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
*Craig Hall (aka Brother Craig)

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This week's episode of Voices With Vision we we address “Who Will Save the World from the Saviors?” in a message from th...
04/24/2021

This week's episode of Voices With Vision we we address “Who Will Save the World from the Saviors?” in a message from the coordinating committee of the Black Alliance for Peace. We lift up Mumia, his struggle to live, and the honoring of his 67th Birthday this weekend, in DC and across the world. Some of you may have heard the news that Comandante Raul Castro has stepped down as the president of Cuba’s Communist Party. We’ll cover what that means, and what it does not, from a revolutionary perspective with journalist and author, Arnold August. We start the show with sound related to the Derek Chauvin trial featuring a poem by El Jones. The episode also includes a clip from a BBC interview with United Nations Environmental Advisor, Professor Jeffrey Sachs criticizing the BBC for how it conducted that debate he was invited for about Climate Change. And the song Real by Xavier Edwardz, featuring Reuel Lynch. Podcasts:
* WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210420_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
* Play FM - https://player.fm/series/wpfw-voices-with-vision-1513300/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-20-2021
* Google Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcveG1sL3ZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLnhtbA/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcvbXAzL3dwZndfMjEwNDIwXzA5MDAwMHZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLm1wMw?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjYsJfu6I_wAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAg
* iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-20-2021/id1155206169?i=1000517921907

This week's episode of Voices With Vision we we address “Who Will Save the World from the Saviors?” in a message from the coordinating committee of the Black Alliance for Peace. We lift up Mumia, his struggle to live, and the honoring of his 67th Birthday this weekend, in DC and across the world. Some of you may have heard the news that Comandante Raul Castro has stepped down as the president of Cuba’s Communist Party. We’ll cover what that means, and what it does not, from a revolutionary perspective with journalist and author, Arnold August. We start the show with sound related to the Derek Chauvin trial featuring a poem by El Jones. The episode also includes a clip from a BBC interview with United Nations Environmental Advisor, Professor Jeffrey Sachs criticizing the BBC for how it conducted that debate he was invited for about Climate Change. And the song Real by Xavier Edwardz, featuring Reuel Lynch. Podcasts:
* WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210420_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
* Play FM - https://player.fm/series/wpfw-voices-with-vision-1513300/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-20-2021
* Google Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcveG1sL3ZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLnhtbA/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcvbXAzL3dwZndfMjEwNDIwXzA5MDAwMHZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLm1wMw?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjYsJfu6I_wAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAg
* iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-20-2021/id1155206169?i=1000517921907

There will be speakers, food, drink, and musical entertainment. Please wear a mask and be mindful of not spreading COVID...
04/17/2021

There will be speakers, food, drink, and musical entertainment. Please wear a mask and be mindful of not spreading COVID. #FreeMumia

Correction: 1500 Anacostia Drive SE is the address for Anacostia Park Skating Pavillion. Not 1900.

Spread the word! Also, it was reported that our elder brother Mumia is undergoing heart surgery today. Let us keep him in our prayers and do all we can to demand that he get the treatment he deserves. He needs up now more than ever.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL (AM8335) TO UNDERGO HEART SURGERY Mumia Abu-Jamal, the world renowned veteran Bla...
04/15/2021
Let Mumia Abu-Jamal Out of Prison

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL (AM8335) TO UNDERGO HEART SURGERY

Mumia Abu-Jamal, the world renowned veteran Black Panther, political prisoner and radio journalist, had heart pain over the weekend. He was rushed to the hospital, and is expected to undergo heart surgery tomorrow, April 15, 2021.

We demand that:
1.Before surgery, Mumia be allowed to call his wife, Wadiya Jamal; his longtime supporter Pam Africa; his chosen doctor, Dr. Ricardo Alvarez; and his Spiritual Advisor, Mark Taylor.
2. Mumia not be shackled to his hospital bed, as is the rule in Pennsylvania and across the United States.
3.Mumia, an innocent man, be immediately released from prison.

We need not look far to see the mortal danger that the shackling of a patient represents: our dear Ancestor, political prisoner Romaine 'Chip' Fitzgerald was chained and shackled to his hospital bed in his last days —while he was hardly conscious— and before making his final transition, just over 2 weeks ago on March 28, after 52 years in prison.

https://LETMUMIAOUT.com

Call & Demand Mumia's release

This week's episode: Black Alliance for Peace calls for an “International Day of Action on Afghanistan” on May 8th, Bro....
04/10/2021

