Reflections by comrade Fidel
BUSH, MILLIONAIRES, CONSUMPTION AND UNDER-CONSUMPTION
No one requires additional proof of the growing hatred that drives the slaughter in Iraq, a country where 95 percent of the population is Muslim —of these, over 60 percent are Shiites and the remainder Sunnis—or the killings in Afghanistan, where over 99 percent of the population is also Muslim —80 percent Sunni and the remainder Shiite. The two nations are also made up of nationalities and ethnic groups of diverse origins and locations.
Russians didn’t jump onto the war's bandwagon; far too much of their blood was
spilt there, and the invasion's political cost was incalculable. It is likely that citizens of
Another significant detail is the fact that the struggle against heroin traffic goes unmentioned in a country where war has turned poppy growers into the only people capable of satisfying the country's medical demand of opium and, in addition to this, of supplying countless people with the drug.
The Russian president notes that NATO has grown from 16 to 28 members. Bush declares he looked into the eyes of his Russian counterpart and read his thoughts —that’s what he uses the teleprompter for— but he didn’t say whether it was written in English or Russian.
500 billion dollars were siphoned out of
cannot help but recall the Monday of April 3rd, when I laid down the
voluminous international news bulletin and opened that day's Granma edition to
distract myself a while. I began by perusing the last page. What a surprise!
Juan Varela offered a nearly flawless description of the differences between
the 24-hour roadside cafeteria and gas station center of Aguada de Pasajeros,
in the province of Cienfuegos, and Nueva Paz, in the province of
What does Juan Varela tell us? “The peddlers arrive from different places; they operate as some sort of association and employ a clever warning system. Using signals, they alert each other of the presence of law enforcement or state officials. Showing feline stealth, in a few minutes they can dismantle their stage of operations and transport the goods to a previously agreed to location. There, they await the signal announcing that the coast is clear".
Where do the goods sold by this fifth column in Nueva Paz come from? They are stolen from factories, means of transportation, warehouse or distribution facilities. Those who extol egoism and oppose all forms of restrictions by the State, which they consider meddlesome, will never be capable of building a solid and lasting society, a society which, today, thanks to the development of the productive forces, can only be the fruit of education and conscience, of values which must be sown and cultivated.
Thinking is not forbidden. Neither is dreaming. But thinking does not harm to anyone, while dreaming can doom an entire country and even more than that: the human species itself. The development of productive forces by science has been accompanied by the parallel development of destructive forces. Can anyone dispute this?
Turning the Granma's page that same day, I came across the section titled "Chasing the News", written by columnist Elson Concepción Pérez. The article, which I quote, is priceless:
“Not one article in the mainstream press refers to the social differences, the unemployment, the inflation and the other evils that arrived with capitalism.
the Internet, however, you can see the other side of the coin: a group of 300
Romanians —the richest in the country—, have accumulated more than US $33
billion, which, according to the ‘Top
those living below the poverty line are in the millions, the Eastern European
nation has one citizen with a fortune calculated at between US $3.1 and $3.3
billion. His name is Dinu Patriciu, and he recently sold a part of the
Rompetrol oil company to
“Dinu dethroned (…) Losif Constantin Dragan, who fell to seventh place with a fortune of between US $1.5 and $1.6 billion, according to the publication.
“Gigi Becali, owner of the Steaua Soccer Club, is now in second place with a fortune of at least US $2.8 billion, accumulated primarily in the real estate industry.
“Former tennis player and businessman Ion Tiriac, the second richest Romanian in 2006, with interests in banking, insurance and automobiles, is now third with a fortune of over US $2.2 billion.”
Thus reports Elson, in detailed fashion, in this section of Granma.
Let us not forget that
Another threat posed by developed
capitalism is climate change. An AFP cable reports on the declarations of James
Hansen, NASA’s chief climate expert. Created by Eisenhower on
already reached the dangerous level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,"
James Hansen, 67, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in
"But there are ways to solve the problem" of heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which Hansen said has reached the "tipping point" of 385 parts per million.
“(…) The major obstacle to saving the planet from its inhabitants is not technology, insisted Hansen, named one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2006 by Time magazine.”
"(…) What's become clear to me in the past several years is that both the executive branch and the legislative branch are strongly influenced by special fossil fuel interests," he said (…).
"(...) The industry is misleading the public and policy makers about the cause of climate change. And that is analogous to what the cigarette manufacturers did. They knew smoking caused cancer, but they hired scientists who said that was not the case."
“(…) Last year Hansen testified before the U.S. Congress that "interference with communication of science to the public has been greater during the current administration than at any time in my career."
“Government public relations officials, he said, filter the facts in science reports to reduce 'concern about the relation of climate change to human-made greenhouse gas emissions.’"
“(….) The policy makers, 'the people who need to know are ignorant of the actual status of the matter, and the gravity of the matter, and most important, the urgency of the matter,’ he charged.”
Another important fact I want
to underscore is this: the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a bulwark of the
developed capitalist system imposed on humanity, possesses 3,217 tons of gold.
The empire’s colossal
disinformation apparatus which, among other things, referred to my message to intellectuals
claimed that Fidel was attacking the use of computers, portraying me as someone
detached from reality. During his closing remarks at the UNEAC Congress,
Minister of Culture and prestigious intellectual Abel Prieto brilliantly
replied to the intrigue, invoking the more than 600 Computer Youth Clubs that
have been opened across
The persuasive, realistic and
cogent words of Esteban Lazo, a black, white-haired man with a voice that
resounds with his 64 years of experience, an exceptional witness to these
processes having been the Party's First Secretary in
If the empire managed to
secure control of
Ultimately, we have held our ground in spite of the blockade, their aggressions and their brutal acts of terrorism for nearly half a century.
I had the privilege of
listening to important speeches, delivered by invitees from
Fidel Castro Ruz