You strangle us [for decades] and then you criticise us for the way we breathe.– Fidel Castro
Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonisers. They have shared the same trenches with us in the struggle against colonialism, underdevelopment and apartheid. Hundreds of Cubans have given their lives, literally, in a struggle that was, first and foremost, not theirs but ours. As Southern Africans we salute them.
We vow never to forget this unparalleled example of selfless internationalism. We wish also to record our indebtedness to Cuban hospitality. In particular, tens of thousands of young South Africans have been trained and some are still training, in Cuban schools and universities. Today, in many different fields – in the health sector, in government and in the army – there are many young professionals, contributing to the development of our country, who owe their skills to the generous training provided to them by Cuba. Many people, many countries, including many powerful countries, have called upon us to condemn the suppression of “human rights” in Cuba. We have reminded them they have a short memory. For when we battled against apartheid, against racial oppression, the same countries were supporting the apartheid regime …
They supported the apartheid regime. And we fought successfully against that regime with the support of Cuba… They now want to be our only friends and dare to ask us to renounce those people who made our victory possible. That is the greatest contempt for the morality and the principles which are the basis of our relations, not only with the various population groups in this country, but with the entire world.” — Nelson Mandela
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), recognized Wednesday that Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Peru are the only countries in Latin America to have already achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to reducing poverty and malnutrition.[x]
The Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented, a decision with both immediate benefits for some breast and ovarian cancer patients and long-lasting repercussions for biotechnology research.
But the court held out a lifeline to Myriad Genetics, the company with an exclusive patent on the isolated form of genes that can foretell an increased genetic risk of cancer. The justices said it can patent a type of DNA that goes beyond extracting the genes from the body.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the decision for a unanimous court. “Myriad did not create anything,” Thomas said. “To be sure, it found an important and useful gene, but separating that gene from its surrounding genetic material is not an act of invention.”
The compromise will not stop other scientists from providing genetic diagnostic testing now that the patent on the two genes themselves has been lifted. That should lead to lower costs and greater access.
— Karl Marx - “Estranged Labour” from “Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844” (via existenti-al)
And it was beautiful. I would suggest it to everyone.
Now I just need to meet the “bay area” IWW
I have a CPUSA meeting this week and a Homelessness coalition of San Francisco meeting the next week. Its about goddamn time. I’ve been in this city for almost 5 months now and haven’t had a chance to start getting active in my new community.
Have you ever lived in a country that has practiced this? No, but they haven’t done it right.
So what makes you think American will do it right?
Why not go to North Korea and Cuba and see how happy and free they are? Why don’t you live there for a year and tell me how great…
Really? Your rebuttal is “it encourages finger pointing”?
I’m sorry if this makes me a liberal, a bad socialist, a racist, or whatever, but I’m kind of perturbed that people think their culture or religion...
I think the scariest thing about growing up is watching as everyone’s dreams and aspirations are put to the side in favor of reality
I wonder what Stalinist party meetings are like.