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Obama's human after all

By David Roberts

 

President Barack Obama's first official visit to South America was, perhaps not surprisingly, given more international media coverage because of events in Libya, and to a lesser extent Japan, than anything directly related to his host countries, namely Brazil and Chile before he headed up to El Salvador.

The visit did, however, get plenty of coverage in the local media, including the reporting of criticism from several politicians who complained that Obama's keynote speeches, and comments to the press, contained plenty of platitudes and half-baked promises but little in the way of substance or specific announcements. As always on such occasions, a plethora of agreements, MOUs and the like were signed by the respective leaders, but nothing that hadn't been agreed upon long in advance.

Perhaps the most newsworthy of these agreements was the nuclear cooperation deal between the US and ultra-seismic Chile, which after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan had to be watered down somewhat.

But this criticism of Obama begs the question, what exactly did his detractors expect from him? Presidents and other leaders are visiting countries all the time, and that in itself, despite the saturation coverage in the local press, is not really newsworthy. Maybe some were expecting him to announce US support for Brazil - the South American "superpower" - to be given a permanent seat on the United Nations security council. Hardly likely, though, given the complexity of the issue and all the interests of other key allies of Washington. Or perhaps they thought he'd say the US would ratify free trade deals with Colombia and Panama. Not much chance of that, however, given the fact that Obama doesn't even have control of his own congress. Or maybe they were expecting him to announce the end of the Cuban embargo... or for him to make friends with Hugo Chávez...

Instead, Obama talked in vague terms of the virtues of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is supposed to bring together in perfect harmony the Americas and countries of the Asia-Pacific, freely trading goods and services, and exchanging technology, know-how and other fine things. Maybe he'd forgotten that the Free Trade Area of the Americas, aiming to create a free trade zone from Alaska to Argentina, never even got into first gear. So why not make it yet more ambitious and include Asia and Australasia too?

And then there was all the talk about an "alliance of equals" between the US and Latin America, not the first time we've heard the term, either. Well, what exactly is the alternative? An alliance of unequals? An association of the likeminded? A fraternity of friends? The idea may be to demonstrate that the days of Washington's meddling and dirty tricks in Latin America are well and truly over, but the phrase is pretty much meaningless.

Of course, despite his casual appearance and good humor, Obama's mind was elsewhere. The events in North Africa and the Middle East finally show that Arabs are just like everyone else, after all, and want freedom and democracy, civil rights and the rule of law. The myth has been smashed that democracy can spread to every region of the world except to Arab countries because they're somehow immune to it. Ah, yes, but let's not forget no democratic governments are yet in place in any of the countries that have witnessed uprisings and unrest. And even then the question remains, why did it all take so long? Why did the people of the Arab world put up with so much paternalism, corruption and cronyism for so long?

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NATO’s Fascist War

Reflections of Fidel
 

(Taken from CubaDebate)

 

 

I didn’t have to be a fortune teller to divine what I foresaw with rigorous precision in three Reflections which I published on the CubaDebate website between February 21 and March 3: "NATO’s plan is to occupy Libya," "Cynicism’s danse macabre," and "NATO's inevitable war."

Not even the fascist leaders of Germany and Italy were so supremely shameless immediately following the Spanish Civil War unleashed in 1936, an episode that many people have possibly recalled in recent days.

Almost exactly 75 years have passed since then; but nothing that can be compared to the changes that have taken place during 75 centuries or, if you will, in 75 millennia of human life on our planet.

Sometimes it would seem that those of us who serenely express opinions on these subjects are given to exaggeration. I would venture to say that rather, we are naïve in supposing that all of us should be aware of the deception or the colossal ignorance into which humanity has been dragged.

In 1936 there was an intense confrontation between two systems and two ideologies approximately equal in terms of their military might.

Then, weapons seemed like toys compared to current ones. Humanity’s survival was guaranteed, in spite of their destructive and locally deadly power. Entire cities, and even nations, could virtually be devastated. But never could human beings, in their totality, be exterminated various times over by the foolish and suicidal power developed by contemporary science and technology.

On the basis of these realities, the news continuously being broadcast on the use of powerful laser guided missiles of total precision; fighter planes flying at twice the speed of sound; powerful explosives releasing depleted uranium cluster bombs, whose effect on inhabitants and their descendants will last indefinitely, is nothing short of contemptible.

At the Geneva meeting Cuba stated its position in relation to Libya’s internal problem. It unhesitatingly defended the idea of a political solution to the conflict in that country, and categorically opposed any foreign military intervention.

In a world where the alliance between the United States and the European developed capitalist powers is constantly appropriating the resources and the fruit of the labor of the peoples, all honest citizens, whatever their position toward their government, would be opposed to foreign military intervention in their homeland.

The most absurd aspect of the current situation is that before initiating the brutal war in North Africa, in another region of the world almost 10,000 kilometers distant, a nuclear accident had taken place at one of the most densely populated points of the planet, after a tsunami provoked by a magnitude 9 earthquake, which has already cost a hard-working country like Japan almost 30,000 deaths. Such an accident could not have taken place 75 years ago.

In Haiti, a poor and underdeveloped country, an earthquake of just 7 degrees on the Richter scale resulted in more than 300,000 deaths, countless injuries and hundreds of thousands affected.

However, the terribly tragic event in Japan was the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the consequences of which are still be to be determined.

I will quote just some news agency headlines:

"ANSA.—The Fukushima nuclear reactor 1 is emitting potentially lethal doses of radiation, said Gregory Jaczko, chief of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. nuclear agency."

"EFE.—The nuclear threat given the critical situation of a plant in Japan in the wake of the quake has triggered security reviews of atomic plants in the world and has prompted some countries to suspend their plans."

"Reuters.—Japan’s devastating earthquake and deepening nuclear crisis could result in losses of up to $200 billion for its economy but the global impact remains hard to gauge…"

"EFE.—The deterioration of one reactor after another at the Fukushima plant today continued fuelling fears of a nuclear disaster in Japan, without the desperate attempts to control a radioactive leak giving rise to even a glimmer of hope."

"AFP.—Emperor Akihito has expressed concern about the unforeseeable nature of the nuclear crisis which is hitting Japan after the quake and the tsunami which killed thousands of people and left 500,000 homeless. Another earthquake is reported in the region of Tokyo."

There are cables reporting issues of even greater concern. Some mention the presence of toxic levels of radioactive iodine in Tokyo’s water system, at double the tolerable quantity that very young children can consume in the Japanese capital. One of the cables states that bottled water reserves are running out in Tokyo, a city located in a prefecture more than 200 kilometers from Fukushima.

This combination of circumstances is bringing about a dramatic situation for our world.

I can express my points of view about the war on Libya with total freedom.

I do not share political concepts or those of a religious nature with the leader of that country. I am a Marxist-Leninist and follower of the ideas of Martí, as I have already stated.

I see Libya as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and one sovereign state out of the close to 200 belonging to the United Nations Organization.

Never before was a large or small country, in this case of barely 5 million inhabitants, the victim of such a brutal attack by the air force of a military organization which has at its disposal thousands of fighter planes, more than 100 submarines, nuclear aircraft carriers and sufficient arsenal to destroy the planet countless times over. Our species has never experienced such a situation and nothing like it existed 75 years ago when the Nazi bombers attacked targets in Spain.

Now, however, the discredited and criminal NATO is to write a "beautiful" story about its "humanitarian" bombing.

If Gaddafi honors the traditions of his people and decides to fight, as he has promised, until his last breath alongside Libyans who are confronting the worst bombardments that a country has ever suffered, he will sink NATO and its criminal plans into the mire of ignominy.

The peoples respect and believe in men and women who know how to fulfill their duty.

More than 50 years ago, when the United States murdered more than 100 Cubans with the sabotage of La Coubre merchant ship, our people proclaimed "Patria o Muerte." They have fulfilled and have always been prepared to keep their word.

"Whoever attempts to seize Cuba—exclaimed the most glorious combatant in our history [General Antonio Maceo]—will only recover the dust of its land saturated in blood."

I ask you to excuse the frankness with which I have approached the subject.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
March 28, 2011
8:14 p.m.

Translated by Granma International

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The United States and the Arab world

By Jean H Charles:



There is a fierce intellectual and political debate in the United States whether the country should engage in the war to incubate the opposition into butting out the repressive regimes of the Arab region and then engage in the nation building process to ensure that democracy take birth.

President Barack Obama, on his way from a grand tour of Latin America, was barraged with fierce opposition from pundits and legislators for sending the American air force to protect civilians against the latest manifestation of rage of Colonel Kaddafi trying to hold onto power he has retained for the past forty-two years.