This week's episode: Black Alliance for Peace calls for an “International Day of Action on Afghanistan” on May 8th, Bro. Eugene Puryear of PSL talks to us fresh back from his trip to Haiti, telling us first-hand what is happening on the ground as the uprising against US imperialism grows stronger and stronger! Dr. Jared Ball talks to us about the issue of the anti-Black multiracialism in commercial media. As is customary we begin the show with a commentary by Mumia Abu Jamal fighting through poor health to talk about the environment of oppression that the wretched of the earth live under at the hands of the state. Podcasts:
* WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210406_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
* Play FM - https://player.fm/series/wpfw-voices-with-vision-1513300/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-6-2021
* Google Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcveG1sL3ZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLnhtbA/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcvbXAzL3dwZndfMjEwNDA2XzA5MDAwMHZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLm1wMw?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwiQ28OepervAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAg
* iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-6-2021/id1155206169?i=1000515996213
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This week's episode: Black Alliance for Peace calls for an “International Day of Action on Afghanistan” on May 8th, Bro. Eugene Puryear of PSL talks to us fresh back from his trip to Haiti, telling us first-hand what is happening on the ground as the uprising against US imperialism grows stronger and stronger! Dr. Jared Ball talks to us about the issue of the anti-Black multiracialism in commercial media. As is customary we begin the show with a commentary by Mumia Abu Jamal fighting through poor health to talk about the environment of oppression that the wretched of the earth live under at the hands of the state. Podcasts:
* WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210406_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
* Play FM - https://player.fm/series/wpfw-voices-with-vision-1513300/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-6-2021
* Google Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcveG1sL3ZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLnhtbA/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcvbXAzL3dwZndfMjEwNDA2XzA5MDAwMHZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLm1wMw?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwiQ28OepervAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAg
* iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-april-6-2021/id1155206169?i=1000515996213
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This week's episode of Voices With Vision, begins with a commentary from Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report, givi...
04/01/2021
‎WPFW - Voices With Vision: Voices With Vision - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 on Apple Podcasts

This week's episode of Voices With Vision, begins with a commentary from Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report, giving her insights into the role that the Biden administration and the establishment media play in Anti-Asian bigotry. Then a piece of voices and music about the struggle in Haiti that transitions into one that lifts up Mumia Abu Jamal featuring Dhoruba Bin Wahad breaking down the role of police unions in keep political prisoners imprisoned. The second half shares a Black Agenda Radio interview with Netfa about PACA’s response to critics of community control over police. Featured in this episode is the voice of Eugenia Charles, of Konbit Lakay and Fondasyon Mapou with the song Yo Pa Moun by Wadner Peyizan, Max Rameau, and the songs Free Mumia by KRS-One and Mumia 911 by Unbound Allstars.

Podcasts:
WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210323_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
Play FM - https://player.fm/series/wpfw-voices-with-vision-1513300/voices-with-vision-tuesday-march-30-2021
Google Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcveG1sL3ZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLnhtbA/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcvbXAzL3dwZndfMjEwMzMwXzA5MDAwMHZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLm1wMw?sa=X&ved=0CAwQ8qgGahcKEwiQpY7bi9zvAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ
iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-march-30-2021/id1155206169?i=1000515039155

‎Show WPFW - Voices With Vision, Ep Voices With Vision - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - Mar 30, 2021

We some how missed posting last week's episode. Don't miss it for those who haven't listened yet. Last week's March 16th...
03/23/2021

We some how missed posting last week's episode. Don't miss it for those who haven't listened yet. Last week's March 16th episode features Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report on how Biden is following the same playbook as Donald Trump when it comes to US imperialist policies around the globe. We also present voices from an emergency demonstration outside of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s office demanding Mumia Abu Jamal’s immediate release. Followed by coverage of the demonstration outside of the Organization of American States in solidarity with the Haiti people’s uprising for an end to foreign domination. We end with a great interview with Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly, who gives a dense and intense historical and radical black look at International Womens’ Day/Month mixed. The show also included the music “Immortal Dub” by Jah Shaka and Ladies First by Queen Latifah and featuring Monie Love.
Podcasts:
WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210316_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
Play FM - https://player.fm/series/1513300/287537574
Google Podcast -
iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-march-16-2021/id1155206169?i=1000513261377

Here's the article on Uganda mentioned in our last show:"Bobi Wine’s flirtation with US Venezuelan puppet Juan Guaido in...
03/12/2021
Movements Not Saviors: Lessons from Bobi Wine’s Tweet for Juan Guaido | Black Agenda Report

Here's the article on Uganda mentioned in our last show:

"Bobi Wine’s flirtation with US Venezuelan puppet Juan Guaido indicates that the Ugandan is also auditioning for the imperial puppet job."

https://blackagendareport.com/movements-not-saviors-lessons-bobi-wines-tweet-juan-guaido

Bobi Wine’s flirtation with US Venezuelan puppet Juan Guaido indicates that the Ugandan is also auditioning for the imperial puppet job. “A return to the oppressive conditions for the people will be inevitable if a dictator is removed but not the West’s ultimate control.”

