Communis

 

El Consejo Editorial de Patrias. Actos y Letras desea contribuir a generar alternativas, en sí, de por sí y más allá de sí, y reconocer y apoyar, sirviéndoles de un canal más, las ya existentes, a la injusta y sistemática desinformación y propagación de falsedades o verdades selectivas sobre Cuba, otros países de América Latina, los Estados Unidos y el mundo, su situación actual, su historia, su acervo, sus perspectivas y sus destinos, en las que, por ignoracia o voluntad, participan sin excepción todos los grandes medios de prensa del mundo, y se siente con el derecho y el deber de reproducir en esta sección, Communis, sin por ello incurrir en violación alguna de los derechos de propiedad que sean del caso, artículos y materiales publicados en periódicos, revistas y otros medios impresos y digitales de cualquier lugar del mundo que arrojen nueva luz sobre la trayectoria, el acontecer y el devenir de Cuba, así como de otras causas y procesos por la independencia nacional, la soberanía de los pueblos, la justicia social y la libertad entendida como dignidad necesaria y, solo así, plena del ser humano, desde perspectivas filosóficas y políticas intelectual y éticamente rigurosas, honestas y solidarias.

 

Brasil: ¿Por qué el juicio político es un golpe?

 

No hay duda alguna de que la práctica de la corrupción es  un delito de responsabilidad que constituye un impedimento  para  ser presidente. Es por eso que Fernando Collor fue destituido en 1992. En ese momento, la Cámara de Representantes no estaba involucrada en gran escala en los escándalos de corrupción en que se sumió el presidente y su pequeñísima base de apoyo.  Además de tener el derecho de juzgar a un presidente corrupto, la Cámara contaba con el apoyo de un amplio consenso en la sociedad respecto a la legitimidad del proceso. Nada de esto sucede hoy: los acusadores de la presidente Dilma Rousseff no pudieron comprobar su asociación con los delitos de corrupción, cuya investigación ella siempre ha apoyado...

 

Pedro Paulo Bastos Zahluth

Cuba and the Future: a Great Debate Has Just Begun

 


Cubans as well as progressive people around the world continue to discuss the kind of society that will be produced by the reforms now taking place in Cuba. The question, of course, can be debated based on what ought to be rather than what the present circumstances dictate. Typically, Cuban revolutionaries had the tendency to be idealist on economic matters and realist on political issues [...] It was once reported that Fidel Castro said, in a not-for-publication setting, “Hemos hecho la revolución que pudimos hacer y no la que quísimos hacer.” [We have made the revolution that we could make and not the one that we wished to make.] Human agency, he recognized, was insufficient to overcome structural conditions of underdevelopment...

 

Nelson Váldes

Syrian War of lies and hyprocrisy

 

While Qatar and Saudi Arabia arm and fund the rebels of Syria to overthrow Bashar al-Assad's Alawite/Shia-Baathist dictatorship, Washington mutters not a word of criticism against them. President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, say they want a democracy in Syria. But Qatar is an autocracy and Saudi Arabia is among the most pernicious of caliphate-kingly-dictatorships in the Arab world. Rulers of both states inherit power from their families – just as Bashar has done – and Saudi Arabia is an ally of the Salafist-Wahabi rebels in Syria, just as it was the most fervent supporter of the medieval Taliban during Afghanistan's dark ages.

 

Robert Fisk

 Dilma Rousseff interview: Brazil's first female leader on trying to clear her name 

 

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil has been suspended since May 12, awaiting her impeachment trial by the country’s Senate. In the meantime, an interim government has been formed by her vice president Michel Temer. The impeachment process against Ms. Rousseff has been branded a coup by her allies, who have pointed out that the charges against her, which focus on claims she violated budget laws, were based on relatively minor misdeeds that were also committed by many of her predecessors without consequences. 

Ms. Rousseff, of the Worker’s Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores or PT) was elected for the second time in 2014 by a small majority...

Andrea Dip, Marina Amaral, Vera Saavedra Durão, Natalia Viana

The Age of Disintegration


We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the vast swath of territory between Pakistan and Nigeria, there are at least seven ongoing wars — in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and South Sudan. These conflicts are extraordinarily destructive. They are tearing apart the countries in which they are taking place in ways that make it doubtful they will ever recover. Cities like Aleppo in Syria, Ramadi in Iraq, Taiz in Yemen, and Benghazi in Libya have been partly or entirely reduced to ruins...

 

Patrick Cockburn

Why does France keep getting attacked?

 

One reason that France is a particular target is down to a specific decision by Islamic State to target it. In September 2014, shortly after the beginning of airstrikes by a US-led coalition which includes France, the chief spokesman for Isis, Mohammad al-Adnani, singled out the “spiteful French” among a list of enemies in a speech calling for the group’s sympathisers to launch attacks across the west [...] France has historically assumed as standard bearer of western secular liberalism has also put the nation in the spotlight. Islamic extremists may see the US as a source of moral decadence and economic exploitation, but France is seen as an atheist power which is both defending western ideals such as human rights, free speech and democracy and, in the eyes of jihadis, trying to impose them on the Islamic world.

James Burke