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To Nadine Gordimer
Homage from the Five to South Africa's Nobel Prize Laureate
July 16, 2014
She fought against the hateful South African Apartheid together with Cubans, siding with the victims when the complicity of the powerful nations of the time favored their assailants. She supported Cuba when the forecasters bet on our defeat and favored the victory of infamy. She joined the line of good people when a sense of shame brought them to fight for the freedom of the Five. She challenged the cruelty of the empire in times of elated revenge. She accompanied us and was always ready to add her name to the increasing list of those who call to end the torment imposed on us and our families by a corrupt legal system.
She was fair. She was humane. She was great. That is why she has the respect and admiration of the Five, our loved ones and the entire Cuban people.
Nadine Gordimer has passed away. She shall live forever with the peace of these who are just. Immortal and tireless.
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
Ramón Labañino Salazar
Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez
Fernando González llort
René González Sehwerert
July 15th, 2014.
Para Nadine Gordimer
Homenaje de los Cinco a la Premio Nobel sudafricana
16 de julio de 2014
Tomado de CubaDebate
Junto a los cubanos luchó contra el odioso Apartheid sudafricano, poniéndose al lado de las víctimas cuando la complicidad de las potencias de la época se inclinaba hacia los victimarios. Supo estar al lado de Cuba cuando los augures apostaban por nuestro abatimiento y las apuestas se inclinaban por el triunfo de la infamia. Se puso en la fila de los buenos cuando la vergüenza los convocó a luchar por la libertad de los Cinco, retando al imperio cruel en tiempos de exultada venganza. Nos acompañó y estuvo siempre presta a poner su nombre en la lista creciente de los que reclaman fin al calvario impuesto a nosotros y a nuestros familiares por un sistema legal viciado por el oprobio.
Fue justa. Fue humana. Fue grande. Por eso fue digna del respeto y la admiración de los Cinco, de nuestros seres queridos y del pueblo cubano.
Nadine Gordimer ha muerto. Que en la paz de los justos viva para siempre. Inmortal e incansable.
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
Ramón Labañino Salazar
Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez
Fernando González Llort
René González Sehwerert
15 de julio de 2014
President Obama may prefer the term “counter-terrorism,” but it is clear from last night’s speech that he is taking the United States into another war.
His long-term plan for bombing Iraq and Syria, for placing U.S. troops on the ground as “trainers,” and for assistance to allied fighters, is opening another tragic chapter in the failed “war on terrorism,” initiated by President Bush and rejected by the voters in 2008.
We deplore the brutality and violence of ISIS, but we do not believe that U.S. air strikes will solve the problem, even if there are short-term military gains. Despite the President’s many references to “a coalition,” in reality the United States will be intervening unilaterally in two civil wars, each of which has multiple factions and complex roots.
Time to learn from experience:
The U.S. invasion of Iraq tore the lid off of a Pandora’s box that has wreaked havoc with the lives of millions of people over the past dozen years. It is that invasion, which gave rise to ISIS and “terrorism,” in places where it had not existed.
U.S. air-strikes –whether in Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan or Afghanistan- have never had the precision that is claimed. Thousands of civilians have been killed, with the result that America’s enemies multiplied.
The “new strategy” the President just unveiled isn’t new. It was tried by President George W. Bush in Afghanistan, where it failed, creating a Washington demand for tens of thousands of U.S. combat troops. These troops have added to the instability of the country, while failing to defeat the Taliban.
We believe there are better choices:
*Make diplomacy and humanitarian assistance the priority
*Seek improved relations with Iran to end the fighting in the region
*Work through United Nations to halt the flow of financing and weapons to ISIS
*Re-start UN-directed negotiations to end the civil war in Syria
*Mobilize to solve the real problems in the region- poverty, hunger, drought, joblessness
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Founding Conference of the
On Unification Of The British Section
The present conference signifies a conclusive delimitation between those who are really in the Fourth International and fighting every day under its revolutionary banner, and those who are merely ”for” the Fourth International, i. e., the dubious elements who have sought to keep one foot in our camp and one foot in the camp of our enemies.
The unification of the British groups (as that of the hitherto divided Greek groups) of the Fourth International on the eve of the world conference coincides with the final departure of such alien elements as Sneevliet and Vereecken. Both these occurrences, each in its own way, are equally symbolic of a great progressive step forward in the reorganization of the revolutionary vanguard on the tested foundations of Bolshevism. They signify at one and the same time the unification of the genuine and sincere adherents of the Fourth International and their organizational separation from pretenders, saboteurs, and hidden enemies.
The British and Greek groups came to the conference with unification programs drawn up with the assistance of the International Secretariat because they had a firm determination to be enrolled under the banner of the Fourth International. Sneevliet and Vereecken, who over too long a period of time utilized their formal membership in the movement of the Fourth International to flout its principles, sabotage its discipline, and give aid and comfort to its enemies, lacked the courage at the last moment even to appear at the International Conference. That is only because they realized that the time had arrived for a showdown. They feared to give an account of their policies and actions before an international tribunal.
