Reflections by Comrade Fidel
G-20, APEC AND THE EXTREME UNCTION OF CREDIBILITY
According to Roman Catholic practice, when someone is deathly ill, they
make their confession and then receive extreme unction. This is what has happened with
When I was looking over the list of APEC member countries, I noticed
that it was headed by the US and Japan, two of the wealthiest nations in the
world; they were followed by Canada, Australia, Singapore and South Korea,
considerably industrialized; it includes Russia, a powerful state with
important natural, scientific and technical resources, and a group of the most
important emerging countries is added to the list, like China, Indonesia and
others in South-east Asia that are washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean,
thus reaching the number of 21 countries who are meeting together in Japan on
the 13th and14th, almost simultaneously as the G-20, 9 of
which had been at the Seoul meeting to discuss the most important problems. All the countries at both forums are
capitalist, with the exception of
On the list of APEC members, there appears a very poor state that has
nothing in common with the rest of the 20:
What do we know about the country included at number 17 on the APEC
list? That its first settlers arrived
there 45 or 50 thousand years ago, coming from south-east
Europeans arrived in
Even should we admit that they brought knowledge and the advances of
societies having greater cultural development than some of the human
communities that inhabited isolated territories washed and separated by the
waters of the Pacific; nevertheless, much of
The colonial powers deigned to grant independence to
According to the census of 2000, the population of
Despite its enormous natural resources: oil, copper and gold, constituting
80 percent of its exports, Papua New
Guinea is the country having the lowest life expectancy rate at birth. Their abundant fishing is exploited by foreign
companies and it is very much affected by the climatic changes of the
It is the country that has the greatest number of languages, up to 820, equivalent to 12% of the 7,536 languages estimated by experts to exist in the world. In many villages, people speak their own language.
Not far from there, we find the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste with its
dramatic and heroic history. It was
conquered by the Portuguese in 1512, along with Guinea Bissau, the Cabo Verde
islands and Sao Tomé y Príncipe,
When the Carnation Revolution in 1974 defeated the Salazar tyranny in
I do not need to explain the close historical ties existing between our country and the former Portuguese colonies; our battles against the apartheid troops – supplied with strategic nuclear weapons by the Reagan government - grant our country the moral authority to have an opinion about APEC decisions when the US government imposes measures that strike at the interests of all countries, including the other members of that institution.
It has attempted to impose the re-evaluation of the Yuan (Reimimbi, Chinese currency) on China, without taking into account that since China began its administrated policy of the Yuan in July 2005 it has been re-evaluating; from 8.28 Yuan for a dollar, today it is at less than 6.70.
The Chinese premier, according to an article published in the Financial Times on October 6 this year,
declared during a visit to
It is very clear that all the Third World countries who have China as a safe market for their exports – destined to satisfy the needs of a population that, at the recent 2008 census, topped 1,324 million 655,000 inhabitants, almost a billion more than the population of the United States, and an economy growing at an average rate of no less than 10% annually – would obtain less products for their exports to that country and, in turn, all those being exported to the rest of the world, paid in dollars, would obtain a paper currency that would be worth less and less.
Eighty percent of US exports are services: those in the so-called leisure industry and many others that do not satisfy the basic needs of our peoples, urgently needed for the necessities of development and vital services for society.
In an article on the internet, “The West Perfecting Its Techniques To Hurt China” by André Vltchek, among other interesting aspects, explains:
“Tactics that were at work – to first discredit and then destroy all Communist and Socialist, progressive and nationalist states, governments and movements including Soviet Union, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, Chile, Tanzania, and recently Venezuela – are considered useful until this day. Now they are more refined, (more people and technology are involved) […] After all, the task that Western global dictatorship defined for itself is tremendous: China – the most populated nation on earth. The fact that China is historically peaceful … and very successful makes the task much more difficult. […]the West is presently (indirectly) involved in massacres in Congo/DRC (at least 5 million have died there), in destabilizing entire Horn of Africa and parts of Latin America and in aggressive wars in Iraq, Afghanistan to name just a few lethal adventures.”
“‘People see concretely what China is doing”, explains Mwandawiro Mghanga, former Kenyan MP, member of Defense and Foreign Relations Committees, poet and prisoner of conscience under brutal pro-Western regime of former dictator Moi. “If you travel throughout the country, you’ll see Chinese constructing and building roads, stadiums and housing projects which are very good. They are also very closely involved with people in spite of all propaganda being spread by the West. The reality of what China is doing is being seen and appreciated by our citizens. But there is great pressure on Kenyan government not to cooperate with China. In fact, there is great hostility towards Kenya – the West is punishing this country for having relatively close ties with PRC.”
The annual APEC
Summit Meeting began yesterday in
Within APEC, micro-forums are functioning, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), for free trade, limited to Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore, to which the United States, Australia, Peru, Malaysia and Vietnam would like to be included. In brief, anything good for selling something: markets, markets, markets.
Obama, as one of
the Magi, goes around distributing positions in the UN Security Council, like
someone managing his own possessions.
According to European news agencies “…indicated on Saturday that
doesn`t know whether such a generous offer would also be made to Lula, in spite
of the fact that more than 500 million Latin Americans and almost a billion
Africans do not have permanent representation on that Council. How long does he think the world can be
manipulated this way? But Maybe I am
mistaken and I am underestimating Obama, if he, in his euphoria, decides to
Of course, the G-20
and APEC meetings both ended on a happy note, like the Western films coming out
Nevertheless, Chinese President Hu Jintao, according to information released by a more serious US news agency, declared: “‘Recovery is not solid and the deficits cause great uncertainty’ […] ‘The situation of jobs in developed countries is bleak and the emerging markets face inflationary pressures and share price bubbles’.”
Another European agency that tends to be objective pointed out: “Chinese president Hu Jintao said that his country will not accept external pressure to change their policy.”
his Asian tour after the meeting with “a visit to the statue of the great
Buddha of Kamakura – cast in bronze –
As for the chief of British Armed Forces, General David Richards, he said that Al-Qaeda —so he erroneously describes the Afghan resistance, true architect of the anti-NATO struggle, that has nothing to do with the forces to be created by the CIA for the struggle against Soviet troops – cannot be defeated “and that the United Kingdom must be ready to face the threat of Islamist attacks for at least the next 30 years.
“In an interview with the British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph, General Richards declared that his country should focus on containing the threat on its own citizens, a task that, he said, could be accomplished, instead of trying to defeat Islamist militancy.
“‘In conventional war, defeat and victory is very clear cut and is symbolised by troops marching into another nation's capital. (enemy)’, assured the chief of the British General Staff.
“‘First of all you have to ask: "do we need to defeat it (Islamist militancy)?" in the sense of a clear cut victory, and I would argue that it is unnecessary and would never be achieved’”, he pointed out.
“‘But can we contain it to the point that our lives and our children's lives are led securely?’, Richards wondered.
“‘I think we can." the soldier maintained.
According to Richards, the real weapons in the war against Al-Qaeda are education and democracy.
Furthermore, he said that the British army and government are ‘guilty of
not really understanding all that is in jeopardy’ in
According to BBC journalist Frank Gardner, General Richards’ comments
reflect a ‘new realism’ in anti-terrorist circles in the
More than enough reasons for Obama to visit the statue of the Great
Buddha of Kamakura, now that the fascist right-wing is rapidly gaining ground
Fidel Castro Ruz
November 14, 2010