Reflections by Comrade Fidel
THE BRUTAL AND TURBULENT NORTH
I was reading abundant materials and books to make
good my promise of continuing writing on the Reflection of April 14 about the
Battle of Girón when I had a look at the recent news that came yesterday, which
were also as abundant as they are everyday.
You could pile up mountains of news on any given week ranging from the
Perú is a major exporter of silver, copper, zinc, tin
and other minerals. It has huge reserves
of uranium that powerful transnationals are hoping to exploit. Enriched uranium
can be used to produce the most terrible weapons ever known by humankind as
well as the fuel of electronuclear power stations which, despite every warning
by the ecologists, was being manufactured at an increasing pace in the
Of course, it would not be fair to blame Perú of all
this. Peruvians did not invent
colonialism, capitalism or imperialism. Neither can we blame the people of the
On April 8 last, the masters of the world published
their traditional annual report about “human rights violations”, which led to a
thorough analysis on the website ‘Rebelión’ by the Cuban Manuel E. Yepe, based
on a response given by the Council of State of China. The document lists up several facts that show
the disastrous situations of such rights in the
“Every year one out of every five people is a victim
of a crime in the
“Crime has surged in an alarming way in the four most
important cities of the country (
“The Supreme Court has ruled that the possession of firearms for self-defense purposes is a constitutional right that can not be ignored by state governments. Ninety million persons -out of the 300 million inhabitants in the country- have 200 million firearms.
“A total of 12 000 homicides caused by firearms were recorded in the country, while 47 per cent of robberies were equally perpetrated with the use of firearms.
“Under the “terrorist activities” section of the Patriot Act, torture and extreme violence to obtain confessions from suspicious persons are common practices. Unjust sentences are evidenced in the 266 persons -17 of them are already on death row- who have been acquitted thanks to the DNA tests.
“With a high unemployment rate, the number of
“The number of families welcomed in homeless shelters increased by 7 per cent. Those families had to stay longer in those shelters. Violent crimes against these homeless families are increasing nonstop.
“Racial discrimination is permeating every aspect of the social life. Minority groups are discriminated against at their work places; they receive a humiliating treatment and are not taken into account for promotions, benefits or any labor selection process. One third of blacks suffered discrimination at their work place although only 16 per cent dared to submit a complaint.
“Unemployment rate among whites is 16.2 per cent, among Hispanics and Asians is 22 per cent and among blacks is 33 per cent. Afro-Americans and Latin account for 41 per cent of the inmate population. The rate of Afro-Americans serving life sentences is 11 times higher that that of whites.
“Ninety per cent of women have suffered some type of sexual discrimination at their work place. Twenty million women are victims of rape. Almost 60 000 female inmates have suffered some kind of sexual assault or violence.
One fifth of female university students are sexually assaulted and 60 per cent of rapes at the university campus occur at the ladies dorms.
“Nine out of every 10 homosexual, bisexual or transsexual students are harassed at schools.
“The report devotes one chapter to remind us of the
human rights violations that the
“The US anti-terrorist actions have included serious scandals of abuses against prisoners, indefinite detentions without any indictment or trial in detention centers like that in Guantánamo and elsewhere in the world, which were created to interrogate the so called “high value detainees”, where the worst tortures are applied.
“The Chinese document also reminds us that the
“The data contained
in the report by the Chinese government show that the nefarious performance of
In our view,
the important thing about this analysis is that such denunciation is contained
in a document issued by the Chinese government, a country of 1 341 million
inhabitants, whose monetary reserves amount to two trillion dollars. Without
Martí had said in 1895, 116 years ago: “…the road that is to be closed, and is being closed with our blood, annexing our American nations to be brutal and turbulent North that despises us…”
“I have lived inside the monster and I know its entrails.”
Fidel Castro Ruz