Voices With Vision

Voices With Vision Voices With Vision is a creative social justice program that airs every Tuesday from 9 to 10 AM on your Jazz and Justice station, WPFW. Voices With Vision brings you news and analysis about cutting edge social justice issues by mixing various voices and ideas with information, cultural expressions, and commentary.
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Voices with Vision airs every Tuesday from 9 to 10 AM on your Jazz and Justice station, WPFW. VwV hosts/producers: *Netfa Freeman *ennifer Bryant *Garrett Harris

Mission: PROGRAM GOALS: Voices With Vision process aims at exposing new radio producers to pre-produced or live radio production and news reporting, to provide outlets for events coverage, messages, issues and the creative skills and energies of the DC metro community, as well as to expose these producers to working within a diverse collective in a new audio format where the boundaries between music and words and experts and listeners disappear. We strive to engage and intellectually stimulate our audience and producers alike. Through our content and easy access we hope to awaken the listeners' interest and activate them to step out and effect positive change in the community and the world and to celebrate the accomplishment and struggles of those who are already working for this positive change, The content quilt format intends to show an alternative to unintelligent media. This sets a dialog rarely experienced by participants and listeners that provokes reflection and challenges the status-quo for a greater understanding among people, underlining the sources of conflict and incoherence of a system which is no longer educating all involved. The national distribution of the show strives at bringing a heightened national sensitivity and awareness to the metro issues and talents.

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11/03/2020

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The rise of fascism, resistance movements, voter suppression, COVID, racism and xenophobia, climate justice, the economy, poverty, immigrant family separation, policing, criminal justice and so much more are at stake with this presidential election.

Join WPFW, in partnership with WBAI, for An American Reckoning: Election 2020, this Tuesday, November 3rd, 7pm - 12 midnight on WPFW, and 7 - 10pm on WBAI, as we unpack these issues, offer voting updates from around the country, follow and report on down ballot races and initiatives.

That’s An American Reckoning: Election 2020, on WPFW 89.3 FM in the DC Metro Area, streaming at wpfwfm.org and WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City, streaming at WBAI.org.
The people’s election coverage, serving 100 percent of the 99.

Check out morning, Eastern Time Election Day 2020 coverage tomorrow the way only  Voices With Vision can do it. 😎Live st...
11/03/2020

Check out morning, Eastern Time Election Day 2020 coverage tomorrow the way only Voices With Vision can do it. 😎
Live streamed on http://wpfwfm.org/radio/.

Don't be a sheep and get sheep dogged.
10/30/2020

Don't be a sheep and get sheep dogged.

Where do elected officials and candidates stand on climate change, war, militarism & U.S. imperialism? These are the greatest threats facing humanity today. Find out by using the Candidate Accountability Pledge 👇🏿 https://blackallianceforpeace.com/candidate

Don't be a sheep and get sheep dogged.
10/30/2020

Don't be a sheep and get sheep dogged.

Where do elected officials and candidates stand on climate change, war, militarism & U.S. imperialism? These are the greatest threats facing humanity today. Find out by using the Candidate Accountability Pledge 👇🏿 https://blackallianceforpeace.com/candidate

10/16/2020
teleSUR English

teleSUR English

The duopoly of political parties in the United States manages the elections: What about the other side and its candidates?

The media control by Republicans and Democrats casts shadows on other social struggles.

Netfa Freeman explains it.

Radical radio, i.e. Voices With Vision survives through the people's support. Tomorrow, 10/13 we'll speak w Erika Takeo ...
10/12/2020

Radical radio, i.e. Voices With Vision survives through the people's support. Tomorrow, 10/13 we'll speak w Erika Takeo of Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC) in Nicaragua and jounralist AnnGarrison about Rwanda's political imprisonment of Paul Rusesabagina, the hero in the movie Hotel Rwanda and its relevance to US's Africa Policy.

