Selected excerpts from this 718 page book, published by the Cuban Council of State, of conversations between Cuba's Commander-in-Chief, Fidel Castro, and Ignacio Ramonet, Editor of the French monthly, Le Monde Diplomatique.
We are, in short, for all the noble aspirations of all the peoples. That is our position. We are, and always shall be for everything that is just: against colonialism, exploitation, monopolies, militarism, the armaments race, and warmongering. We shall always be against such things. That will be our position.
The IMF puts pressure on debtor nations to privatize their economies, to sell their mines railways and public services belonging to the state at low prices. They must cut their subsidies for health, education, transport and basic foods; and spend less on the welfare of their people to meet their debt obligations. Such is the true story of the "aid for development ".
Of the nearly 600,000 people registered as Democrats, 1,327 showed up to cast their votes (Martinoticias.com, February 1, 2016) 0.22 percent, a real abstentionist scandal. However, they distributed among themselves the 43 delegates to the Convention as if everything had happened normally. "Free elections" and "representative democracy" keep marching on.
With the recent death of Cuban Orlando Fundora, on February 2nd, at age 90, the global struggle for peace has lost one of its most illustrious fighters. This was expressed with regret at the World Peace Council (WPC), where Fundora was Honorary President.
British scientists, after a study, concluded that size 145 adhesive shoes would be needed to climb vertically as Spiderman famously does
Economic growth is widespread in the world, but not to everyone's benefit; rather the opposite, there is an increase of inequalities. 62 individuals have equal wealth as the 3.6 billion people that constitute the world's poorest 50%.
Feb 1, 2016Walter Lippmann
Will the newly elected Guatemalan president fulfill the expectations of those who elected him? Time will tell.