Reflections by Comrade Fidel
THE G-20 MEETING
Tomorrow the G-20 Meeting begins, that is the meeting of the most developed and wealthy countries on the planet: the United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy and the European Union as a separate entity but with the right to participate; they are the fundamental bastions of NATO plus its allies Japan, South Korea, Australia and Turkey in its double aspect of developing country and NATO member, just as Saudi Arabia – a gigantic reservoir of light oil in the hands of western transnationals, extracting from it 9.4 million barrels a day, whose value at current prices totals one billion dollars per day – on one side of the table, and on the other, a group of countries having growing economic and political clout who, as a matter of fact, because of the number of inhabitants and natural resources, are becoming an expression of the interests of the majority of our long-suffering and pillaged world: the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.
We are talking about a meeting among the great producers of industrial machinery and articles and of the great suppliers of raw materials that, over half a millennium following the Conquest, were European colonies and in the past century supplied them with agricultural products, minerals and energy resources, victims of a pitiless unequal exchange.
This dark period in history has been going on since
the descendants of the Barbarian tribes populating
discoverers”, so covered with excuses by the so-called western world, as if a
part of humanity hadn’t been living on the continent for 40 million years,
harboured the aim of seeking a shorter trade route to
In that country, with which they had antecedents via the silk merchants and merchants of other products prized by the aristocracy and burgeoning European bourgeoisie, they had found a fabulous civilization having a written language, refined arts, agriculture, metals, gunpowder and advanced principles of political and military organization, including armies with tens or perhaps thousands of cavalry.
They were on the point of capsizing when they sighted
land, in the vicinity of
The Conquest and the search for gold and silver, as the genial native painter Oswaldo Guayasamín pointed out, cost 70 million lives of those living in the hemisphere, birthplace of important civilizations.
Black Africa can also speak about what that Conquest meant for millions of its children, ripped away and sold as slaves in this hemisphere.
The multi-million-dollar oligarchy, whose Heads of
State or Government will be meeting in
Those countries would like to monopolize technologies and markets through patents, banks, the most modern and costly transportation means, cybernetic supremacy over complex production processes, control of communications and the mass media in order to dupe the world.
Now that the inhabitants of the world number 7 billion, the states representing only one out of seven persons, who, judging by the massive protests in Europe and the United States, are not very happy, put the survival of our species at risk.
Could anyone forget that the
On the 28th and 29th of October past, another meeting of Heads of State and Governments took place: the community of Ibero-American countries. Among the calamities that the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking peoples have had to put up with is the fact that they are the region in the world with the most inequalities in terms of the distribution of their wealth.
The new prime minister of
The Iberian leaders doubt that the commitment assumed with
This morning, the news dispatches inform about the drastic consequences
of the never-before-seen rainfall in
In contrast, news about
However, while the
It is through this looking-glass that we must analyse every single word that is spoken at the G-20 Summit.
Fidel Castro Ruz
November 2, 2011