Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Apartheid throughout the world
Fidel Castro sez: “People used to talk about apartheid in Africa; today we could talk about apartheid throughout the world, where over four billion people are deprived of the most basic rights of all human beings: the right to life, to health, to education, to clean drinking water, to food, to housing, to employment, to hope for their future and the future of their children. At the present pace, we will soon be deprived even of the air we breathe, increasingly poisoned by the wasteful consumer societies that pollute the elements essential for life and destroy human habitat.... We are fighting for the most sacred rights of the poor countries; but we are also fighting for the salvation of a First World incapable of preserving the existence of the human species, of governing itself - overwhelmed by contradictions and self-serving interests - and much less of governing the world, whose leadership must be democratically shared. We are fighting - it could almost be demonstrated mathematically - to preserve life on our planet.
(Speech to the United Nations, 2000)
That’s all, folks...