[Marxism] Fourth National Summit on Cuba, Mobile, Alabama, June 10-11, 2005

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon May 30 20:17:48 MDT 2005

These National Summits on Cuba are important events
at which elected officials, corporate representatives,
scholars, theologians and others interested in warming
relations between Cuba and the United States gather to
discuss and debate how to bring about normalization.
Washington's obstacles to such gatherings are overcome
by inviting Cuban guests to participate via the medium
of the Internet. It's not the best, but it'll have to 
do for now, as the words of the song put it so well,
"until the real thing comes along". Informational
material and the conference agenda are attached.

Readers of the Marxism list might wonder why events
of this kind are important to Cuba and to Marxists. 

In the globalized world in which we live today, and 
all the more so after the fall of the Soviet Union, 
Cuba is obliged to seek trade and diplomatic links 
with as many forces as it can. Putting all of the 
island's economic eggs in one basket is not possible. 
While Cuba's revolutionary government is one of the
very few on the planet who support the movements
against neo-liberal globalization (Venezuela is the
other which comes to mind), Cuba has no option but t
build links and seek business opportunities where it
can, including with business and political leaders
in the United States.

I plan to attend and report on the gathering for the
CubaNews list. Many of the strongest and the most
articulate voices for normalization will attend this
event. If you can also attend, please do so.

Walter Lippmann, CubaNews

Press Release
Source: National Summit on Cuba:
World Policy Institute

Current Cuba Trade and Policy's Impact on American South to
Be Discussed at Fourth Annual National Summit on Cuba

Wednesday April 27, 12:05 pm ET

MOBILE, Ala., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Business leaders and
current and former elected officials from throughout the
South will gather at the Mobile Convention Center on
Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 to attend the 2005
National Summit on Cuba in Mobile, Alabama. Special
presentations will be made on U.S. Cuba policy's economic
impact on the American South.

"We are excited about hosting this year's National Summit
because Cuba is of tremendous and increasing interest to
Alabama and the American South," said Mobile Mayor Michael
Dow, whose office is a co-sponsor of the event. "We cannot
ignore the needs of 12 million Cuban citizens only 90 miles
from our nation's shores and the growing Cuba trade market
that is being captured by other nations."

Speakers include Alabama Secretary of Agriculture Ron
Sparks; Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development Mike
Olivier who just traveled to Cuba with Louisiana Governor
Kathleen Blanco; U.S. Representatives Jo Bonner (R-AL) and
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) among other local and U.S. elected
officials, corporate representatives and others. Additional
cosponsors include the Alabama State Port Authority, the
Gulf Coast Regional Chamber Coalition (which includes the
chambers of commerce from Baton Rouge, New Orleans,
Mississippi, Mobile and Pensacola), the port of Corpus
Christi, AlaCaribe Initiative and Tampa-based A.R. Savage &
Sons shipping, among others. The World Policy Institute at
New School University in New York is the coordinating
cosponsor of all National Summit on Cuba events.

A second day of programming at historic Mobile's historic
Spring Hill College will explore the human dimensions of
U.S. Cuba relations, starting with morning panels on
religion in Cuba and how politics impacts the free exchange
and expression of faith. Afternoon panels will present
experts on the rich history of relations between the U.S.
South and Cuba.

Three previous National Summit on Cuba conferences and a
related conference in 2000 "The Domestic Impact of
Unilateral Food and Medical Sanctions: Case Study Cuba"
have provided an annual forum in different cities for an
intelligent and timely discussion of the current state of
U.S. - Cuba relations. Speakers have included: Tom Donohue,
President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Former Attorney
General John Ashcroft (while Senator from Missouri), the
Bush Administration's Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Dan Fisk, U.S. Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Larry Craig
(R-Idaho) and U.S. Representative JoAnn Emerson (R-MO),
William Delahunt (D-MS) and other ambassadors, generals,
corporations, religious leaders and international leaders
such as Mikhail Gorbachev. A full Mobile agenda,
registration information and information on National Summit
on Cuba events can be found at our website:
http://www.nationalsummitoncuba.org .

For more information call John Loggia at the World Policy
Institute at (212) 229-5953 or email cubaed at newschool.edu.

Source: National Summit on Cuba: World Policy Institute

The National Summit on Cuba 
Mobile, Alabama 
June 10-11, 2005 


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