I have carefully followed the Western media’s reaction to my Sunday reflections on the Olympic Games in China. Actually, rather sensitive events were overlooked while others were highlighted ad libitum by the advocates of world plunder and exploitation.
“Fidel Castro today blamed the judges and the Mafia for the poor performance of the Cuban delegation at the Olympic Games. He also justified the Cuban tae kwon do athlete Angel Volodia Matos, who was permanently suspended after kicking a referee in the head, and expressed his full solidarity with him.”
IF one were to statistically work out the number of facilities, sport fields and sophisticated pieces of equipment we just saw in the recently concluded Olympic Games, accessible to every one million of the world’s inhabitants; the number of swimming pools for diving and polo, artificial underfoot for track and field competitions or field hockey, basketball and volleyball courts, rapids for kayak races, cycle tracks for speed-bike races, firing ranges, and so on and so forth, one could conclude that they are beyond the reach of 80 percent of the countries that were represented in Beijing, which is equivalent to billions of people around the planet. China, an immense and millennia-old country with over 1,2 billion inhabitants, invested $40 billion in the construction of the Olympic facilities and it will still require time to satisfy the sporting needs of a society at the height of development.
PERHAPS some governments are unaware of the concrete facts, and so for that reason Raúl’s message setting Cuba’s position seemed to us to be very timely. I shall be generous in the aspects that cannot be dealt with in a brief and precise official statement.
The government of Georgia would never have launched its armed forces against the capital of the Autonomous Republic of South Ossetia in the dawn of August 8, engaged in what it called the re-establishing of constitutional order, without previous coordination with Bush who, in April in Bucharest, committed to support President Saakashvili for Georgia’s admission to NATO; that is like plunging a sharpened dagger deep into Russia’s heart. Many European member states of that military organization are seriously concerned about the irresponsible manipulation of the nationalities issue, fraught with potential conflict, which within Britain itself might result in the disintegration of the United Kingdom. This is how Yugoslavia was dismantled: Tito’s efforts to avoid that proved useless after his death.
BY ELSA CLARO
USING temptation, among other methods, to divide the ranks, representatives of industrialized nations to the World Trade Organization (WTO) each worked in his or her own way — sometimes together — toward the same goal; that is, ceding only what was convenient and changing everything to what they wanted.
Suffice it to say that the offer made by the European Union, supposedly decreasing subsidies to its agricultural production only consisted of eliminating existing surpluses. The offer goes back a decade, when that group of nations was capable of throwing away or destroying tons of food in order to maintain price levels. What was terrible about that action was that, at the time, there was as much hunger — proportionally or substantively — in many parts of the world as there is today, even though the dangers today are greater, given the current financial and food crisis that, from the start, has displayed serious symptoms and foretells a future that is none too bright.
BY ROBERTO PEREZ BETANCOURT
THE battle for the release of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, political prisoners in the United States, continues to be active in order to inform people of the truth about a case in which the U.S. government and authorities involved in it have perverted the course of justice, affirmed Ricardo Alarcón, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power (Cuban Parliament).
The likewise member of the Political Bureau of the Party exposed the pettifogging activities of the U.S. government via the district attorney’s office and other governmental agencies, and offered current details on the appeal process during the Cuban TV and radio “Roundtable” program this Thursday, which also included contributions by other experts.
On July 24, the defense lawyers presented their arguments against the ruling of last June 4 and 5 by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which ratified the guilty verdicts against the Five.
THE Olympics will very soon begin in China. Some days ago I wrote about our baseball team. I said that our athletes were going through a very hard test and that if something went wrong they were not the ones who deserved the harshest criticisms. I recognized their quality and patriotism. They felt depressed after the criticisms that came from Cuba.
Afterwards I heard that they were all in good spirits. They had learned how to eat the spicy Korean food with chopsticks, the way it is done in eastern Asia. On July 26 they sent a vibrant patriotic message. They will no doubt face with honor that difficult test.