- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
In his most recent newspaper column, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro blasts Nobel laureate Oscar Arias’s mediation efforts in Honduras and sarcastically proposes giving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a prize for her contributions on behalf of yanki imperialism:
Seen from another angle and returning to things prevailing in the real world, where the dominant empire exists and close to 200 sovereign states are having to battle with all kinds of conflicts and political, economic, environmental, religious and other interests, it only remains to give a prize to the brilliant yanki idea of thinking of Oscar Arias in order to gain time, consolidate the coup and demoralize the international agencies that supported Zelaya. […]
Now the coup leaders are already moving within Latin America’s oligarchic circles, some of which, in their high state positions, no longer blush when speaking of their sympathies toward the coup, and imperialism is fishing in the troubled waters of Latin America. Exactly what the United States wanted with the peace initiative, while it accelerated negotiations to surround the homeland of Bolívar with military bases.
One must be fair, and while we are waiting for the last word of the people of Honduras, we should demand a Nobel Prize for Mrs. Clinton.
Perhaps Fidel has been reading Ronald Krebs.
Also on the Cuba front, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo sees Raul Castro’s recent statements as evidence that he’s interested in Chinese style reforms:
[E]verything indicates that Fidel’s brother wants to promote reforms in the Chinese style that involve an opening in the economy without changing the political structure. In other words, Castro is willing to institute a free market and private property, but not to hold democratic elections or foster freedom of expression.