World Campaign Demanding the Liberation of the Cuban Five

July 22, 2008

Dear friend:

Next September 12th, it will be 10 years of the unjust and illegal imprisonment of the Five Cuban Heroes considered fighters against terrorism. They had neither weapons nor explosive. They didn’t mean a threat against national integrity of the North American territory, like they are accused of. The five didn’t involve themselves in any act of classified information. Their actions didn’t interfere North American national security. What our patriots were really looking for was information about plans and actions from terrorist groups supported by U.S.A government that tried to destroy the Cuban Revolution and our main leader, Fidel Castro.

Fighting for their return has been very long as well as the efforts carried out by the Solidarity Movement with Cuba through different actions. Today, we are completely sure that only with your support as well as the international public opinion, the Five will return to their homeland some day. When it happens, we have really won the battle. Practically, it has been demonstrated that their return is not possible following legal procedures. Judicial system that involves the case is designed to lengthen the process for an indefinite time. Appeal process began in 2001. So far, we haven’t had any concrete result.

Next September, a world campaign demanding their liberation will take place. We call on all of you to be part of it as well as taking part in actions that will be carried out. It is important to continue working to incorporate outstanding personalities from all sectors to work in favour of this cause as well as to increase pressure of the solidarity forces from Asia-Pacific region on the North American government, claiming their liberation and making possible that people from U.S.A know the truth about the case and dispose themselves to fight for their freedom. It’s there, in the United States, where we should really influence on.

It is necessary to work with law sector of your countries as well as to approach the case in bulletins, radio programs and web sites of the associations and groups of friendship. In every activity of solidarity with Cuba that you carry out, you can include the topic and try to approve supporting resolutions.

We inform you about the web site www.antiterroristas.cu .You will be able to have updated information on the case through this site.

We request you to send us reports of all actions that you undertake. Therefore, we reiterate our email address, which is: dasia@icap.cu

Any other initiative that you promote will be welcomed.

We thank in advance your unconditional support and solidarity shown during years to the just cause of the Cuban people and for the return of Five brave men whose only crime was saving human lives.

Fraternally yours,

Asia-Pacific Division

Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples. ICAP

Solidarity with the Cuban People as they further advance the Gains of the Cuban Revolution

Solidarity with the Cuban People as they further advance the

Gains of the Cuban Revolution

On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Moncada Assault, we the participants at the Forum and Film Showing organized by the Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association or AMISTAD at the University of the Philippines – Manila extend our heartfelt solidarity with the Cuban People as they further advance the Gains of the Cuban Revolution.

We pay tribute to the brave young Cubans, led by Fidel Castro Ruz, who staged the daring assault on the Moncada fortress on July 26, 1953 that sparked the Cuban revolution. Likewise we pay our deep respects to the martyrs of the Moncada Assault led by Abel Santamaria.

We are greatly inspired by the courage and determination of these young Cubans to free themselves from the US-puppet regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. In less than six (6) years after the Moncada assault, the Cuban people proudly celebrated the Victory of the Cuban Revolution.

Immediately after the victory of the Cuban Revolution, the United States declared the economic blockade against Cuba and used all its influence at the international level to rally nations and pro-imperialist agencies in intensifying its blockade against Cuba. Furthermore, the US has relentlessly pursued the US Plan for Cuba

Terrorist attacks were launched against Cuba and assassination plots against Fidel Castro. The five (5) Cuban patriots who were gathering information on US-based exile groups planning terrorist acts against Cuba were arrested on Sept. 12, 1998 and are still languishing in the US jails. Last month a panel of three judges of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia upheld the convictions of Gerardo Hernandez to two life sentences plus 15 years and Rene Gonzalez to 15 years. The cases of the three – Ramon Labañino (life sentence plus 18 years), Fernando Gonzalez (19 years) and Antonio Guerrero (life plus 10 years) were sent back to the same Miami court and Judge of their original trial which was biased and plagued with irregularities.

On the other hand international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles who was one of those who planned the acts of terrorism against Cuba and other Latin American countries was freed by Bush from US prison.

We, who are here today, commit to further expose and denounce the anti-Cuba acts of the US and its allies against Cuba while expanding and strengthening our friendship and solidarity with the Cuban people. We further commit to organize various activities in cooperation with the Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association or AMISTAD and getting more people to join it.

