Reflections by Comrade Fidel
Yesterday on Thursday April 3rd, at midday, I had an almost two-hour meeting with Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo.
As I explained to Daniel in
the letter I sent to him in the afternoon, I was pleasantly impressed with the
meeting. I thanked him for the
opportunity I had in learning about the details of his struggle in
I expressed my sadness to
him about the cadres who deserted and I recalled Tomás Borge, Bayardo, Jaime
Wheelock, Miguel D´Escoto and others who had remained faithful to Sandino’s
dreams and to the revolutionary ideas brought to
I asked him to please send
me news as often as possible in order to know about the ups and downs of a
I sent Rosario a copy of the book “The Geology of Cuba for All” that I received three days ago, a marvelous biography of nature on our island throughout hundreds of millions of years, illustrated with beautiful pictures and photographs, written by 12 Cuban scientists and constituting a literary jewel with its articles and analyses. I showed it to her and she had been very interested in it.
I chatted with Daniel at
length about the “famous”
Those summit meetings have a
history which has certainly been rather dismal.
The first took place in
were packing their bags for their victorious return to
The dirty war against
The presidents of South and
Central America enthusiastically attended the 1994 Miami Summit, heartened by
President Carlos Menem of
The list of attendees from
Central America in
Ernesto Zedillo was
A strategic objective
lurked in the background of this meeting: the imperialist dream for a free
trade agreement reaching from
President Hugo Chavez of
History decreed that José
Martí, our National Hero and the champion of Cuban independence, would
experience capitalism’s first great economic crisis in the
In May of 1888, the president of the United States had sent the peoples of the Americas and the Kingdom of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean an invitation from the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to an international conference in Washington to study, among other things, “the adoption of a common silver-based currency by each of the governments that would be enforced for the reciprocal trade transactions among the citizens of all the American states”.
Certainly, the members of Congress must have studied well the consequences such measures would have.
Nearly two years after the International American Conference, of which the United States was a party, an international monetary union was recommended and, as basis for this union, the minting of one or more currencies that might be used in the represented countries.
Finally, after a month’s
delay, as Marti himself tells it, the
It was a premonition of what would happen 55 years later in Bretton Woods where the U.S. was granted the privilege of issuing an international paper currency, using gold and silver.
However, that event led to
Marti drawing up the most impressive political and economical analysis I have
ever read in my life, published in the Illustrated Review of New York in the
month of May of
During my meeting with Daniel, he gave me a large number of paragraphs that are being debated about the final declaration of the upcoming Port of Spain Summit.
The OAS as the permanent
secretary for the
Surely there are a great
number of inadmissible concepts. It will
be a litmus test for the peoples of the Caribbean and
Who will assume those responsibilities? Who now demands our extinction? Could it be that they do not understand that the days of treaties excluding our people are a thing of the past? There will be important reservations in that declaration signed by heads of state so that it can be understood that in spite of the changes attained through tough talks, there are ideas which are unacceptable to them.
Even stones shall speak!
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 4, 2009