Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A victory for the Third World

Reflections of Fidel

(Taken from CubaDebate)

MIGHTY economic powers competed for the venue of the 2016 Olympics, including the two most industrialized on the planet: the United States and Japan. Nevertheless, the winner was Rio de Janeiro, a Brazilian city.

Let them not say now that it was the generosity of the rich nations toward Brazil, a Third World country.

The triumph of that Brazilian city is proof of the growing influence of countries that are struggling to develop. It is a sure thing that in the countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia, the choice of Rio de Janeiro will be received with pleasure in the midst of the economic crisis and the current uncertainty with climate change.

While popular sports like baseball are being eliminated from the competitions to make way for the entertainments of the bourgeois and the rich, the peoples of the Third World are sharing the joy of the Brazilian people, and will support Rio de Janeiro as organizer of the 2016 Olympic Games.

It is a duty to appear in Copenhagen with the same unity, and to fight to prevent climate change and wars of conquest from prevailing over the desire for peace, development and the survival of all the world’s peoples.

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 2, 2009
2:55 p.m.

Translated by Granma International