Reflections by comrade Fidel
BUSH, WAR AND THE DESPERATE STRUGGLE FOR A SLICE OF LIFE
In the reflection titled “Bush in the Sky”, published by our newspapers this past March 23rd, I claimed Bush would get up to his old tricks during the NATO meeting in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, held from the 1st to the 3rd of April.
Important events are taking place in
According to the EFE, Greek
nationalists celebrated having prevented
The Greek press was unanimous, that Thursday, in calling the veto that prevented Macedonia’s entry into NATO a success, a decision that was confirmed today at the summit meeting that this military organization held in Bucharest.
Above all else, the media underscored the intense
As a headline of the Athenian newspaper Avriani announced, Bush’s blackmail did
not go down well, but Kostas Karamanlis will go down in
The EFE reported that the
White House expressed its satisfaction over the results obtained at the summit,
where the allies promised to base more troops in
Tirana, April 3rd (EFE)
According to EFE's article,
Albanian members of parliament, who convened for an extraordinary session, called the day "historical" and extolled it as the country’s most important event since the proclamation of Kosovo’s independence this past February 17th and the creation of the Albanian state in 1912.
President of Parliament Jozefina Topalli thanked all
nations that supported
The invitation, Topalli said, marks the end of
Minister for the Economy Genc Ruli stated that
The main streets in the Albanian capital were embellished
today with the flags of NATO and
This article opens with a question: Isolated from the rest of the world? The image of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, sitting alone next to empty chairs before the table at the NATO summit meeting, while George W. Bush and other leaders speak animatedly nearby, was the front-page photo of the main Spanish newspapers today and revived debates on the foreign policies of the Spanish socialist government.
In addition to commenting on the controversial
photograph, newspapers and radio and television talk shows underscored the
absence of a meeting between Zapatero and Bush, which
Bush's relationship with Zapatero has been cold and
distant since the socialist came to power for, almost immediately after his
election, in April 2004, the latter withdrew the 1,300 thousand Spanish
soldiers who were based in
At no point did the
Neither Bush has officially visited
Exchanges between Bush and Zapatero in
ANSA reports that in his
closing remarks at the NATO summit,
According to analysts, the
It was "Old Europe", with the French-German
axis at the helm in its criticisms of the war in
Bush’s nervousness was also evident in his sudden interruption
of the press conference held at Romanian President Traian Basescu's summer
residence, when the European head of state was attempting to answer a question
Bush's irritation over the length of the summit meetings,
where the 26 heads of State took the floor, also came to fore. The president
abandoned the debates on
Bush also reacted adversely to a New York Times article which commented on the “invisibility” of the US White House chief in the midst of the electoral campaigns and despite warnings of an economic recession.
Bush had but one triumph at
According to analysts, Bush will have the opportunity to
put some order to the
According to the AFP, in a
rare cooperative gesture,
The agreement concerning
Non-military equipment for ISAF (International Security
Assistance Force based in
The ISAF, led by NATO since 2003, is today made up of 47,000 officers from 39 countries.
In response to a request for reinforcements for military
headquarters, to combat ferocious Taliban resistance in southern and eastern
As more troops are deployed and spending increases, the
Rogozin, the Russian ambassador to NATO, had stated that
the fate of
Though President George W. Bush affirmed that the Cold War had ended, AFP tells us, the summit meeting between NATO and Russia held in Bucharest this week demonstrated that the former enemies continue to lock horns over nearly all issues: Georgia and the Ukraine, Kosovo’s independence, the anti-missiles shield, Iran and the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
“NATO cannot guarantee its own security by expanding to other countries”, Putin told Western leaders.
The facts are evident: since the end of the Cold War, NATO's membership has grown from 16 to 28, absorbing nearly all of the former communist block —Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia—and three former Soviet republics: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
In the heat of this geopolitical battle, on Thursday Putin managed to convince the 26 allies to postpone granting Georgia and Ukraine the candidacy to join the organization, a move strongly backed by President Bush and a step towards becoming full members.
But Putin’s partial triumph does not dispel
NATO’s declaration adds to the questions and
The EFE reports that
The President’s visit is his first official visit to
Croatian authorities announced earlier today that everything was ready for Bush's visit, which posed the greatest challenge to the country's security forces that they had faced to date.
While these news reached us from the Balkans, in Europe's south-east, where numerous countries are fighting over the "honour" of being devoured by the empire's economic and financial system in order to improve their material living conditions, which have nothing in common with those of the underdeveloped world, a news cable issued by the EFE on April 2nd reported the following:
World Bank (WB) President Robert Zoellick called today for coordinated global action to address rising food prices which, coupled to increasingly high energy prices, threaten to destabilize 33 countries around the world.
