Marxist scholars defend Cuba

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Wed May 14 07:26:41 MDT 2003

Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 00:20:58 -0400
From: "michael a. lebowitz" <mlebowit at>
Subject: dreams and nightmares

Dear Friends,

Last week in Havana, foreign participants at the conference 'Karl
Marx and the Challenges of the 21st Century' agreed that we could not
ignore the current situation in which Cuba finds itself due to the 
actions of the United States. We heard from many Cubans (including Fidel 
in a dialogue with us) and then put together a statement of solidarity 
which reflected the various concerns of the participants and which we 
think reflects the concerns of many on the Left. We hope that you will 
read this statement, will agree to support it and will circulate it 
widely. The initial signers are listed below, and additional signatures 
can be sent to marxdreams at

Dreams and Nightmares

Communique of Solidarity by Foreign Participants in the international 
conference ´Karl Marx and the challenges of the 21st century’´

1. Humanity has always dreamt of a better world, one marked by equality, 
solidarity, and the ability of all people to survive and develop their 
human potential. Today we are living through a nightmare, in a new era 
of world domination: that of armed neoliberalism.

2. The series of interventionist wars, from Yugoslavia to Iraq, 
traversing Afghanistan, constitutes what seems to be only the beginning 
of a longer process.

3. But fortunately the recent and immense protest against the war and in 
favor of peace has demonstrated that the people of the world , including 
significant sectors of the North American people, reject this nightmare.

4. This project is led by a group of leaders from the United States who 
don't only look to control the resources of the planet, but also to 
establish a universal juridical, political and moral order under their 
cynical hegemony.

5. These leaders are militarizing the world and are initiating what they 
call cynically “preventive wars”. They do not hesitate to violate 
international rights and to generalize the inhuman practices inaugurated 
at Guantánamo. Further they do not hesitate to reduce the civic 
liberties of their own citizens and to destroy the democratic tradition 
of their own people.

6. They do not hesitate to adopt attitudes and actions with hegemonic 
and racist characteristics.

7. Cuba is at the doorway of the empire and it fears, not without 
reason, that it can be one of the next targets. There are many signs 
that support this fear: the growing media offensive, the accusations of 
terrorism, diverse type of provocations, an increase of the extent of 
the blockade, the financial support of opposition and of subversion, the 
announcement of future attacks on the country by government spokesmen.

8. Today Cuba is trying to realize those dreams of a better world. No 
one knows better than the Cuban people themselves how far they have to 
go yet to realize their dreams. But the political and social 
achievements of the revolution, the result of their socialist project, 
demonstrate that dreams can be realized. Those achievements and hopes 
for a better world are threatened by a power based in inequality, force 
and war.

9. Despite our pain about the recent use of capital punishment in Cuba, 
a pain we know is shared by the Cuban government itself, we understand 
that we must fight against the nightmare that threatens Cuba and all our 
dreams for a better world. We denounce the current process of violence 
on the part of the U.S. government. We oppose turning Cuba into another 
Iraq, and we reaffirm our solidarity with the Cuban people and their 

May 8, 2003

Listado Firmantes Declaración Conferencia Carlos Marx y los Desafíos del 
siglo XXI.

Nombre País

AlarcónC., Sandra(Colombia)
Albritton, Robert (Canadá)
Alcaraz, Vicente (España)
Alnasseri, Sabah (Irak/Alemania)
Alzaga, Luciano (Suecia)
Amezcua, Cuauhtémoc (México)
Amin, Samir (Senegal)
Bienefeld, Manfred (Canadá)
Bond, Patrick (Sud Africa)
Boulavka, Liudmila (Rusia)
Brückner, Gerhard (Alemania/España)
Burkett, Paul (USA)
Campbell, Al (USA)
Chelala, Santiago (Argentina)
Chernomas, Robert (Canada)
Clarke, Simon (UK)
Cole, Ken (Inglaterrra)
Comellas Carrizo, Carmen (España)
Cooney, Paul (USA)
Cordero, Teresa (México)
Cottrell, Allin (USA)
Diaz Díaz, Julio (España)
Edwards, Seán (Irlanda)
Egan, Daniel (USA)
Escobar, Heron (México)
Fainman, Fagie (Canadá)
Fernández G., Javier (México)
Ferrer, Salvador (México)
Foley, Barbara (USA)
Gallardo, Helio (Costa (Rica)
Gil De San Vicente, Iñaki (Euskal Herria)
Guerrero, Diego (España)
Harnecker, Marta (Chile)
Hart-Landsberg, Martin (USA)
Hodson, Diana (Canadá)
Houtard, François (Bélgica)
Jiménez, Lola (España)
Kohan, Néstor (Argentina)
Kotz, David (USA)
Labica, Georges (Francia)
Lebowitz, Michael (Canadá)
Lynch, Colin (Canadá)
Marín, Michelle (UK)
Masondo, David (Sud Africa)
Mavroudeas, Stavros (Grecia)
Mcdonough, Terrence (Irlanda)
Mészáros, Donatella (Inglaterra)
Mészáros, István (Inglaterra)
Miller, Nchamah (Colombia)
Milonakis, Dimitris (Grecia)
Monereo, Manuel (Espana)
Morales, Manuel (Bolivia)
Moseley, Fred (USA)
Natarajan, J. (India)
Nayeri, Kamran (Iran/USA)
Ngwane, Trevor (Sud Africa)
Orellana, María (de (Lourdes (México)
Ortiz, Dante (Rep. (Dominicana)
Rauber, Isabel (Argentina)
Rolein, Strennie (Belgica/Cuba)
Salem, Bassel Ismail (Palestina)
Sánchez R. De Zapata, Matilde (México)
Skalon, Ana de (Argentina)
Spassky, Andrei Rusia/Cuba)
Stanford, Mark (UK)
Stein, Philip (USA)
Suárez, Federico (España)
Torres, José (España)
Vogel, Lise (USA)
Ware, Robert (Canadá)
Yañez, Gonzalo (México)
Yeu, Marian (Canadá)


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