Revista digital Humanidad en Red

viernes, 29 de noviembre de 2013


About the Network

The Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity is a movement of thought and action against all forms of domination. It responds to the need to comply with the mandate of the Plenary Assembly of the World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity held in Caracas on December 6, 2004, attended by representatives of fifty- two countries and diverse cultures.

At the Assembly, there was an agreement about “the need to build a wall of resistance against the world domination that is trying to be imposed now " and make a way for an offensive through concrete actions of struggle, among which are," to create network of networks of information, cultural arts actions, coordination an mobilization, linking artists with intellectual and social forums and peoples’ struggles and ensure the continuity of these efforts and their articulation into an international movement: In Defense of Humanity".

Historical Background

It is recognized as the historical background of the Network of Network the Congress organized on 21 and 25 June 1935, at the Palais de la Mutualité, of Paris, known as the First Congress of Writers and the creation of the International Alliance of Writers for Defense of Culture.

It is then when it begins to be revealed as common vocation: the willingness of intellectuals and writers in the world to oppose barbarism, injustice, wherever it is and defend peace, dignity, and preserve the most genuine human being.

The network of intellectuals, artists and social activists "In defense of humanity" emerged in 2003, on the initiative of leading Mexican and Cuban intellectuals, having their intention expressed in the appeal ¨To the Conscience of the World¨, read by the prominent Mexican intellectual Pablo González Casanova on 1 may at the Revolution Square in Havana, as a result of the dangerous situation created after the invasions from United States to Afghanistan and Iraq (2002-2003); as well as by the virulent international campaign of the cuban-american mafia promoting an impending attack against the island. At this difficult juncture it convenes the Ist Encounter of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity during October 24 & 25, in Mexico City.

Three months later, summoned by the ideas of Bolívar and Marti, Venezuelan and Cuban writers met in Caracas on January 26, 27, 28, 2004, and concluded that, due to the increase of imperial expansion and the ¨preventive wars¨ for the control of the planet's energy, it was more than necessary to mobilize Latin American intellectuals and all sectors that were willing to extend the boundaries of solidarity.

To this end, it was agreed to hold a continental meeting of intellectuals in Caracas, with the inspiration of democratic doctrines that have led the liberation struggles of our peoples, to boost the defense of our causes and establish a permanent forum of ideas that reaffirms our conviction that another world is possible.

Similarly, from April 26 to 30, 2004, men and women coming from different countries in Europe , Latin America and the Middle East committed to the defense of democracy , human rights and social justice, linked to different schools, media, cultural institutions and social movements, met in the cities of Oviedo , Gijón and Avilés at the First International Seminar for the World Progress "Humanity Against Imperialism", and endorsed the call of the International Meeting in Defense of Humanity in October in Mexico City.


The movement became consolidated in the World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists "In Defense of Humanity¨ held in Caracas in December 1-5th, 2004, at which were present intellectuals and artists of fifty-two countries and diverse cultures who agreed on the need to build a barrier of resistance against the global domination that wants to be imposed, as well as, go on the offensive with concrete denunciations mobilization and new alternatives. The first one, decided at this meeting, was to create a network of information networks, cultural arts action, solidarity, coordination and mobilization, linking intellectuals and artists in social forums, popular struggles and ensure the continuity of these joint efforts in an international movement in defense of humanity.

In addition to defending the right of all the peoples to freedom, justice, basic levels of food, medical care, electricity, housing, clean water, education and the rational use of natural resources, the Meeting in Caracas expressed its solidarity with the struggles of the people of Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and other countries that resist the occupation and imperialist aggression, and condemned terrorism and rejected that the word terrorism is use in the resistance struggles of the people.

The General coordination of the network rests in Venezuela under the direction of Professor and historian Carmen Bohórquez, a member of the National Assembly and awarded with the National Prize of Culture in 2012. Currently she is also a writer in the blog Siete a la Carga along with a group of intellectuals committed to the Bolivarian Revolution.


The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity constitute a movement of action and thought against all forms of domination towards writers, artists, poets, scientists, lawyers, and academics, religious, athletes, students, and social movements, in order to support the processes of social change, oppose imperialism and its neoliberal policies, denounce the wars, combat hunger, poverty and the problems of education and health that plague the majority of human beings. The Network equally pronounces in favor of cultural diversity, in defense of the environment and to develop an alternative thinking with an own worldview, among other objectives.

It is structured as a network of networks. People are connected to the network through national chapters in more than 30 countries, as private organizations or as part of other networks or with like-minded organizations.

It works for the sake of becoming a mechanism for reflection and action, in the framework of a horizontal and different system, and to link spokespersons in every sense and directions. All its components participate according to their specialties and specific capabilities, and all must generate ideas, actions and projects and eventually become autonomous actors.


