Thursday, 7 August 2008

Cuba: book launch, film, and Cuban trade unionist

Cuba Solidarity event 9 August 2pm 23 Abercrombie St Chippendale Ph 9690 1977Cuba:
book launch and film screening

Featuring presentations by:
Gilda Chacon Bravo
(Cuban Federation of Workers - CTC)
Tim Anderson
(Sydney Uni academic & Cuba solidarity activist)
Noreen Navin
(Socialist Alliance; member of NSW Teachers Fed)

And featuring:
The Doctors of Tomorrow
(Tim Anderson's new film about Cuba's role in training East Timorese doctors)

2pm Sat 9 Aug
Resistance Centre,
23 Abercrombie St, Chippendale.

While the US still attempts to demonise the gains of the Cuban revolution, the revolution remains an inspiration for millions of people around the world for its anti-imperialist struggle and social gains, both of which it has sought to extend globally.

Tim Anderson's new documentary The Doctors of Tomorrow gives light to the East Timor-Cuba health cooperation program. Since the 2003 Non-Aligned Summit, then Cuban President Fidel Castro and Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao made an agreement: Cuba would provide the newly independent nation with volunteer doctors. The aim was to not only meet the Timorese people's immediate health needs, but also create the means for East Timor to become self-sufficient in quality health care provision.

Today, Cuba has 300 volunteer doctors in East Timor and provides 1000 medical scholarships. In contrast, Australia, a much wealthier and closer neighbour, provides training for just six doctors and 15 nurses in Timor.

This forum will also launch the new booklet How The Workers and Peasants Made the Revolution by Chris Slee. It explains how the Cuban revolution was a victory for a mass people's movement led by workers and peasants and not simply the collapse of the brutal, US-backed Batista regime. This booklet answers the distortions advanced by some sections of the left who misrepresent the dynamics of the Cuban revolution.

Presented by Resistance & the Democratic Socialist Perspective.

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