Reflections by comrade Fidel
THE ALBA ND COPENHAGUEN
The festivities associated to the 7th
ALBA Summit, held in the historic Bolivian region of Cochabamba,
showed the rich culture of the Latin American peoples and the joy elicited in
children, young people and adults in general by the singing, the dancing, the
costumes and rich expressions of the human beings of all ethnic groups, colors
and shades: aborigine, black, white and mixed people. We could see there
thousands of years of human history and precious culture that explain the
determination with which the leaders of various
The meeting was a great success.
The powerful adversary had neoliberalism and the FTAA; two instruments of domination always used after the Cuban Revolution to crush every resistance in the hemisphere.
It is irritating to think of the shameless
and disrespectful way in which the US administration imposed the government of
millionaire Pedro Carmona and tried to have elected
President Hugo Chavez removed, at a time when the USSR had disappeared and the
People’s Republic of China was a few years away from becoming the economic and
commercial power it is today, after two decades of over 10% growth. The
Venezuelan people, like that of
Today, there are four Latin American
countries that have completely eradicated illiteracy:
This alone would be a great political merit if in today’s world that were the only big problem of man’s history.
The economic and political system that in a short historical period has led to the existence of more than one billion hungry people, and many more hundreds of millions whose lives are hardly longer than half the average of those in the wealthy and privileged countries, was until now the main problem for mankind.
But, a new and extremely serious problem was strongly discussed at the ALBA Summit: climate change. A danger of such magnitude had never been known in human history.
As Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Daniel Ortega waved the people goodbye in the streets of Cochabamba yesterday, Sunday, that same day, according to news spread by BBC World, Gordon Brown was chairing in London a session of the Major Economies Forum mostly made up by the highest developed capitalist countries, the main culprits for the carbon dioxide emissions, that is, the gas causing the greenhouse effect.
The significance of Brown’s remarks is
that they have not been made by a representative of ALBA or one of the 150
emerging or underdeveloped countries on the planet but of
Some of the ‘catastrophic’ consequences
would be floods, droughts and lethal heat waves claimed the environmental group
Nature World Fund referring to Brown’s assertion. “The climate change will be
out of control within the next five to ten years if the CO2 emissions are not
drastically cut down. There will not be a plan B if
The same news source claims that: “BBC specialist James Landale has explained that not everything is happening as expected.”
Newsweek reported that “it seems more
unlikely every day that the states will commit to something in
According to reports from the major American press outlet, the chairman of the session, Gordon Brown, said that “if no agreement is reached, there is no doubt that the damage of the uncontrolled emissions will not be repaired with a future agreement.” He then went on to mention such conflicts as “unchecked migration and 1.8 billion people afflicted by water shortage.”
Actually, as the Cuban delegation claimed
The capitalist system is not only
oppressing and plundering our countries; the wealthiest industrial nations wish
to impose to the rest of the world the bulk of the burden in the struggle on
climate change. Who are they trying to fool with that? In
Fidel Castro Ruz