Reflections by Comrade Fidel
The anguish of developed capitalism
Last Monday the 9th, like all the rest, was a marvellous day of contradictions for developed capitalism in the midst of its incurable crisis.
That day, the British news agency Reuters, not suspected of being anti-capitalist,
“If indeed the IDB isn’t making its own projections, Lora, an economist at the Industrial Development Bank, pointed out that ‘now nobody is talking about the fact that the region is going to grow more than one percent (this year), even if one were to review the latest projections there are drops in practically all the great economies of Latin America. If one looks at the projections, one understands why all the great economies are crashing’, said Lora.
“Deeply affected by the global financial crisis that has reduced the demand for its exports, the region will not be seeing any recovery soon, he pointed out.
“’The crisis is not going to be something that lasts one or two years, for some Latin American countries it could last much longer’, said Lora quoting a survey taken by the IDB among opinion leaders which showed that a great majority predicts stagnation or a drop in the per capita income in the countries of the region during the next four years”.
That same day, the Spanish agency EFE informed:
“The production of cocaine has spread to several Latin American countries and has unleashed a tidal wave of violence and population shifts causing some to call for an approach of war against drug trafficking, the British daily The Guardian writes today.
“That industry which generates benefits of billions of dollars has forced many farmers to abandon their lands, has given way to wars between gangs and has corrupted state institutions, the newspaper states.
At the same time, a new drug trafficking highway has grown up so rapidly
“Almost everyone interviewed by
the newspaper agrees that the insatiable demand for cocaine in
“’We believe that the war on drugs has been a failure because none of
the objectives have been met’, declared Cesar Gaviria
the former president of
“According to Gaviria, ‘the prohibitionist policies based on eradication, prohibition and criminalization have not yielded the expected results. Today we are farther away than ever from the goal of wiping out drugs’.
“The strategy of the
“A report by the Brookings Institution of the
AFP Agency publishes:
“President Felipe Calderon of Mexico called on the United States this Monday to assume ‘with facts’ its share of the responsibility in the fight on drugs, whose activities concentrate especially on the shared border.
“’On behalf of the hundreds of Mexican policemen who have died, it is fundamental that the United States assumes with facts part of the responsibility which corresponds to it in this fight against drug trafficking’, said Calderon at a press conference with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France who is on an official visit to Mexico.
“Moreover, Calderon asked
“If the intelligence units or the special police or military agencies of
Mexican government has unleashed a federal operation involving 36,000 soldiers
in order to fight the drug cartels, embarked on a war because of the
transporting of drugs to the U.S. which has left some 5,300 dead in
That same day, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, declared that she was a firm supporter of increasing up to 15% the amount of ethanol in fuel to reduce the country’s dependence on oil imports.
It is well known that ethanol in the
These very recent news items published by the agencies last Monday reveal the complete credibility of Atilio Boron’s conclusions that were summarized by Granma that very same day.
Fidel Castro Ruz