No to the US blockade against Cuba! No to the Bush Plan against Cuba!

Free the Cuban 5 NOW!

Long live the solidarity between the peoples of the Philippines and Cuba!

Down with US imperialism!

July 23, 2008, University of the Philippines – Manila

Chávez’ Message

HE returned from his trip to Europe on Friday. He was away for only four days. Flying west, he arrived at Caracas at 11 at night, sunrise in Madrid, the point of departure. The call from Venezuela came in early on Saturday. I was told he wanted to speak to me over the phone that day. I replied that I could speak to him at 1:45 in the afternoon.

I had enough time to jot down 25 points, of the sort one can discuss over an international phone line, knowing the enemy is listening in, some of which had been tackled by the Venezuelan president himself before the press.

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Our battle today is the same as that initiated on the 26th of July

Speech given by General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the central event commemorating the 55th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, at the 26th of July Ciudad Escolar, Santiago de Cuba, July 26, 2008. “Year 50 of the Revolution.”

Men and women of Santiago;

Compatriots:

FIFTY-FIVE years is a short period of time in the life of a nation, but sufficient to confirm that the 26th of July marked the beginning of a new era in Cuban history.

In his key speech at the commemorative event for the 20th anniversary, likewise in Santiago de Cuba, Fidel recalled these memorable lines of poetry by the outstanding communist leader and notable intellectual, Rubén Martínez Villena:

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Machiavelli’s Strategy

RAUL was right to maintain a dignified silence over statements published last Monday, July 21, by Izvestia on the possible installation of bases for strategic Russian fighter planes in our country. The news was based on certain hypotheses elaborated in Russia associated with the Yankees’ obstinacy in setting up radars and launching pads for their nuclear shield close to the borders of that great power.

Yesterday, July 22, General Norton Schwartz, nominated to be the new U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, told the Senate that if Russia did so, it would be crossing a red line, something inadmissible for the security of the United States.

If you say yes, I’ll kill you. If you say no, it’s the same thing, I’ll kill you anyway. It is Machavelli’s strategy, applied to Cuba by the empire. No need to give explanations or to apologize.

In these times of genocide, nerves of steel are needed, and Cuba has them. The imperialists know it. On Saturday July 26, it will be 55 years of struggle without rest. There can be no better tribute to those who fell in action, those who perished afterward without ever abandoning their principles and those who keep on fighting. They are symbols of a whole generation that fought. It is very just that our people rejoice in their memory.

Fidel Castro Ruz

July 23, 2008

12:17 p.m.

Sincerity and the Value of Being Humble

• ANY autobiographically-tinted writing forces me to clear up any doubts about decisions I made more than half a century ago. I am talking about subtle details, since the essential points are never forgotten. This is true for what I did in 1948, sixty years ago.
I remember it as if it were yesterday when I decided to join the expedition to liberate the Dominican people from the Trujillo dictatorship. Also, each of the most transcendental events of that period remained in my mind; several dozens of episodes, unforgettable for me and which from time to time I have been bringing up. Many of them are around in written form.
When I decided to travel to Colombia with the idea of promoting the creation of the Federation of Latin American Students, I could not say today, with all certainty, that among the aims there was also the concrete idea of impeding the founding of the Organization of American States, OAS, being promoted by the United States; this is a precocious vision which I am not sure I had yet reached.
The exceptional historian and master of detail, Arturo Alape, who interviewed me 33 years after the events, reproduces some of my answers where I affirm that this was part of my intent in my trip to Colombia in 1948.

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The Two Koreas (Part I and II)

THE Korean nation, with its unique culture that differentiates it from its Chinese and Japanese neighbors, has existed for three thousand years. These characteristics are typical of societies in that Asian region, including those of China, Vietnam and others. There is nothing like it in Western cultures, some of which are less than 250 years old.
In the war of 1894, the Japanese had seized from China its control over the Korean dynasty and turned its territory into a Japanese colony. Protestantism was introduced into this country in the year 1892, following an agreement between the United States and the Korean authorities. On the other hand, Catholicism was introduced in the same century by missionaries. It is estimated that today in South Korea, around 25 percent of the population is Christian and a similar percentage is Buddhist. The philosophy of Confucius had a great influence on the spirit of Koreans, who are not characterized by fanatical religious practices.

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