose governments made Washington uncomfortable, and supported the national liberation movements of peoples around the globe.  There has not been in the contemporary world of Landau one injustice that he did not condemn, or an honorable cause that did not receive his intelligent solidarity.

        All the work of Saul Landau is characterized by its profundity and ingenuity; the originality of his approaches surprises even his most loyal followers.  This explains why the formidable historian and American novelist Gore Vidal has admitted that "Saul Landau is a man I love to steal ideas from."  This great American is departed, but his ideas will remain forever with us!

        September 2013.


        http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs3913.html
        A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.
         

         

         

         

         

         

        HASTA SIEMPRE AL GRAN AMERICANO SAÚL LANDAU
        Por Manuel E. Yepe

        En la noche del lunes 9 de septiembre falleció en California Saúl Landau, un gran americano que luchó, hasta su último aliento, por el honor y la dignidad de los Estados Unidos de América y por evitar que el hegemonismo que el desarrollo imperialista había engendrado en su patria norteamericana siguiera aislándola del resto América y de la humanidad.

        Cuando viajó a Cuba por primera vez en 1960, Saúl Landau ya era graduado de historia y comenzaba la maestría en la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison, identificada entonces como una de las tres con estudiantado más progresista en Estados Unidos. Allí proyectaba su activismo político como editor de la publicación Studies on the Left de la cual había sido cofundador.

        En el período inicial de la revolución cubana fue el más brillante entre los muchos jóvenes intelectuales marxistas estadounidenses que se movilizaron para apoyar a Cuba frente a la hostilidad de su propio gobierno e identificarse con los jóvenes dirigentes cubanos.

        Fue durante la primera y única estancia en Cuba del destacado sociólogo estadounidense C. Wright Mills, para entrevistar al entonces primer ministro Fidel Castro en 1960, que Landau conoció a Mills aunque ya ambos eran activos miembros del Comité de Trato Justo para Cuba (Fair Play for Cuba Committee o FPCC). Pronto Landau se convirtió en el asistente de Mills para las investigaciones y una de las personas que más contribuyó a la radicalización del pensamiento de este sabio.

        Landau conoció personalmente a Fidel Castro en 1968, cuando ya había realizado un documental para la televisión pública de Estados Unidos, titulado Report from Cuba.

        Este primer contacto personal con el jefe de la revolución cubana dio lugar al documental "Fidel" que poco después también exhibió la televisión pública de Estados Unidos.

        Junto al fotógrafo y activista revolucionario Lee Lockwood, autor en 1965 de un libro gráfico sobre Fidel, Saúl participó en la fundación de un Centro en Nueva York destinado a ofrecer cultura e información de la realidad de Cuba, tan distorsionada ya por la propaganda de los medios corporativos de información.

        Cuatro décadas después de su primer encuentro con Fidel Castro, Saúl Landau tuvo nuevamente la oportunidad de reunirse con el líder revolucionario cubano en septiembre del 2009, esta vez junto con otros destacados artistas estadounidenses: Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover y James Early.

        Con Danny Glover, Saúl visitó en varias ocasiones a Gerardo Hernández, uno de los cinco antiterroristas cubanos prisioneros políticos en Estados Unidos, en la cárcel de alta seguridad donde cumple desde hace 15 años una cruel e injusta condena perpetua.

        Saúl Landau fue profesor, periodista, politólogo, poeta y cineasta. Era además, y sobre todo, por su larga historia de intenso activismo político, un revolucionario verdadero.

        Saul Landau publicó 14 libros; produjo y dirigió más de 50 filmes documentales y escribió una notable cantidad de vibrantes crónicas, ensayos y otros artículos publicados en medios impresos, radiales y digitales de Estados Unidos, América Latina y Europa, todos incluidos en su blog.

        Como activista abrazó la lucha por los derechos civiles en su país que encabezó Martin Luther King y se identificó con la defensa de los derechos de los inmigrantes en Estados Unidos y los independentistas de Puerto Rico. Participó activamente en la condena popular contra la guerra de agresión en Vietnam.

        Con pasión defendió a la revolución cubana durante más de 50 años y con igual intensidad apoyó la lucha de los sandinistas en Nicaragua y la revolución bolivariana en Venezuela. Se entregó por entero a la solidaridad con el pueblo chileno, victorioso con Salvador Allende y sufrido bajo la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet.

        Condenó abiertamente los golpes militares contra los países con gobiernos incómodos para Washington y apoyó los movimientos de liberación nacional de los pueblos en todo el planeta.

        No ha habido en el mundo contemporáneo de Landau una injusticia que no haya condenado ni una causa honorable que no haya merecido su inteligente solidaridad.

        Toda la obra de Saul Landau se caracteriza por su profundidad y por su ingeniosidad; la originalidad de sus enfoques sorprende hasta a sus más asiduos seguidores. Eso explica que el formidable historiador y novelista estadounidense Gore Vidal haya confesado que "Saul Landau es un hombre de quien me encanta robar ideas (is a man I love to steal ideas from)”.

        Se fue este gran americano, ¡pero quedan sus ideas!

        Septiembre de 2013.

        
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             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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