Report by Cuba on Resolution 62/3 of The United Nations General Assembly “Necessity of ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed by the U.S.A. against Cuba

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The Democratic Socialism

I did not want to write a third consecutive reflection, but I can not leave that for Monday.

There is one accurate response to Bush’s “democratic capitalism”: Chavez’s democratic socialism. There wouldn’t be a more accurate way to express the big contradiction that exists between North and South in our hemisphere, between the ideas of Bolivar and those of Monroe.

Bolivar’s great merit was having stated so at a time when modern communication media did not exist -not even the Panama Canal did. There was no US imperialism. There were just the English speaking Thirteen Colonies which, united, gained their independence in 1776 with the support of France and Spain.

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Bush’s self-criticism

IN a brief 15-minute speech, the President of the United States made certain assertions that, had they come from the mouths of any of his adversaries, would have been described as atrocious and cynical slanders against the economic system of his country which he called “democratic capitalism”.

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The goal that cannot be renounced

AROUND 35,000 Cuban health specialists are providing free or paid services in the world.  Furthermore, some young doctors from countries such as Haiti and others among the poorest of the Third World are working in their homelands thanks to the assistance provided by Cuba.  In Latin America, our main contribution has been the ophthalmologic surgeries that will help to preserve the eyesight of millions of people.  In addition, we are assisting in the training of tens of thousands of young medical students from other nations, both in and outside Cuba.

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The financial Ike

TODAY’S afternoon news wastes nothing:

“Bush cancelled all his activities.  He intended to travel to Alabama and Florida to participate in campaign fundraising events.”

“He said on Thursday that he was worried about the financial markets and the U.S. economy…”

“Markets have plummeted,” the cables continue to report. “The government has seen itself forced to nationalize the giant insurance company American International Group (AIG), and the Federal Reserve, in a coordinated action with other central banks, has injected $180 billion into the financial markets.”

“The president reaffirmed that his government is taking aggressive and extraordinary measures ‘to appease the markets.’”

“Authorities all over Asia are trying to stop their currencies, stock markets and securities from falling to prevent the Wall Street crisis from affecting the region.”

“President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil today blamed the international financial crisis on speculation, and admitted he was worried about the danger of a possible recession in the United States.

“He also sympathized with the situation of major banks in the United States which, in the past, have criticized Brazil and other emerging countries, and called into question the international financial system.

“He said, ‘There is a crisis in the United States, a very big crisis that has extraordinarily shaken up the largest economy in the world.’

“‘It is not that we are not worried. The United States is the world’s largest economy and its largest importer.’

He concluded by saying, “It is with a certain degree of sadness that I see how important banks, very important banks that were always giving advice about Brazil and about what we should or should not do are now broke or have declared bankruptcy.”

The hurricane winds of the financial Ike are also threatening all of the world’s “provinces.”  The weather forecast is uncertain; it’s been talked about for weeks, and gusts of more than 200 kilometers per hour are now being felt. As Rubiera would say, its [the hurricane’s] devastating power is increasing geometrically from one category to the next.

It is very difficult to closely follow and understand the fabulous figures of fresh money that are being injected into the global economy.  They are huge doses of paper money, which are inevitably leading to a decline in its value and purchasing power.

Higher prices are inevitable in consumer societies and disastrous for emerging countries, as Lula da Silva said.  If the largest importer in the world stops importing, this will impact on the rest; if it goes out to compete, this will impact on other producers.

The big banks of the developed countries are imitating and trying to coordinate with the banks of the United States; if the U.S. banks go broke, theirs will too, and they will devour each other.

Fiscal paradises are prospering; people are suffering. Is this how humanity’s well-being can be guaranteed?

Fidel Castro Ruz

September 18, 2008

8:46 p.m.

The same lie twice over

READING the cables will suffice.
In the reflection I wrote the day before yesterday I stated that Cuba would not accept any donation from the government that is blockading us and that, in the Verbal Note handed over to the U.S. Interests Section, we had requested authorization so that U.S. companies could sell us construction materials; that same Note made no reference whatsoever to foodstuffs.  There was an additional request for trade in those materials to take place under normal conditions, including credits, something that is only logical considering that, for eight years, our country has been paying in cash for the few commodities that U.S. companies are authorized to export to Cuba.

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Playing the Good Guy Role at Our Expense

WHEN the U.S. government hypocritically offered $100,000 as aid in the face of the disaster brought about by Hurricane Gustav, subject to an on-site inspection to confirm the damage, the response was that Cuba is unable to accept any donations from the country that is blockading us; that the damage had already been calculated and that what we were calling for was that it not prevent the export of essential materials and credits associated with commercial operations.

Certain people in the North starting screaming their heads off that Cuba’s rejection was inconceivable.

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