Main Objectives declared during the Network events.

To support people’s struggles throughout the world. Demonstrating our solidarity with processes of social change; sustain and promote cultural diversity and cultural rights, thus advocating in defense of the environment.

Oppose imperialism and its neo-liberal policies: projects of socio-cultural uniformity; the monopolization of knowledge that should be put to the service of all of humanity.

Combat and denounce al imperial aggressions, terrorism and its causes.

Combat hunger and misery and problems of education, health that the majority of human beings are suffering from and their causes.

Disseminate, promote and motivate the exercise of autonomy of indigenous peoples and the fundamental rights of peasant organizations, in order to establish and enforce, from the bottom, the autonomous powers of communities, resistances and alternatives.

Provide legal and historical arguments for the prosecution in cases of genocide, ethnocide, and crimes against humanity.

Develop actions and alternative thinking with an own worldview on the basis that: "a better world is possible".

Main Network Topics

The network has gone through a decade of actions and efforts and has interrelated with other social movements and sectors of society, as of the 10 Main Network Topics announced in 2004 in Caracas.

Table Nº 1

Table Nº 2


Table Nº 3


Personalities and countries members of the Network

Founders: Evo Morales (Bolivia), Jorge Enrique Adoum (Ecuador), Pablo González Casanova (México); Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala), Miguel Barnet (Cuba), Harry Belafonte (USA), Atilio Boron (Argentina), Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua), Ana Esther Ceceña (México), Alfonso Sastre (Vasque Country); James Cockcroft (Canada), Héctor Díaz-Polanco (Domincan Republic/Mexico), Theotonio Dos Santos (Brazil), Víctor Flores Olea (Mexico), Ángel Guerra (Cuba), Francois Houtart (Belgium), Horacio Labastida (México), Saul Landau (USA), Eusebio Leal (Cuba), Gilberto López y Rivas (México), Fernando Martínez Heredia (Cuba), Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez (México), Pascual Serrano (Spain), Subcomandante Marcos (México), Roberto Fernández Retamar (Cuba), among others.

Other intellectuals’ members of the Network:

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Argentina), Leonardo Boff (Brazil), Nadine Gordimer (South Africa ), José Saramago (Portugal), Noam Chomsky (USA), Eduardo Galeano (Uruguay), Enrique Dussel (Argentina/México), Danny Glover (USA), Ahmed ben Bella (Argelia), Samir Amin (Egipt), Tarik Ali (Pakistan), Amina Baraka (USA), James Petras (USA), Gustavo Pereira (Venezuela), Stella Calloni (Argentina), Gianni Vattimo (Italy), Carlo Frabetti (Spain), Frei Betto (Brazil), Ignacio Ramonet (France), Farruco Sesto (Venezuela), Carmen Bohórquez (Venezuela), Luis Britto García (Venezuela), Carlos Fernández Liria (Spain), Luis Alegre Zahonero (Spain), Chiqui Vicioso (Dominican Republic), Cindy Sheehan (USA), Daniel Viglietti (Uruguay), Camille Chalmers (Haiti), Marilia Guimarães (Brazil), Fernando Rendón (Colombia), Fernando Buen Abad (México), Jorge Veraza (México), Nayar López (México), Luciano Vasapollo (Italy), among others.

Countries where the network is present: México, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominicana Republic, Haiti, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Perú, Canada, El Salvador, Panamá, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, United States, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, England, Senegal, among others.

English Language Information

The Network in Defense of Humanity-Cuba has taken up the task of translating articles by members of the Network and supplies a blog in this language. It makes possible the opportunity of reaching the English speaking public in the world and works to collate translations to send to the web site TeleSur in English. Cuba-Network in Defense of Humanity. In defense of truth and plurality of information.

Network in Defense of Humanity Publications

The following materials have been published (only in Spanish:

· Memorias del I Encuentro Mundial de Intelectuales y Artistas en Defensa de la Humanidad, Caracas 2004.

· Memorias del I, II y III Foro Internacional de Filosofía de Venezuela. Tiraje: 3.500 ejemplares de c/u.

· Boletín Humanidad en Red. (Publicación trimestral, en tiraje de 30.000 ejemplares, publicado entre Marzo 2006 y Noviembre 2008)

· Memorias del Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico I y II. Tiraje: 3.500 ejemplares.

· Discursos de recepción del Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico (Años 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).

· Número especial del Boletín Humanidad en Red. Encuentro “Armados de Ideas”, Julio 2008. Tiraje: 20.000 ejemplares

· Número Especial del Boletín Humanidad en Red. Foro Internacional de Filosofía, Julio 2008. Tiraje: 20.000 ejemplares.