Jean H Charles MSW, JD is Executive Director of AINDOH Inc a non profit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: jeanhcharles@aol.comThomas L Friedman, the respected columnist from the New York Times in a recent essay: Tribes with Flags, has suggested that America should stay out of Iraq-like civil wars- in waiting because the Arab states are more like tribal societies masquerading as nations.

I beg to differ. It is for this very reason that America should intervene, draped with the leadership of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Churchill it can turn the region around and facilitate the mutation of clannish countries into true nations where hospitality for all will be the norm.

For all the adulation about Bill Clinton’s past governance, I am putting forth the proposition that President Clinton’s lack of forward vision of the nation building process during his presidency caused the United States in particular, and the rest of the world in general, considerable cost that the children of our children will continue to pay.

Item: President Ronald Reagan at the end of his second term handed to President Clinton on a silver platter the entire Soviet empire in full disintegration following the Gorbachev perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness). The United States had the opportunity to intervene in Latvia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Moldova, Ukraine, and spread the pax Americana a la Julius Caesar that allows Christendom to become a universal religion. He failed to do so. Most of those entities remain countries trying to forge themselves into nations with convulsions that produce regional and global repercussions.

Item, the renegade president of Sudan, annoyed by the antics of Osama Ben Laden in his country, wanted to deliver his head on a silver platter to President Bill Clinton. He sent a thanks but no thanks note to the Sudanese president, while his staff was deliberating the legality of the hand over. The cost and the inconvenience in security precautions in the United States and in the rest of the world have since been astronomical.

The convulsion in the Arab world triggered in Tunisia by a young man who burned himself alive on December 15, 2010 arrived only half a millennium at a time. Failure to take advantage of this opening will condemn the Arab world in particular, the rest of the world in general, to negative consequences that will take another 250 years to decipher.

Every 200 years or so, the great empires of the world have disintegrated themselves: the Assyrian 247 years, the Persian 208, the Greek 231, the Roman Empire 207, the Ottoman 250 years, the Spanish 250, the Russian 234 years, the British 250 years.

We cannot define the many Arab countries in convulsion now as a monolithic empire, but Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain all share the same characteristics of paternalistic leadership that cares little about the welfare of their people, while bent on maintaining themselves in power for generations, father to son.

The United States can define the future of the region as Lincoln, Roosevelt, Johnson and Reagan defined the future of country in seizing the moment to take bold decisions.

In spite of all the recriminations against the United States, Lady Liberty alone has the credibility to tackle the issue of nation building in the Arab region. The hospitality mat enjoyed by the Arab community in the United States is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. It is due to the existential creation of the country that started as a slave holder entity in 1776, muted into a nation in 1864 and revalidated as such in 1964.

The Arab world did enjoy fast forward leaders that facilitated the creation of secular nations that enjoyed the incremental process of democracy amongst others: Mustafa Kemal of Turkey, Najib Tun Razak of Malaysia and Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Those nations should be natural allies of the United States in the process of facilitating nation building in the Muslim world.

I will be waiting tonight to hear urbi and orbi, President Barack Obama, who personifies the American journey towards its nation building process, deliver his speech urging the country to seize its manifest destiny of making a the world better. It is condemned to do so! China, Russia, India, Europe and Japan are too preoccupied with their own vows to take the lead!

March 28, 2011

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Happy Holi!

By Jean H Charles:



In the Hindu (Caribbean) cultural tradition, the day and the following week that follows the full moon in March is dedicated to the Holi or Phagwah celebration. I am of Christian religion but I believe people of all faith can learn and benefit from this cultural tradition.

It is true that the Lent period (a version of the Phagway) leading to the renewal of Easter Day is the province of the Christians. In the age when religion is often relegated to the discretionary drawer, a strong cultural tradition akin to the Hindu Phagwah should be the lot of everyone.

Jean H Charles MSW, JD is Executive Director of AINDOH Inc a non profit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: jeanhcharles@aol.comHaving spent a considerable time recently travelling in and reflecting upon my homeland Haiti, I came to the conclusion that this nation is the motherland of the seven cardinal sins. Lust, anger, greed, egoism, jealousy, vanity, envy, gluttony occupy personal and collective motivation. Sixty years of bad governance through dictatorial, military, illiberal democracy have left a toll on the ethos of the nation where the moral compass has been thrown into the garbage pile.

Crossing the pond into the other islands of the Caribbean, the spirit is not better. The devastation caused by the cable TV pumped directly from the United States into the homes of each island in the Caribbean offers nonstop gratification that only lust, gluttony, greed, envy can try to satisfy. (Chris Brown new antics and new album and Rhianna in the background making the latest waves all over the world.)