On this week's episode (Oct 6) we interview Qiana Johnson -- a core organizer with Black Lives Matter - DC, and Executiv...
10/07/2020

On this week's episode (Oct 6) we interview Qiana Johnson -- a core organizer with Black Lives Matter - DC, and Executive Director of Life After Release -- about a model for challenging mass incarceration called “Participatory Defense” highlighted with the song "New Tribes" by Dahk Matter. Also discuss with Pan-African Community Action (PACA) organizer, Max Rameau, the recent Presidential debate and the mentioning of Community Control Of the Police. Second half we speak to Rwandan genocide survivor and Executive Director of the African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN), Claude Gatebuke about Congo Week and the case of Paul Russesabagina -- the hero of the movie HOTEL RWANDA, recently kidnapped by the Rwandan government and being held as a political prisoner because of his criticisms of the Rwandan occupation of the DRC and culpability in atrocities there. As is customary on Voices With Vision, we kick things off with the voice and the vision of Mumia Abu Jamal commenting on Trump’s COVID diagnosis.

Listen here, enjoy and please share: https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_201006_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3

If you missed the show live, here's the archive.The September 29th episode of Voices With Vision we had an interview wit...
10/04/2020

If you missed the show live, here's the archive.

The September 29th episode of Voices With Vision we had an interview with Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker who spoke to us about their platform and their take on policing, healthcare, foreign policy and why they want “progressives” to vote for what they believe in, and not throw their vote away on the ‘lesser of two evils’. With Brother Jihad Abdulmumit of the Nat'l Jericho Movement, we honored the good news that former Black Panther and political prisoner, Jalil Muntaqim has won his parole hearing. In the second half of the show we feature the remarks from Affiong L. Affiong, Executive Director of the Moyo Pan Afrikan Solidarity Center who spoke recently at a virtual symposium addressing “Full Spectrum Dominance: From AFRICOM to Indo-Pacific Command” organized by the US out of Africa Network, complemented with the music of Dee The Peacemaker.

ENJOY! https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_200929_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3

WARNING: Our shows are not for the politically faint of heart 😎

On this week's show we shared a very instructive Black Agenda Radio interview with Sam Martinez, of the Twin Cities Coal...
09/15/2020

On this week's show we shared a very instructive Black Agenda Radio interview with Sam Martinez, of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar Clark in Minneapolis, saying there’s been no movement towards defunding or abolishing the police, and what’s needed is community control of the cops.

Then, dressed with the song Final Forum by Sampa The Great, we had our own exclusive interview with Aziz Fall, founding member of GRILA (Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa), talking about his organization and the less known history about the resistance outside of the US to AFRICOM. As usual we start our show with the voice and vision of Mumia Abu Jamal. For all our freedom fighters behind US prison walls, what's the call? "Free'em All!"

ENJOY! https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_200915_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3

WARNING: Our shows are not for the politically faint of heart 😎

09/08/2020
Voices With Vision, Sept 8, 2020

This week's episode we pay tribute to a close ally Kevin Zeese who passed away suddenly last Sunday. We also feature a deep dive interview with Freedom Mazwi, a researcher at the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies, in Harare, Zimbabwe about some disturbing developments for Black liberation in Zimbabwe. Fittingly, we resurrect a 2013 segment interviewing Roy Agyemang and promoting his film “Mugabe: Villain or Hero?” because the film is now available to view on YouTube in its entirety. To start Margaret Kimberley gives us a colmumn turned audio commentary about the natural connection between law enforcement in the United States and white supremacist organizations.

ENJOY!
https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_200908_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3

If you missed the episode live, here's the archive. So happened we were positioned to debunk historical revisionism & li...
08/25/2020

If you missed the episode live, here's the archive. So happened we were positioned to debunk historical revisionism & liberal fake analysis re: "violence" that aired on DemocracyNow just before we were on. We featured a Master Class by Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and more:
https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_200825_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3

Anyone interested in details about the virtual Black August event we covered on the show today, here are it is:https://i...
08/25/2020
Free Them All: A Film Screening & Panel Discussion - Institute for Policy Studies

Anyone interested in details about the virtual Black August event we covered on the show today, here are it is:
https://ips-dc.org/events/free-them-all-a-film-screening-panel-discussion/

In honor of Black August we present a virtual screening of a film about the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, PA followed by a panel discussion about state repression and US political prisoners and how it all relates to the uprisings today.