· Memorias del Congreso “El papel de Miranda y de su generación en la emancipación latinoamericana: identidad latinoamericana, integración regional y gobernabilidad”. (51 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas. Santiago de Chile, julio 2003). Caracas, 2006. Tiraje: 3.000 ejemplares.

· Memorias del Congreso “Las Independencias de América Latina: génesis, proceso y significado actual”. (Coro, 2006). Caracas, 2009. Tiraje: 3.000 ejemplares.

· Desde el año 2006 la REDH publica los libros Ganadores del Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico. Los libros publicados han sido: Franz Hinkelammert, El sujeto y la Ley. El retorno del sujeto reprimido (2006); Bolívar Echeverría, Vuelta de siglo (2007); Renán Vega Cantor, Un mundo incierto. Un mundo para aprender y enseñar (2008); Itsvan Meszáros, El desafío y la carga del tiempo histórico (2009); Enrique Dussel, Política de la Liberación. Arquitectónica (2010); Carlos Fernández Liria y Luis Alegre Zahonero, El orden del Capital (2011); Jorge Veraza, Del reencuentro de Marx con América Latina (2012); Atilio Boron, América Latina en la geopolítica del imperialismo (2013); Marta Harnecker, Un mundo a construir (nuevos caminos) (2014).

· Desde 2013 hasta la fecha el sitio web de la REDH-Venezuela, cuenta con cuatro columnas inéditas que suponen un insumo para el debate de las ideas en torno a los problemas más actuales de nuestra sociedad. Las columnas son las siguientes: 1) Defender la Humanidad, escrita por Roger Landa y Manuel Azuaje Reverón; 2) Análisis desde el Feminismo, escrita por el colectivo La Araña Feminista (Alba Carosio, Alejandra Laprea, entre otras); 3) El Asalto al Capital, escrita por Américo Alvarado; y 4) Ciudad, Complejidad y Socialismo, escrita por Bernardo Ancidey. Las mismas pueden ser consultadas en la siguiente dirección:

Other actions and projects

Liberator Award for Critical thinking (only in Spanish)

Liberator Award for Critical thinking was instituted in 2005 by the Bolivarian Government (through the Ministry of culture) by the disposition of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Commander Hugo Chávez, with the objective of recognizing the thoughtful work of authors who have developed a different vision of a monolithic thought. It is a tribute to the ability to generate heterodox ideas, creating new platforms for debate and discussion of contemporary reality, as well as a theoretical effort to clarify and denounce situations that threaten the freedom and integrity of every human being.

The prize is awarded yearly to the author of the best book of this genre published in Spanish the year before and the amount given to the author is 150 thousand dollars, a sculpture, a certificate and the publishing of his work by the Ministry of Popular Power for Culture. The amount constitutes the most important Prize given by Venezuela, and probably, in the Spanish speaking world.

The following intellectuals have received this award:

Franz Hinkelammert (Costa Rica); Bolívar Echeverría (Ecuador); Renán Vega Cantor (Colombia); Itsván Mészáros (Inglaterra); Enrique Dussel (México); Carlos Fernandez Liria y Luis Alegre Zahonero (Spain); Jorge Veraza (México); Atilio Boron (Argentina); Marta Harnecker (Chile).

Humanity in the Network award section

Web site

Video Library Against the Current (some have English subtitles)

Video library Project is a collection of more than 150 interviews of the best of contemporary anti-hegemonic thought. Interviews with historians, sociologists, philosophers, social leaders, writers, critics, filmmakers, they provide different views of the current situation and the need for the construction of alternatives in opposition to the capitalist model predatory and exclusionary. These interviews that include intellectuals of the stature of Pablo González Casanova, François Houtart, Noam Chomsky, Atilio Boron, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Ignacio Ramonet, Evo Morales, Frei Betto, Danny Glover, Eduardo Galeano, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, José Saramago, among others.

These interviews have been transmitted in the Cuban television, TeleSur, and publish at the Cuban Film Institute Left magazine, the Cuban Film magazine and in the Network in Defense of Humanity Network web www.defensahumanidad.cubiblioteca-contracorriente or the Network youtube

Award: ¨To think against the current¨

Also since 2003 the prize for the annual essay “To think against the current” was called by the Cuban Book Institute and the Ministry of Culture. This competition arose through brief essays in the fields of social sciences and culture with the purpose of recognizing and spreading critical on the problems and challenges in the contemporary world from an anti-imperialist point of view and a perspective of solidarity

Videoteca Contracorriente is a collection of 150 interviews that represents the best of contemporary hegemony. The interviews are of historians, sociologists, philosophers, social leader, writers, critics, filmmakers that offer their views of today’s situation and the need to construct an alternative to oppose the predatory and excluding capitalist model.

