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It would be dishonest of me to remain silent after hearing the speech Obama delivered on the afternoon of May 23 at the Cuban American National Foundation created by Ronald Reagan. I listened to his speech, as I did McCain’s and Bush’s. I feel no resentment towards him, for he is not responsible for the crimes perpetrated against Cuba and humanity. Were I to defend him, I would do his adversaries an enormous favor. I have therefore no reservations about criticizing him and about expressing my points of view on his words frankly.
CENTRAL DE TRABAJADORES DE CUBA
Cro. Elmer Labog
We have received, with great sorrow, the news of the death of the beloved comrade and friend Crispin Beltrán who dedicated his life to defend and represent the interests of the Philipine workers in a long struggle since 1955 which carried him to gain the prestige and respect of the workers and union leaders not only in his own country but also at international level.
Ka Bel, as the workers used to call him and all those that knew him affectionately, founded KMU and was his President until 2003, during that whole stage and later, we could count with his support and solidarity with the people and the Cuban workers, especially in the anti-imperialist struggle and against the unfair and criminal North American blockade imposed against Cuba for more than 45 years.
Ka Bel was and is an example of tenacity, total devotion to the proletarian cause, consecrated militant and indefatigable fighter, unconditional friend and faithful revolutionary to his cause, in all the latitudes.
The Workers’ Central Union of Cuba, on behalf of all Cuban workers, conveys our most sincere and deep condolences to his relatives, friends, to the KMU and all the Philipine workers for the loss of a beloved brother with the conviction that his example and spirit of struggle will continue alive among all of us.
CENTRAL DE TRABAJADORES DE CUBA.
Press conference offered by Felipe Pérez Roque, Minister of Foreign Relations, to the Cuban and foreign press
Ministry of Foreign Relations
May 22, 2008
“Year 50 of the Revolution”
Stenography Team – Council of State
Carina Soto (Moderator): Good morning.
We welcome you to this press conference, offered by the Minister of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Cuba, comrade Felipe Pérez Roque.
Minister, with us today are the representatives of all Cuban newspapers and a significant number of representatives of the foreign press accredited in Cuba, 83 correspondents from 59 newspapers from 22 countries. This press conference is also being broadcasted live on Cubavisión Internacional and Radio-Habana Cuba.
Minister, you have the floor.
Just a few days ago a friend sent me the text of a statement made by Gallup, the famous U.S. pollster. I started to leaf through the material with the natural suspicion about the untrue and hypocritical information that is usually used against our homeland.
It was a poll about education and it included Cuba which tends to be ignored. The situation was being analyzed in four regions of the world: Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. In some aspects, several countries in the Caribbean were included.
A basic idea had occupied my mind since my days as a utopian socialist. I had begun from scratch, from the simple notions of good and evil that society inculcates into every newborn, replete with instincts and lacking in the values that parents, particularly mothers, have imbued children within all societies and throughout history.
Lacking a political precursor, chance events were to play a constant and decisive role in my life. I began forging an ideology, on my own, the very moment I had a real opportunity to observe and reflect on the world around me, as a child, teenager and young student. Education became, for me, the instrument par excellence to bring about change in the time it was my lot to live in, an instrument on which the very survival of our fragile species would depend.