Hood Communist Talks Media and Revolution in Cuba

In the contemporary gobal fight against imperialism, the ‘battle of ideas’ that Comandante Fidel Castro spoke of remains an incredibly important site of struggle. This was the central theme connecting all of the sessions during The Second International Meeting of Theoretical Publications of Left Parties and Movements in Havana, Cuba from February 12-14, 2024, where Hood Communist editors participated in lively discussions and debates. The fight for truth, journalistic integrity, and self-determination over our own histories and struggles were all the basis of our collective struggles; we discussed how to coordinate counter-propaganda, how comrades in other countries like Vietnam and Zimbabwe are crafting campaigns to reach the masses, and how we can all struggle against Zionism and imperialism.

Fidel’s words on the “Battle of Ideas” are instructive:

“We have had to wage, and will have to continue waging, a more difficult battle against that extremely powerful empire: a ceaseless ideological battle that they stepped up with all their resources after the collapse of the socialist camp, when fully confident in our ideas we decided to continue forward… without ever forgetting the immense and invincible support and solidarity of the peoples which we always had and which makes us feel under a greater obligation to struggle…”

Delivered at the Central University of Venezuela, 3 February, 1999

Another central theme emerging from the meeting was the necessity to defend revolutionary theory through sustained and collective action. Delegates recognized the urgent need to act against attempts to delegitimize and undermine socialist and anti-imperialist ideologies, stressing the importance of organized and collective efforts to uphold and advance leftist principles. The significance of a strong, unified internationalist left movement cannot be overstated. In the face of a rising pan-European fascist imperialist movement, such unity serves as a bulwark against reactionary forces seeking to erode democratic values and human rights.

Additionally, the gathering issued a declaration expressing solidarity with the people of Palestine, condemning the settler state of Israel and its government’s actions as genocidal. This reaffirmation of international solidarity underscores the interconnectedness of struggles against oppression and injustice across the globe. By fostering collaboration, dialogue, and mutual support, the left can effectively confront challenges posed by neoliberalism, capitalism, imperialism, and cultural hegemony, while reaffirming its commitment to justice, equality, and liberation for all. The meeting concluded with a call for a third conference next year and a resolute commitment to counter the onslaught of right-wing media.

Enjoy our contributions to the conference!

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“To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people.”
― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth