Fidel Castro

WHAT CAUSES PETROL PRICES TO RISE AND WHAT MUST WE DO ABOUT IT?

Petrol prices have been rising steeply for many years now. US author Les Leopold of “The looting of America: How Wall Streets Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity and What We Can Do About It” wrote an article a few days ago titled How Wall Street Drives Up Gas Prices, in which he state that for every penny/cent increase at the pump, $1.4 billion per year leaves our collective pockets, creating a drag on the sluggish recovery. Where does it go and what caused the price explosion at the pump?

He further informs us that it is a common belief that oil prices are set on the world market by supply and demand; less supply and/or more demand causes prices to rise. There is a belief that oil is getting harder to find; OPEC is holding back supply; China and India are guzzling it up; Iran is threatening to blow it up. And regulations are getting in the way of drill etc.

Leopold continues, “but this fixation on blind market forces ignores the fact that Wall Street is financialising the commodities markets, especially oil ­ as it seeks new ways to pick our pockets. The same greedy swindlers who puffed up the housing bubble and then milked it dry are now hard at work doing the same with gasoline”.

CLOSING ADDRESS TO THE 6TH CONGRESS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA

We are nearing the end of the Congress, after intense days in which the Cuban Communists have debated and approved the guidelines of the economic policy and Social of the party and the revolution, the Central report and different resolutions on the main issues analyzed.

I believe that the more dignified and at the same time productive way of commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the victory over the mercenary invasion at Playa Girón, a day like today, on April 19, 1961, is to have just made a magnificent Party Congress meeting which ends after just over five months of the start of discussions on the guidelines, process of profound democratic and transparent character whose undisputed role assumed it the people under the leadership of the party.

Wish, on behalf of the nearly 800 thousand militant Communists, of the thousand delegates to the Congress, the new direction of our Organization and in particular, comrade Fidel Castro Ruz, to congratulate all the Cuban and Cubans for their decisive role in the debate and the clear demonstration of support for the revolution which is for us a source of satisfaction and most importantly, responsibility and commitment above to achieve, with the support of all, the update of the economic model in order to ensure the irreversible nature of socialism in Cuba.

WE REPRESENT THE IMMENSE MAJORITY OF HUMANITY!!!

We are ninety-five countries from all the continents, representing the immense majority of humanity. We are united by the determination to defend the cooperation between our countries, free national and social development, sovereignty, security, equality, and self-determination.

We are associated in our determination to change the present system of international relations, based as it is on injustice, inequality, and oppression. In international politics we act as an independent world factor….

We aspire to a new world order, one based on justice, on equity, and on peace. One that will replace the unjust and unequal system that prevails today, in which, as proclaimed in the final declaration of Havana, “wealth is still concentrated in the hands of a few powers, whose wasteful economies are maintained by the exploitation of the workers as well as the transfer and plunder of the natural and other resources of the peoples of Africa, Latin America, Asia, and other regions of the world.”…

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