Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Renowned American Intellectual Saul Landau Has Died

Saul Landau died in the U.S. on Monday night, a shining example of an
intellectual and artist committed to popular struggles for peace, justice and freedom, a faithful friend to Gerardo Hernandez and a tireless defender of the cause of the Cuban Five.

Landau was a writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker and American academic whose work has focused largely on Latin America.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Landau was internationally known for his documentaries and writings on American politics and cultural issues. His accomplishments earned him five awards, including an Emmy for the film Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (1980), the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Assassination on Embassy Row (John Dinges, Pantheon, 1980), on the assassination of the then director of the Transnational Institute, Orlando Letelier, and the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award for his life's work in defense of human rights.

In addition to his film career, Landau has cultivated for decades an academic profile working for over twenty years as a researcher with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, DC He is also senior researcher and former director of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.

He was recently awarded the Medal of Friendship by the State Council of the Republic of Cuba for his continued support to the Cuban people and its Revolution and its struggle for the cause of the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States.

May our sorrow be transformed into a commitment to multiple the solidarity and struggle for the ideals that Saul dedicated his whole life to.

Saul's homepage 
Reprinted from CubaDebate
Translation by freethefive.org