Reflections by Comrade Fidel: THE TWO VENEZUELAS

first_imgNewsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: THE TWO VENEZUELAS by: – October 20, 2011 Fidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.caYesterday I spoke about the time when Venezuela was an ally of the US empire and the country where Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch carried out their plans for the brutal in-flight bombing of a Cuban plane that caused the death and disappearance of all people aboard, including the youth fencing team that had just won all the gold medals at the Central-American and Caribbean Championships held in Venezuela. With the Pan-American Games underway in Guadalajara, we remember them with great sadness. It was not the Venezuela of Rómulo Gallegos and Andrés Eloy Blanco but that of the scoundrel, traitor and venomous Rómulo Betancourt. A man who was jealous of the Cuban Revolution and who, as an ally of the imperialists, cooperated so much with their attacks against our homeland. At the time Venezuela was an oil property of the United States and, after Miami, represented the epicenter for counterrevolutionary actions against Cuba. History recalls how Venezuela played a significant role in the imperialist attack on Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs), the economic blockade and countless other crimes against our people. It was the beginning of the dark ages in Venezuela that came to an end when Hugo Chávez was sworn in on the “dying constitution” held in the trembling hands of former President Rafael Caldera.Forty years had passed since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and more than a century since the Yankee plundering of Venezuela’s oil, natural resources and sweat. Many Venezuelans died amidst the ignorance and misery imposed by US and European gunboats!Fortunately the other Venezuela exists, the Venezuela of Bolívar and Miranda, of Sucre and of a legion of brilliant leaders and thinkers who were able to conceive that great Latin American homeland of which we feel a part of and for which we have resisted aggressions and blockades for more than half a century. “…so that Cuba’s independence will prevent the expansion of the United States throughout the Antilles, allowing that nation to fall, ever more powerfully, upon our American lands. Everything I have done, everything I will do, is toward this end,” wrote the apostle of our independence Jose Marti the day before he died in combat. Included among us today is Hugo Chávez who is visiting a part of that great Latin American and Caribbean homeland envisioned by Simón Bolívar. Hugo Chávez understands better than anybody the José Martí principal that “…what Bolívar left undone, is still undone today. Bolívar has things yet to do in America.”I spoke with him at length yesterday and today. I told him about the great passion with which I dedicate the energy I have left to the dreams of a better and more just world. It is not difficult to share dreams with the Bolivarian leader when the empire is already showing unequivocal signs of a terminal illness. Saving humanity from an irreversible disaster is something that today may be compromised by the stupidity of any of those mediocre presidents who in the most recent decades have led that empire or by one of those increasingly powerful leaders of the industrial military complex that rules the destiny of that country.Friendly nations that have become increasingly important in the world economy —given their economic and technological advances and their condition as permanent members of the Security Council, such as the Popular Republic of China and the Russian Federation, along with the peoples of the so-called Third World in Asia, Africa and Latin America— could achieve this goal. The peoples of the developed and rich nations, increasingly sucked dry by their own financial oligarchies, are also starting to play a role in this battle for human survival. Meanwhile, the Bolivarian people of Venezuela are organizing themselves and uniting to challenge and defeat the sickening oligarchy at the service of the empire that once again is attempting to take over the government of this country.Venezuela, given its extraordinary educational, cultural and social developments, and its vast energy and natural resources, is called on to become a revolutionary model for the world.Chávez, who came out of the ranks of the Venezuelan Army, is methodical and tireless. I have observed him over the course of 17 years, since his first visit to Cuba. He is an extremely humanitarian and law-abiding person; he has never taken revenge on anybody. The most humble and forgotten sectors of his country are profoundly grateful to him that for the first time in history there is a response to their dreams of social justice.Hugo —I told him—, I clearly see that in a very short time the Bolivarian Revolution will create jobs, not only for the Venezuelan people, but also for their Colombian brothers, a hardworking people, who fought along with you for the independence of America, and of whom 40 percent live in poverty; a significant portion of them in extreme poverty. I had the honor to speak with our distinguished visitor, the symbol of this other Venezuela, about these and many other topics.Fidel Castro RuzOctober 18, 2011, 10:15 p.m. Share Tweet 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more


SU’s defense during penalty corners adds to early-season success

first_img Published on August 29, 2018 at 9:24 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] When the clock hit zero at the end of Sunday’s game, Syracuse led 1-0. But the game wasn’t over. Albany was awarded four penalty corners, which meant four chances to tie. SU committed an infraction which awarded the first corner. Again and again and again the Orange failed to clear the ball out of the circle, committing an infraction each time and extending the game one more shot.But the defense finally prevailed, as it always has this season.Syracuse (2-0) has not allowed a team to score off a penalty corner yet, despite already facing 18 across two games. And so far, infractions still have been the only thing that can hurt the Orange. SU’s only allowed goal this season came as a result of a penalty shot, which is awarded as a result of a more serious infraction.“The set pieces are becoming an even bigger part of our game now,” junior defender Claire Webb said. “The corners, both attack penalty corners and defensive penalty corners are both really big parts of our game because the attack can capitalize on that. If it’s a one goal game, it’s even more important, so it’s definitely a big part of our game.”Penalty corners are awarded when a member of the defense commits an infraction: committing an intentional defense in the circle against a player without possession, a defender sending the ball over the backline intentionally or when a defender gets a ball lodged in their uniform or equipment, among other things.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWebb is one of the five players that finds herself in the cage during the penalty corners. She is joined by senior defender Roos Weers and sophomore goalie Borg van der Velde, along with two other Syracuse defenders. All the players in the cage don facemasks for protection — Weers has the tendency to rip hers off following the initial deflection before going to fight for the ball and clear it out of the circle.In the season opener against Vermont, SU only committed five infractions that awarded penalty corners, as well as a more severe infraction that caused the penalty shot that gave Vermont its lone goal. But against Albany, SU allowed the Great Danes to run 13 plays from the corner.“It was us not moving and sloppiness,” head coach Ange Bradley said after the Albany game. “Once we figured some things out in the second half, we were able to open them up.”Despite allowing so many corners, SU’s defense has held firm. Many players say that they practice both the offensive and defensive sides of the penalty corners often, which has provided the success, including van der Velde who said: “It’s just practice.”“We kind of get together and just instill that belief,” Webb said. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more