We exceeded our Summer fund drive goal! Thank you to everyone who supported Voices With Vision today by either giving fi...
08/25/2020

We exceeded our Summer fund drive goal! Thank you to everyone who supported Voices With Vision today by either giving financially or speading the word to do so! Both count. Cuz in these hard times spreading word is all some of us can do. (And just to we're all clear, we -the show programmers- are volunteers. So what we do is a contributionn too, just like your funds)

What we ask isn't much to keep this radical and indispensible communications medium going and independent from the estab...
08/25/2020

What we ask isn't much to keep this radical and indispensible communications medium going and independent from the establishment media. Tomorrow we just need...
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Help us for the summer fund drive. The station-wide goal is $150K.  Voices With Vision goal today is $400. Donate via Ca...
08/18/2020

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08/18/2020

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43 Years of Uplifting Black Life - August 16 - 29, 2020

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43 Years of Uplifting Black Life - August 16 - 29, 2020

WPFW was founded on the premise that Black Lives Matter. In that spirit and in honor of our founders, we present our summer pledge drive - 43 years of Uplifting Black Life, from Sunday, August 16 through Saturday, August 29.

From Black Codes to Black August, our summer drive will explore the joy, pain, repression and radical resistance of Black people, across the nation and throughout the diaspora.

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Check out extensive interview w/ son of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz breaking down the #GeorgeFloyd uprising...
06/23/2020

Check out extensive interview w/ son of political prisoner
Russell Maroon Shoatz breaking down the #GeorgeFloyd uprising, a rally cry from Boots Riley in Oakland, and Max Rameau of Pan-African Community Action interrogates #Communitycontrol & #DefundThePolice: The link to listen 👇🏿
https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_200623_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3

9 am this morning tune in live as we interview Russell Shoatz III, son of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz, and ...
06/23/2020

9 am this morning tune in live as we interview Russell Shoatz III, son of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz, and featuring other audio treats, like Black Agenda Radio interview w Max Rameau about Community Control over police
Live: https://confessor.wpfwfm.org/playlist/pl_nu_current1.php

This is Hell!
06/19/2020
This is Hell!

This is Hell!

TODAY IN HELL: Power over police.

Organizers Max Rameau and Netfa Freeman on today's uprisings, fighting the violence of dispossession and their article "Community Control Vs. Defunding the Police: A Critical Analysis" for Black Agenda Report, and in a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen dreams a little nightmare.

https://soundcloud.com/this-is-hell/tih20200620

Black Alliance for Peace
05/29/2020
Black Alliance for Peace

Black Alliance for Peace

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May 29, 2020—The extrajudicial murders of African/Black people, such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, by agents of the U.S. government and armed civilians have sparked urban rebellions in cities across the United States. Yet these murders cannot be understood outside of the context of the U.S. state’s ongoing assault on the human rights of African/Black people.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet demanding lethal violence—“...when the looting starts, the shooting starts...”—requires the United Nations to intervene.

Trump’s threat comes as the U.S. state has tragically failed during the COVID-19 pandemic to recognize and protect the human right to health of poor and working-class people, including Africans and undocumented migrants.

African/Black people comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, yet represent one-third of COVID-19 related deaths. In some areas, the death rate has been as high as 70 percent.

Yet, the Trump administration, the U.S. Congress and state governments have responded by driving African/Black workers—who occupy the lowest rungs of the U.S. labor force—back to work with little or no protection. An inadequate for-profit healthcare system that discriminates against the poor ensures disproportionate death rates for African/Black people will continue.

Police authorities have been documented abusing their power while enforcing COVID-19 mitigation efforts such as social distancing, which has been impossible for overcrowded African/Black communities and households to maintain.

Despite various United Nations bodies—such as the Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Human Rights Committee (HRC), the Universal Periodic Review Process (UPR), and various special human-rights rapporteurs and special representatives—calling several times on the Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump administrations to protect the human rights of African/Black people, what remains is a precarious situation that borders on genocide.

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05/26/2020

Thank you to all who supported during the show. We're still a little short but it's not too late

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Last morning to help Voices With Vision and WPFW reach our fundraising goal. $700 is our shows goal. Listen and call in ...
05/26/2020

Last morning to help Voices With Vision and WPFW reach our fundraising goal. $700 is our shows goal. Listen and call in between 9 - 10 am EST. No amount is too small to help us meet the goal. Tune in and support from here, www.wpfwfm.org also on CashApp, $WPFW noting "Voices With Vision".

