MESSAGE TO THE PARTICIPANTS
AT THE 17th WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH AND STUDENTS IN
It is a great pleasure and honour for me to agree to the request that you made for me to send a message to the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students that is taking place in the Homeland of Nelson Mandela, the living symbol of the struggle against the odious apartheid system.
For the first time, the Festival ceased to be held in
The decision was made by the 9th Assembly of the World
Federation of Democratic Youth which was held in
Those were different times: the world was facing serious problems, but ones that were less dramatic. The more progressive youth was fighting for the right of all human beings to a decent life; the old dream of the greatest thinkers of our species when it was clear that science, technology, the productivity of labour and the development of consciousness was making it possible.
In a brief lapse of time, globalization accelerated, communications reached unsuspected levels, the means to promote education, health and culture multiplied. Our dreams were not without foundation. In that spirit, the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students took place and our people also took part in it.
At the General Council of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, held
precisely in heroic
Until the decade of the 1980s, not only were the Peoples’ Republic of China, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Kampuchea in existence who had been withstanding genocidal wars and the crimes of the Yankees, but also the socialist bloc in Europe and the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, an enormous multinational State with 22,402,200 square kilometres, enormous resources of agricultural lands, forests, oil, gas, minerals and more. Face to face with the imperialist superpower, with its more than 800 military bases deployed throughout the planet, the socialist superpower was surging.
The dissolution of the
The Yankees moved quickly and spread their military bases and the use of facilities constructed by the USSR in order to encircle more tightly, with their war machinery the Russian Federation which continued to be a great power.
The military bravado of the
Within the area of our hemisphere, even before the collapse of the
They created the School of the Americas where they were not only training thousands of Latin American officers in conspiracies and coups d’état, but they were also familiarizing many with doctrines of hate and sophisticated torture practices while they were presenting themselves to the world as champions of “human rights and democracy”.
In the first decade of this century, the imperialist superpower appears to be overflowing its own riverbanks.
The bloody events of September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers of New York City were destroyed –a dramatic episode where around 3,000 persons lost their lives- and the subsequent attack on the Pentagon, fit like a glove on the hand of that unscrupulous adventurer George W. Bush for him to orchestrate the so-called war on terrorism that constitutes, simply, a dangerous escalation of the brutal policy that the US has been applying on our planet.
There has been more than sufficient proof of the embarrassing complicity of the NATO countries in such a reproachable war. That warmongering organization has just proclaimed its aim to intervene in any country in the world, wherever it feels that its interests, that is, US interests, are being threatened.
The monopoly on the mass media, in the hands of the huge capitalist transnationals, has been used by imperialism to sow lies, create conditioned reflexes and to develop egoistical instincts.
While the youth and students were travelling to
A few days ago, the present US Defense Secretary Robert Gates,
commenting on the secrets divulged by WikiLeaks stated: “The fact is,
governments deal with the
Not a few intelligent and well-informed people harbour the conviction that the Yankee Empire, like all those coming before it, has entered its final phase and that the signs are irrefutable.
An article published on the TomDispatch
website, translated from English by the Rebelión
website presents four hypotheses about the probable course of events in the
Our dear compatriots, upon arriving in
Fort the last 12 years, in neighbouring
As proof of the total lack of Yankee scruples, it is necessary to
remember that the government of the United States delivered nuclear weapons to
the apartheid regime; the racists were at the point of using them against Cuban
and Angolan troops which, after the victory at Cuito Cuanavale, were advancing
southward, where the Cuban command, having suspicions about that danger,
adopted the pertinent measures and tactics to give them total control of the
air space. If they should try to use
such weapons, they wouldn’t have obtained victory. But it
is legitimate to wonder: what would have happened if the South African racists
had used nuclear weapons against the Cuban and Angolan troops? What would the international reaction have
been? How would such a barbaric act have been justified? How would the
When the racists handed over the government to Nelson Mandela, they didn’t say a single word to him, nor did they say what they did with those weapons. Investigation and the denunciation of such events would be of great service to the world, at this time. Dear compatriots, I urge you to present this topic at the World Festival of Youth and Students.
Patria o Muerte!
Fidel Castro Ruz