Time for some name changes down South
The current meeting of CELAC proves once and for all that it is time for the world to acknowledge some significant name changes down south.
First and foremost, Cuba should be referred to as Castrolandia or Castrolonia or Castrilla, or Castrogonia, or some other name that reflects the fact that the island nation is no longer "Cuba" but a hereditary kingdom run by the Castro dynasty. Referring to the island as "Cuba" is an anachronism and an insult to the millions of Cubans who would like to see a change in government and a return to genuine dignity and sovereignty.
In tandem, the term "Latin America" should be replaced by the more fully descriptive "Latrine America", a name that highlights what really seems to be binding this area of the world together. "Latin" refers to a common linguistic heritage, with roots in the ancient Mediterranean world. As the current CELAC meeting reveals, the common denominator right now is a kamikaze mentality that embraces dictatorships and totalitarian tendencies out of sheer hatred of the United States.
Nothing else but this bilious resentment seems to matter to most of the leaders of those sadly decadent and corrupt nations, where envy of the United States seems to have become encoded in the DNA of much of the populace. The envy stems from a profoundly self-destructive inferiority complex: these so-called leaders and those who elect them measure their countries against the U.S.A, perceive the enormous gap that separates them, and blame their backwardness on the rich successful neighbor to the north rather than on their own shortcomings.
Instead of emulating the political, economic, and social ethic that made the USA so successful, they cry foul, call the USA a "boss" or "imperialist tyrant" and keep on living la vida loca, sinking ever further into the pits they have dug for themselves, refusing to acknowledge that they live in a latrine rather than a proper house -- a cesspool they love to wallow in as they thumb their noses at the USA.
Cuba's Castro Assumes CELAC Presidency
By LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press
SANTIAGO, Chile January 28, 2013 (AP)
Cuban President Raul Castro assumed the presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on Monday in a demonstration of regional unity against U.S. efforts to isolate the communist government through a 50-year-old economic embargo.
Castro was warmly welcomed by his colleagues as he spoke Monday at the closing ceremony of the CELAC summit in Santiago, taking over the rotating presidency from Chile.
He described what he called "a common vision for the Latin American and Caribbean homeland," saying that CELAC "joins the 33 independent nations of our America to build a space for national sovereignty and encourage integration."
Castro said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had helped realize South American independence hero Simon Bolivar's dream of unifying the region by negotiating the creation of the CELAC bloc in December 2011.
Many of the leaders speaking in Santiago described CELAC as a counterweight to the economic and political power of the United States, which for decades froze Cuba out of the Organization of American States and other regional groupings.
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said it was refreshing to meet European presidents and prime ministers on equal terms "without the boss from the north" at the table.
Conservative voices around the hemisphere, however, have criticized the region's democracies for allowing the communist leader to take charge.
Chavez remains in Havana, where he is undergoing medical treatment after struggling with complications following cancer surgery, Venezuelan officials announced in Chile.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro read a lengthy typewritten letter he said came from Chavez in Cuba, asking countries to remain unified and fight economic imperialism.
"We have to live with our differences ... always trying to find the best way of complementing each other. We cannot let intrigues divide us," said the letter, which ended with what appeared to be Chavez's signature in red ink.
"After 30 years of resisting this criminal imperial blockade," the letter said, referring to the U.S. embargo of Cuba, "Latin America and the Caribbean is using a single voice to tell the United States: All your attempts to isolate Cuba are failing."