Voices With Vision's contrbution to this special is "COVID Done Right: The Cuban Response," a 60 minute segment to air 6...
05/25/2020

Voices With Vision's contrbution to this special is "COVID Done Right: The Cuban Response," a 60 minute segment to air 6 pm today, EST. Tune in (http://wpfwfm.org). And please support WPFW:

On Monday, May 25, from 9am until 9pm, WPFW presents Black, Brown, Red and COVID, an intersectional look at the disparate impact of the pandemic on Black, Brown and First Nation communities throughout the diaspora, and their response. From Black and Native America, to the African Continent to the Caribbean, Central and South America, we’ll unpack the movement of this disease through these impacted areas.

Concluding the day will be the COVID poetry slam, from 7-9pm, presented with our partners the Black Coalition Against COVID, the Washington Teachers’ Union and WE ACT Radio.

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I will be in DC on April 19, day of the election. Contact me if you are interested in a live or recorded inter How will the next President of Cuba Be Elected on April 19? For a full analysis based on interviews with Cuban deputies and experts as well as the author’s on the spot original field work of the full electoral process thus going beyond the formalities and dealing with Cuban reality, consult the book CUBA AND ITS NEIGHBOURS: DEMOCRACY IN MOTION by Arnold August. The publication also compares the political systems of the U.S. and Cuba, a theme being debated internationally in the wake of the recent March 11, 2018 Cuban elections and the upcoming election for a new President. For further information and purchase: http://www.democracycuba.com/index.html Praise for the publication: “Arnold August has been the most assiduous analyst of the Cuban electoral process for a decade and a half.” [written in 2014] — Dr. George Lambie, professor of International Political Economy (Globalisation), Literature and Politics, Latin American Politics, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K., and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cuban Studies. From the International Journal of Cuban Studies, Journal of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2014, Pluto Journals, ISSN 1756-3461. “Finally, a book that explains in depth Cuba’s dynamic imperfect democracy and socialist system, while helping us understand its accomplishments on behalf of working people at home and abroad. August’s comparative critical analysis of popular movements for democratic change in Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the United States will help activists to learn from the mistakes and successes of the South while trying to democratize both the South and the North.” — Dr. James Cockcroft, award-winning author of 48 books, three-time Fulbright Scholar. “This book, a tour de force from an expert who clearly knows his field well, is one that goes out of its way to make us think about what we understand by "democracy" and how we should view new manifestations in the ‘Third World.’” — Antoni Kapcia, Professor in Latin American History, Cuba Specialist, University of Nottingham, U.K. Campus. “Arnold August cuts through the common propaganda about democracy in the U.S. and the supposed lack of democracy in Cuba. Where August’s earlier work on the Cuban political system opened a window to this forbidden island, Cuba and Its Neighbours deepens our understanding of Cuba’s participatory processes and shows how they have been shaped by Cuba’s revolutionary history.” — Cliff DuRand, Professor Emeritus of Social Philosophy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland “August’s latest book studies Cuba’s structures of governance including elections and the functioning of the state between elections. It greatly expands on his previous, extremely useful analysis of Cuba’s elections in the second half of the 1990s. This new book provides a much -needed tool for accurate assessment of Cuba’s unique system of political participation and representation, through empirical evidence rather than through the customary second-hand interpretation. A must-read for anybody seriously interested in Cuba, and in the overall question of democracy and its practices.” — Claudia Kaiser-Lenoir, Professor Emerita of Latin American Studies, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts “This book offers a trailblazing perspective: democracy in Cuba is evaluated and described from within the system itself while comparing it with other experiences. The concept of ‘democracy in motion’ analyzes a creative process, demonstrating how Cuba is a social laboratory. In Cuba, as well as in some Latin American countries, participatory democracy is taking shape. Arnold August contrasts these experiences to the pretences of the U.S. model. Compulsory reading to understand Cuba and break out of the supposed supremacy of ‘the single outlook.” — Claude Morin, Honorary Professor, Latin Americanist, Université de Montréal, Québec “Arnold August is an expert on the Cuban reality and a meticulous researcher like few others. With rigour and a critical approach, he successfully addresses in his book the challenge to explain the idiosyncrasies and the fundamental universal relevance emerging from a multi-faceted examination of the exercise of governance in Cuba. It is an indispensable work not only for us in Cuba who need to perfect the concepts and practices that would consolidate the system we have been building in very difficult conditions for more than fifty years, but also for others