BEING ANTI-IMPERIALIST: Without anti-imperialism, there’s no freedom, there’s no independence

If you are not with the Cuban Revolution, if you do not support all the revolutionary and emancipatory processes of the region and if you do not work on the basis of integrating what has been called the unfinished Bolivarian dream –also Martiana, Guevarista, Fidelista– there can’t be true independence.

The main problem is that, if you are not anti-imperialist at present, you can’t face development problems, you can’t face the problems of social justice, you can’t face the pending problems that our region has had since colonial times, since the first times after the independence and that under those conditions, already in more current times, the countries of the region have been very subordinate to the United States’ domination system.

And there is no room for doubt, if you are not with the Cuban Revolution, if all the revolutionary and emancipatory processes of the region are not supported and if you do not work on the basis of integrating what has been called the unfinished Bolivarian dream –also Martiana, Guevarista, Fidelista– there can be no true independence, there can be no true sovereignty, there can be no real development in the region.

In this sense, there are no intermediate points, imperialism is absolutely inflexible since it does not allow the slightest possibility of real changes in our countries that move in that direction. And it masks everything with such terms as freedom, bourgeois liberal democracy as a mechanism to enable interference and articulation, with its dollars in that same false democracy. But actually there is no possibility of really being independentist, fighting for sovereignty, fighting for social justice, for all these goals that the leaders of our countries have had and that in this case are represented by Cuba, which was the first anti-imperialist revolution, the first radical revolution in the entire Latin America.

That's why, I like it so much when some friends of the world refer to our country as "the Cuba of freedom", because precisely the imperialist propaganda says quite the opposite, that their efforts are destined to bring Cuba to freedom, when actually the propaganda of the United States is determined by subordination, imposition of the conditions that masked in such terms as freedom, democracy are committed to restore its main goal: its domination system and to carry out exploitation; it isn’t anything else.

And in the middle of this there’s nothing. If there is no anti-imperialism, there is no freedom, there is no independence, which was also called in an important historical moment of the Continental Revolution "to achieve the second independence", which has been postponed, has not been achieved and therefore, the region’s countries and peoples must achieve in their necessarily anti-imperialist struggle.

These are ideas, inexcusable purposes, of the social movements and political parties that truly feel fighters for their independence, for the values ​​of their people, for social justice and have no choice but to be anti-imperialist.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamín / CubSi Translation Staff

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Solidarity: Basic Condition of an Anti-imperialist

Being an anti-imperialist today is to be anti-capitalist, to be anti-colonialist, and understand imperialism in all its dimensions, in its economic dimension and, persistently, in its cultural dimension.

Being an anti-imperialist today is to be anti-capitalist, to be anti-colonialist, and understand imperialism in all its dimensions, in its economic dimension and, persistently, in its cultural dimension. Why? Because it’s the most subtle and generally less understood. We need to see that cultural dimension every time more to be able to face it.

We need to know how to differentiate what’s anti-interference and another antimperialism. There may be an anti-interference position – which is very good — as there was even in the early decades of the 20^th century but still all that anti-interference was not antimperialism. Marti and Bolívar were precursors, ahead of their historical time in being able to see all these dimensions of North American imperialism.

And from that understanding, act; act in correspondence with those ideas and of course embrace all fair causes of the peoples that today face all those types of dominations. As Camilo said: “Those who fight, no matter where, are our brothers". I believe that this is a basic condition of an imperialist: solidarity.

But you have to know how to tell apart too — within tactics and strategy - where is the main enemy, so afterwards defeat that imperialism. And I keep saying that that main enemy resides in the leading power of that imperial system that still is the United States and which is a threat not only to other political systems, and socialism itself, because in the way they attempt to avoid or destroy any experience that opposes their hegemony, they are a threat to the very existence of the human species and of life on earth, like the Commander in Chief pointed out so many times.

And we must embrace those causes that today appear in that first anti-imperialist trench I’d say that if we put ourselves in the context of Latin America, in our case we are being attacked practically every day, it's a constant persecution. But we must also understand that Venezuela is placed in a situation of direct aggression, understanding what that country means in the international geopolitics for the resources they owned and for what it means for the rest of the region.

We are the burning flame, from the moral point of view, from the ideological point of view we are the biggest challenge for that imperialism, but after the Revolution appears in Venezuela with Chavez and with all that process that has withstood all the imperial attacks, for that flame to spread and last over time, it’s essential today to put a knee on the ground with these causes.

Therefore being anti-imperialist today is also understanding that what happens in Venezuela it’s a very peculiar situation and will largely define the future of the region and humanity. No wonder imperialism has its eyes set on Venezuela and that's why everything they do against Cuba responds to a strategy against Venezuela and everything they do against Venezuela responds to an intention against Cuba, and against all the progressive and leftist causes that had strongly thrived, especially in the late 90’s.

But there’s a new left-wing that is resurfacing, that’s why we don’t believe it’s the end of the cycle. There’s disputed ground in the region and there are processes that may not be seen at all because they are in progress underground, but the peoples are gaining awareness with every passing day of what oligarchies mean, what these right-wing governments mean and what imperialism means to social justice and for the hope of progress for all our countries.

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