[Marxism] more from Castro on recent cabinet changes

Fred Fuentes fred.fuentes at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 20:10:21 MDT 2009

Reflections by Comrade Fidel


Yesterday Reuters headed the list of the international news agencies
that mention Pedro Miret and Osmany Cienfuegos as two historical
figures who have been dismissed from their posts by Raúl Castro.

The EFE Agency follows stating, verbatim: “Last March 2nd, they were
dismissed as Vice Presidents of the Council of Ministers.”

The excuse for this thriller, widely circulated throughout the world,
was the March 24th publication in the Official Gazette of the Decree
about the restructuring of the Council of Ministers of the Government
of Cuba, passed on the 2nd of this month.

Pedro Miret is a magnificent comrade, having great historical merits
and whom we all respect and for whom I have a lot of affection.  For
several years now, for reasons of health, he is unable to occupy any
post.  The slow progress of his illness led to the gradual cessation
of his political activities.  It is not fair to describe him as having
been “fired”, without any consideration whatsoever.

Osmany Cienfuegos, the brother of Camilo, carried out important tasks
not only as Vice President of the Council of Ministers but also as
Party member or fulfilling my instructions while I was Commander in
Chief.  He has always been, and still is, a revolutionary.  His
functions were gradually ceasing from a time much earlier than that of
my illness.  He no longer held the post of Vice President of the
Council of Ministers.  Comrade Raúl Castro, President of the Council
of State, has absolutely no responsibility for any of this.  In both
cases, it was a matter of purely legal procedures.

Reuters and EFE are two of the western news agencies closest to the
United States’ imperialist policy.  The latter behaves more poorly
even though it is much less important than the former.

In another cable on March 24th, making use of a customary technique,
EFE takes the words of Joaquín Roy, director of the European Union
Center in Miami, to print the following: “Spain has been rediscovered
as a key country in certain regions of the world that are of interest
to the United States such as Latin America, and in two countries in
particular: Cuba and Venezuela”.

Right away, EFE adds: “The expert believed that the United States’
major interest, more than pressuring for an opening, changes, etc, is
the stability on the Island.

“For years now, he explained, studies made by the U.S. security
agencies do not indicate Cuba to be a military threat, but they remain
alert to the development of changes in order to avoid eventual
internal friction destabilizing the region.

“The United States is not interested for the result of an opening to
be civil war in Cuba”.

The European Union and Spain, according to Roy, have no problem
working alongside the United States but, ‘with caution’ so that from
Cuba it is not understood to be, or is accused of being, following
Washington’s lead.

It couldn’t be more crystal clear: the ideas of the old Spanish empire
on crutches, trying to assist the corrupt, tottering and genocidal
Yankee Empire.

Nothing has been learned by the United States superpower and the
Spanish mini-power about the heroic resistance of Cuba

       Fidel Castro Ruz

       March 25, 2009

       3:02 p.m.

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