Reflections of Comrade Fidel
238 REASONS TO BE WORRIED
We are living in an exceptional moment of human history. Starting from a period in which it was divided into Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History. Not the history we were studying in school 75 years ago but the history brilliantly described by Karl Marx as Pre-history. That would be the result of the incredible growth of productive forces, with contributions by science and technology, and its impact on the conscience and material life of our species.
But science and technology also brought with them an unimaginable destructive capacity.
José Martí, our Apostle and National Hero, in his struggle against Spanish colonialism ―which more than 500 years earlier had annexed the island to its country situated thousands of miles away on the Old Continent, exterminated its population and imposed a new culture and the mixing of races ― saw the future as the fruit of the development of ideas and the need for justice and equality among human beings.
The great founders of our hopes and dreams, to which they devoted their lives, who got to know the entrails of the imperialist monster and in regards to Iberian-American peoples, the “giant in seven-league boots”, very little was missing to live the terrible dilemma of extreme tragedy or shining hope that today envelops our globalized planet.
Fortunately, our country had a Revolution. Everybody learned to read and write, enjoyed excellent health services and even shared them with other peoples, learned to be patriotic and at the same time internationalist; it is prepared for a world of justice, without exploiters and the exploited, it will be able to contribute to the search for new formulae that will make human life possible on earth.
I am coming out of the conviction that imperialism will disappear because its existence is incompatible with human life on the planet.
Throughout 88 days, the elements of judgement to explain what is happening to the readers have been pulled together. I shall be using two Reflections.
On June 1st, 8 days before Resolution 1929 of the UN Security Council will be passed, press agencies printed five dispatches. EFE news agency reported in three different dispatches: one stated that Iran today branded as ‘repetitive and partial’ the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the Iranian nuclear program and it showed itself to be ‘surprised’ by the lack of mention of the tripartite agreement signed with Turkey and Brazil on uranium exchange.
It went on to say that the Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki today heard tough criticism in the European parliament where the deputies were condemning him for the human rights situation in his country and for the nuclear program being promoted by his government.
Today the White House said that the latest report of the IAEA reveals
ANSA reports that Meir Dagan, chief of Mossad, the Israeli secret
service, today thought that the agreement between
AFP states that the
According to EFE, the Central Bank of
EFE reports that hundreds of thousands of people today celebrated the twenty-first anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomenei, in a ceremony in which supreme leader, the Ayatollah Alí Jameneí and President Mahmud Ahmadineyad, threatened the opposition and attacked the US and Israel.
ANSA states that Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today warned that an attack
against his country by
In Reuters we read that
ANSA says that the
leader of the Iranian opposition Mir Hossein Mussavi today accused the
government of carrying out “deceiving, dark and damaging policies” that
“provide a golden opportunity for the
EFE reports that Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadineyad will travel this week to
AFP talks about the IAEA continuing
to wait for an official answer from the
Meanwhile DPA reports
that the Iranian government today reported it was pleased that the IAEA would
EFE reports that Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian Nuclear
Agency (Rosatom), today denied that the imposing of sanctions on Teheran could affect construction of the
Nuclear Generator in
EFE goes on to say that the UN
Security Council might vote on Wednesday to decide whether to impose a fourth
round of sanctions on
AFP reports said that on Monday night Iranian television broadcast the
interview of a man introduced as Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear physicist
who disappeared in
AFP reports that Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad warned that his
country will not be participating in new negotiations about their nuclear
program if it is submitted to new sanctions;
Reuters states that UN sanctions against Iran as a result of their disputed nuclear program have been “completely agreed upon” as reported on Tuesday by a Russian source close to the Security Council’s discussions.
EFE states that the UN Security Council
will vote this Wednesday whether it will impose a fourth round of sanctions
According to EFE, Iranian Parliament
will reconsider its country’s cooperation with the IAEA if the UN Security
Council approves the new package of sanctions promoted by the
Reuters reports that on Tuesday
The greatest number of
cable dispatches occurred on June 9th. That day will go down in history as the day
EFE: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadineyad today denounced that while in some parts of the world the shortage of water has become a critical factor, developed countries used more water than what they need.
