By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, April 18 — Fidel Castro is not among the thousand delegates of Cuba’s Communist Party meeting since Saturday in Havana to decide new directions for the country’s crisis-plagued economy, but that doesn’t mean he is not present.
Fidel said he is listening to the discussions, taking place behind closed doors, and issued some comments in a column distributed Sunday and Monday by the Cuban media. The Congress is poised to approve measures that will reverse part of Fidel’s 1968 almost total clampdown on the private sector, in an attempt to kick start a slumping economy.
“I listened on Sunday at 10 in the morning to the debates of the delegates at the 6th Congress of the Party. There were so many commissions that, logically, I couldn´t listen to everyone who spoke, wrote Fidel Castro.
“The new generation is being called on to rectify and change without hesitation all that must be rectified and changed, and to continue showing that socialism is also the art of doing the impossible: building and carrying out a revolution of the meek, for the meek and by the meek, and defending it during a half century from the most powerful power that’s every existed…”