This week's episode, we speak with a long-time Pan-Africanist organizer w/ the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party,...
03/10/2021

This week's episode, we speak with a long-time Pan-Africanist organizer w/ the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, and Editor of HOOD COMMUNIST -- Ahjamu Umi about his recently published book, A Guide For Defense Against White Supremacist, Patriarchal and Fascist Violence. Then re-aired a creative mix of African, Palestinian, Irish, and Native American women voices coming from the frontlines of the struggle. [Next week is gonna be 🔥because we'll be joined by Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly (the Last Dope Intellectual) and Black Alliance for Peace to put a Black radical lens on International Women’s Month. 😉]

Podcasts:
WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210309_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
Play FM - https://player.fm/series/1513300/286941028
Google Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcveG1sL3ZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLnhtbA/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcvbXAzL3dwZndfMjEwMzA5XzA5MDAwMHZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLm1wMw?sa=X&ved=0CAQQ8qgGahcKEwjQzof6zKPvAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAg
iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-march-9-2021/id1155206169?i=1000512258045

"...what does it mean to speak of elections, the rule of law, democracy, and constitutional mandates in Haiti when its p...
02/20/2021
Haiti: Black Despots and White Rulers | Black Agenda Report

"...what does it mean to speak of elections, the rule of law, democracy, and constitutional mandates in Haiti when its people have no rights – the Haitian nation-state, no sovereignty – that the white rulers are bound to respect? What is a constitutional crisis – what are elections – when a nation is under full political and military occupation?"
https://www.blackagendareport.com/haiti-black-despots-and-white-rulers

The horror story in Haiti since 2004 is not really about despotic Black government, but is the consequence and crime of global white rule. “Moïse is the product of a broader system blocking Haiti’s democratic path and sovereignty, a system that is built and maintained by the white rulers of the...

This week's episode of Voices With Vision, is a great show on Haiti. The Haitian people are showing that they are sick a...
02/17/2021

This week's episode of Voices With Vision, is a great show on Haiti. The Haitian people are showing that they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. So we interviewed Dr. Jemima Pierre, a Haitian born Associate Professor of Black Studies who is also a member of the Black Alliance for Peace. Dr. Pierre tells it like it really is in a way you won't hear in the US capitalist press. Anchored by the background beat Midnight by Tribe Called Quest, she explains how Haiti’s politics and economy have been overseen by the United States, while its sovereignty has been supplanted by brutal United Nations (UN) “peace-keeping missions” and “stabilization forces.” After Mumia Abu Jamal's commentary on the Trump impeachment verdict, we open the show with a clip of comedian Paul Mooney.

Podcasts:
WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210216_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3
Player FM - https://player.fm/series/wpfw-voices-with-vision-1513300/voices-with-vision-tuesday-february-16-2021
iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-with-vision-tuesday-february-16-2021/id1155206169?i=1000509410957
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We're on now unpacking #Haiti only like we can.Listen live here:  https://confessor.wpfwfm.org/playlist/pl_nu_current1.p...
02/16/2021

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02/16/2021

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This week's episode of Voices With Vision kicks off African History Month with a bang with a master class on the very li...
02/04/2021

This week's episode of Voices With Vision kicks off African History Month with a bang with a master class on the very litter known freedom fighter Ahmed Sekou Toure ! But first our friend Jacqueline Luqman of Luqman Nation and BAP, exposes the American exceptionalist propaganda within the widely applauded Inauguration Day poem by Amanda Gorman. Then we caught up with Dr. Margaret Flowers, Director of Popularresistance.org and national coordinator of the Health Over Profit for Everyone Campaign to get her response to a recent interview in CounterSpin about the “troubling vaccine rollout” where she adds missing political context to the problem. For the main feature of this African History Month kick off Djibo Sobukwe of Black Alliance for Peace, and a former Central Committee member of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party who worked with Kwame Ture on the political Education Committee breaks down the contributions of Guinean independence leader and President, Ahmed Sékou Touré to the “philosophy of class struggle” and revolutionary ideology.

Podcasts:
WPFW - https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_210202_090000voiceswdiocoop.mp3

Play FM - https://player.fm/series/wpfw-voices-with-vision-1513300/voices-with-vision-tuesday-february-2-2021

Google Podcast- https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcveG1sL3ZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLnhtbA&ep=14&episode=aHR0cHM6Ly9hcmNoaXZlLndwZndmbS5vcmcvbXAzL3dwZndfMjEwMjAyXzA5MDAwMHZvaWNlc3dkaW9jb29wLm1wMw

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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. Voices With Vision airs every Tuesday from 9 to 10 AM on your Jazz and Justice station, WPFW. VwV hosts/producers: *Netfa Freeman *Domenica Ghanem *Derrick Toledo

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Please support the 28th Annual BZB Holiday Gift and Art Show which takes place in Washington DC. It is produced by Ms. Juanita Britton. For more information please contact her at [email protected]. Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.
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. 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