The UN Security Council today passed a new and tougher regime of
EFE: President Lula da Silva of Brazil which voted today against sanctions against Iran passed in the UN Security Council stated that the new punishment was imposed by “those who believe in force” and not in dialogue.
EFE: Shortly before passing a new
round of sanctions against
AFP: On Wednesday, the US, France and Russia expressed their reservations about the agreement between Iran and Brazil and Turkey for the exchange of Iranian uranium, a few hours before the UN Security Council met to vote on a new series of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
ANSA: A new resolution with sanctions in the UN
Security Council against
EFE: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urged
AFP: The UN
Security Council Resolution that imposes new sanctions on
Reuters: On Wednesday, a Democrat legislator forecast
that the US Congress will pass more sanctions for
A total of 11 new dispatches informed the world about what happened at the UN Security Council.
This was followed on the 10th by another 9 dispatches on the subject. I shall mention some of them:
AFP: This Thursday Iran threatened to decrease its
relations with the IAEA on the day after the UN would vote new sanctions and
Notimex: Iranian Parliamentary President Ali Larijani
today stated that the
EFE: The Venezuelan government said
today that it “would absolutely reject” the UN Security Council resolution on
new political and economic sanctions against
EFE: Today Russia declared that the new international sanctions against Iran passed last night by the UN Security Council do not prevent it from fulfilling the sales contract for anti-air battery systems with S-300 missiles with Teheran.
Next, I include isolated dispatches referring to the topic, none of which show even the slightest change of nuance. Like two trains barrelling along at full speed on the same track, heading towards each other.
AFP: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad launched
into a diatribe on Friday against the
EFE: Iran will restrict its cooperation with the IAEA to the limits imposed by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and will continue the enrichment of uranium, so indicated the Iranian ambassador to the UN, Alí Asghar Soltanieh.”
EFE: The director of the Atomic
Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, today pointed out to the West to
stop putting itself into a blind alley and to accept the exchange formula for
nuclear fuel with
The British newspaper, The Times, today revealed this,
citing sources from Defence in the
Sources said that Riad conceded a
narrow air corridor to
EFE: Last week, Iranian secret agents detained thirteen supposed members of an anti-revolutionary terrorist group at various sites in the country; they appeared to be preparing for an attack as informed today by the Ministry of Intelligence public relations office.
AFP: On Tuesday, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim thought it to be good news that Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad declared the agreement for exchange of uranium signed by his country with Brazil and Turkey to be still in force despite the new sanctions of the Security Council.
AFP: On Tuesday Brazilian Foreign
Minister Celso Amorim stated that the time had come to listen to emerging
countries on serious matters such as the Iranian nuclear program after the
powers ignored an initiative backed by
The minister wrote in the French
newspaper Le Figaro that it is time for serious matters of peace and war to be
listened to from emerging countries –
EFE: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadineyad today warned that starting now it would be his country that would be setting up the conditions for an eventual dialogue about the nuclear controversy.
ANSA: Today Iran announced the construction of a new nuclear reactor for scientific purposes and warned that it would return to negotiations in the dispute for its atomic plans only after imposing punishment on the powers that approved the sanctions in the UN Security Council.
EFE: Tomorrow the Summit of European Union leaders
will back the passing of sanctions against
EFE: The Revolutionary Guard, an elite corps of
Iranian security forces, has begun to deploy along the Iraqi border facing the
presence of the
“Mehdi Moini, brigadier general
and commander of this body in the north-western
“‘The presence of US and Israeli forces
along the border is the reason for military movements from
AFP: On Thursday, EU leaders decided to impose sanctions tougher than
those agreed by the UN on
We are deeply disappointed that neither the
AFP: Iran is capable of launching an attack against Europe using dozens or even hundreds of missiles and thus the US has reviewed its antimissile defence system, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated this Thursday.
Reuters: On Friday,
EFE: US Secretary of the Defense Robert Gates today said that the new sanctions against Iran had a reasonable possibility of functioning and forcing the Teheran government to end its nuclear program.
AP: On Sunday, a special
To be continued tomorrow.
Fidel Castro Ruz