Reflections by Comrade Fidel
The baseball and football classics fill the stadiums and amuse the masses all over the world. Obviously we all consider ourselves experts on the subject –myself included- and get involved in heated arguments with anybody.
when it comes to the economy, where there are certain events that are crucial
for the world, those who get interested on the topic can be counted on the
fingers of one hand. I browsed our press
looking for news about a particular event and I could not find a single word
about the G-20 meeting to begin in
Yesterday, the evening television news referred to the meeting to emphasize on the spectacular security measures adopted by the British authorities. Reportedly, Obama will travel accompanied by 200 security service agents who are experts in protection. Incidentally we also heard news about the sophisticated four-engine Boeing that will take them there, which is equipped with 80 TV channels, almost 100 telephone lines and an equipment that contains the codes required to order the shooting of nuclear missiles, which are always ready to take off. We also learned about the helicopter specially designed to carry him by air to the meeting room as well as the invulnerable perforation-proof tank-like automobile on which he will move while on the ground. Those are the state-of-the-art military science and technology devices placed at his disposal.
a single word has been said about the significance of the
Through the information published by the international cable news agencies and specialized magazines, or contained in the speeches and interviews of heads of State and leaders of UN agencies, I will try to follow the evolution of the meeting, which will witness the sharp economic and ideological contradictions that characterize today’s complex world that has plunged into a profound crisis.
a statement made to a BBC International program, Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister
of Australia, who belongs to the Labor Party, said that the heads of State and
Government of the G-20 countries will not approve a fiscal stimulus plan at the
London Summit. He pointed out that during
A spokesperson for Gordon Brown said that it was an old document from the previous G-20 meeting.
The Bank of England stated that the British economy is not in the position of becoming even more indebted.
According to another cable news, the G-20 leaders hope that the support to the financial sector, the increased public expenditures and the extra financing to the IMF will bail the world economy out of a recession by the end of 2010, as was pointed out in the draft communiqué published by the Financial Times on Sunday.
“We are determined to ensure that this crisis is not repeated.”
Dimitri Medvedev told the BBC that
heads of State and Government of the 20 biggest economies of the world issued a
draft declaration previous to the
sources have declared to the Financial
Times that the text of the communiqué should not change before the
head of the British chancellery said that
Obama, for his part, stated yesterday, March 30, to the same British press
agency, that he had called for unity within the G-20. He ensured that the world leaders know that
they should send a “strong message of unity” for the sake of the global
economy. He played down the importance
of the split that exists between the
He added that in all countries there is a certain tension between the steps that need to be taken to reactivate the economy and the fact that some of these steps cost lots of money and taxpayers feel skeptical about spending more.
He said that if voters realize this is a one-way street and that they are only giving more money to institutions to avoid a catastrophe, it would be very difficult to convince them to do more.
than 180 countries of the world will not be present at the
summary is not an analysis. This is
simply about conveying to my fellow countrymen the essence of the G-20 debates
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 31, 2009