Granma | 10 August, 2016
Members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity released a message congratulating Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro on his 90th birthday, in which they express profound gratitude “for all that you (Fidel) have done for the peoples of Our America and the rest of the world.”
Signed by national representatives of the network in Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, the United States, Venezuela, and the insular Caribbean, as well as UNEAC, the Hermanos Saíz Association, the president of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba and executives of various scientific societies, the message has been well received and circulated by various media and intellectuals of the region.
Among those who endorsed the message are intellectual Álvaro García Linera, vice president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia; Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Brazilian writer and theologian Frei Betto; and Cuban poet Miguel Barnet.
The signatories highlight that Fidel “has been a constant source of inspiration, not only when, driven by the rising tide of popular struggles, we took firm steps toward socialism, but also in recurring moments when our advances were halted as a result of the ferocity of the reaction of imperialism and its local allies.”
Likewise, they stress Fidel’s integrity as an essential virtue, true to the definition he offered in his May Day speech of 2000, in which he noted that revolution “is defending the values in which we believe at the cost of any sacrifice; it is modesty, selflessness, altruism, solidarity and heroism; it is fighting with courage, intelligence and realism.”