WITH CUBA, IN THE FACE OF THE NEW CAMPAIGN OF INFAMY AND LIES

Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America-OSPAAAL

 “Friends make the world strong and beautiful.”

 “Cuba: to whoever loves it with me, I cry out: brother.”

José Martí
On the 115th anniversary of his fall in combat

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(NOTE: THE PRESENT BULLETIN HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR TECHNICAL REASONS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCES AND APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN DISSEMINATING IT AND YOUR SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORT TO THE CAMPAIGN IN FAVOR OF CUBA.)

STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL OF HAVANA
We, the poets that organized the International Poetry Festival of Havana, can not stay silent after learning about the declaration of the so called “Platform of Spanish nationals for the Democratization of Cuba”.
Cuba has built its own legitimate democracy backed up by the vast majority of its people.
Together with well known  spokespersons of the anti-Cuban campaign, honest people, perhaps without the necessary information and knowledge, influenced by the “fierce and painful” mass media campaign against Cuba, are accusing us, and by doing so, assume a posture that attempts to harm the sovereignty of our country, and provides support to the eternal enemies of the island, that have not ceased, for the past 200 years, cuddling  their annexational and colonial dream.
They pretend to keep Cuba tied to the stand of the accused.
The words democracy, liberty and human rights have been sequestered. They are using empty arguments with the purpose of imposing, into the first headlines, the vision of our country that is wanted to be sold.
Cuba is not only a name under the pointing accusing finger. Cuba is a culture, an ethics, a history, a powerful identity, a mystique born from poetry and imagination.
This Spain where a few pretend to attack us, is not the Spain that we have always loved and admired: the Spain of Juan Ramon Jimenez, of Antonio Machado and Leon Felipe; the Spain of Federico Garcia Lorca, Rafael Alberti and Miguel Hernandez; of Maria Teresa Leon and Maria Zambrano; of Pablo Casals and Pablo Picasso; the Spain of contemporary intellectuals and artists always fraternal; of an inexhaustible number of friends who accompany us on a day to day basis with their solidarity.
The Spain that left us the heritage of a powerful culture cannot judge or condemn us for defending our own notion of culture, beauty and justice.
Presidency of the Festival
Aitana Alberti; Miguel Barnet; Víctor Casaus; Pablo Armando Fernández; Eusebio Leal;  Waldo Leyva; César López; Virgilio López Lemus; Omar Felipe Mauri; Edel Morales; Nancy Morejón; Carilda Oliver Labra; Alex Pausides; Juan Ramón de la Portilla

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Statement of the Organizing Committee of the Feast of Iberian American Culture in Cuba
Friday, May 14, 2010 – 21:09
The organizers of the Feast of the Spanish American Culture in Cuba, gathered in the House of Spanish America of the city of Holguín, reject the new stratagem of the mass media campaign against our fatherland, now entitled “Platform of Spanish Nationals for the Democratization of Cuba”, which pretends to revive the image of an isolated country with a totalitarian regime, only a few days prior to the celebration of the upcoming European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit.
Rejection to a Mass Media Wave
During the last 17 years we have received more than 1,500 delegates from all Spanish America, who even traveled as members of cultural brigades in solidarity after the scourge of the devastating Ike hurricane; they visited and performed in our neighborhoods and communities such as Banes, Gibara and Antilla and saw with their own eyes what we consider a democratic and open country, a State that does not leave its citizens unprotected and defends its cultural—and therefore political—independence as its best shield in the new century.
Our brothers and sisters from Spain do not arrive from Madrid in comfortable first class seats obtained from obscure sponsorships, nor does anyone pay for their travel expenses or reward articles or frenzied statements against the Island. As true artists and promoters, they bring the spirit of Spain from the most diverse autonomic capitals of that country, to show that in Galicia and Catalonia, in Andalusia and Asturias, in Castile La Mancha and Cantabria, in the Canary Islands and the Basque Country, throughout the entire Iberian peninsula we have mutual bridges of brotherhood, because they are loyal friends and intellectuals who acknowledge the words of Eduardo Galeano: “The maps of the soul have no borderlines”.
They are an essential part of those who will arrive next October to celebrate in Bariay with all respect the meeting more than 517 years ago of cultures from the Old and New Worlds; and they do it from a position of solidarity and anti-colonialism. The seventeenth international edition of the Feast of Spanish American Culture and the Sixth Spanish American Congress of Ideas, dedicated to the bicentenary of the independence of our America, will renew the dialogue between our regional cultures as opposed to the hegemonic discourse of the imperial metropolis, in the same way that the festival “The Spanish Trace” in Havana has been defended at all costs and the centennials of Rafael Alberti, Luis Cernuda, Antonio Machado, Manuel Altolaguirre and María Teresa León have been recalled with commemorative activities.
The monuments in Holguín to Don Quixote and to the meeting of the two cultures, and in the center of Havana to the great poet and revolutionary García Lorca, assassinated by the Fascists; the International Book Fair traveling throughout Cuba, which celebrated Miguel Hernández’ birth centennial with readings of his poems and biography; the traces left in eastern Cuba by Antonio Gades, coherent and incorruptible until his very last day, show our defense of the best of Spanish culture in favor of the emancipation of mankind.
Our Handicraft Fair on Spanish Art, the Audiovisuals Show of all Spanish America; the visual arts exhibitions coming from Valencia or Madrid; the Spanish Cultural Center, where Spanish nationals and their offspring from six Spanish communities established in Havana are evidence that we are not lying and reject any other spirit that intends to destruct what we so lovingly have built.
Those who wish to confirm with their own eyes our permanent exchange of culture and solidarity exchange will find open doors at the Feast of Spanish American Culture. But those who, in Madrid or Miami, persist in attacking our right to exist as an independent country, will find our black and white hands building a huge wall beyond the horizon, at the place where the first Europeans to arrive in our continent said they had found the most beautiful land that human eyes ever saw.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE FEAST OF SPANISH AMERICAN CULTURE
Tatiana Zúñiga Góngora, cultural promoter and editor
Alexis Triana Hernández, promoter and journalist
Jorge Hidalgo Pimentel, artist and journalist
Julio Méndez Rivero, artist and cultural promoter
Lourdes González Herrero, writer and editor
Esneider Gutiérrez Reyes, socio-cultural researcher
Ernesto Angulo Mesa, cultural promoter
Maribexy Calcerrada Gutiérrez, psychologist and researcher
Nelson Osorio Duranel, university professor
Ronel González, poet and socio-cultural researcher
Yailén Campaña Cisneros, philologist and promoter
Alanys Toranzo Matos, promoter
Ketsia Verdecia Palmero, promoter
Maiyel J. Gasel Guillén, promoter
Alexander Pérez Diaz, promoter
Hiram Pérez Concepción, historian
José Abreu Cardet, historian and researcher
Luis Caissés Sánchez, poet
Maricel Godoy, dancer and choreographer
Martín Arranz, actor and lyrical promoter
Lauro Echevarria, artist and sculptor
Georgelina Miranda, promoter and historian
Humberto González, university professor and film critic
Alfredo Aguilera Torres, teacher and school director
Luís Cruz Sierra, teacher of art trainers
Fabio Ochoa Olivera, university professor and journalist
Daniel Alejandro Benítez, journalist
Isabel García Granados, university professor and journalist

