I listened to the entire Round Table programme on Thursday the 13th, without missing one single second of it. The news about the Bali Conference, commented on by Rogelio Polanco, editor-in-chief of “Juventud Rebelde” newspaper, confirms the importance of the international agreements and the necessity of taking them very seriously.
On that small Indonesian island, a meeting
was held that gathered many Heads of Government of the so-called
The UN Secretary General, faced with the
tenacious obstruction opposed by the
That declaration transformed the
conference into a shouting match. On the
tenth day of pointless persuasive efforts, the American representative Paula
Drobransky said, after a deep sigh:
"We join the consensus."
It is obvious that the
The grand show began:
theatrical solution reserved for
The Group of 77, made up by 132 countries
that are struggling to develop, had achieved consensus to demand from the
industrialized countries a 20 to 40 per cent reduction of the gases that cause
climatic change by the year
We should not forget that those gases cause heat waves, desertification, the melting of glaciers
and the increase of the sea level, as a result of which entire countries or
large parts of them could be left under the water. The industrialized nations share with the
All of this that I am stating was demonstrated on that very Saturday, December 15th, at 10:06 Washington time, when it was announced that the President of the United States had asked the Senate –and the Senate approved it- a 696 billion dollars military budget for the 2008 fiscal year, 189 billion of which was ear-marked for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A feeling of sound pride came over me as I remembered the dignified and serene way in which I responded to the hurtful proposals made to me in 1998 by the then Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. I entertain no illusions.
I strongly believe that the answers to the current problems facing the Cuban society, which has, as an average, a twelfth grade education, almost a million university graduates, and a real possibility for all its citizens to become educated without their being in any way discriminated against, require more variables for each concrete problem than those contained in a chess game. We cannot ignore one single detail; this is not an easy path to take, if the intelligence of a human being in a revolutionary society is to prevail over instinct.
My elemental duty is not to cling to positions, much less to stand in the way of younger persons, but rather to contribute my own experience and ideas whose modest value comes from the exceptional era that I had the privilege of living in.
Like Niemeyer, I believe that one has to be consistent right up to the end.
(Signed) Fidel Castro Ruz
Please include this letter in
the Round Table programme that is announced today to be about