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SAUL LANDAU receives cuban Medal of Friendship

August 8, 2013

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Remarks by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada at the Award Ceremony of the Orden de la Amistad de la República de Cuba [Medal of Friendship].

Havana, August 7, 2013

Saul Landau deserves this recognition and much more. He has given our people a sincere, unlimited, authentic friendship all his life. In his early youth he embraced revolutionary ideas and never abandoned them. He always upheld these ideas far from dogmatism, bureaucratic or sectarian distortions. He has been a loyal friend since the long gone times of Ramparts Magazine and Studies on the Left to Progreso Weekly, and his intense participation in the struggle for the liberation of our five compañeros unjustly punished for fighting against terrorism. .

In 2008, Saul received the important Bernardo O’Higgins decoration granted by Chile for his defense of human rights. He also holds the gratitude of the indigenous peoples of Chiapas and Central America, of the Palestinians and the Arabs, of the enslaved in sweat shops, and of the immigrants, the poor, the discriminated and persecuted among the peoples of North America.

His intellectual creation is vast and varied. He has written fourteen books, including one of poems, and his novel Stark in the Bronx will soon see the light. He has published thousands of articles and essays. Of his making are fourteen documentaries on different conflicts and social, historical and political problems that include his report on Fidel in the 1960’s and his most recent one, dedicated to the Five, about anti-Cuban terrorism. His voice has been heard in countless conferences, acts and interviews; always fighting for truth and justice; the speaker for the oppressed, the neglected and the humble.

An admirable work, enlightened by the style of a true artist, a sharp researcher of lucid thinking; independent, but deeply committed to the betterment of human beings. Thanks to him, the world could listen to Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo exclaiming for justice from his solitary confinement in the desert prison where Saul has visited him so many times. Each visit has been transformed into brilliant journalistic works that push forward the battle to liberate the man to whom he is now bound by a close friendship.

Professor Emeritus of California State University in Ponoma and Vice-Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, his works have received awards and distinctions. Among these the Letelier-Moffit for Human Rights, the George Polk for Investigative Reporting, and the Edgar Allan Poe for his Murder at Embassy Row, where he clearly reveals the murder of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffit. He also received an Emmy for his documentary “Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang”; a Golden Apple for “The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas”; the Roxy for “We Don’t Play Golf Here”, and received first prizes in many film festivals for his works on Fidel Castro, Salvador Allende and Subcomandante Marcos.

His links with Cuba go back to his student days. He collaborated with C. Wright Mills in 1960 in the preparation of Listen Yankee, a memorable text that made millions of people aware of the truth about the Cuban Revolution. He stood by his teacher until the end of his days in the midst of the hatred and threats that the Empire and the Batista mafia unleashed against Mills and his work. From those years until “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up” and his frequent trips to Victorville prison to interview Gerardo and rescue him from oblivion, Saul has been a superlative example of solidarity and altruism.

Gore Vidal said of him: “Saul is a man I like to steal ideas from.” Great has been his contribution in the struggle to defeat the media tyranny that spreads ignorance and disinformation everywhere.

But his work was not only from an office, and his risks were not just those of a journalist who reports conflicts. Saul goes far beyond that. He is a real combatant with no other weapons than his talent and his intellectual integrity.

With these weapons he challenged Batista’s terrorists and, half a century later, used them against the butchers of Operation Condor. With these weapons he unmasked the murderers of Orlando Letelier and did not hesitate at the announcement that he would be the next victim.

He’s never lost his joy, his joviality, his youthful spirit. For Saul, the Sixties never ended. The idealism and rebelliousness of that decade live on with him. This, above all, deserves our eternal gratitude. There will be no farewell. We will stay with him and he will live in our hearts hasta la victoria siempre.

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NOTE SENT BY SAUL LANDAU

Yesterday I was informed that ICAP, by Agreement of the Council of State, has granted me the Medalla de la Amistad [Medal of Friendship]. I have no way to express properly my appreciation for the decision to give me such a prestigious medal.

