16. February February – GW and ANALYSIS Coalition for worldwide college students (now to finish the conflict and finish racism) organized an occasion at the Washington University in Washington DC for 60 years on the Cuban Revolution. A special visitor was the primary secretary of the Cuban Embassy, Miguel Fraga, who spoke of a revolution of over a hundred associates concerning the challenges and achievements of the revolution and two other speakers. Fraga also gave a personal interview to Liberation Information on these subjects and more.
Quote from Cuban Revolutionary and Nationwide Hero José Mart, mentioned by many speakers of the day, might be an effective summary of the Forum's message: “Because the rocks move down the hills, truthful ideas attain their objectives regardless of all the obstacles and obstacles. It might be potential to accelerate or forestall them, however it is inconceivable to cease them.
Morgan Richmeier of ISF was the host of the forum and spoke Fragan's speech by describing his historical past of Cuba's anti-colonial and anti-capitalist wrestle, together with the damaging encryption on the island by the US government, Sean Blackmon, Stop Police Terror Undertaking DC, talked concerning the achievements of the Cuban Revolution and the challenges it has, the damaging and felony blockade of america, which he saw over the past 12 days of journey.
The presentation by Fraga included a slideshow with subtitles “Cuba at a glance” with quite a few statistics, infographics and facubids from Cuba in society. One notably illuminating slideshow showed robust help both in america and around the globe to put an end to the US embargo and limit island restrictions.
Liberation News sat with Fraga and talked about his duties as a Cuban diplomat in america and a forthcoming referendum on their new constitution 24. February, which the nation has been working on over the years, and the solidarity of the Cuban model with the individuals all over the world. Later he touched many of these subjects in additional depth when he spoke,
Liberation Information: Inform me concerning the tutorial you’re doing at the embassy and why you do it. Who are you speaking to and what are your most essential messages to them?
Miguel Fraga: I got here to america in June 2015 once we opened the embassy again. Since then, I’ve stated: "I’ve to go all over the place. I need to try to speak to everyone about why it will be important that relations between Cuba and america are essential. “And from that second I noticed that there was not enough info in my country here and that there was a lot of false info. That is why I do this.
To date I’ve been to just about 20 nations and more than 40 college in the USA – even in Montana, California, Oregon, Washington, Connecticut and others. I feel it's a nice experience because you also know more about People? And also you see how they see Cuba… Once I current these shows, you see a lot of interest in Cuba and you see help for relations and that is essential. In accordance with all the votes, most People need higher relations with Cuba. But they’re numbers. You go and speak to individuals, you see the explanation why: individuals want cultural trade, educational trade, sports change, they're open, you understand? Despite all the anti-Cuban campaigns, regardless of all the false info, you see help for relations, and that's why I do that.
LN: Do you wish to encounter more false info or info, or are you simply that kind of job?
MF: It depends: you see the whole lot. If you go and speak to students and ask "what do you know about Cuba?" They only know, you already know: Cuba is legendary for cigars, rum, Fidel, because it’s a communist nation, it is dictatorship, human rights violations. And also you say, "Have you been to Cuba?" They usually say "oh, no, never." "How do you know it?" "Oh, because the media says it."
LN: My subsequent question is concerning the constitutional process. Can you tell me a little bit about what's occurring, whether or not it's simply being 60 years previous, or is it coincidental?
MF: No, I feel it's not as a result of we have fun the 60th anniversary of the revolution. The Cuban Constitution is youthful, we adopted the Constitution in 1976 – but society has changed and the country has modified, and we have now to make all of the modifications to the structure as a result of its significance is the regulation of [that it’s]. We made a process that is essential for [made it] to listen to everybody, giving everybody the chance to say what they assume ought to be in that constitution.
The nationwide parliament approves the draft, the draft involves the individuals and makes a lot of options. It is now returning to the nationwide parliament. They accepted the final draft, and it’ll come to a referendum because it’s obligatory for the Structure to make a referendum on the brand new structure and it’ll happen within eight days: February 24. It’s a great problem because we have now to vote on the Structure – it is a distinctive check. And there are numerous modifications: political change, financial change and in addition social change, but we depend on individuals and explain that that is simply, you recognize, one other step. Essential, but one other step. That’s what is occurring right now, individuals are ready to vote for this on 24 February for a new constitution, which we expect is the expression of the nation we now have now.
