Havana, Cuba, Apr 17.- The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, said that in the immediate future, humanity will have to face problems for which the peoples expect clear responses from politicians.
In his latest Reflections, entitled "Sleeping with Eyes Open", Fidel Castro referred to the recently-concluded Summit of the Americas, held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, where representatives from 33 countries of the western hemisphere gathered. The vast majority of them, he said, demand answers to economic and social problems of great importance that hit the region with the most unequal distribution of wealth in the world.
I do not want to anticipate the views of millions of people, capable of analyzing in depth and in cold blood the problems of Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of a globalized world, where
few have everything and others have nothing, he said.
No matter what it is call, the system imposed by imperialism in this hemisphere is exhausted and
cannot stand up.
Fidel Castro referred to the participation of U.S. President Barack Obama in the meeting, who sometimes was defeated by fatigue and closed his eyes involuntarily, but sometimes he slept with his eyes open.
Far from the brilliant and lucid thought of Bolivar and Marti are the words chewed, sweetened and monotonously repeated by the illustrious Nobel Prize winner, said in a ridiculous tour of the fields of Colombia and which I listened to yesterday afternoon, Fidel Castro affirmed.
According to the Cuban leader, those words served only to recall the speeches of the Alliance for Progress, 51 years ago, when the monstrous crimes that hit this hemisphere had not yet been committed, where Cuba fought not only for the right to independence, but to exist as a nation.
Fidel Castro stressed that the Yankee transnational companies will never give in controlling the land, water, mines and natural resources of our countries.
Its soldiers should leave military bases and withdraw its troops from each and every of our territories, give in to unequal trade and plundering our nations," he expressed.
According to Fidel Castro, Colombians, in whose country the discredited Summit was held, are industrious and sacrificed people who, as others, need the help from their Latin American brothers, in this case, Venezuelans, Brazilians, Ecuadorians, Peruvians and others.
With that partnership the countries can do what the Yankees, with their sophisticated weapons, their expansionism and their insatiable material appetite, will never do, he emphasized.
Like no other time in history, he stressed, Jose Marti's farsighted formula would be necessary: Trees are to line up in order not to allow the seven-league giant to come through! It is time to reckon, and to walk together, and we must go forward in close ranks, like silver in the roots of the Andes.
Perhaps the Latin American and Caribbean Community (ECLAC) will become what it should be, a hemispheric political organization, except the United States and Canada. Its decadent and unsustai nable empire has already won the right to rest in peace, Fidel Castro noted. (Prensa Latina).
I was surprised today when I listened to the speech delivered by Jose Miguel Insulza in Cartagena. I thought that the person who was speaking on behalf of the OAS would at least claim some respect for the sovereignty of the peoples of this hemisphere which were for years colonized and cruelly exploited by colonial powers.
I took a good look at Obama in the famous “Summit Meeting”. Sometimes he was overcome by tiredness, he unwillingly shut his eyes but, at times, he slept with open eyes.
Obama, the first black president of the United States –who is, without any doubt, an intelligent, well educated and eloquent person-, made quite a few people believe that he was an emulator of Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King.
I think –and I do not intend to offend anyone- that this is how the Prime Minister of Canada is called. I deduced it from a statement published on “Holy Wednesday” by a spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of that country. The United Nations Organization membership is made up by almost 200 States –allegedly independent States. They continuously change or are forced into change. Many of their representatives are honorable persons, friends of Cuba; but it is impossible to remember the specifics about each and every one of them.
The search for the political truth will always be a difficult task even in our times, when science has placed in our hands a huge amount of knowledge. One of the most important was the possibility to know and study the fabulous power of the energy contained in matter.
The filmed scenes of the massacre in Libya, starting to be seen, offend for their total absence of humanism and the crass lies that served as an excuse for invading and taking over the natural resources of that country.
The world is ever more misinformed in the midst of a turmoil of events that occur at a speed never before expected.
Those of us who have lived a few more years and experienced a certain eagerness for information can attest to the amount of ignorance with which we used to approach facts.
This Reflection could be written today, tomorrow or any other day without the risk of being mistaken. Our species faces new problems. When 20 years ago I stated at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro that a species was in danger of extinction, I had fewer reasons than today for warning about a danger that I was seeing perhaps 100 years away. At that time, a handful of leaders of the most powerful countries were in charge of the world. They applauded my words as a matter of mere courtesy and placidly continued to dig for the burial of our species.