segunda-feira, 21 de março de 2016

Revolución o Muerte

«I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Américas. I have come here to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. (...)

Because in many ways, the United States and Cuba are like two brothers who’ve been estranged for many years, even as we share the same blood. (...) Over the years, our cultures have blended together. Dr. Carlos Finlay’s work in Cuba paved the way for generations of doctors, including Walter Reed, who drew on Dr. Finlay’s work to help combat Yellow Fever. Just as Marti wrote some of his most famous words in New York, Ernest Hemingway made a home in Cuba, and found inspiration in the waters of these shores. We share a national past-time -- La Pelota -- and later today our players will compete on the same Havana field that Jackie Robinson played on before he made his Major League debut. And it's said that our greatest boxer, Muhammad Ali, once paid tribute to a Cuban that he could never fight -- saying that he would only be able to reach a draw with the great Cuban, Teofilo Stevenson. (...)

Look at Papito Valladeres, a barber, whose success allowed him to improve conditions in his neighborhood. “I realize I’m not going to solve all of the world’s problems,” he said. “But if I can solve problems in the little piece of the world where I live, it can ripple across Havana" (...)

As President of the United States, I’ve called on our Congress to lift the embargo.»

La Habana, 22 de Março de 2016

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