Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fidel Castro: Warning of War, Out of the Closet & Into the Street!- an Exhibit

Warning Of War

Discovering The Truth In Time
(Taken from CubaDebate)

By Fidel Castro

June 29, 2010 "Granma" -- WHEN I was writing one of my previous reflections,
as a disaster for humanity was rapidly approaching, my greatest concern was
to fulfill the elemental duty of informing our people.

Today I feel calmer than 26 days ago. As things continue happening in the
short term, I can reiterate and enrich information to national and
international public opinion.

Obama promised to attend the quarter-final game on July 2 if his country won
in the second round. He must know, more than anybody, that those quarter
finals could not take place if extremely grave events should happen
beforehand, or at least he should know that.

Last Friday, June 25, an international news agency of known attention to
detail in the information that it provides, published statements from ".the
naval commander of the elite corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards,
General Ali Fadavi." warning that ". if the United States and its allies
inspect Iranian ships in international waters 'they will receive a response
in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.'"

The information was taken from the national Mehr news agency of Iran.

That agency, according to the cable, communicated: "Fadawi added that 'the
Navy of the Revolutionary Guard currently has hundreds of vessels fitted
with missile launchers.'"

The information, written almost at the same time as the one published in
Granma, or perhaps before, seemed at certain points a carbon copy of the
paragraphs of the Reflection written on Thursday, June 24 and published in
that newspaper on Friday 25th.

The coincidence can be explained by the elemental use of logical reasoning
that I always apply. I was not aware of one word of what was published by
the national Iranian agency.

I do not harbor the slightest doubt that as soon as the warships of the
United States and Israel take up their positions - together with the rest of
the U.S. military vessels located in the vicinity of the Iranian coasts -
and attempt to inspect that country's first merchant ship, a rain of
missiles will be unleashed in both directions. That will be the precise
moment when that terrible war will begin. It is not possible to foresee how
many ships will be sunk nor of what ensign.

Finding out the truth in time is the most important thing for our people.

It doesn't matter that by natural instinct, almost everybody; it could be
said 99.9% or more of my compatriots, are conserving hope and agreeing with
me with the sincere desire of being wrong. I have talked with people in my
closest circles and, at the same time, have received news from so many
noble, altruistic and conscientious citizens who, on reading my Reflections,
do not contest my considerations in the least, but assimilate, believe and
instantly swallow the reasoning that I expound but who, nevertheless,
immediately give their attention to fulfilling their work to which they
devote their energies.

That is precisely what we desire of our compatriots. The worst things is to
suddenly become aware of news of extremely grave events, without having
heard any news whatsoever of such a possibility beforehand; then confusion
and panic spreads, something that would be unworthy of a heroic people like
the Cubans, who were at the point of being the target of a massive nuclear
attack in October 1962, and did not hesitate for an instant to fulfill their

During their undertaking of heroic internationalist missions, valiant
combatants and chiefs of our Revolutionary Armed Forces were at the point of
becoming the victims of nuclear attacks on the Cuban troops who were
approaching the southern border with Angola, from where the racist South
African forces had been evicted after the battle of Cuito Cuanavale,
entrenching themselves on the border with Namibia.

With the knowledge of the U.S. president, the Pentagon supplied the South
African racists via Israel with approximately 14 nuclear weapons, more
powerful than those launched on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, as we have explained in other reflections.

I am not a prophet or a fortune teller. Nobody said a single word to me
about what was going to happen; all of it is the fruit of what today I am
describing as logical reasoning.

We are not novices nor are we interfering in this complicated subject.

In the nuclear post-crisis, it can be augured what will occur in the rest of
Ibero-American speaking America.

In such circumstances, one cannot talk of capitalism or socialism. Only that
a stage of the administration of goods and services available in this part
of the continent will open up. Inevitably, each country will continue to be
governed by those who are currently leading the government, a number of them
very close to socialism and others full of euphoria at the prospect of a
world market now opening for fuel, uranium, copper, lithium, aluminum, iron
and other metals that are currently being sent to the developed and rich
countries in that world market, which will suddenly disappear.

Abundant foodstuffs currently being exported to that world market will also
abruptly disappear.

In such circumstances, the most basic products required in order to live:
foodstuffs, water, fuels and the resources of the hemisphere to the south of
the United States, are there in abundance for maintaining a little bit of
civilization, the uncontrolled advances of which have led humanity to such a

However, some things are still very unclear at the present moment; can the
two most powerful nuclear powers, the United States and Russia, abstain from
using their nuclear weapons against one another?

What remains in no doubt whatsoever is that, from Europe, the nuclear
weapons of Britain and France, allies of the United States and Israel - and
which enthusiastically imposed the resolution that will inevitably unleash
war, and a war that, given the reasons explained, will immediately become a
nuclear war - are a threat to Russian territory, although that country, just
like China, has tried to avoid such an outcome as far as the strengths and
possibilities of each one allow.

The economy of the superpower will collapse like a house of cards. The
society of the United States is one which is the least prepared to endure a
disaster like the one created by the empire in the very territory from where
it set out.

We do not know what might be the environmental effects of the nuclear
weapons that will inevitably explode in various parts of our planet,
something which, in the less grave variant, is going to happen in profusion.

To venture any hypothesis would be pure science fiction on my part.

Fidel Castro Ruz - June 27, 2010 - 2:15 p.m.
---- Original Message -----
Subject: Out of the Closet & Into the Street! Opening Reception
Center for the Study of Political Graphics

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Out of the Closet & Into the Street: Posters of LGBTQ Struggles & Celebrations

July 3 - September 26, 2010

Opening Reception:
July 3, 5-8 pm

at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(entrance on El Tovar)

Despite decades of affirmation and positive role models engendered by the LGBTQ liberation movements, discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation continues. Hospitals still refuse to allow lesbians and gays to be with their sick or dying partners by restricting visitation to "family" only. Same-sex couples are denied equal inheritance rights, pensions and health-care benefits, and lesbian and gay parents are often denied custody of their children. Violent attacks and homicides against members of the LGBTQ community continue and recent legal gains are tentative and subject to reversal-Californian's right to marriage equality was taken away; open lesbians and gays continue to be excluded from the military; and as recently as February 2010, the Governor of Virginia signed an executive order deliberately removing gays and lesbians as a protected class in state-wide hiring procedures.

For more than 40 years, political posters have been one of the primary art forms to challenge the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals and communities. Whether institutionalized through legislation or conducted culturally through physical violence or psychological negativity, this exhibition focuses on homophobia as a violation of human rights and uses the power of graphics to expose injustice, defend rights and celebrate victories.

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