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Fidel Castro on Sports in Revolutionary Cuba

The following article is from Reflections of Fidel Castro.

What went unsaid about Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro with the Cuban Olympic team

Cuban President Raul Castro with the Cuban Olympic team

I have carefully followed the Western media’s reaction to my Sunday reflections on the Olympic Games in China. Actually, rather sensitive events were overlooked while others were highlighted ad libitum by the advocates of world plunder and exploitation.

Let’s see:

“Fidel Castro today blamed the judges and the Mafia for the poor performance of the Cuban delegation at the Olympic Games. He also justified the Cuban tae kwon do athlete Angel Volodia Matos, who was permanently suspended after kicking a referee in the head, and expressed his full solidarity with him.”

“The former Cuban President called on Monday to make a deep analysis of sports in Cuba. He also expressed his solidarity with an athlete who was permanently suspended together with his coach for assailing a judge.” Continue reading

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Prachanda visits China

Here are two interesting articles about the visit of Prachanda, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and Prime Minister of Nepal, to the People’s Republic of China. Prachanda went to Beijing to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. There he met with China’s President, Hu Jintao, and China’s Premier, Wen Jiabao. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) is leading a revolutionary coalition government to build a new Nepal following a decade long people’s war.

Chinese premier meets new Nepali PM

Prachanda and Win Jiabao in Beijing

Prachanda and Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met here on Sunday with new Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as Prachanda, discussing bilateral relations and the Beijing Olympic Games.

Congratulating Prachanda on his swearing in as prime minister, Wen said China respected the social system and way of development Nepal had chosen according to its situation.

He believed it would realize political stability and economic development through joint efforts of all political parties and under the leadership of Prachanda, who was here to attend the Games closing ceremony on Sunday evening.

China and Nepal were good neighbors and China was satisfied with the current development of bilateral relations, Wen said. He noted China would work with Nepal to further the reciprocal cooperation in various fields and benefit the two peoples. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Socialism in China

Houston Rockets star, Yao Ming carries the Olympic Torch under Mao Zedong's portrait in Beijing.

Houston Rockets star, Yao Ming carries the Olympic Torch under Mao Zedong's portrait in Beijing.

The Beijing Olympics have raised a lot of questions in the minds of people about Chinese socialism. In the lead up to the Olympics, the issue of Tibet was pushed hard by the bourgeois media. Now a lot of people are saying that China has given up its socialist ideals and is a thoroughly capitalist country, coming to terms with Western ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ (read: the Free Market). Thats what the imperialists and their mouth-pieces say, and it really isn’t new. That’s what the Trotskyists and many ‘Maoists’ have long argued as well.

Let me say clearly that I think China is a socialist country. I don’t think it is perfect, but I don’t think some idealistic and utopian conception of socialism is very healthy, either. I think there are real contradictions in Chinese society due to the Market Reforms of the 1980s. These contradictions, in one way or another, go back to before the Cultural Revolution, when Mao started talking about two lines, and two roads. Continue reading