Reflections by comrade Fidel
A NOBEL PRIZE FOR EVO
If Obama was awarded the Nobel for winning the elections in a racist society despite his being African American, Evo deserves it for winning them in his country despite his being a native and his having delivered on his promises.
For the first time, in both countries a member of their respective ethnic groups has won the presidency.
I had said
several times that Obama is a smart and cultivated man in a social and
political system he believes in. He wishes to bring healthcare to nearly 50
million Americans, to rescue the economy from its profound crisis and to
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three American presidents, one former president and one candidate to the presidency.
The first one
was Theodore Roosevelt elected in 1901. He was one of the Rough Riders who
The second was
Thomas Woodrow Wilson who dragged the
The third has been Barack Obama.
Carter was the
ex-president who received the Nobel Prize a few years after leaving office. He
was certainly one of the few presidents of that country who would not order the
murder of an adversary, as others did. He returned the
The candidate was Al Gore –when he already was vicepresident. He was the best informed American politician on the dreadful consequences of climate change. As a candidate to the presidency, he was the victim of an electoral fraud and stripped of his victory by W. Bush.
The views have been deeply divided with regards to the choice for this award. Many people question ethical concepts or perceive obvious contradictions in the unexpected decision.
They would have rather seen the Prize given for an accomplished task. The Nobel Peace Prize has not always been presented to people deserving that distinction. On occasions it has been received by resentful and arrogant persons, or even worse. Upon hearing the news, Lech Walesa scornfully said: “Who, Obama? It’s too soon. He has not had time to do anything.”
In our press and in CubaDebate, honest revolutionary comrades have expressed their criticism. One of them wrote: “The same week in which Obama was granted the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Senate passed the largest military budget in its history: 626 billion dollars.” Another journalist commented during the TV News: “What has Obama done to deserve that award?” And still another asked: “And what about the Afghan war and the increased number of bombings?” These views are based on reality.
I am sure that
Obama agrees with
It is said that the celebrated committee that assigns the Nobel Peace Prize is made up of five persons who are all members of the Swedish Parliament. A spokesman said it was a unanimous vote. One wonders whether or not the prizewinner was consulted and if such a decision can be made without giving him previous notice.
The moral judgment would be different depending on whether or not he had previous knowledge of the Prize’s allocation. The same could be said of those who decided to present it to him.
Perhaps it would be worthwhile creating the Nobel Transparency Prize.
However, nobody has brought up the name of Evo.
It is obvious that for the first time in Bolivian history a man who is every inch an Aymara native has become president of that state founded by The Liberator, Simon Bolivar, after the Ayacucho Battle, when the last Spanish viceroy surrendered to General Antonio Jose de Sucre.
At the time
common blood and culture binding them, the fratricidal and pro-imperialist
oligarchs of the neighboring states snatched away from
Despite all of
Before his sixth birthday, Evo Morales, a very poor native peasant, walked through The Andes with his father tending the llama of his native community. He needed to herd the animals for 15 days to the market where they were sold to pay for food for the community. In response to a question I asked him about that peculiar experience Evo told me that “he took shelter under the one-thousand stars hotel,” a beautiful way of describing the clear skies on the mountains where telescopes are sometimes placed.
difficult days of his childhood, the only alternative of the peasants in his
community was to cut sugarcane in the Argentinean
Not far from
La Higuera, where after being wounded and disarmed Che [Guevara] was murdered
During his hazardous childhood, Evo would go wherever there was a teacher. It was from his race that he learned three ethical principles: don’t lie, don’t steal and don’t be weak.
At the age of
13, his father allowed him to move to San Pedro de Oruro to study his senior
high school. One of his biographers has related that he did better in
Geography, History and Philosophy than in Physics and Mathematics. The most important thing is that, in order to
pay for school, Evo woke up a two in the morning to work as a baker, a
construction worker or any other physical job. He attended school in the
afternoon. His classmates admired him and helped him. From his early childhood
he learned how to play wind instruments and even was a trumpet player in a
prestigious band in
As a teenager he organized and was the captain of his community’s soccer team.
But, access to the University was beyond reach for a poor Aymara native.
After completing his senior high school, he did military service and then returned to his community on the mountain tops. Later, poverty and natural disasters forced the family to migrate to the subtropical area known as El Chapare, where they managed to have a plot of ground. His father passed away in 1983, when he was 23 years old. He worked hard on the ground but he was a born fighter; he organized the workers and created trade unions thus filling up a space unattended by the government.
for a social revolution in
revolutionary objectives in
in the international revolutionary movement had an impact on
It would be hard to try summing up his rich history in a few pages.
I shall only
say that Evo has prevailed over the wicked and slanderous imperialist
campaigns, its coups and interference in the internal affairs of that country
The deadly trap of drug-trafficking has failed to catch Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador, revolutionary countries members of ALBA like Cuba which are aware of what they can and should do to bring healthcare, education and wellbeing to their peoples. They do not need foreign troops to combat drug-trafficking.
eradicated in less than three years: 824,101 Bolivian learned how to read and
write; 24,699 did so also in Aymara and 13,599 in Quechua.
It provides free healthcare to millions of people who had never had it before. It is one of the seven countries in the world with the largest reduction of infant mortality rate in the last five years and with a real possibility to meet the Millennium Goals before the year 2015, with a similar accomplishment regarding maternal deaths. It has conducted eye surgery on 454,161 persons, 75,974 of them Brazilians, Argentineans, Peruvians and Paraguayans.
More than 700,000 persons over 60 years of age are receiving a bonus equivalent to some 342 dollars annually.
Every pregnant woman and child under two years of age is receiving an additional benefit of approximately 257 dollars.
In a very
There will be elections on December 6. Surely, the people’s support for their President will increase. Nothing has stopped his growing prestige and popularity.
Why is he not awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
his great disadvantage: he is not the President of the
Fidel Castro Ruz