This Reflection could be written today, tomorrow or any other day without the risk of being mistaken. Our species faces new problems. When 20 years ago I stated at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro that a species was in danger of extinction, I had fewer reasons than today for warning about a danger that I was seeing perhaps 100 years away. At that time, a handful of leaders of the most powerful countries were in charge of the world. Continue reading →
I am not a “gamer”, have never been one. I have enough ways to waste my time on reading, television and the information portion of the internet, so that virtually blowing people away with a 50 caliber machine gun really does not do it for me. I was in the military during Viet Nam, and have a good idea that killing people is a lot more involved than just pressing a button on a video controller. I realize that my friends who play these games are just utilizing the latest technology to spend some free time and I’m cool with that. But the phone message I received a week ago from a close friend was still a bit shocking. “I shot Fidel last night”, he told me. Continue reading →
In the past few years, radical Cuban exiles in Miami have toned down their act. By toned down I mean they don’t necessarily kill Americans who might tend to disagree with them which was sometimes their practice during the past 50 years. That never stopped them from killing people in Cuba, and from making it a priority to kill Fidel Castro at all costs. Two of the best known of these wanted international terrorists, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles live openly in the Miami Cuban community. But if that were not enough, a radical exile group recently gave an award to Bosch, at the University of Miami, which has caused an uproar among academics at the school. Here is a letter sent after the event.
by Fidel Castro Ruz and Michel Chossudovsky Global Research
November 13, 2010
From October 12 to 15, 2010, I had extensive and detailed discussions with Fidel Castro in Havana, pertaining to the dangers of nuclear war, the global economic crisis and the nature of the New World Order. These meetings resulted in a wide-ranging and fruitful interview.
The first part of this interview published by Global Research and Cuba Debate focuses on the dangers of nuclear war.
In his latest reflections Fidel Castro refers to fragments of the text “The War Crimes of Stanley McChrystal, U.S. General” which, among other things, “reveals examples of how the Obama Administration continues walking in Bush`s footsteps”.
That’s terrific! So I exclaimed when I read down to the last line about the revelations of the famous journalist Seymour Hersh, printed in Democracy Now! and collected as one of the 25 most censored news items in the United States.
The material is entitled “The War Crimes of Stanley McChrystal, U.S. General” and it was included in Project Censored, put together by a university in California, including the essential paragraphs from those revelations.
by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, October 21, 2010
On October 21st 2010, Global Research and Cuba Debate released a brief text and recorded video by Fidel Castro on the dangers of nuclear war.
From October 12 to 15, 2010, I had extensive and detailed discussions with Fidel Castro in Havana, pertaining to the dangers of nuclear war, the global economic crisis and the nature of the New World Order. These meetings resulted in a wide-ranging and fruitful interview that will be published shortly by Global Research and Cuba Debate. Continue reading →
Michel Chossudovsky’s presentation at the University of Havana
Of course, I listened to their debate with particular interest. Chossudovsky spoke in Spanish and showed a complete command of the issues at hand. He is scrupulous about the meaning of words, including phrases coined in English to precisely express a certain idea when they do not have equivalent terms in Spanish.
by Fidel Castro Ruz
Global Research, October 8, 2010 Cuba Debate
Translated from Spanish
During the ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution I expressed my opinion that “The Cuban Revolution, on our small and ignored island, was newly born, but coming into this world just 90 miles from the powerful empire, caused it to test the arrogance of the dominant superpower in our hemisphere and in a large part of the world.” I promised to speak about the statements I had made to the United Nations two days previously. I warned that our struggle would be “long and hard.” For the time being, I must postpone this task. Another subject at the moment is more important.
Who is Barack Obama and how is he any different than George W. Bush? Tell me, why do so-called “Progressives” continue to support this man and his fascist policies? It is becoming increasingly clear that this President will do nothing to impede the corporate agenda of control over the Federal government that will become the cornerstone of worker repression throughout the country.
1. The loss of public sector jobs was a blatant attempt to break the power of unions in this country. The largest percent of unionization is in the public sector. What is a so-called “progressive” doing, feeding the military on a scale much larger that the Bush Administration, while breaking the backs of the Unions in America? This just illuminates exactly what the Democrats have morphed into. The Republicans under eight years of power haven’t done as much damage to the worker’s movement than Obama has managed to do in the last two years!
“[The Internet] has put an end to secrets… We are seeing a high level of investigative journalism, that is within reach of the whole world.”
-Fidel Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party (Cuba)
Those who have seen the JFK movie are, no doubt, intimately familiar with the ominous, deep ops know-it-all Mr. X. The role was, of course — played by the veteran actor Donald Sutherland — and the character was based upon the real life U.S. Army Colonel Fletcher Prouty. Another star of an Oliver Stone movie and military man, Fidel Castro, seems to be making his own attempt to be a kind of wide-ranging Mr. X of a certain variety, exposing hidden truth and subterranean information for the benefit of all of those who would care to hear. The Comandante seems to have gotten into the business of prognosticating events, exposing elite clandestine gatherings, and in general opining about the dark and shadowy forces that are coalescing behind closed doors.
The New York Times, on October 17, published a page-one story by Scott Shane about the CIA’s defiance of a court order to release documents pertaining to the John F. Kennedy assassination, in its so-called Joannides file. George Joannides was the CIA case officer for a Cuban exile group that made headlines in 1963 by its public engagements with Lee Harvey Oswald, just a few weeks before Oswald allegedly killed Kennedy. For over six years a former Washington Post reporter, Jefferson Morley, has been suing the CIA for the release of these documents. 
Sometimes the way that a news item is reported can be more newsworthy than the item itself. A notorious example was the 1971 publication of the Pentagon Papers (documents far too detailed for most people to read) on the front page of the New York Times.
July 26 also marks the anniversary of the attack on the Moncada military barracks by revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro in 1953, viewed by Cubans as the start of the revolution.
Chris Slee looks at how the revolution was made and defended by Cuba’s oppressed working people.
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Workers, peasants and students played an active role before, during and after the insurrection that destroyed the brutal and corrupt Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in January 1959.
Batista seized power in a coup in March 1952. The coup initially met little resistance. The Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC) called a general strike in protest at the coup, but the corrupt CTC leadership soon called it off.
CTC leader Eusebio Mujal became one of Batista’s closest collaborators, helping to suppress opposition to the dictatorship within the unions.