interested in the improvement of the human condition as it is experienced in other contexts.” — Jesús Pastor García Brigos, Researcher, Political Philosophy, Instituto de Filosofía; supervisor of its Ph.D. Program; author of several books on People’s Power in Cuba; and a co-author of Cuba: Propriedad Social y Construcción Socialista (Editorial Ciencias Sociales, La Habana, 2012) “It is an enriching book for all those interested because of the overview offered and the context in which it places Cuba. For the Cuban reader, the book is very significant because of its updated vision of what C. Wright Mills wrote more than half a century ago and about which Cuba is very familiar: “changes in the power system of the United States have not involved important challenges to its basic legitimations [sic legitimacy],” and thus the U.S. “appears now before the world a naked and arbitrary power, as, in the name of realism, its men of decision enforce their often crackpot definitions upon world reality.” For the neighbouring reader [in the U.S.], the profound analysis by August, a serious researcher on Cuban themes over a long period of time, brings us closer to the contemporary changes that are taking place in Cuba as an expression of the existing potentialities, but not without its contradictions and the necessity for new developments.” — Rafael Alhama Belamaric, Cuban social science researcher and author of many books, including “Capital Humano: Autorrealización y Reconocimiento Social” (Editorial Ciencias Sociales, La Habana, 2008) and recipient of the Annual Prize for Critical Scientific/Technical Work (2009). “Arnold August’s Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion is an exceptional work that will succeed in the objective of educating its audience. It will assist toward broadening the outlook of all those who read it. The chapter on democracy in the United States is among the best critical analyses I have read of the American nation’s formation, ideology and political system. The documents linked to the book in the website democracyintheus.com have struck me as being very interesting and educational. The commentaries are brief but they go to the very essence of each of the themes, clarifying the reasons for which the political elite in this country operate the way that they do. Everything related to the Puritans and their thought, as well as other idiosyncrasies of the ideology that gave birth to the genesis of this nation, is of great interest, seeing that throughout history they are reflected in domestic and international policy. The analysis of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, their limitations and their class origins is very revealing. The case study of the current president [Barack Obama] is part of the evaluation that I am making. The section on the U.S. presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, the significance of the existent president and how the electoral system functions in this country seem to me among the best that I have read on this theme. The analysis of both the potential and the limitations of the Occupy Movement was very interesting for me. In fact, I learned only a couple of weeks ago [March 2013] while watching the TV channel Russia Today (RT) about the report that was divulged as a result of the Freedom of Information Act in which the FBI admitted having monitored this movement, among even worse acts than this. The U.S. press did not in any way reflect these events, at least not The New York Times that I read. However, it was not solely this section of the book that impressed me. With regards to the absence of elections and democracy in Cuba, the publication contributes to undoing once and for all the myths imbued into the minds of consumers of information that is manipulated by the mass media, which is controlled by major economic interests, following the policy established by the political elites in this country. The book’s description and analysis of the Cuban democratic and electoral system is excellent. It is undoubtedly the best that I have seen written on this theme. There are elements of the democratic functioning of Cuban society that even I myself had not noticed. The publication provides the key to recognizing unity and development of consensus as guides to the entire democratic process. The critical observations are perceptive, very intelligent and placed in their contexts. I have begun to recommend the book to all those who are interested in the subject of Cuba. I sincerely believe that it has made a significant contribution to the elucidation of the democratic reality in Cuba. The book is being converted into a very valuable and essential instrument in the struggle in the field of ideas.” — Fernando Gonzalez Llort, was one of the Cuban 5 imprisoned in the U.S., graduated with a summa cm laude in International Political Relations from the Higher Institute of International Relations University in 1987. He returned to Cuba in February 2014. He is a Hero of the Republic of Cuba. “In Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion, Arnold August analyzes in a detailed manner the often disregarded Cuban electoral system, tearing to shreds the many clichés about the Caribbean republic. He also carries out a sound comparison with the United States, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, bringing us to question the concept of democracy and its various definitions that are often based on preconceived notions. This work, soundly documented and characterized by considerable scientific cogency, is a reference point for