The Medal of Friendship and ICAP represent the virtues of the Cuban Revolution as in 1959, when I began supporting the solidarity movement as President of the Students Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Then, Cuba represented, as it does now, justice and equality as a force for global progress toward peace and the end of oppression. These values deserved universal support in the beginnings of the Revolution, in the same way they deserve it in 2013.

I feel deeply honored and touched by this recognition.

With friendship

Saul

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A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

Asalta Cárdenas el agente Castor*

July 21, 2013

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Por Claudia Díaz Pérez y Ónix Pelayo Madan, estudiantes de Periodismo en la Universidad de Matanzas “Camilo Cienfuegos”

La alegría de los juegos infantiles matiza las tardes en el parque de la ciudad de Cárdenas. Parece un ambiente apacible, diferente al que se vive en estos días de la década del 30 del siglo XX. Varios pequeños, entre ellos un gordito, llamado José Antonio, patina a toda velocidad junto a su hermano Alfredo. Su corta e ingenua edad esconde al joven que un tiempo después enseñará el camino de la libertad con su propia sangre.

El intenso calor del mes de julio de 2013 convida a varios infantes cardenenses a jugar en el parque que vio crecer a ese peculiar niño de mejillas rosadas. La mañana es diferente a las otras. Hace 81 años la ciudad de Cárdenas vio nacer a uno de sus hijos más ilustres Desde el día anterior dos inmensas banderas custodian la casa natal del presidente eterno de la Federación Estudiantil Universitaria (FEU). Una multitud asalta la calle. Todos esperan ansiosos a un héroe que rendirá tributo a otro héroe.

La llegada de un hombre de más 1.80cm de estatura, de nariz pronunciada y ojos verdes provoca el sonido constante de los obturadores de las cámaras. Los niños interrumpen sus juegos para ver de cerca al agente Castor. Todos quieren saludarlo y guardar en una instantánea la experiencia de haber conocido un héroe de carne y hueso. Una niña se le acerca y le pide: “René, yo quiero darte un beso”.

René González Sehwerert, Héroe de la República de Cuba, conocido como Castor en la red clandestina, preso injustamente durante trece años en cárceles de Estados Unidos visita por primera vez la ciudad de José Antonio. Como lo hizo Fidel los primeros días de enero de 1959 se detiene a visitar la casa natal del joven que ofrendó su vida en las acciones del 13 de marzo de 1957.

Hasta la estatua del gordo, como cariñosamente se le llamaba a José Antonio, para depositar una ofrenda floral, llega René, acompañado del Comandante Faure Chomón, miembro del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba, Juan Nuiry, sobreviviente de los sucesos del 13 de marzo, Ricardo Alarcón, ex dirigente de la FEU y estudiantes universitarios.

Como es costumbre de René para hacer uso de la palabra se pone de pie, toma el micrófono en la mano, detiene su mirada en una pintura de José Antonio y como solo los héroes saben emocionarse, con esa carga de sensibilidad humana y ese don de transmitir sentimientos, invita a la reflexión: ¨ ¿Qué hizo qué un joven de 24 años como José Antonio renunciara a ser padre, ser abuelo, un joven de familia acomodada, en plena flor de su juventud? Por todo esto debemos mantener este sistema para que jóvenes como él no tengan que inmolar su vida en busca de la justicia.¨

Como hombre de pueblo René camina por el parque, saluda a la gente, algunos coches y bicitaxis se detienen porque no todos los días un héroe de estos tiempos camina por las calles de Cárdenas. Un beso y un abrazo hay para el obrero, para el combatiente, para el estudiante. Un beso hay del agente Castor* para el pueblo de José Antonio.

*Fernando Morais: “Los últimos soldados de la Guerra Fría”. Editorial Arte y Literatura. La Habana, 2013 p. 115.

fotos en http://cubacinco.blogspot.be/2013/07/asalta-cardenas-el-agente-castor-fotos.html,


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