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The Sovereignty of CUBA must be respected

The Sovereignty of CUBA must be respected
The Sovereignty of CUBA must be respected.

As a result of the communication of Fidel Castro on his state of health and the provisional delegation of his responsibilities, high ranking U.S officials have formulated more explicit statements about the immediate future of Cuba. The Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez said that "the moment has arrived for a true transition towards a true democracy" and the White House spokesman Tony Snow said that his government is "ready and eager to provide humanitarian, economic and other aid to the people of Cuba", as was recently reiterated by President Bush.

Already the "Commission for Assistance to a free Cuba", presided over by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, pointed out in a report issued on June "the urgency of working today to ensure that the Castro regimen's succession strategy does not succeed" and President Bush indicated that this document "demonstrates that we are actively working for change in Cuba, not simply waiting for change". The Department of State has emphasized that the plan includes measures that will remain secret "for reasons of national security" and to assure its "effective implementation".

It is not difficult to imagine the character of such measures and the "announced assistance" if one considers the militarization of the foreign policy of the present American administration and its performance in Iraq.

In front of this increasing threat against the integrity of a nation, and the peace and the security of Latin America and the world, we the signatories listed below demand that the government of the United States respect the sovereignty of Cuba. We must prevent a new aggression at all costs.

To sign the Demand:


respect the cuban revolution 31.Aug.2006 14:19


"Sovereignty" is an agreement between "sovereign powers" not to interfere with each other. It's at best a morally and ethically neutral concept. "Popular sovereignty" is more specific. "Self-determination" is a better term.

  • Partisans of the divine right of kings argue that the monarch is sovereign by divine right, and not by the agreement of the people. Taken to its conclusion, this may translate into a system of absolute monarchy.
  • Anarchists and some libertarians deny the sovereignty of states and governments. Anarchists often argue for a specific individual kind of sovereignty, such as the Anarch as a sovereign individual. Salvador Dal?, for instance, talked of "anarcho-monarchist" (as usual, tongue in cheek); Antonin Artaud of Heliogabalus : Or, The Crowned Anarchist; Max Stirner of The Ego and Its Own; Georges Bataille and Jacques Derrida of a kind of "antisovereignty". Therefore, anarchists join a classical conception of the individual as sovereign of himself, which forms the basis of consciousness. The unified consciousness is sovereignty over one's own body, as Nietzsche demonstrated (see also Pierre Klossowski's book on Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle). See also self-ownership and Sovereignty of the individual.
  • Some supporters of democratic globalization consider that nation-states should yield some of their power to a world government controlled by world citizens instead of being organized as now in an intergovernmental basis.

It's pretty clear that the regime in power in the U.S. right now doesn't give a damn about anybody's "sovereignty," popular or otherwise. The corporatists running the world certainly don't care about this quaint 16th-century idea. People in America don't even know what the word means. The American Revolution was fought for many reasons but "sovereignty!" was not one of its slogans.

Que pasa? 31.Aug.2006 22:02

Celia Sanchez,una companera de la gente

Hola--Hmm,how about: a country which 1) has free health care and education for all,2) gives medical scholarhips to students from developing countries AND low income students of color from the U.S.,3)REGULARLY sends doctors to help around the world,and 4)offered to help out with money and doctors for Karina suvivors (but Bush turned them down,5)has regular plans for hurricane season and puts people first. They also have made a great deal of progress re: racism.

I have been there twice, in 94 and 01,through Global Exchange,and felt much safer than I do in the U.S. The people are warm and friendly and realize the U.S.govt. isn't the same as the people. Their crime rate is MUCH lower than ours;it is actually safe for women to walk at night in Havana,something which isn't true in any medium to large city in the US. They know they aren't perfect,but they have been doing a great job with their community gardens,neigborhood organizations,free education (from day care to advanced degrees), bicycle promotion, organic agriculture and alternative medicine.

And the people there have FUN! They love to dance,play music,and party. Many love the Beatles,and there's a statue of John Lennon sitting on a bench which is frequently photographed.