The other tragedy

IN my meeting with the CIEM economists on Tuesday, July 13, I talked of the excellent documentary by the French director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, with the participation of the most eminent and well informed international figures, on the other terrible danger to the human species which is taking place before our eyes: the destruction of the environment.

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Fidel: “The USA is not playing fair or telling the truth”

THE United States is not playing fair and is not telling the truth, affirmed Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro on the special Roundtable program broadcast on Cuban television on Monday evening, and hosted by journalist Randy Alonso.

Fidel gave an exhaustive analysis of the situation in the Middle East, particularly the crisis provoked by the United States and Israel in their policy of harassing Iran, as well as an assessment of the nuclear arsenal at the disposal of the major international powers and the sinking of the Cheonan, the flagship vessel of the South Korean Navy, an attack that has been attributed to DPK Korea.

Reiterating the danger of unleashing a war using nuclear weapons, as he previously mentioned in his

Reflections, the leader of the Revolution provided a vast range of arguments and commented on the opinions of political analysts on the latest events in the Middle East.

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Fidel visits National Scientific Research Center

LAST Wednesday, July 7, the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, visited the National Scientific Research Center (CNIC) as part of celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the institution, the forerunner of Havana’s Scientific Complex.

At the CNIC, founded on July 1, 1965, he was met at noon by Dr. Carlos Gutiérrez, general director of the institution, with three of its leading directors.

Of course, when word got out that Fidel was there, the staff gathered and gave him a warm impromptu welcome, to which Fidel responded with words of gratitude.

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Fidel visits the World Economy Research Center

AT midday on July 13, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz visited the World Economy Research Center, where he was received by its director, Dr. Osvaldo Martínez.

Your browser may not support display of this image. For more than one hour, the leader of the Cuban Revolution exchanged opinions with the researchers at this prestigious center, discussing the grave danger of a new war in the Middle East and the terrible threat for our species that is the destruction of the environment before our very eyes.

The Comandante en Jefe called on those present to consider how the countries of Our America can confront such challenges and how to encourage new generations not to repeat the errors that have been made to date.

Fidel presented the participants in the meeting with a message of his own to be shared with economists from Cuba and other parts of the world.

Your browser may not support display of this image. The World Economy Research Center is a Cuban scientific institute attached to the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA) which, for the past 30 years, has undertaken research into major issues related to the world economy, with particular emphasis on the problems affecting underdeveloped countries and proposing solutions for those problems. It is a reference center for the Latin American and Caribbean region and has organized a number of international events.

Bidding farewell to his hosts, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro was applauded by residents living in the vicinity of CIEM who, having learned of his presence at the center, went there to greet him. •

Translated by Granma International

Message from Fidel to the economists

Compañeros economists of the CIEM:

In relation to Resolution 1929

ON June 27, 2010, in a message sent in relation to Resolution 1929 of the UN Security Council of June 9, 2010, I expressed to its addressee the following:

Your browser may not support display of this image. “There is only one thing that we can be sure of. This time Cuba will be far from being attacked with weapons of that kind, and the rest of Latin America from the north of Mexico to Cape Horn.

“When the nuclear fire, which will necessarily be brief, has been extinguished, one can talk of the postwar crisis that will immediately come.

“Everything would seem like a fantasy as it was, when by a pure miracle, Cuba escaped from a nuclear attack in October, 1962.

“…one will not be able to talk of capitalism or socialism. Only that a stage of the administration of goods and services available in this part of the continent will open up. Inevitably, each country will continue to be governed by those who are currently leading the government, a number of them very close to socialism and others full of euphoria at the prospect of a world market now opening for fuel, uranium, copper, lithium, aluminum, iron and other metals that are currently being sent to the developed and rich countries in that world market, which will suddenly Your browser may not support display of this image. disappear.

“In such circumstances, the most basic products required in order to live: foodstuffs, water, fuels and the resources of the hemisphere to the south of the United States, are there in abundance for maintaining a little bit of civilization, the uncontrolled advances of which have led humanity to such a disaster.”

I am aware that some compañeros are seriously concerned that I am risking my credibility by affirming something as important as a conflict that would inevitably become nuclear.

That is what I have been saying since, on June 1, 2010, I informed of the grave danger posed to humanity that began with the sinking of the Cheonan, the flagship of the South Korean Navy.

For me, the most important thing is that our people should be well informed of grave dangers that are threatening us, not my personal credibility.

I have asked compañero Osvaldo to call together in this headquarters today, Tuesday, July 13, the outstanding group of economists, so that I could meet with them and ask them to undertake a work of “science fiction” – let’s describe it that way – in order to ponder and analyze these delicate issues for four hours per day over the next 10 days, with the objective of responding to one question: what should the countries of “Our America” do if a situation such as the one that I explained in quotation marks is produced?

Evidently, it is about promoting a new civilization, based on the colossal scientific knowledge that our species now possesses, in order that the unrepeatable is not reproduced, something that, in my opinion, will happen.

I also asked Osvaldo to give you all a copy of these words.

On the basis of information that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had in its possession, I stated to various ambassadors located in key countries and to four Latin American presidents that, in my judgment, the conflict would break out, starting Thursday, Friday or Saturday at the latest.

My explicable bitterness is due to the fact I was working with official information which, by not including two long final paragraphs, led me to the error in the Reflection of July 4 and would have dealt an irreparable blow to my credibility at this decisive historic moment, and which I noticed on Sunday, July 11 at around 11:00 a.m.

I have also asked Osvaldo to distribute among the economists a copy of this message and add a copy of the written text of the documentary Home, by French director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, made by a select international group of the most eminent and well informed figures, on the other terrible threat to our species: the destruction of the environment before our very eyes.

Alternatives still exist which leave a margin for hope, if we are capable of opting for them.

Fraternally,

Fidel Castro Ruz

July 13, 2010

Translated by Granma International

Mafiosi buy votes to prevent travel to Cuba

Gabriel Molina

THE U.S. Chamber of Commerce has surprised congress members by warning that it proposes to “monitor votes” on the bipartisan bill aiming to reestablish the right for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba and sell food to the island in a more normal way.

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The origin of wars

I affirmed on July 4 that neither the United States nor Iran would give in; “one, due to the pride of the powerful, and the other, out of resistance to the yoke and the capacity to fight, as has occurred so many times in the history of humanity…”

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