LN: What are the inseparable features of the structure, issues which are hotly discussed or thought-about to be main modifications?
MF: Nicely, for example, we modified the definition of Cuban marriage and say that right now, Marriage Marriage is going to be half of a new family code and it will additionally come to a referendum. On the political aspect, we set deadlines for the President. It was a massive change, and some didn't like it, nevertheless it was fascinating to see that former President Raul Castro says it's essential to do it. He believes that you simply want a younger one that is answerable for a nation that may go all over the place, speak to everybody, do whatever you could do as president, and he believes that two five-year phrases are one thing that’s good.
We will even create the prime minister's duty so that one other individual in cost of the government of the nation and doubtless it can be good. The prospects for the Cuban financial system have additionally been changed, as we’ve offered area for the personal sector and ought to be supported by the Structure. But of course, at the same time, we say that we are a socialist nation that fights for communist society, so it’s also half of our constitution. Individuals are pressured to vote and to say, "okay, I agree."
There are different modifications: municipal buildings, provincial buildings, how the federal government will construct there. We give municipalities more room to manage and manage tasks and see what their priorities are. So there are lots of, many issues which are right now, but I can say that in all probability the 2 most discussed have been the Presidential Phrases and the Equal Marriages.
LN: I exploit it to phase my next query: What is the future of the Cuban Revolution? What are the objectives set by Cuba itself?
MF: This is a essential problem. We all the time say that Cuba is a society that believes in equal alternatives for all. It’s a society that works for social justice. So it isn’t simply a paper that claims everyone is equal, and everyone has the same rights, it have to be guaranteed. It's a dream, you understand? And we've carried out a lot of issues in the course of the first 60 years of the revolution, so proper now it's not just about preserving it, however about doing more.
And of course, my goals usually are not the same goals that my mother and father have. My mother and father dream was "Okay, my kids have to go to college," however proper now I went to college, so I’ve other goals for a higher society. But to realize a higher society, you want a higher financial system that supports it, and you additionally have to have a tradition as a result of typically it means how individuals assume. In case you can perceive why it’s essential make a victim or why it’s a must to do this or that, it's simpler. Individuals do it because they consider it's necessary. And we have now a new era in Cuba who is aware of nothing about Cuba earlier than 1959, which has never been abroad and knows nothing about capitalism. They know that the blockade is there and does a lot injury to Cuban society, however they have no idea easy methods to stay with out this barrier.
And we need to battle for it, to see the day without having to do more issues. We all the time say: “We presently have all the docs and all of the achievements in our society, given the day once we don't should cope with blocking or we don't should cope with other issues proper now. is just good for Cuba. We battle for a higher world, for all mankind. That is an concept.
LN: This is a actually nice cause for my final question concerning the solidarity that Cuba has shown in revolutions across the Caribbean and Latin America and indeed all over the world in Africa and Africa. additional. So I was questioning should you might speak briefly about how Cuba supports the region's motion or to point out solidarity with these different struggles.
MF: Our National Hero Jose Marti was born in the settlement in 1853. He was preventing for Cuban independence, however he stated that "the homeland is humanity." That's why we say… that we consider in solidarity, it's part of our revolution, so we share every little thing we’ve got. Even in troublesome situations, we try to share and attempt for a similar beliefs. That's why we are saying, "Yes, we have doctors right now, but we've had soldiers in Africa before, fighting for the independence of these countries against the apartheid system."
We at present have greater than 60 nations docs and I all the time point out a campaign saying "Cuba sends doctors for Venezuela because of oil" and we are saying "properly why do we’ve got docs in so many African nations? Why do we have now more than 50 docs in Haiti That's as a result of we consider in it. That's why we also help individuals to turn into docs or professionals in our nation once we supply scholarships totally free as a result of I consider that it considerations the higher world we’d like. and it is going to be simpler sooner or later.