The world conference considers the unity agreement entered into between the three previously separated British groups as an adequate basis for the development of the work of the united British organization in the ensuing period. It endorses the unity agreement and recognizes the organization based on it as the only British section of the Fourth International. All Bolshevik-Leninists, all revolutionary workers in Great Britain who desire to be enrolled under the banner of the Fourth International, are invited and urged to join the British section the Revolutionary Socialist League.
The conference notes with great satisfaction that the leaders of a new group of revolutionary workers in Scotland, not previously connected with our international organization the Revolutionary Socialist Party have signed the unification agreement, and the RSP has been represented at the world conference by its own delegate. The approach of this organization to the Fourth International is a matter of great and symptomatic significance. Serious workers who seek the truth and want to fight for socialism cannot and will not find any other way than the way of Bolshevism, nor any other organization than the Fourth International. The world conference extends a hearty welcome to the Revolutionary Socialist Party and expresses the confidence that the recommendation of its leading committee for organizational fusion with the British section of the Fourth International will be adopted in the pending party referendum.
As far as the Lee group is concerned, it is necessary to point out:
(1) This group came into existence some months ago as the result of purely personal grievances which impelled Lee and his friends to an organizational split. There was not then, and there is not now, any justifiable political basis for the separate maintenance of this group.
(2) The leaders of this group resisted all attempts of the delegation of the International Secretariat to include it in the general unification.
(3) The invitation of the IS delegation to this group to be represented and present its point of view at the world conference, either by delegate or letter, was disregarded; all we have is a statement, apparently addressed to the world at large, rejecting in advance any decision of the world conference not in accord with their untenable demands.
Under these circumstances it is necessary to warn the comrades associated with the Lee group that they are being led on a path of unprincipled clique politics which can only land them in the mire. It is possible to maintain and develop a revolutionary political grouping of serious importance only on the basis of great principles. The Fourth International alone embodies and represents these principles. It is possible for a national group to maintain a constant revolutionary course only if it is firmly connected in one organization with co-thinkers throughout the world and maintains a constant political and theoretical collaboration with them. The Fourth International alone is such an organization. All purely national groupings, all those who reject international organization, control, and discipline, are in their essence reactionary.
All adherents of the Fourth International in a single country must be united in a single section of the Fourth International. Those who reject this elementary organizational rule of the Fourth International put themselves in the position of irresponsible splitters and clique fighters.
The members of the Lee group are invited by the world conference to reconsider their decisions, to come into the unified British section and consequently into the Fourth International, and to take their place in the common work, with fair representation in its leading bodies and without reprisals of any kind. The unified British section is assured by the conference of the full support and collaboration of the international organization in its historic revolutionary task.
Contributed by James Nechtman (Landsturm@gnn.com)
President Obama plans to launch a new war on Iraq and Syria, using US air strikes, arms, money, and training, and over 1,500 U.S. ground troops. The U.S. war on Iraq in 2003-2011 caused this crisis.
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Quiero manifestarte mi alegría y el agradecimiento a Tanya en este idioma, que es el que mejor expresa nuestras emociones… Te confieso que todos los años, cuando llega el 4 de Junio y Tanya me da alguna sorpresa, al terminar de escuchar su programa me digo lo mismo: “¡Si no sueltan a Los Cinco antes, a Tanya y su equipo no les será fácil dedicarme un programa mejor que este en el próximo cumpleaños!”
Pero siempre me equivoco, siempre me sorprenden, y cada año la sorpresa es mayor. Me emocioné mucho escuchando el programa de hoy con el concierto dedicado a Fernando en la Universidad de La Habana. Escuchar las palabras de mi hermano, la música, las improvisaciones, las palabras del querido Juan Formell, recientemente desaparecido… ¡Todo! Me parecía que estaba soñando.
Sé que hay muchas manos (¡y muchos corazones!) detrás de una sorpresa así, y además sé que habrá una segunda parte el próximo sábado, por lo que me gustaría hacer llegar mi enorme agradecimiento a Tanya y su equipo de “Canto sin Fronteras”, al colectivo de KPFK, a las compañeras y compañeros que enviaron y seguirán enviando sus mensajes de felicitación, y en general a todos los que han hecho posible este y los demás regalos que a través del éter me entregan en mi misma celda año tras año, y que no dejan de sorprenderme.
Se los agradezco de corazón en nombre de Los Cinco, y les aseguro -es más, me comprometo con Tanya- que algún día seremos nosotros quienes, disfrutando ya de la libertad por la que ustedes tanto han luchado y seguirán luchando, los sorprenderemos por esas mismas ondas radiales con un saludo desde nuestra querida patria. Como solíamos decir en tierras africanas, en aquellos años en los que cubanos y angolanos compartíamos trincheras: “La lucha continua. ¡La victoria es cierta!”.
Un fuerte abrazo a todos,Gerardo
Mayo 31. 8:42pm