Reflections by comrade Fidel
Barack Obama is a
zealous believer in the imperialist capitalist system imposed by the
Some events hurt the sensitivity of the world public which sympathized with the victory of the African-American over the far-right candidate in that country. On the basis of one of the deepest economic crises the world has known, and on the pain brought on by the young Americans who lost their lives or were injured or maimed in the genocidal wars of conquest unleashed by his predecessor, he won with the vote of the majority of the 50% of Americans who cast a vote in that democratic nation.
of an elementary sense of ethic, Obama should have
refrained from accepting the Nobel Peace Prize when he had already decided on
sending forty thousand troops to an absurd war in the heart of
The warmongering policy and the plundering of natural resources, as well as the unequal terms of trade of the current administration toward the poor countries of the Third World are no different from those of his predecessors, most of them from the far-right, --with few exceptions—throughout the past century.
antidemocratic document imposed at the Copenhagen Summit on the international
community, which had given credit to his promise to cooperate in the struggle
against climate change, was another one of those events that disappointed many
people around the world. The
The list of contradictions would be endless between the ideas defended by the Cuban nation for five decades with great sacrifices and the selfish policies of that colossal empire.
Still, we don’t feel any animosity toward Obama, much less toward the American people. We feel that the Healthcare Reform has been a significant battle and a success of his administration. However, it is really amazing that 234 years after the Declaration of Independence proclaimed in Philadelphia in the year 1776, which drew inspiration from the ideas of the great French encyclopedists, the government of that country has approved medical care for the overwhelming majority of its citizens, something that Cuba accomplished for its entire population half a century ago despite the cruel and inhuman blockade imposed --and still in force-- by the mightiest country that has ever existed. In the past, it was only after almost a century of independence and following a bloody war, that Abraham Lincoln could obtain the legal emancipation of the slaves.
On the other hand, I can’t help but think of a world where over one-third of the population have no access to medical care or the basic medicines required to ensure health. And this situation will be aggravated as climate change, and water and food shortage worsen in a globalized world where the population grows, the forests disappear, the arable land decreases, the air is more polluted, and the human species inhabiting it –which emerged less than 200 thousand years back, that is, 3.5 billion years after the first forms of life on the planet—is running the real risk of annihilation.
Even conceding that the Health Reform comes as a success to the Obama administration, the current President of the United States cannot ignore that climate change poses a threat to health, and worse still, to the very existence of every nation in the world, as the rise in temperature –beyond critical limits which are already in sight—melts down the water of the glaciers, and the tens of millions of cubic meters contained in the enormous ice caps of the Antarctic, Greenland and Siberia melt down within a few decades leaving under water every port facility in the world and lands where a large part of the world population lives, works and eats today.
Obama, the leaders of the wealthy nations and their allies, as well as their scientists and sophisticated research centers are aware of this; they cannot ignore it.
understand the satisfaction expressed in the presidential speech and his
recognition of the contribution made by the members of Congress and the
administration to make possible the miracle of the Health Reform, which
strengthens the government’s position vis-à-vis political lobbyists and
mercenaries that curtail the authority of the administration. It would be worse
if those responsible for tortures, murders on contract and genocide were in
charge of the
In the aftermath of his success in this battle for the right of every American to healthcare, 12 million immigrants, most of them Latin American, Haitian and from other Caribbean countries are demanding the legalization of their presence in the United States where they do the hardest work and the American society cannot do without them, but where they are arrested, separated from their families and sent back to their countries.
overwhelming majority migrated to
The devastating earthquake that battered Haiti –the poorest nation in Latin America, hammered by an unprecedented natural catastrophe that took the lives of more than 200 thousand people—and the terrible economic damage that a similar phenomenon brought on Chile are eloquent proof of the dangers looming over the so-called civilization and of the need for dramatic measures that can give the human species the hope to survive.
Cold War failed to benefit the people of the world. The huge economic,
technological and scientific power of the
As an African-American, he suffered the offense of discrimination, according to his own narrative in the book “Dreams From My Father.” He was acquainted with the poverty of tens of millions of Americans; educated in that country and as a successful professional he has enjoyed the privileges of the rich middle class and ended up idealizing the social system where the economic crisis, the lives of Americans uselessly sacrificed and his undisputable political talent gave him political victory.
to the most intractable right-wing Obama
is an extremist; and they threaten to continue fighting in the Senate to
neutralize the effects of the Health Reform and to openly boycott it in several
States of the
The problems of our times are much more serious.
International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other international financial
institutions strictly controlled by the
United States Federal Reserve capriciously mints the hard currency that pays
for the wars of conquest, the profits of the Military Industrial Complex, the
military bases distributed around the world, and the large investments used by
the transnational companies to control the economy of many countries worldwide.
Nixon unilaterally suspended the gold standard while the vaults of the
understands that such a system is unsustainable and also
why the wealthiest sectors in the
Today, the structure is crumbling with the accelerated advance of climate change and its disastrous consequences which are placing humanity face to face with an exceptional dilemma.
The wars between powers seem no longer a possible solution to the great contradictions as they were until the second half of the 20th century. Still, they have had such an impact on the elements that make human survival possible, that they could prematurely put an end to the existence of the current intelligent species that populates our planet.
A few days ago I expressed my firm belief that, in light of the scientific knowledge prevailing today, the human beings will have to solve their problems on planet Earth since they will never be able to cover the distance separating the Sun from its closest star located four light-years away, –one light-year equals 187,500 miles per second, as our high school students know—provided a planet similar to our beautiful Earth existed around that sun.
new laws of science –following Einstein’s formulas on energy and matter, and
the big-bang theory as the origin of the millions of constellations and infinite
stars and/or other theories—have given rise to deep changes in such basic
concepts as space and time, which draw the attention of and are subjected to
analysis by theologians. One of them, our Brazilian friend Friar Betto, deals with the subject in his book “The Work of the
Artist: A Holistic Vision of Universe,” presented in the recent International
Book Fair held in
The advancement of science in the past one hundred years has had an impact on the traditional approaches that prevailed through thousands of years in social sciences and even in Philosophy and Theology.
The most honest thinkers are paying significant attention to the new knowledge but we know absolutely nothing of how President Obama feels about the compatibility of consumer societies with science.
In the meantime, it is worthwhile meditating about these subjects now and then; this will certainly not prevent human beings from dreaming and from taking things with due serenity and steely nerves, but it is the duty of at least those who chose to become politicians and who sustain the noble and unwavering objective of a human society where justice and solidarity prevail.
Fidel Castro Ruz