A lesson into the mythology of Phagwah 101 is necessary. Lord Vishnu, apparently the Siamese brother of our (Christian) Lord, was pleased by the sacrifice and the penance exhibited by Hiranyakashipu, the king of the demons. He promised he will give to Hiranyakashipu whatever he wishes for. His demand: “that my death not be caused by man or beast with a weapon or without a weapon during day or night, indoors or outdoors, on earth or in the sky,” was granted. He became arrogant and vain and ordered that all people stopped honoring Lord Vishnu to divert their attention and prayer only to him.

But his son, Prahlada, would not give in to this sacrilege. He went through a series of injuries that only Job in the Old Testament would recognize. He was poisoned, trampled by elephants, left with poisonous snakes, and last put in a pit of fire to be consumed along with his sister Holika.

Holika was completely burned, while Prhalada remained safe and got out of the bonfire with no harm.

The morale of the story is the ultimate victory of good over evil, virtue over vices. During forty days before the festival, the head of the family invites all the members to fast, pray, and do penance for all the greed, lust, envy they have sinned about during the rest of the year.

Holi is a celebration for children, masking their faces with colors; it is the beginning of spring, the joy of the earth coming back with the bounty of future harvest.

Holi brings us back to the time when simple joy was contagious, when society was cleansing itself through the natural process of cultural values and traditions where good deeds were the norm, evildoers were frowned upon and devotion was the mother of motivation not ambition.

May the children of the world be given the gift of Holi whatever their faith or religion, they will learn that virtue shall win over vices and will we will certainly have a better world!

March 26, 2011

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The real intentions of the "Alliance of Equals"

Reflections of Fidel
 

(Taken from CubaDebate)

 

YESTERDAY was a long day. From midday I paid attention to Obama’s vicissitudes in Chile, as I had done the day before with his adventures in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In a brilliant challenge, that city defeated Chicago in its aspiration to host the 2016 Olympics, when the new President of the United States and Nobel Peace laureate seemed to be an emulator of Martin Luther King.

Nobody knew when he was arriving in Santiago de Chile and what a President of the United States would do there, where one of his predecessors had committed the painful crime of promoting the defeat and physical death of its heroic President, horrific acts of torture and the murder of thousands of Chileans.

For my part, I also tried to follow the news coming in about the tragedy of Japan and the brutal war unleashed on Libya, while the illustrious visitor proclaimed the "Alliance of Equals" in the region which has the worst distribution of wealth in the world.

Among so many things, I neglected myself a bit and saw nothing of the sumptuous banquet for hundreds of people with the exquisite food that nature bequeathed to the sea and which, had it taken place in a restaurant in Tokyo, a city where up to $300,000 is paid for a fresh blue tuna fin, would have cost up to $10 million.

It was too much work for a young man of my age. I wrote a brief Reflection and then slept for a long time.

This morning, I was refreshed. My friend would not be arriving in El Salvador until after midday. I asked for cable reports, Internet articles and other recently released material.

In the first place, I saw that, through my own fault, the news cables had given importance to what I said in relation to the post of first secretary of the Party, and I will explain that as briefly as possible. I was concentrating so hard on Barack Obama’s "Alliance of Equals," a matter of so much historic significance – I am talking seriously – that I didn’t even recall that the Party Congress takes place next month.

My attitude in relation to the subject was basically logical. Understanding the gravity of my heath, I did what in my judgment was unnecessary when I had that painful accident in Santa Clara; after the fall the treatment was hard but my life was not in danger.

On the other hand, when I wrote the July 31 proclamation it was obvious to me that my state of health was extremely critical.

I immediately gave up all my public functions, adding to that certain instructions in order to offer the population security and tranquility.

In concrete terms, resigning from all of my posts was not necessary.

For me, the most important function was that of first secretary of the Party. In terms of ideology and as a matter of principle, that political responsibility carries the most authority during a revolutionary period. The other responsibility I held was that of president of the Council of State and Government, elected by the National Assembly. There was a replacement for both positions, and not by virtue of family ties, which I have never considered a source by right, but by experience and merit.

The rank of Comandante en Jefe was bestowed upon me by the struggle itself, a matter of chance rather than personal merit. The Revolution itself, in a later stage, correctly assigned the leadership of the all the armed institutions to the President, a role which, in my opinion, should be fulfilled by the first secretary of the Party. I understand that that is how it has to be in a country which, like Cuba, has had to confront an obstacle as considerable as the empire created by the United States.

