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Posted May 17, 2007 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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original title - Fidel Castro Rejects US Trade Deals

Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Fidel Castro rejected today the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) between United States and Latin American countries.

Unanimous Opinion vs. FTAs, Fidel Castro

In an extensive document, the second one this week, Fidel Castro recalled that those attending the 6th Havana s Hemispheric Meeting held early this month condemned not only bilateral but also multilateral FTA deals with Washington.

The revolutionary leader termed statements by three participants of that forum “solid points of view of a bitter reality which has enriched my ideas.” Referring to the production of biofuel from foods, the statesman reiterated that those products are increasingly expensive, saying most delegates were vehemently opposed to the US government s plans.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 17, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Now this title may not seem to be too becoming for the Havana Journal but I can’t help but comment on Fidel’s latest letter writing campaigns.

    I get the sense that Fidel is now just an old man sitting in a hospital room ranting about world issues that have little to do with his Cuban people.

    It’s always just more blah blah blah. Sure, Castro has a history of blah blah blah but when I only see it in writing and not from him speaking in front of his people, it just loses a lot of it’s meaning.

    Whether Fidel is too sick to appear on television or if Raul has Fidel “locked up” in a hospital room, Fidel is going down in a whimper, a sad shell of his former self.

    How long can this go on? Unfortunately probably a long time.

    At this point I don’t see ANY change in Cuba until Fidel Castro is dead.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on May 17, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    It seems to me that Fidel is stepping up his vision for a united and independent Latin America, which is very much in line with the dream of Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar.  His focus for many years was on Cuba and in meeting all of its challenges, but now that the Latin American countries are cementing their ties through Mercosur while also parting with organizations like the IMF, it seems logical that he’ll be addressing more and more those issues which affect all of Latin America as opposed to only Cuba.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on May 17, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Okay but it’s all blah blah blah from an old man to me.

    I’m sure many people in Latin America would see it your way though.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on May 17, 2007 by Cuban American

    Castro just doesn’t have anything to talk about anymore, he is a diminishing name and he is trying to still be remembered while everyone else begins to forget him.  I don’t understand why you would condem trade between countries, last time I checked thats a good thing, but anyways to each his own.  He just wants all of Latin America to be against “los imperialistas yankees” aka US.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on May 18, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    Trade between countries is an excellent thing…..when it’s fair.  There is plenty of documented material, from the point of view of other countries, on the devastating effects that NAFTA and CAFTA have had on their economy.  But that’s for another post. 

    I don’t see Fidel as being against “los imperialistas”, only against imperialism.  I think the offer to send doctors to the U.S. during the Katrina catastrophe shows there is interest on the part of the Cuban government to bury the hatchet and start anew.  Even if they did it for other purposes, it’s still an open door and we should have seized the moment to build a new relationship.  But getting back to the main post,  Fidel has been talking a lot lately about environmental issues and ethanol production, etc.  Is that really a bad thing?


  6. Follow up post #6 added on May 18, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Al Gore should probably go see Fidel. Seems like they would have a lot to talk about.



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on May 19, 2007 by Cuban American

    You know I was starting to think the same thing that Fidel was trying to bury the hatchet back then.  However, what he has published recently has shown the contrary.  Honestly I think he just says stuff so that people know he is still around.  When I was speaking of trade earlier I was referring to the Ethanol agreements the US has made with Brazil and could make with Cuba and other nations.  That is very beneficial to Latin America and to the US.  We cut down on oil consumption and they increase exports it seems like a win win.  I feel that Fidel condemns this because he knows if we cut down our oil consumptions, his best buddy Chavez is gonna lose some revenue since he is our #1 supplier… which in turn means Castro could lose some aid.  So personally I think he is more concerned about his own pocket….. but what else is new.


  8. Follow up post #8 added on May 21, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    Or maybe Fidel is referring to the negative affects that growing corn for ethanol production will have on:  a) the environment, and b) the world’s poor.  As foods made from corn begin to skyrocket in cost because of the new demand for corn, more and more people will find it increasingly difficult to feed themselves.  Land that could be used for growing food will be used instead for filling the gas tanks of SUV’s.  As the world’s population continues to increase, the future looks bleak for everyone if we don’t address the concerns which Fidel is raising.  This has nothing to do with being pro or against Fidel…it’s about making wise decisions that will foster sustainable living.  Going the route of ethanol is taking us in the wrong direction.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on May 31, 2007 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    Blah blah blah blah, 50 years of Blah blah blah.



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