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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…”