Almost 14 years have passed since the previous Party Congress, which coincided with the disappearance of the USSR and the Socialist Camp, the Special Period and my own illness.

When I progressively and partially recovered my health, the idea or need to proceed to the formality of expressly resigning from any post never even crossed my mind. During that period I accepted the honor of being elected as a deputy to the National Assembly, which did not require my physical presence and which allowed me to share ideas.

As I now have more time than ever to observe, inform myself and express certain points of view, I shall modestly fulfill my duty of fighting for the ideas that I have defended throughout my modest life.

I ask readers to excuse me for the time invested in this explanation, which the abovementioned circumstances obliged me to undertake.

The most important issue, I have not forgotten, is the unprecedented alliance between millionaires and the hungry proposed by the illustrious President of the United States.

The well-informed - for example, those who know the history of this hemisphere, its struggles, or even solely that of the people of Cuba defending the Revolution against the empire which, as Obama himself realizes, has lasted longer than "his own existence" - will surely be astounded by his proposal.

It is known that the current President is good weaver of words, a circumstance which, compounded by the economic crisis, growing unemployment, loss of homes, and the death of U.S. soldiers in Bush’s stupid wars, helped him to obtain his victory.

After observing him closely, it would not surprise me if he was the author of the ridiculous title baptizing the slaughter in Libya: "Dawn Odyssey," which must have stirred the dust of Homer’s remains and of those who contributed to forging the legend in the famous Greek poems, although I admit that the title may have been a creation of the military chiefs who manage the thousands of nuclear weapons with which a simple order from the Nobel Peace laureate could determine the end of our species.

Faithful copies of his speech in the Moneda Palace Cultural Center to the white, black, native Indian, mixed race and non-mixed race peoples, believers and non-believers of the Americas were distributed everywhere by U.S. embassies, and translated and broadcast by Chile TV, CNN, and I imagine by other networks in other languages.

It was in the same style as the one he made in the first year of his mandate, in Cairo, the capital of his friend and ally Hosni Mubarak, whose tens of billions of dollars stolen from the people is a fact presumably known to a President of the United States.

"…Chile shows that we need not be divided by race or religion or ethnic conflict," he assured, thus erasing the American problem from the map.

Almost immediately he emphasized, "…our marvelous surroundings today, just steps from where Chile lost its democracy decades ago…"

All of this without mentioning the coup d’état, the assassination of the honorable General Schneider, or the glorious name of Salvador Allende, as if the U.S. government had absolutely nothing to do with those acts.

The great poet Pablo Neruda, whose death was accelerated by the treacherous coup, was referred to more than once, in this case to affirm in a beautifully poetic way, that our original "guiding stars" are "struggle and hope." Is Obama unaware of the fact that Pablo Neruda was a communist, a friend of the Cuban Revolution, a great admirer of Simón Bolívar, who is reborn every century, and who inspired the heroic guerrilla Ernesto Guevara?

I was amazed, practically from the beginning of his message, by Barack Obama’s profound historical knowledge. An irresponsible advisor forgot to explain that Neruda was a member of the Communist Party of Chile. After a few insignificant paragraphs he admits, "Now, I know I’m not the first president from the United States to pledge a new spirit of partnership with our Latin American neighbors. [...] I know that there have been times where perhaps the United States took this region for granted.

"Latin America is not the old stereotype of a region, in perpetual conflict or trapped in endless cycles of poverty.

"In Colombia, great sacrifices by citizens and security forces have restored a level of security not seen in decades." There were never drug traffickers, paramilitary forces or secret burial grounds there.

In his speech, the working class does not exist, nor do landless campesinos, illiteracy, maternal and infant mortality, persons losing their sight or victims of parasites like Chaga or bacterial diseases like cholera.

"From Guadalajara to Santiago to Sao Paolo, a new middle class is demanding more of themselves and more of their governments," he says.

"When a coup in Honduras threatened democratic progress, the nations of the hemisphere unanimously invoked the Inter-American Democratic Charter, helping to lay the foundation for the return to the rule of law."

The real reason for Obama’s marvelous speech is indisputably explained halfway through his message and in his own words, "Latin America is only going to become more important to the United States, especially to our economy. [...] We buy more of your products, more of your goods than any other country, and we invest more in this region than any other country. [...] We export more than three times as much to Latin America as we do to China.  Our exports to this region [...] are growing faster than our exports to the rest of the world." Perhaps from this it can be deduced, "When Latin America is more prosperous, the United States is more prosperous."

