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Dreams and Nightmares

"Humanity has always dreamt of a better world, one marked by equality, solidarity and the ability of all people to survive and develop their human potential. Today we are living through a nightmare in a new era of world domination: that of armed neoliberalism.. We oppose turning Cuba into another Iraq, and we reaffirm our solidarity with the Cuban people and their revolution."
From: "michael a. lebowitz" < mlebowit@sfu.ca>
Dear Friends,
Last week in Havana, foreign participants at the conference 'Karl
Marx and the Challenges of the 21st Century' agreed that we could not ignore
the current situation in which Cuba finds itself due to the actions of the
United States. We heard from many Cubans (including Fidel in a dialogue with
us) and then put together a statement of solidarity which reflected the
various concerns of the participants and which we think reflects the
concerns of many on the Left. We hope that you will read this statement,
will agree to support it and will circulate it widely. The initial signers
are listed below, and additional signatures can be sent to

Dreams and Nightmares
Communique of Solidarity by Foreign Participants in the international
conference ´Karl Marx and the challenges of the 21st century'´

1. Humanity has always dreamt of a better world, one marked by equality,
solidarity, and the ability of all people to survive and develop their human
potential. Today we are living through a nightmare, in a new era of world
domination: that of armed neoliberalism.

2. The series of interventionist wars, from Yugoslavia to Iraq, traversing
Afghanistan, constitutes what seems to be only the beginning of a longer

3. But fortunately the recent and immense protest against the war and in
favor of peace has demonstrated that the people of the world , including
significant sectors of the North American people, reject this nightmare.

4. This project is led by a group of leaders from the United States who
don't only look to control the resources of the planet, but also to
establish a universal juridical, political and moral order under their
cynical hegemony.

5. These leaders are militarizing the world and are initiating what they
call cynically "preventive wars". They do not hesitate to violate
international rights and to generalize the inhuman practices inaugurated at
Guantánamo. Further they do not hesitate to reduce the civic liberties of
their own citizens and to destroy the democratic tradition of their own

7. They do not hesitate to adopt attitudes and actions with hegemonic
and racist characteristics.

9. Cuba is at the doorway of the empire and it fears, not without reason,
that it can be one of the next targets. There are many signs that support
this fear: the growing media offensive, the accusations of terrorism,
diverse type of provocations, an increase of the extent of the blockade, the
financial support of opposition and of subversion, the announcement of
future attacks on the country by government spokesmen.

10. Today Cuba is trying to realize those dreams of a better world. No one
knows better than the Cuban people themselves how far they have to go yet to
realize their dreams. But the political and social achievements of the
revolution, the result of their socialist project, demonstrate that dreams
can be realized. Those achievements and hopes for a better world are
threatened by a power based in inequality, force and war.

11. Despite our pain about the recent use of capital punishment in Cuba, a
pain we know is shared by the Cuban government itself, we understand that we
must fight against the nightmare that threatens Cuba and all our dreams for
a better world. We denounce the current process of violence on the part of
the U.S. government. We oppose turning Cuba into another Iraq, and we
reaffirm our solidarity with the Cuban people and their revolution.
May 8, 2003

Listado Firmantes Declaración Conferencia Carlos Marx y los Desafíos del
siglo XXI.

Nombre País

Alarcón C., Sandra Colombia
Albritton, Robert Canadá
Alcaraz, Vicente España
Alnasseri, Sabah Irak/Alemania
Alzaga, Luciano Suecia
Amezcua, Cuauhtémoc México
Amin, Samir Senegal
Bienefeld, Manfred Canadá
Bond, Patrick Sud Africa
Boulavka, Liudmila Rusia
Brückner, Gerhard Alemania/España
Burkett, Paul USA
Campbell, Al USA .
Chelala, Santiago Argentina
Chernomas, Robert Canada
Clarke, Simon UK
Cole, Ken Inglaterrra
Comellas Carrizo, Carmen España
Cooney, Paul USA
Cordero, Teresa México
Cottrell, Allin USA
Diaz Díaz, Julio España
Edwards, Seán Irlanda
Egan, Daniel USA
Escobar, Heron México
Fainman, Fagie Canadá
Fernández G., Javier México
Ferrer, Salvador México
Foley, Barbara USA
Gallardo, Helio Costa Rica
Gil De San Vicente, Iñaki Euskal Herria
Guerrero, Diego España
Harnecker, Marta Chile
Hart-Landsberg, Martin USA
Hodson, Diana Canadá
Houtard, François Bélgica
Jiménez, Lola España
Kohan, Néstor Argentina
Kotz, David USA
Labica, Georges Francia
Lebowitz, Michael Canadá
Lynch, Colin Canadá
Marín, Michelle UK
Masondo, David Sud Africa
Mavroudeas, Stavros Grecia
Mcdonough, Terrence Irlanda
Mészáros, Donatella Inglaterra
Mészáros, István Inglaterra
Miller, Nchamah Colombia
Milonakis, Dimitris Grecia
Monereo, Manuel Espana
Morales, Manuel Bolivia
Moseley, Fred USA
Natarajan, J. India
Nayeri, Kamran Iran/USA
Ngwane, Trevor Sud Africa
Orellana, María de Lourdes México
Ortiz, Dante Rep. Dominicana
Rauber, Isabel Argentina
Rolein, Strennie Belgica/Cuba
Salem, Bassel Ismail Palestina
Sánchez R. De Zapata, Matilde México
Skalon, Ana de Argentina
Spassky, Andrei Rusia/Cuba
Stanford, Mark UK
Stein, Philip USA
Suárez, Federico España
Torres, José España
Vogel, Lise USA
Ware, Robert Canadá
Yañez, Gonzalo México
Yeu, Marian Canadá

Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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Don't Flatter Yourself... 15.May.2003 13:42

Dark Woodsman

"We oppose turning Cuba into another Iraq"

There is a difference, we could take Cuba in less than 48 hours if we wanted too. Instead, we will just wait it out until Fidel passes away and then everything will be back to normal relations...