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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IN PHOTOS: El Morro of Santiago de Cuba


On a rocky and steep crag exactly at the entrance of the bay of Santiago de Cuba, sits the military fortress San Pedro de la Roca or El Morro Castle.

Its walls and stone steps, the ancient dungeons where some of our most distinguished patriots suffered prison, the cannons and balustrades... keep a history of four centuries old. First colonial defensive ring of the city lived more or less outstanding moments like the naval battle of Santiago de Cuba, during the Hispanic-Cuban-American war in 1898.  

It offers spectacular views of the city and the Caribbean Sea. For those daredevils a special challenge awaits them: to walk down its dozens of steps until reaching the first level very close to the sea. The climb up is troublesome, but the winning sensation when reaching the top is indescribable.

Since year 2001 every day at dusk is carried out a ceremony of shooting an old cannon, in tribute to the Cuban liberators who were kept in jail there.  


Thanks to its architectural and historical values it was declared National Monument in 1979 and since 1997 it has been acknowledged as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity.  

Today El Morro still welcomes from its majestic height the foreign and locals, in one of the most attractive summer proposals in the most Caribbean city of Cuba.

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Over 40,000 Catalans Protest Detentions, Demand Independence

Adria Alsina, an organizer of the demonstrations, said protesters intend to keep up the pressure until all prisoners are released.

Over 40,000 Catalans have heeded the call by civilian groups to protest the arrest of 14 activists, including high-ranking regional officials. They are gathered in front of a regional court to show their disapproval of the detainments and reiterate their quest for independence from Spain.

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The detainments were authorized by Madrid in an effort to deter the Oct. 1 referendum vote to determine if the autonomous province of Catalonia will separate from Spain and become its own sovereign nation.

Adria Alsina, a leader of the demonstrations, said protesters intend to keep up the pressure until all prisoners are released.

Although no major incidents are being reported, three Spanish Civil Guard vehicles, the same kind that carried out several of the arrests of sovereignty activists, have been damaged amid demonstrations.

Altercations broke out in Barcelona and other Catalan cities on the eve of the arrests.

In related developments, Catalonia has invested some US$21 million to beef up its regional tax agency, according to Reuters. This is part and parcel of the autonomous region's bid for independence.

“In a future transition, it would not be acceptable for them (Madrid) to keep our taxes, because they are ours and they keep a lot," Catalan Treasury Secretary Josep Lluis Salvado said.

The tax agency increase, which includes an expansion of personnel by 75 percent, signals one of Catalonia's most palpable institutional investments for a people on the brink of attaining their independence.

Carlos Puigdemont, Catalonia's pro-independence president, has said the autonomous region's independence referendum is a moment for his compatriots to “express our will as a people, remembering the past, where we come from, but also to project ourselves into the future.”

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He added that the push to become a sovereign nation is “a future that we have in our hands and that we will democratically decide really soon."

Catalonia’s regional government has vowed to declare independence from Spain within 48 hours if the “yes” vote wins.

Countering Catalonia's bold step is Spain's conservative government headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who insists that actions taken by the autonomous community are in direct violation of the nation's constitution. He has vowed that “there will not be a referendum.”

Located in the northeast of the country, Catalonia is recognized as one of Spain's most prosperous regions, not only economically but culturally. Residents have also been able to maintain their national language, Catalan. Apart from these aspects, which have historically fed into the independence movement, residents of Barcelona say they pay exorbitant taxes to Madrid and don't receive their worth back in services.

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Cuba Remembers Restart of Struggles for Independence

The Cubans are celebrating today the 122nd anniversary of the resumption of the unfinished battle to conquer their independence from the Spanish metropolis, known for historiography as the Necessary War.

That day, the veterans of the so-called Ten Years' War (1868-1878), also known as the Great War, and The Little War (La Guerra Chiquita-1879-1880), as well as the new patriotic generations, attended the call to arms for independence.

On December 8, 1894, Jose Marti drafted and signed the uprising plan in Cuba, along with Colonels Mayia Rodriguez, representing Dominican Maximo Gomez, elected since 1884 as General in Chief of the Liberating Army, and Enrique Collazo, on behalf of the country's patriots.

The period known as the 'Tregua Fecunda' (Fecund Truce/inter war period) was between both wars, during which Jose Marti, main organizer of the war in 1895, managed to reunite the patriots around the Cuban Revolutionary Party, with the express purpose of founding 'the new indispensable Republic to the American balance.'

Although the victory was snatched by the intervention of the United States, facilitated among other things by the fall in combat of agglutinating political-military leaders such as Antonio Maceo and Jose Marti, the war was the scene for the teaching for later times from the political-military viewpoint, especially as regards the need for a single command.

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Spanish Court Suspends Catalonia Referendum

“The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation,” said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday of the Catalan region's call for an independence. “Any attempt to dissolve it is radically contrary to the Constitution.”
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