Reflections by Comrade Fidel
“THE DISASTER IN
Today I had the pleasure of greeting Jimmy Carter, who
from 1977 to 1981 was the President of the
Carter did what he could to reduce international tensions and to promote the establishment of Cuban and US Interest offices. His administration was the only one that took a few steps towards easing the criminal blockade imposed against our people.
The circumstances weren’t exactly favorable given the
complexities of our world at that time. The existence of a genuinely free and
sovereign nation in our hemisphere was incompatible with the ideas of the
fascist rightwing in the
The Cuban Revolution always appreciated this brave gesture. In 2002 we gave Jimmy Carter a warm welcome. Now I take this opportunity to reiterate our respect and appreciation.
Will the oligarchy that governs this superpower ever be able to give up its insatiable drive to impose its will on the rest of the world? Can this even occur in a system that increasingly produces presidents such as Nixon, Reagan and Bush W. who have ever more destructive powers and ever less respect for the sovereignty of nations?
The complexity of the world today leaves little margin
for relatively recent memories. The farewell we gave to Carter today,
Wednesday, coincided with worrisome news on the nuclear accident caused by the
earthquake and tsunami in
Today AP reported the following from
“The crisis at the Japanese nuclear plant that was damaged by the tsunami worsened on Wednesday after tests of nearby ocean water showed the highest levels of radiation detected so far.”
“Meanwhile, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited for an hour with
a group of evacuees in
“Japan said it would upgrade its safety standards for nuclear power plants on Wednesday, its first acknowledgement that norms were insufficient when an earthquake wrecked one of its facilities, triggering the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
“The announcement came as the government conceded that there was no end in sight to the crisis and a spike in radioactive iodine levels in seawater added to evidence of reactor leakages around the complex and beyond.
“Plutonium finds in soil at the plant this week had already have raised public alarm over the accident, which has overshadowed the humanitarian calamity triggered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left 27,500 people dead or missing.
“Before the disaster,
“New readings showed a spike in radioactive iodine in the sea off the plant to 3,355 times the legal limit, the state nuclear safety agency said, although it played down the impact, saying people had left the area and fishing had stopped.
“Hundreds of engineers have been toiling for nearly three weeks to cool the plant's reactors and avert a catastrophic meltdown of fuel rods, although the situation appears to have moved back from that nightmare scenario.
“Jesper Koll, director of equity research
at JPMorgan Securities in
“’The worst-case scenario is that this drags on not one month or two months or six months, but for two years, or indefinitely,’ he said.
“A by-product of atomic reactions and a prime ingredient in nuclear bombs, plutonium is highly carcinogenic and one of the most dangerous substances on the planet, experts say.”
A third news agency, DPA, reported from
technicians continue to try to stop the nuclear crisis three weeks after the
accidents took place at the
“The idea is to cover the reactors with a sort of tissue. Recent high readings of iodine 131 in seawater indicate increasing radiation. The Greenpeace environmental organization warns of serious danger to the health of local inhabitants following its own assessment.
“Experts say that a process that would definitively rule out a possible fusion of the core may take months. Tepco has promised to improve the work conditions of the technicians, who are increasingly becoming more nervous and exhausted.”
While these events take place in
At the University of
It is no longer
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 30, 2011