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The Disarmed Infamy
A large, blurred lens is the media machinery set up against the Island by the European Union and the United States, that Spanish intellectuals— signatories in their opinion of a platform to “democratize our country— now attempt to reinstall
By Kaloian Santos Cabrera  
A new fraud is being signed by a group of Spanish intellectuals who publicized a “manifesto” to “democratize” our country.
In the midst of the complicated situation, Alfredo Guevara, president of the International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, has sent a letter to “the sisters and brothers of the New Latin American Cinema, and filmmakers and film fans from all over the world”.
The renowned Cuban intellectual, starting engine of the Havana meeting that this year arrives to its thirty-second edition as example of “integration of all arts and regions of Latin Americans and US Latins”, draws attention to the siege implemented “by a guided media campaign as part of that psychological war that pretends to isolate and force to surrender those who have conquered independence and practice sovereignty. That profound contradiction that imposes the monopolist use of communications as calculated and timely intensive disinformation compels us to face it well-informed. It is essential to restore truths, criteria and nuances always hidden by that Fascist-like, neocolonial avalanche of calumnies, lies, forgeries and labels”.
The lucid Guevara touches a key point also glimpsed at in the statement of the young Cuban artists, made by the leadership of the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS).
“The immediate purposes of this media show—reads the AHS document—become explicit in the statements of the few signatories who attended the meeting, in which they insistently refer to the Sixth European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit to be held next week in Madrid: ‘We cannot allow this summit to be used to soften the relations with the Castro brothers’”.
The Organizing Committee of the Feast of Spanish American Culture, which for the last 16 years has been convoking the Spanish cultures to meet in Holguín every month of October, likewise declares the following in response to this infamous crusade:
“Our brothers and sisters from Spain—who will join us in the upcoming Feast—do not arrive from Madrid in comfortable first class seats obtained from obscure sponsorships, nor does anyone pay for their travel expenses or reward articles or frenzied statements against the Island. As true artists and promoters, they bring the spirit of Spain from the most diverse autonomic capitals of that country, to show that in Galicia and Catalonia, in Andalusia and Asturias, in Castile La Mancha and Cantabria, in the Canary Islands and the Basque Country, throughout the entire Iberian peninsula we have mutual bridges of brotherhood, because they are loyal friends and intellectuals who acknowledge the words of Eduardo Galeano: ‘The maps of the soul have no borderlines’.”
“They are an essential part of those who will arrive next October to celebrate in Bariay with all respect the meeting more than 517 years ago of cultures from the Old and New Worlds; and they do it from a position of solidarity and anti-colonialism.”
“The seventeenth international edition of the Feast of Spanish American Culture and the Sixth Spanish American Congress of Ideas, dedicated to the bicentenary of the independence of our America, will renew the dialogue between our regional cultures as opposed to the hegemonic discourse of the imperial metropolis, in the same way that the festival “The Spanish Trace” in Havana has been defended at all costs and the centennials of Rafael Alberti, Luis Cernuda, Antonio Machado, Manuel Altolaguirre and María Teresa León have been recalled with commemorative activities.”
Also poets like the National Prizes in Literature Nancy Morejón, Carilda Oliver Labra, Miguel Barnet and Pablo Armando Fernández, organizers of the International Poetry Festival of Havana, together with other prestigious intellectuals like Aitana Alberti, Eusebio Leal and Víctor Casaus, among others, have not remained silent in the face of the manifesto of the so-called Platform of Spanish Nationals for the Democratization of Cuba.
In their declaration they state that “together with well known spokespersons of the anti-Cuban campaign, honest people, perhaps without the necessary information and knowledge, influenced by the “fierce and painful” mass media campaign against Cuba, are accusing us, and by doing so, assume a posture that attempts to harm the sovereignty of our country, and provides support to the eternal enemies of the island, that have not ceased, for the past 200 years, cuddling their annexational and colonial dream.