Zoellick referred to this coordinated action as one of the four measures which need to be implemented immediately to secure a sustainable process of globalization and minimize the effects of today's international financial crisis on the developing world.
He called for a global trade agreement at the
He also called for greater transparency in the raw materials sector in the developing world, with a view to giving greater impetus to growth.
His speech, delivered at a hotel in the
To achieve all this, we must confront problems such as skyrocketing basic food prices, which result, among other factors, from energy sector recovery.
Zoellic stressed that basic food prices have gone up by 80 percent since 2005. He pointed out that, last month alone, the rice and wheat prices reached their highest, reported in the last 19 and 28 years, respectively.
The World Bank estimates that 33 countries around the world face potential social or political crises as a result of high food and energy prices, he stated.
He pointed out that demographic conditions, a change in people’s diets, energy and biofuel prices and climate change suggest that the high and volatile costs of food will be with us in years to come.
In view of this situation, he proposed the creation of what he described as a New Agreement for a Global Food Policy, which ought to focus not only on hunger, malnutrition and access to food products, but also on other factors such as the connections those prices have to energy or climate change.
Food policy needs to draw the attention of the top political circles, because no country or group of countries can face these interconnected challenges alone, he concluded.
These two institutions, the World Bank and the IMF, are part of the imperialist system.
The first news of Bush’s risky trip to
Reporters from several western press agencies travelled with him.
An AFP cable dated April 4th reported:
W. Bush told NATO allies that the
"(…) The president indicated that he expected in 2009 the
bipartisan support for such a move in the
US President George W. Bush arrived today in
The last meeting between Bush and Putin will focus on
Tomorrow, Sunday, the Russian and US presidents also plan on signing a document that will set down a strategic framework to guide relations between the two countries under the leadership of their respective successors.
The document must be an honest instrument, for there are problems that cannot be ignored, said Serguei Prijodko, foreign policy advisor for the Kremlin chief, as quoted by the Russian agency Interfax.
He stressed that significant differences still exist
Among these differences, Prijodjo also pointed out the
differing stances on NATO’s expansion, particularly into the former Soviet
republics of the
Bush’s visit to
On April 5th, the German agency DPA reported:
Tying lose ends, getting in step with each other, Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin prepare for their meeting at the Sochi spa, next to the Black Sea, with a view to sparing their successors political burdens.
It was Bush who chose Putin's summer residence as the venue for their last meeting: his parents had been delighted with their private visit, in 2003, to this mansion, erected following Stalin’s death. The locality will also host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The two presidents availed themselves of many of their 23 meetings to compliment each other in public.
But, beneath such personal sympathies, there are more
than enough reasons for political friction. One of them is the
The Vice-President of Russia's Academy for Security, Defence and Order, General Viktor Yessin, affirmed there were reasons for cautious optimism.
Different kinds of speculations also surround Bush and
Putin’s last meeting: some believe the presidents plan on an agreement to
construct a means of transportation that will connect the two countries via
The media began to speculate on this when the rich governor of Chukotka, Roman Abramovich, ordered the largest tunnel boring drill in the world from the construction company Herrenknecht.
A Kremlin spokesperson commented on the rumours surrounding the 42 billion-euro (66 million-dollar) 100-kilometer tunnel.
On April 6th, the French agency AFP reported:
Putin declared that he was prudently optimistic about a definitive agreement and that he felt it was feasible.
Bush stated he wants to establish a personal relationship with elected Russian President Dimitri Medvedev that will allow the two of them to work together on common problems.
Bush, who participated at the NATO summit in
Plans exist to expand the
Upon his return to the
US President George W. Bush returned to
But the document also clearly reveals the profound
differences that persist between
Putin declared that the devil hides in the small-print. It is important for experts to decide what the guarantee measures will be and how they will be implemented.
There is also discussion surrounding matters such as the
expansion of NATO towards the east, particularly towards the former Soviet
republics of the
When they met 7 years ago, Bush stated he had looked into Putin’s eyes and had been able to glimpse his soul. The two leaders have maintained a good personal relationship, despite the deterioration of their country's relations.
Now, Bush and Medvedev have got off on a different foot.
While at their first meeting the
For an immense country such as
Asia is far more important than Europe for
What interest does the
All the while, Bush declares terrorist whatever countries he pleases.
I decided not to divide this reflection into two parts, risking a lengthy text.
I have still to address an issue which, though less significant, I would like to analyze separately because of its concrete relationship to our country. I shall do so on a different occasion.
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 6, 2008