[Marxism] A guest post on "Cuba, Eritra: setting the record straight"
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Thu Nov 12 09:38:07 MST 2009
by Johnny Sanchez
I recently came across an article written by Sam Farber entitled
“Contradictions of Cuba’s foreign policy” that appears in the ISO
newspaper. I found this article fascinating because it went on to
claim how self-interested Castro is and, because of such, Cuba
therefore has no real relationship to true revolution.
Farber declares that “while it is true that Cuba has followed a
consistent policy of opposition to U.S.-sponsored imperialism, it
has not followed that policy towards other imperialist aggressors.
In fact, the Cuban government has taken the side of oppressor
states on various occasions…. [and] also supported the suppression
of the Eritrean national movement in the 1970’s.” Farber then
asks: “How can we explain the contradictory policies of Cuba
regarding the right of nations to self-determination?”
I was genuinely intrigued by Farber’s questions and comments
because A) I love to learn about history and B) I visited Cuba and
found myself inspired by its people and the Cuban nation – so much
so that while in Cuba I better understood the meaning of Frederick
Douglass’ quote “without struggle there is no progress”. So,
naturally, I was inclined to question Farber’s article because I
wanted to understand his point of view.
So, what did I do? I found a book that supports Sam Farber’s
claims in regards to Cuba’s policy, but more specifically in
relation to Eritrea’s independence movement. Further, to keep
objectivity -with my limitations and all, I questioned what I
found in that book as much as I could. The book in question is
Eritrea: a Pawn in World Politics written by Okbazghi Yohannes.
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