And conclude explaining that “Cuba is a culture, an ethics, a history, a powerful identity, a mystique born from poetry and imagination”.
“This Spain where a few pretend to attack us is not the Spain we have always loved and admired: the Spain of Juan Ramón Jiménez, Antonio Machado and León Felipe; of Federico García Lorca, Rafael Alberti and Miguel Hernández; of María Teresa León and María Zambrano; of Pablo Casals and Pablo Picasso; the Spain of contemporary intellectuals and artists always fraternal; of an inexhaustible number of friends who accompany us on a day to day basis with their solidarity.
“The Spain that left us the heritage of a powerful culture cannot judge or condemn us for defending our own notion of culture, beauty and justice.”
In turn, the friendship and solidarity associations of Spanish-origin nationals in our country also “reject energetically the vile media campaign against our people”. The assertion is contained in an open letter which also states that “Cuba does not pretend to impose or export its concept of democracy, and consequently, does not accept the imposition of other people’s concepts”.
With that purpose they argue:
“No one can ignore that governments throughout the planet with ideologies akin or different from ours vote every year and in a growing number against the continuation of that absurd and inefficient policy (the blockade). An example of this is the most recent voting in the UN General Assembly, in which 183 governments pronounced themselves in favor of the Cuban proposal against that measure.”
“The Cuban people endure all kinds of restrictions and shortages on account of this. Nevertheless, Cuba shares its few resources with other brotherly peoples through the cooperation of its medical and personnel as well as other specialists in different fields. A recent example is the solidarity evidenced after the devastating earthquake that scourged the neighboring Haiti, a support that was being granted before that event and continues up to the present.”
“In our country there are no tortured or missing persons, and in spite of the fierce, genocidal blockade, our people have received all possible welfare while developing, among many others, the world-known achievements in education and health.”
And indeed, the Spanish signatories, distant from our reality, adopt a “critical judgment” in a brief calling. Paragraphs containing common, permanent phrases: “fierce dictatorship”, “human rights”, “freedom…” But as usual, never a single line to speak of the greatness of this blockaded country.
Already last March, the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano had warned in Mexico: “A huge magnifying glass is being used against Cuba that praises everything that occurs there whenever it suits the enemy’s interests, drawing attention to what is happening in the Revolution, while the magnifying glass ceases to pay attention and fails to see other important things that the media do not care to inform”.
A large, blurred lens that blinds those who hold it is the media machinery set up against the Island by the European Union and the United States, which now, almost rusty from lies, is to be reinstalled by Spanish intellectuals.
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Los artistas cubanos hacen un llamado a los intelectuales y artistas del mundo para rechazar las nuevas maniobras anticubanas. En el mismo sentido, la OSPAAAL y otras instituciones cubanas se encuentran recogiendo firmas de otras personalidades, representantes de movimientos sociales y políticos y personas de buena voluntad para el apoyo a Cuba y el rechazo a estas nuevas maniobras: Si usted está de acuerdo, por favor envíe su firma a las siguientes direcciones:
ENVÍE SU FIRMA EN SOLIDARIDAD A:
edhcuba@cubarte.cult.cu
http://www.porcuba.org/

 CUBA NO ESTÁ SOLA,TODAS Y TODOS SOMOS CUBANAS-OS

Cuban Artists Urge Intellectuals around the World to Reject New Anti-Cuba Maneuvers. In the same way, OSPAAAL and other Cuban institutions are collecting firms from political and social movements’ representatives, other personalities and people of good will to support Cuba and to reject this new Anti-Cuba Maneuvers. If you are agreeing, please send your firm to:
SEND YOU SIGNATURE IN SOLIDARITY TO:
edhcuba@cubarte.cult.cu
http://www.porcuba.org/

 CUBA IS NOT ALONE,WE ARE ALL CUBANS

One Response to “WITH CUBA, IN THE FACE OF THE NEW CAMPAIGN OF INFAMY AND LIES”

  1. Mariano Thacker Says:

    If I had a quarter for every time I came to realcuba.wordpress.com… Incredible read.

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