New Book and Launch: Arnold August’s “Cuba y sus vecinos. Democracia en movimiento”


Editorial Nuevo Milenio [New Millennium Press] extends an invitation to the launch of Cuba y sus vecinos. Democracia en movimiento by Canadian scholar Arnold August. The launch takes place on November 19, 2015, at 3:00pm at Instituto Cuba de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP), located at 17th Street at the corner of Avenue I, in Vedado, Havana, Cuba. The presenters will be Jesús García Brigos and Lázaro Barredo.

Cuba y sus vecinos. Democracia en movimiento is the Spanish language translation of August’s 2013 Cuba and its Neighbours—Democracy in Motion [see previous post New Book: Arnold August’s “Cuba and its Neighbours—Democracy in Motion”].

Description: In this ground-breaking book, Arnold August explores Cuba’s unique form of democracy, presenting a detailed and balanced analysis of Cuba’s electoral process and the state’s functioning between elections. By comparing it with practices in the U.S., Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, August shows that people’s participation in politics and society is not limited to a singular U.S.–centric understanding of democracy. For example, democracy as practised in the U.S. is largely non-participatory, static and fixed in time. Cuba, by contrast, is a laboratory where the process of democratization is continually in motion, an ongoing experiment to create new ways for people to participate. August argues forcefully for the need to develop mutual understanding of different political systems and, in doing so, to not be satisfied with either blanket condemnation or idealistic illusions, both resulting from a refusal to analyze the actual inner workings of each process.

Arnold August holds an MA in political science from McGill University. He is an author, journalist and lecturer living in Montreal. He is the author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections (Editorial José Martí). He has also contributed a chapter entitled “Socialism and Elections” for the volume Cuban Socialism in a New Century: Adversity, Survival and Renewal (University Press of Florida, 2004), edited by John Kirk. Cuba y sus vecinos: Democracia en movimiento was published in English in 2013 and in Spanish in Cuba in 2015 (Ciencias Sociales). It has also been published into Korean.

In the period between 2007 and 2013, as part of the campaign against the constant disinformation of the media on current affairs, he wrote more than 50 articles about Cuba, about the Cuban Five (who were unjustly imprisoned in the United States), and about Latin America on many websites around the world, mostly in English and Spanish, and several in French.

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