all persons interested in the subject of democracy as manifested in its various forms.” — Dr. Salim Lamrani is a graduate in Iberian and Latin American Studies at Paris-Sorbonne University-Paris IV. He is now a lecturer at this university as well as at Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée University, and has authored many books and articles “Arnold August offers us his deep analysis of Cuban reality in its own historical context. It is a balanced approach toward Cuban democracy, a system that is not perfect, but is fully Cuban. From his own viewpoint as an expert analyst, August reveals before his readers’ eyes a reality that is silenced or distorted by the mainstream media. For the Cuban audience, the book is proof of acknowledgement by non-Cubans who know, admire and defend the essence of the Cuban social process. This is a must-read if one really wants to understand Cuba and the struggle of the Cuban people.” — Luis Chirino, Cuban journalist, university professor at Instituto Internacional de Periodismo José Martí and member of the professional association of Cuban journalists, Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (UPEC) “Arnold August, in his book Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion, allows readers to become familiar not only with the reality of the island’s close neighbour, the United States – the process of its formation, its laws, its ability to endure as well as the characteristics and essential elements of the power apparatus – but also with Cuba and surrounding Latin America. He addresses in particular those countries that are developing 21st-century socialism, with its blue-green-reddish colours, that is to say, preserving elements of the old society, enhancing democratic values and providing an opening for its political, cultural or citizen revolutions in order to build a new society. The references to the links between these countries and their different realities constitute another interesting approach, focusing the analyses on political designs and the legal norms placed in their historical context, thus demonstrating that these countries are not seeking to attain the impossible. The examination of Cuba does not amount to praise on a groundless basis; rather, the author, while recognizing the achievements, is critical, and he identifies the limitations and offers his judgments concerning causes and conditions. He exposes real phenomena and, with this global approach, he allows the reader to know what is being done and why the people are struggling, including the adversities of these nations, whose realities are being distorted as they face the monopoly of mass media and those who seek to impose control based on a single model. Perfect models do not exist – all can be perfected – and Cuba is shown as following that path.” — Martha Prieto Valdés, Ph.D. in Legal Science, Tenured Professor of General Theory of Law and Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law (University of Havana), Tenured Member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, Social Science Section “Arnold August’s book Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion is without doubt a publishing achievement that merits the largest dissemination and analysis, given its serious contribution to the scope of Cuban studies carried out in other countries. In contrast to other publications that confine themselves to a highly opinionated approach, August reveals the results of a profound investigation based on different scientific methods, which include, among others, interviews with a wide spectrum of Cubans who brought forward different points of view; fieldwork in scenarios where people’s participation develops; and, finally, the analysis of documents that provide the legal imprint and juridical order to Cuban socio-political life. Based on a clear and precise language, August analyzes Cuban reality by plunging into the Caribbean island’s political system and its innovative mechanisms of democratic practice, which, in the main, are not known outside of Cuba. This ignorance has facilitated the proliferation of distortions whose objective is to delegitimize the Cuban Revolution. The book contributes to undoing these misrepresentations by divulging the diversified facets of the development of democracy in Cuba and one of its most important qualities: the continual striving for empowerment by sectors of the people at the base. We are sure that this book will be very well welcomed by those readers interested in serious and profound analyses of contemporary alternative processes that seek a more just and equitable social order.” — Dr. Olga Fernández Ríos, Researcher, Instituto de Filosofía, Havana, Associate Professor of Philosophical Sciences, University of Havana ARNOLD AUGUST’S FIRST BOOK ON CUBA (1999), CONSIDERED BY MANY AS A GROUND-BREAKING PUBLICATION FOR ITS VIVID DESCRIPTION OF THE ELECTORAL PROCESS ACCOMPANIED BY PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE AUTHOR. THIS PUBLICATION INCLUDES HIS ATTENDENCE OF THE 1998 CONSTITUTION IN HAVANA OF THE NEW PARLIAMENT AND THE ELECTION OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE AND ITS PRESIDENTS. THE PROCEDURE IS THE SAME FOR APRIL 19, 2018 CONSULT: DEMOCRACY IN CUBA AND THE 1997-98 ELECTIONS BY ARNOLD AUGUST TO PURCHASE USED COPIES, SEE HERE: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0968508405/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used OR https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?isbn=9780968508404&n=100121503&cm_sp=mbc-_-9780968508404-_-used