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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Cuba to "Re-vitalise" Non-Aligned Movement

From the Communist party of Australia's Guardian 7.6.06

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi has reiterated his full confidence that Cuba will successfully assume the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and will continue the task of revitalising it.

The Prime Minister made these statements during his meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe PĂ©rez Roque shortly after the official inauguration here of the Ministerial Meeting of the NAM Coordination Bureau.

Badawi had words of affection and praise for President Fidel Castro and expressed his satisfaction at his being able to once again lead the Movement during a complex international situation.

The Cuban Minister had previously held a fraternal meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, and together they reviewed preparations for the upcoming NAM Summit, as well the progress of the current Ministerial Meeting.


Blogger Oliver said...

Are we supposed to be shocked that Cuba, a non-aligned state, is leading the non-aligned movement, having been part of it for decades?

Did you know that Cuba, contrary to popular belief, actually has democratic elections for it's national and local legislatures? I was reading a work by a socio-political scientist the other day who (this is in the midst of Cuba's mid 90's economic crisis) commented that the nation's ruling class was significantly younger than that of the United States, and also commented that broadly speaking, democratic representation is roughly equal between the United States and Cuba.

Hell, if NZ was going for an 'alliance' to join, it'd be nicer to be in the NAM (however ineffective it is due to internal divisions) than restarting ANZUS and being forced to send combat forces all over the globe.

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New post for Trev's blog:

"Communist sneezes"

Oh no!!!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Libertyscott said...

"Did you know that Cuba, contrary to popular belief, actually has democratic elections for it's national and local legislatures?"

Yes, and Castro faces re-election every four years for the Presidency with other candidates, and there are competing political parties, the media is free and anyone can challenge the Communist Party's 100% success at the elections...

Cuba is nothing like the US politically.

and you're either stupid, on drugs or so ideologically blinkered that you're a sycophant for a dictatorship.

1:59 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Thanks Scott. I was too gobsmacked by Oliver to reply.

7:11 PM  

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