The awarded works are published by the Cuban Social Science Publisher. The Network has made 105 essays of diverse authors from several countries available through the Web www.defensahumanidad.cuconcurso-de-ensayo-pensar-a-contracorriente

Later on the category ¨An endangered species¨ was included in 2012. It comprehends ecological and environment issues.

Digital Magazine Humanity in the Network


The digital review Humanity in the Network is born through the absolute necessity of the REDH to answer the many challenges facing today’s globalized world and spread the voice of many scenarios as well as to accompany processes of promotion and diffusion of critical thought in its relationship with the praxis for creating a civilizing alternative.

Seven editions of this magazine have been published the first issue is magazine´s presentation and the actions carried out in 2013.

This Digital magazine is available through:

The Network in Defense of Humanity and the ALBA Cultural Project

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) approved in 2008 the ALBA Cultural Project contributes to unifying Our America through culture. ALBA countries participate as well as from other regions and local governments, social movements, institutions and organizations that share their aims and strategies. That year REDH joined the project due to the coincidence of principles of decolonization and construction of unity among our countries. Today Cultural ALBA has some contributions that allowed us to take on the following actions:

Participation for the first time at a World Social Forum in Belém Du Pará, Brazil, in 2009. With panels, discussions, radio interviews and exhibitions attended by active members of the Network such as Frei Betto.

Participation in the Social Forum of the Americas, 2010, in Asunción, Paraguay. The Paraguayan Network was founded coordinated by Troubadour Ricardo Flecha. In addition to the actions in this Social Forum, a meeting took place with Rigoberta Menchú and Atilio Borón, among other prominent members of the Network.

Meeting-Workshop of coordinators of the Network in July of 2011 in Havana Cuba. It counted on the participation of coordinators from 17 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose was to analyze proposals to re-launch and re think REDH as an agglutinating institution of the thoughts of the left wing and progressive peoples of the world. The debates were summoned and moderated by Carmen Bohórquez as General Coordinator of the Network. The meeting designed strategies and analyzed proposals to strengthen the work of the Network and national networks in face of the challenges imposed daily by the empire, and in face of the work of the large communication media that serves the interests of the oligarchy and the lies and defamation of the fierce media campaigns.

Poetry in the Network in Defense of Humanity

World Poetry movement in Defense of Humanity: This network was focused at the International Festival of Poetry of Medellin and is coordinated by the poet and Nobel laureate Fernando Rendón who is also Coordinator of REDH in Colombia. It organizes systematic actions for World Peace in more than 50 countries of the planet and mobilizes thousands of poets in defense of just causes.


Theater Network in Defense of Humanity

This proposal was presented in the 15th Theater Festival of Havana in October of 2013 and in April 2014 made its official presentation of the Network in Argentina. The purpose is to promote the construction of a broad theater network, diverse, plural and a deep humanitarian sense and solidarity for all the theater workers and for all those who feel the wish to actively contributes to social transformation, standing in favor of life, peace, justice and freedom. Manuel Santos, director of the El Bachín Teatro in Argentina is the Coordinator of the Network.


Everyone´s Song

Integration Project the Cultural ALBA was formed in 2006. Everyone’s Song is a network of folk singers that is born in 2000 promoted by “everyone’s song is my song” by Violeta Parra and also on the premise that a “song that has been brave will always be a new song” Victor Jara said. Its purpose is to build bridges of solidarity that forms a memory of the south. It organizes concerts, workshop, meeting where the song is often influenced by traditional folklore and music is the means of promoting a vindication of ideas, characterized by their political and social commitment.

It´s general coordinator is the Troubadour and songwriter Cuban Vicente Feliú. In 2005, in Porto Alegre, in the World Social Forum, with the support of the Cuba-Venezuela House, the troubadours were summoned so sing for Chavez and Lula, and responded affirmatively Gabriel Sequeira (Argentina), Ricardo Flecha (Paraguay), Juan Pablo Fernández (Argentina), Pedro Muñoz and Marcial Congo (Brazil), Panchito and Francisco Villa (Chile), Miryam Quinones (Peru) and the Duo black and white (Christian Benítez and Mario Ramírez(, Bolivia).

Monothematic Dossiers

In face of the national or international conflicts the Network gathers articles and information on these issues and digitalizes them (only in Spanish)

Solidaridad con Honduras

Homenaje póstumo al Comandante Hugo Chavez

Boletín sobre Derechos Humanos en Cuba

Solidaridad internacional con el Presidente Evo Morales

Dossier: El imperialismo cuestionado - Caso Snowden

Contra el Golpe en Venezuela

Fondos Buitres y Soberanía Financiera: el caso argentino

En Solidaridad con Palestina

Dossier especial sobre el impacto del bloqueo de Estados Unidos contra Cuba

Dossier especial, En nombre de la guerra