[Marxism] Changes in Cuba
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Tue Mar 3 17:06:20 MST 2009
Found it in English:
Reflections of Fidel
changes within the Council of Ministers
IN response to changes made within the executive,
certain news agencies are throwing up their hands in
of them are saying or echoing "popular" rumors about
the substitution of "Fidel’s men" for "Raúl’s men."
The majority of those who have been replaced were
never proposed by me. Almost without exception, they
were proposed for their posts by other comrades
within the leadership of the Party or the state. I
never devoted myself to that task.
I have never underestimated human intelligence or
the vanity of men.
I was consulted about the new ministers who have
just been appointed even though there was no rule
obliging those who proposed them to consult me,
given that I renounced the prerogatives of power
some time ago. They acted simply as genuine
revolutionaries who carry within them loyalty to
There has been no injustice committed against
Neither of the two individuals mentioned by news
reports as the most affected have uttered a word to
express any disagreement with the decision. It had
nothing to do with an absence of personal value. It
was another reason. The sweetness of power for which
they had made no sacrifice awoke in them ambitions
that led them to an unworthy role. The external
enemy was filled with illusions about them.
I don’t accept the gossip being mixed in with the
Baseball Classic that is about to commence. I stated
very clearly that our baseball players were
first-rate young men, men who believe in "Patria o
Muerte" (Homeland or Death).
As I have stated on other occasions, we will
return with the shield or on the shield.
We will win because we know how to and we can
combine something that only free men can, those who
have no owners, not professional players.
Leonel Fernández was telling me yesterday
afternoon that some of the excellent professional
Dominican ballplayers didn’t want to take part in
this competition; they would be absent, which would
be sad for their people, who watched them grow.
Chávez still doesn’t know why his magnificent
pitchers and hitters will be defeated by our
The Cuban national team that will measure its
strength this year against the best professional
players from the Major Leagues in the United States
and Japan is much stronger and better prepared than
the one of three years ago.
Many of them are already veterans despite their
youthful age. None of the players who made the team
stayed behind, except for health reasons.
I assume full responsibility for success or the
opposite. The victories will be for all of us;
defeat will never be bereft.
Patria o Muerte! Venceremos!
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 3, 2009
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