Cuba

COOPERATIVES WITHIN CUBA'S CURRENT ECONOMIC MODEL

by Beatriz Diaz

One of the principal objectives in the revision of the Cuban economic model is the reduction of the participation of the state sector in the economy, which is currently completely predominant and the consequential amplification of the participation of the non-state sector, composed of two components: private labor (“self-employment”) and the cooperative sector... Read More


 

CUBAN NATIONAL IDENTITY AND SOCIALISM
by Cliff DuRand


On Dec. 7, 1989 Fidel said: "In Cuba, the Revolution, socialism and independence are indissolubly linked." Read More


Humanitarianism and Solidarity Cuban-Style

by Cliff DuRand 

Cuba has emerged as a medical superpower. This is the fruit of a sustained commitment to the education and health of its people ever since the 1959 Revolution.  It shows what even a poor country can accomplish if it only mobilizes its human resources for the common good.    read more


 

Cuba Today: A Nation Becoming a University

by Cliff DuRand

Raising the cultural and educational level of the entire population has become a central focus of these and other programs.  As philosopher Miguel Limia told us, “We’re betting on a society of knowledge.” Fidel remarked in a speech last year about this educational revolution: “what began as an unattainable dream — to see a nation become a university — is today a reality”   read more 

 


 

THE UNIQUENESS OF CUBA

by Cliff DuRand

Cuba able to achieve such remarkable results?  It is basically due to an activist state, a government that marshals societal resources, scarce as they may be, to meet the needs of its population.  A society does not have to be wealthy to feed, house, educate and keep its population healthy.  It only has to have the will to do so.   read more


 

Cooperative Cuba

by Cliff DuRand

Cuba is poised to be the first country in the world to have cooperatives make up a major portion of its economy. It is a laboratory for a new society. Read More

 


 

US Cuba policy:  from Regime Change to Systemic Change 

 

by Cliff DuRand

The diplomatic recognition of Cuba by the US announced on December 17, 2014 is still based on the same objective, viz. to bring that country back into the capitalist orbit.  President Obama has just shifted the strategy from regime change to promoting systemic change.  Read more

 


Whither Cuba

by Cliff DuRand

 

Today Cuba is the focus of many important changes – changes within the country and changes in US policy toward it.  Cuba is boldly undertaking to reinvent its socialism for the 21st century.  The US is still trying to undermine it, even while claiming to want normal relations with its neighbor.  Read more.  View video here.


The Training of Activists in Local Development

by Dr. Miguel Limia David,   [2005]

What follows are thoughts on building power from below in Cuba. They occur in the context of what we are living through—a crisis of global capitalist civilization. The crisis is both social and ecological.  And in it a renovation of the socialist ideal is taking place, to the tune of a critical analysis of the history we have lived through and of the new realities of world social development.  Read More 

 


THE UNIVERSALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CUBA 

by Dr. Rosa López-Oceguera

To give the Cuban people a general and integral cultural preparation, the university faces the enormous task of universalizing higher education. This social claim emerges from the imperatives of the survival of the Cuban national project in the objective conditions of globalization and in the context of a unipolar international system. But it represents also the opportunity to reach one of the highest aspirations of social justice, with great democratizing implications in theoretical and practical terms for humanistic and scientific knowledge: To make the social universe and the university’s universe coincide.  Read More  


 THE NATION-STATE AND CUBA’S ALTERNATIVE STATE

 by Steve Martinot

 The Cuban state represents a clear alternative to the nation-state. It is thus that the Cuban revolution, and the Cuban experiment in revolutionary society, has been able to escape the pitfalls that beset other post-colonial societies and maintain their sovereignty. Cuba considers itself a nation, and it has a state. But its nationalism has maintained its revolutionary character precisely because it rejected the nation-state form, enabling it to preserve its sovereignty.  Read More   


CHALLENGES TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM: IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY?

by Humberto Miranda Lorenzo

 Self-management means organizing life in a conscious mode (individual conscience and the belonging to a human collective) having as an objective the integral human improvement, beyond the narrow framework of economy.  A way of transition from the social accumulation to the political one, as a key to comprehend and carry out the process of socialization of production, knowledge and power, to carry out a real processes of absorption of politics by society (what Marx called the absorption of political society by the civil society) .  Read More  


VISIONS OF SOCIALISM GUIDING THE CURRENT CHANGES IN CUBA

by Camila Piñeiro Harnecker

There are three principle positions or visions of socialism in Cuba that are influencing the current changes: the statist, the economist and the self-governing. These ... broadly characterize the existing approaches on the Island to what is necessary to save the Cuban socialist project.  Read More 


THE HISTORICAL INFLUENCE OF CUBAN NATIONALISM ON THE RESISTANCE TO THE U.S. BLOCKADE

by Raul Rodriguez

 A unique combination of historical factors and a strong sense of nationalism Cuba are very important to understand how Cuba has resisted U.S. century-long attempt to limit Cuba’s national sovereignty and self determination.  Read More

 


 

REVISITING THE CUBAN REVOLUTION 

by Harry Targ

For progressives, Cuba is a laboratory, a grand social experiment that will provide knowledge for others as they seek fundamental change in their own societies…..Cuba’s successes in the years ahead are successes of all progressive forces and, similarly Cuba’s defeats are defeats for all who wish to create egalitarian and humane societies.  Read More 


CAN CUBA OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE TO CORPORATE CONTROL OVER THE WORLD'S FOOD SYSTEM?

by Joseph Tharamangalam

 We should never lose sight of the fact that the Cuban revolution declared, from the outset, that no one should go malnourished. No disappointment in food production, no failed economic take-off, no shock wave from world economic crisis has deterred Cuba from freeing itself from the suffering and shame of a single wasted child or an elderly person ignonimously subsisting on pet food. No other country in this hemisphere, including the United States, can make this claim.    Read More 

 


WHY PURSUING THE PUBLIC GOOD MATTERS: LESSONS FROM KERALA AND CUBA

by Joseph Tharamangalam

These small and relatively poor countries/regions (Kerala is only a state in India while Cuba is a sovereign country, but with one third of Kerala’ population) have achieved for their people some basic levels of security and well being that continue to elude more than one fifth of humanity in a world of unprecedented opulence.   Read More


 

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