Reflections of Fidel – Monthly Review http://monthlyreview.org An Independent Socialist Magazine Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Our right to be Marxist-Leninists http://monthlyreview.org/castro/our-right-to-be-marxist-leninists/ Fri, 08 May 2015 19:34:24 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/?post_type=castro&p=18498 The 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War will be commemorated the day after tomorrow, May 9. Given the time difference, while I write these lines, the soldiers and officials of the Army of the Russian Federation, full of pride, will be parading through Moscow’s Red Square with their characteristic quick, military steps.… Lenin was a brilliant revolutionary strategist who did not hesitate in assuming the ideas of Marx and implementing them in an immense and only partly industrialized country, whose proletariat party became the most radical and courageous on the planet in the wake of the greatest slaughter that capitalism had caused in the world, where for the first time tanks, automatic weapons, aviation and poison gases made an appearance in wars, and even a legendary cannon capable of launching a heavy projectile more than 100 kilometers made its presence felt in the bloody conflict.… | more…

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Duty calls http://monthlyreview.org/castro/duty-calls/ Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:23:15 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/?post_type=castro&p=14698 Our country did not hesitate one minute in responding to the request made by international bodies for support to the struggle against the brutal [ebola] epidemic which has erupted in West Africa.… This is what our country has always done, without exception. The government had already given pertinent instructions to immediately mobilize and reinforce medical personnel offering their services in this region on the African continent. A rapid response was likewise given to the United Nations request, as has always been done when requests for cooperation have been made.… | more…

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That which can never be forgotten http://monthlyreview.org/castro/that-which-can-never-be-forgotten/ Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:30:52 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/?post_type=castro&p=14677 Thoughts by Compañero Fidel regarding an article published in the Sunday edition of the the New York Times, which evaluates the path the country should follow in relation to its policy toward Cuba, in the opinion of the newspaper.… | more…

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Just ideas—or disaster—will triumph http://monthlyreview.org/castro/just-ideas-or-disaster-will-triumph/ Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:00:00 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/?post_type=castro&p=14414 If today it is possible to prolong life, health and the productive time of persons, if it is perfectly possible to plan the development of the population in accordance with growing productivity, culture and development of human values, what are they waiting for to do so?… | more…

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It is time to know a little more about realities http://monthlyreview.org/castro/it-is-time-to-know-a-little-more-about-realities/ Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:15:18 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/?post_type=castro&p=14038 I have asked the editors of Granma to relieve me of the honor of publishing what I write on the front page of the official organ of our Party, since I am thinking of expressing personal points of view on issues which, for obvious reasons of health and time, I have not been able to present in the collective leadership bodies of the Party or state, such as Party Congresses or pertinent meetings of the National Assembly of People’s Power.… | more…

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Mandela is dead: Why hide the truth about Apartheid? http://monthlyreview.org/castro/mandela-dead-hide-truth-apartheid/ Thu, 19 Dec 2013 01:35:34 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/castro/?p=1096 Maybe the empire thought that we would not honor our word when, during days of uncertainty in the past century, we affirmed that even if the USSR were to disappear Cuba would continue struggling.

World War II broke out on September 1, 1939 when Nazi-fascist troops invaded Poland and struck like a lightning over the heroic people of the USSR, who contributed 27 million lives to preserve mankind from that brutal massacre that ended the lives of 50 million persons.

War, on the other hand, is the only venture that the human race throughout history has failed to avoid, leading Einstein to say that he did not]]> Indelible memories http://monthlyreview.org/castro/indelible-memories/ Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:20:00 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/castro/?p=1090 BARELY three days ago, a high-ranking leader from the Vietnamese Communist Party visited us. Before leaving, he conveyed to me his wish that I write some recollections of my visit to the territory of Vietnam liberated in its heroic fight against the yankee troops in the south of his country.

I do not really have much time available, when a large part of the world is striving to seek a response to the news that a war, with the use of deadly weapons, is about to break out in a critical corner of our globalized planet.

However, recalling antecedents, and the monstrous crimes committed against countries with lesser economic and scientific development, will help all peoples to fight for their own survival.

The 40th]]> Objective truths and dreams http://monthlyreview.org/castro/objective-truths-dreams/ Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:05:48 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/castro/?p=1092 THE human species reaffirms with frustrating force that it has existed for approximately 230 million years. I do not recall any affirmation that it has achieved any greater age. Other kinds of humans did exist, like the Neanderthals of European origin; or a third, the hominid of Denisova in North Asia but, in no case are there fossils more ancient than those of the homo sapiens of Ethiopia.

On the other hand, similar remains exist of numerous species living then, such as dinosaurs, the fossilized remains of which date back more than 200 million years. Many scientists talk of their existence prior to the meteorite which]]> Letter to Daniel Ortega http://monthlyreview.org/castro/letter-to-daniel-ortega/ Sun, 30 Jun 2013 03:21:47 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/castro/?p=1075 Dear Daniel: With great satisfaction I just listened to your excellent speeches at the 8th Petrocaribe Summit. It was very just that the venue of the meeting is Nicaragua, a country that was capable of overcoming the artful blow of the empire under the government of one of the most uneducated and cynical frauds selected by the U.S. oligarchy.… | more…

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The Duty to Avoid a War in Korea http://monthlyreview.org/castro/the-duty-to-avoid-a-war-in-korea/ Fri, 05 Apr 2013 03:12:29 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/castro/?p=1070 A few days ago I mentioned the great challenges humanity is currently facing. Intelligent life emerged on our planet approximately 200,000 years ago, although new discoveries demonstrate something else.

This is not to confuse intelligent life with the existence of life which, from its elemental forms in our solar system, emerged millions of years ago.

A virtually infinite number of life forms exist. In the sophisticated work of the world’s most eminent scientists the idea has already been conceived of reproducing the sounds which followed the Big Bang, the great explosion which took place more than 13.7 billion years ago.

This introduction would be too extensive if it]]> We Have Lost Our Best Friend http://monthlyreview.org/castro/we-have-lost-our-best-friend/ Mon, 11 Mar 2013 04:35:28 +0000 http://monthlyreview.org/castro/?p=1053 The best friend the Cuban people have had throughout their history died on the afternoon of March 5. A call via satellite communicated the bitter news. The significance of the phrase used was unmistakable.

Although we were aware of the critical state of his health, the news hit us hard. I recalled the times he joked with me, saying that when both of us had concluded our revolutionary task, he would invite me to walk by the Arauca River in Venezuelan territory, which made him remember the rest that he never had.

The honor befell us to have shared with the Bolivarian leader the same ideas of social justice and support for the exploited. The poor are the poor in any part of the world.

“Let Venezuela give me a]]>