HAVANA_ The Cuban Revolution, its development, influence and the example it gives, as well as Cuba’s relations with Latin America and the rest of the world, captivated the attention of specialists at the International Symposium ‘The Cuban Revolution: Origin and Historical Development’, which closed recently at Havana’s Convention Center.
This Cuban historical period spans 60 years, and even though the main events are widely known, the processes that led to or were related to them are yet to be studied.
With the objective of trying to understand the history of the Cuban Revolution even better, more than 70 specialists from 20 countries took part in panels, workshops and commissions on different related themes.
The lecture on the moral values of the Cuban Revolution, taught by Brazilian theologian Frei Betto, was one of the most interesting moments of the aforementioned symposium.
Betto warned about the need of preserving the spiritual values of the Cuban revolutionary process, and the need for young people to consider the Revolution as being their own and not something from the past.
The best thing that humanity can be offered at this stage of human evolution is a project like the one in Cuba, said the friar.
According to the historian Eduardo Torres Cuevas, if memory is seen as the instance of remembering, then the current members of the Cuban society would fail to recall 60 years of history; hence, it is indispensable to rescue, preserve and even find the sources, because many of them are scattered.
The Cuban Revolution brings together various generations, including the one that took part in it and those who joined it after its triumph and shared the historic memory of the processes, he commented.
But there is one generation (Cubans under 25 years) that did not take part in these events and only knows the last stage of the Revolution known as the special period, the lecturer noted.
Other topics debated during the event included the Cuban cooperation with Angola, internationalism, the Revolution’s foreign policy and the medical cooperation in African countries.
The historic roots of the revolutionary process; history, heritage and science; the national liberation process in the 1950s, and the political-military strategy of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, also centered the attention of the working commissions.
Meanwhile, the panels focused on some of the social impacts of the ongoing changes in Cuba, the assessment of the reforms as seen by other countries, and the institutional evolution in what is known as the Cuban special period.
Other topics included Cuba-US disagreements, the resumption of relations between the two countries, and progress reached since that decision was adopted last December, the role of diplomacy in the conflict, and political subversion against Cuba and Latin America.Share on FB Share on TT