Later on, he dedicates a few insipid words to reality.

"But if we’re honest, we’ll also admit [... ] that progress in the Americas has not come fast enough.  Not for the millions who endure the injustice of extreme poverty.  Not for the children in shantytowns and the favelas who just want the same chance as everybody else.

"Political and economic power that is too often concentrated in the hands of the few, instead of serving the many," he says literally.

"We are not the first generation to face these challenges.  Fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy proposed an ambitious Alliance for Progress.

"President Kennedy’s challenge endures – to build a hemisphere where all people can hope for a sustainable, suitable standard of living, and all can live out their lives in dignity and in freedom."

It is incredible that he should arrive now with this contemptible story which constitutes an insult to human intelligence.

He has no choice but to mention, among the many calamities, a problem which has its origins in the colossal U.S. market and that country’s homicidal weapons: "Criminal gangs and narco-traffickers are not only a threat to the security of our citizens.  They’re a threat to development, because they scare away investment that economies need to prosper.  And they are a direct threat to democracy, because they fuel the corruption that rots institutions from within."

Later on, he reluctantly adds, "But we’ll never break the grip of the cartels and the gangs unless we also address the social and economic forces that fuel criminality.  We need to reach at-risk youth before they turn to drugs and crime.

"As President I’ve made it clear that the United States shares and accepts our share of responsibility for drug violence.  After all, the demand for drugs, including in the United States, drives this crisis.  And that’s why we’ve developed a new drug control strategy that focused on reducing the demand for drugs through education and prevention and treatment."

He says that, in Honduras, 76 out of every 100,000 inhabitants die as a result of violence, 19 times the rate in Cuba, where, despite its proximity to the United States, the problem is practically non-existent.

After more foolishness along these lines, about weapons confiscated en route to Mexico, a Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Inter-American Development Bank, with which he says efforts are being made to increase the Microfinance Growth Fund for the Americas and promises the creation of new Pathways to Prosperity and other pretentious terms which he pronounces in English and Spanish, he returns to his preposterous promises of hemispheric unity and tries to impress listeners with the dangers of climate change.

Obama adds, "If anybody doubts the urgency of climate change, they should look no further than the Americas – from the stronger storms in the Caribbean, to glacier melt in the Andes, to the loss of forests and farmland across the region." He doesn’t have the courage to admit that his country bears the greatest responsibility for that tragedy.

He explains that he is proud to announce that, "The United States will work with partners in this region, including the private sector, to increase the number of U.S. students studying in Latin America to 100,000, and the number of Latin America students studying in the United States to 100,000." It is well known what it costs to study medicine or any other career in that country and the shameless theft of brain-power practiced by the United States.

All of this oratory to close with praise for the OAS which Roa [Raúl Roa, former Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs] described as the "Ministry of Yankee Colonies" when, in his memorable statement from our country to the United Nations, he reported that the United States had attacked our territory April 15, 1961 with B-26 bombers bearing Cuban insignia, a shameful act which, within 23 days, will be remembered on its 50th anniversary.

In this way, he thought everything was well established, in order to proclaim the right to subvert order in our country.

He boasts that the U.S. is "allowing Americans to send remittances that bring some economic hope for people across Cuba, as well as more independence from Cuban authorities.

"... We’ll continue to seek ways to increase the independence of the Cuban people, who I believe are entitled to the same freedom and liberty as everyone else in this hemisphere."

Then he admits that the blockade hurts Cuba, denies the economy resources. Why doesn’t he recognize that Eisenhower’s intentions, the goal announced by the United States when it was first implemented was to force the Cuban people to surrender out of hunger?

Why is it maintained? How many hundreds of billions of dollars of damages does the United States owe our country? Why do they keep the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters imprisoned? Why isn’t the Cuban Adjustment Act applied to all Latin Americans rather than allowing thousands of them to die or be injured on the border imposed after that country stole half of their territory?

I beg the President of the United States to forgive my frankness.

I do not hold any hard feelings toward him or his people.

I am fulfilling my responsibility to express my opinion about his "Alliance of Equals."

The United States has nothing to gain by creating and encouraging mercenary careers. I can assure him that our country’s finest, most prepared youth graduating from the University of Computer Science know much more about the Internet and informatics than the Nobel Prize winner and President of the United States.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz

March 22, 2011

9:17 p.m.

Translated by Granma International

March 23, 2011

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