its importance, I am prioritizing this subject, among
I am not
going to deny that the prerogatives of power, whether real,
relative or fictitious, have an influence on human beings,
because they were all educated this way, right from the
remotest of times of the species.
I did not
arrive in just a minute at what I am thinking today about
power, but I consider that this is a matter of consistent
thinking. I attribute the modest contribution of our
Revolution to the fact that our responses to questions have
never regressed, despite the harsh reality imposed upon us
by the empire’s brutal blockade.
reflection published on July 31st, I explained
what it meant for me to have spent a year gathering
information and meditating in depth on the vital problems
which today threaten our species as never before.
24th , the Russian news agency Ria Novosti
published the following information:
General Leonid Ivashov, a defense expert, stated that the
main instrument of the US policy is the economic, financial,
technological and military dictate.
implementing this, the US is trying to secure the world’s
hegemony for itself. Its national security strategy
explicitly indicates the necessity of guaranteeing
sustainable access, in other words, controlled access, to
the key regions of the planet, strategic communications and
global resources. It is a strategy that has been turned
into a law, and this brings us to the conclusion that in the
future the United States will face even tougher conflicts
with Russia, China and India.
Washington insists on building a system capable of
neutralizing the nuclear potential of Moscow and Peking, its
strategic rivals, in order to achieve military superiority.
The United States wants to deploy its anti-missile shield
not just in Europe but also in other parts of the world, to
see what is going on in Russia and China. Likewise, it is
seeking to increase its offensive arsenal at a pace that
surpasses even that which was followed during the Cold War.
collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO lost the status it had as
a defensive organization when it was founded in 1949, and
was transformed into a powerful and aggressive instrument at
the service of the world oligarchy, eager to dominate the
world. The new strategic concept of the Alliance, approved
on April 1999 as a result of the efforts made by the United
States, comprises new functions and expands its sphere of
responsibilities to include the entire world, not just the
North Atlantic. The current Secretary General of NATO, Jaap
de Hoop Scheffer, frequently visits Australia, New Zealand
and Japan. The Alliance has started to ignore International
Law and the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, the United
States promotes the expansion of NATO and refuses to ratify
the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE),
taking on the right to act outside of any limitations and
disposing of troops as it wishes.
United States would do anything in its power to prevent
Russia from being an autonomous player. The debates on
anti-missile defence, Iran and Kosovo, have not generated
any formulas for compromise.
important for Russia to consolidate its positions and
recover its geopolitical potential. Early on the 1970’s,
when Moscow had achieved nuclear parity with Washington, the
latter became aware of the fact that it could not beat
Moscow militarily and accepted to negotiate on equal terms.
Consequently, in 1972, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
(ABMT) as well as all other subsequent Strategic Arms
Limitations Treaties (SALT) were signed. Strength is the
only thing that the United States cares about. If it feels
to be in a stronger position, it will never make concessions
order to neutralize the plans for world hegemony it is
necessary to build an alternative pole, and we already have
the foundations to do so: the Shanghai Cooperation
fact, it appears to be rather incorrect to speak about the
United States strength. The United States has military
power, a vigorous economy and an enormous amount of hard
currency which it can mint in unlimited quantities, but the
geopolitical level of the country is extremely low. The
United States inspires very little political confidence in
the rest of the world.
China and Russia stated before the UN General Assembly the
need to preserve the Anti Missile Defense Treaty of 1972.
All nations voted in favour of the proposal except for four:
the United States, Israel, Albania and Micronesia. The
result bears witness to the United States’ total
the participation of Russia, it would be impossible to
resolve the situation that has taken shape in the Middle
East, the Balkans, the Korean Peninsula and other regions of
this planet. This also holds true for China, which is able
to put up to the pressures exerted by the United States.
China enjoys great prestige in the world; it has a powerful
economy and a strong currency.
ought to recruit new allies and combine the potential of
those countries which want to and are capable of
implementing an autonomous policy. First, it is necessary
to officially proclaim the rejection against the United
States world hegemony. Second, China and Russia must
denounce the deployment of the US anti-missile defense
system before the UN Security Council, as an action altering
the architecture of global security and threatening the
entire international community. China, India and Russia
could form a united front in the face of the United States’
dictates. It is also possible to propose the stabilization
of the global financial system as a task. Within the SCO
framework, a novel philosophy could be formulated, based on
the harmony among civilizations and on the rational use of
natural resources. The majority of States will surely
support such measures, of that I am convinced. Thus, a new
political pole will come into being, the pole of peace. The
SCO mission is to create a new model of development for
alliance of civilizations could oppose the United States’
empire: the Russian civilization whose orbit includes the
Community of Independent States (CIS); the Chinese, the
Indian, the Islamic and the Latin American civilizations.
It is an immense space where we could create more equitable
markets, our own stable financial system, our collective
security mechanisms and our philosophy, giving priority to
the intellectual development of man in the face of western
modern civilization, which emphasizes material goods, and
measures success by the amounts of mansions, yachts and
restaurants people have. Our mission is to reorient the
world towards justice and intellectual and spiritual growth.
for Ivashov’s essential thoughts, as published by Ria
been able to find out that General Leonid Ivashov is Vice
President of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs; he was
Secretary of the Council of Defence Ministers of the
Community of Independent States (CIS). On September 11,
2001, the day when the tragic events in New York occurred,
which served as a pretext to define the basis of the
genocidal policy of the United States almost 6 years ago,
General Ivashov was chief of the Military Cooperation
Department in the Russian Federation Defence Ministry. He is
a truly well-informed man. It is worthwhile that our people
know about his views.
concern which the Cuban Revolution has always had about the
education of the people is obvious. Judging by my own
experience, I soon came across the idea that only conscience
could prevail over the instincts that govern us.
Technological advances today speak of the possibility of
manipulating the functions of the cells in the human brain.
What good would all this do in a world ruled by the
commercial value of goods and services? Who will have the
final say in this regard? By this means and through the
shameless brain drain, a phenomenon we should adamantly
continue to discuss, the most valuable part of the human
being could be destroyed: a human being's education via its
Laboratories can produce medicines to save lives, which
could be something of great social value provided such
products are available to all. But laboratories are also
manufacturing all kinds of weapons that could put an end to
Commercial advertising and consumerism are incompatible with
the survival of the species. After all possible
calculations, you will realize that natural resources,
space, climate, weather, and the system cannot yield any
other outcome, given their pace and the direction in which
they are moving.