[Marxism] World Forum of Intellectuals and Artists in Venezuela Ends

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Dec 8 04:34:37 MST 2004


(It's been a very long time since a world leader spoke 
favorably about Leon Trotsky's ideas. Jose Marti, Cuba's
renowned apostle, similarly had an internationalist view
with his concept "Patria es humanidad", which roughly
translated means "Humanity is our homeland"

("Chavez noted the need to study the original principles 
of socialism as well as its errors.  The President of the 
one of the world's largest exporters of oil referred to 
the importance of early 20th Century Russian revolutionary 
Leon Trotsky's ideas, embodied in "The Permanent Revolution" 
and how it explains that there are no national solutions to 
global problems, referring to the need for a global effort 
to deal with today's challenges.")
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World Forum of Intellectuals and Artists in Venezuela Ends
with Pledge of Permanent Anti-Globalization Office in
Venezuela

Monday, Dec 06, 2004 Print format

http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/print.php?newsno=1437

By: Robin Nieto - Venezuelanalysis.com

Caracas, December 6, 2004--The World Forum of Intellectuals
and Artists in Defense of Humanity closed yesterday with
words from Argentine Nobel peace prize laureate, Adolfo
Perez Esquivel and President Hugo Chavez and a concert that
included Cuban music legend, Pablo Milanes.

President Chavez pledged to provide an office and resources
in Venezuela to initiate a "network of networks" of social
organizations and institutions around the world working to
build alternative models of development in the face in
globalization.

Chavez made the announcement at last night's event, which
took place in downtown Caracas, was free of charge, and
attended by the approximately 350 intellectuals and
artists, Venezuelan government cabinet members, and over
two thousand spectators.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel peace prize winner for his
work in raising the issue of human rights violations in
Latin America, read the final conclusions of the forum,
entitled "The Caracas Declaration." The declaration
outlines the need to build a front of global resistance
against the project of domination that today is imposed by
the current government of the United States of America and
global organizations like the World Trade Organization
(WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"Let's get to work intensely," Chavez said. "Let's put the
ideas concluded at this forum to work, let's make it a
reality."

The office for the network of networks is be started in
2005 in Venezuela that will connect the five continents of
the world, America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania, and
will include the widest possible participation. "Let' s
take this network everywhere we go, in the valleys, the
mountains, the barrios, the workplace, the study halls, the
military barracks and extend this network across the planet
Earth," said Chavez.

Chavez noted the need to study the original principles of
socialism as well as its errors. The President of the one
of the world's largest exporters of oil referred to the
importance of early 20th Century Russian revolutionary Leon
Trotsky's ideas, embodied in "The Permanent Revolution" and
how it explains that there are no national solutions to
global problems, referring to the need for a global effort
to deal with today's challenges.

Chavez warmly greeted the families of "the Cuban Five,"
referring to five Cuban men imprisoned in the United
States, accused of espionage for their role in
participating in anti-terrorism monitoring of extreme
right-wing groups in Miami. The five are currently serving
life sentences in the U.S. and families are touring the
country as part of an international campaign to free their
relatives (www.freethefive.org).

President Chavez also announced the inauguration today of
the Bolivarian Peoples Congress, which coincides with
Chavez's first electoral victory of December 6, 1998, when
he won the presidency of Venezuela. "This was the day that
opened this path, thanks to the consciousness of the
people," Chavez said.








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