Knowing the Truth in Time - CubaDebate (español)
Fidel Castro Ruz
When writing each one of my previous Reflections, while a catastrophe for humanity is rapidly approaching, my greatest concern has been to perform the basic duty of informing our people.
Today I’m calmer than I’ve been for 26 days. As things continue to happen at short notice, I can reiterate and add to the reports presented to Cuban and international opinion.
Obama has promised to attend the World Cup quarter-finals on July 2nd, if his country advances from the second round. He should know better than anyone that these quarter-finals may not take place since very serious events will take place before then, or at least he ought to know that.
On Friday, June 25th, an international news agency known for its close attention to detail in its reports, published the declarations of the “…commander of the elite Navy corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, General Ali Fadavi…” warning “…that if the United States and its allies inspect Iranian ships in international waters, ‘they will receive a response in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.’” Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, Economy, Imperialism, Iran, Israel, New World, Old World, Russia
Tagged ali fadavi, heroic cuban people, hiroshima, islamic revolutionary guard, nagasaki, obama, persian gulf, strait of hormuz, world cup
The English translation of Fidel’s reflection released by Granma International today contains an unfortunate error. The Spanish original says:
El Sha de Irán había sido derrocado por el Ayatollah Ruhollah Jomeini en 1979 sin emplear un arma. Estados Unidos le impuso después la guerra a aquella nación con el empleo de armas químicas, cuyos componentes suministró a Irak junto a la información requerida por sus unidades de combate y que fueron empleadas por estas contra los Guardianes de la Revolución.
This was translated as:
The Shah of Iran had been defeated by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 without using a single weapon. The United States imposed the Shah after the war on that nation with the use of chemical weapons, whose components it supplied to Iraq together with the information needed by its combat units and which were deployed by them against the Revolutionary Guards.
What was imposed on Iran as punishment for tossing out the Shah was not the Shah again, but a chemical war. In addition to correcting this error, I have taken the opportunity to edit the rest of the piece for the sake of readability. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, Iran, Israel, Korea, New World, Old World
Tagged Ayatolla Ruholla Khomeini, chemical war, Cheonan, Dmitri Medvedev, false flag operation in Korea, Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, Israeli military boats, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Nikolas Sarkozy, Suez Canal, warships to iran, world cup
Aminetu Haidar by Juan Kavellido
Aminetu Haidar – In Spite of Everything - Español
By Atenea Acevedo
Translated by Manuel Talens, edited by Machetera
Our senses, habituated to a never innocent violence – normalized through lingering media bombardment – only react when the scandalous aspect of news reaches the border between reality and fiction. Once in a while, almost always later than sooner, the violence that mercilessly strikes women appears in mass media headlines: women retained in Serbian rape camps, young working women slaughtered in Ciudad Juárez, women murdered by either romantic or sexual partners. Less frequently, a specific face repeats itself on the television screens and a name struggles to conquer a corner of our memory. Today such a face belongs to Saharawi activist Aminetu Haidar, a peaceful defender of human rights and international humanitarian rights whose case began to filter out through tiny snippets of information and now expands like a pool of uncontainable blood.
Aminetu – a former detainee in Moroccan secret jails, where she “disappeared” for years – has the willpower that we usually find in those who have lived and suffered enough to thoroughly know both the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Continue reading
For more about Wendy Elizabeth Ávila, see Avi Lewis’s report for Faultlines, embedded at the end of this post.
Wendy and Obama - Español
Peace as a medal rather than a principle
By Allan McDonald
English translation: Machetera
Wendy Elizabeth Ávila was born in Tegucigalpa on June 28, 1985, under a rain of melancholy ashes.
Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1961, under a carnival of Asiatic colors.
Wendy went to a public school, poor, like her comrades, and in her arms she always carried notebooks with the word “hope” written in upper case.
Obama went to the prestigious Harvard Law School with its hors d’oeuvres enriched by the protein of the judiciary.
Wendy grew up with an open smile, fresh with dreams.
Obama grew up in the mists of greed and public lies. Continue reading
Consolation Prize (Amended)*- Español
By Atilio A. Boron
English translation: Machetera
In an astonishing decision, the Norwegian Nobel Committee put an end to seven months of searching among the 205 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize and conferred it upon Barack Obama. Piedad Córdoba, the brave Colombian senator whose efforts in search of peace for her violence-ridden country largely deserved to be rewarded with the Nobel Prize was tossed to the wayside so that it might be granted to the American president. It is not a minor surprise to know that Obama’s nomination was submitted to the Norwegian Committee two months after his inauguration. What did he do in such a short period of time on behalf of the world peace? He delivered gentle speeches and made rather nebulous exhortations to end violent confrontations. The Colombian senator, on the other hand, has spent the last ten years in a tireless effort to put an end to armed struggle and to pacify her country. She put her own body and her actions on the line. But the Norwegian Committee did not share this appreciation and Piedad was once again passed over. A woman, black, leftist, and Latin American: too many flaws and defects for the cautious members of the Committee, always politically correct, forever sanctimonious, who only by mistake would it confer the prize upon a public figure whose struggles for peace were unacceptable to the empire. The Dalai Lama is acceptable; Piedad Córdoba is not. For him, the Prize; for her, the cold shoulder. Continue reading
Posted in Idiocy, New World, Old World, The Coming Latin American War, Things I couldn't make up if I tried
Tagged a trillion dollars for war, alvaro uribe, aquavit, barack obama, blockade of Cuba, Cuban Five, death and destruction machine, fourth fleet, henry kissinger, realpolitik, robert higgs
The translating factory has been idled this week while Machetera was chasing a very interesting story related to Otto Reich and the Honduran coup d’etat – more on that later. But this morning, as she was checking to see where Waldo Mel Zelaya might be and whether Romeo Vasquez Velasquez had managed to kill him, as promised, she ran across this piece from Aporrea, picked up from Venezuelan TV.
First of all, not that one should judge a person by his picture (Machetera certainly never would) but doesn’t this guy just sort of ooze “little prickness?”
He is Álvaro Uribe’s foreign minister. Continue reading