Raul Castro Arrives in New York, Will Address UN General Assembly on Monday

Raul Castro arrived today in New York. Photo/archivo: cubadebate.cu
Raul Castro arrived today in New York. Photo/archivo: cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro traveled today to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly, where he will deliver a speech on Monday for the first time as head of state, reported dpa news.

Castro, who arrived around noon in New York, is scheduled to attend the Friday morning UN plenary session where Pope Francis will speak. The Pope concluded his 4-day visit to Cuba on Tuesday, where he met with Raul and Fidel Castro. From Cuba the Pope traveled directly to Washington.

When Raul Castro address some 140 heads of state or government at the UN General Assembly it will be the first time in 15 years that a Cuban president speaks to the forum. Fidel Castro spoke there for the last time in 2000.

The historic Cuban leader is famous for uttering interminable speeches of several hours, including his four and a half hour address to the UN General Assembly in September 1960, when he especially criticized the United States.

Fidel resigned from office in 2006 due to serious illness and was followed in the post by his younger brother.

23 thoughts on “Raul Castro Arrives in New York, Will Address UN General Assembly on Monday

  • September 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Moses, I am not denying the US contributions to science, merely suggesting that credit should be given where credit is due. Lee-Berners earned his credit for the WWW just as Flowers for Colossus and Turing for his conception deserve their credit.
    I have never suggested that US policy should be driven by other countries, the US is in general considerate of the views of it’s allies. But equally, there is no obligation upon those allies to necessarily adhere to or agree with US policy. That was demonstrated when George W. Bush determined to attack and invade Irag basing his action upon the believe that Iraq was holding “weapons of mass destruction” – which was then promoted at the UN by Colin Powell.
    The previous action taken when Bush Snr. was President following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of poor little Kuwait which received wider allied support. For your interest we had a son-in-law who served in that action serving alongside the US 7th Army and the US Marines. As a Sandhurst trained professional he later expressed admiration for the organization of the forces by General Schwarzneggar but said that as the army swung around from its original position on the Saudi/Iraq border, crossing the so-called “Highway of Death” where he saw the incinerated trucks and bodies, and just as they were about to attack Saddam’s much vaunted Republican Guard which had been held in reserve, Bush issued the instruction that they cease action. my son-in-laws view at that time, which he expressed to us, was that if Bush had held off for a further 48 hours, Saddam’s rule would have been ended, But as we all know, Bush didn’t and the US lost a great General when Schwarzneggar resigned in disgust.

  • September 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    As my cousin worked at Bletchley House for SIS (MI6) and knew both Turing and Flowers, I can assure you that Colossus was designed by Flowers. Turing had the conception of a computer and described it in a paper he gave at the University of Cambridge in 1935 and proposed that it ought to be called a “computer”, thus coining the word.

  • September 26, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I agree that the embargo should be lifted as soon as possible as well. The difference between us is under what circumstances. It’s a red herring to suggest being anti-CASTRO means going back to failed policies or former governments. No, I do not believe that the US is right and the rest of the world is wrong. I believe that the US is right and the rest of the world is on its way to realize that.

  • September 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    i guess you think we are right and every country in the world is wrong. surveys show the vast majority of cubans want the embargo lifted and in my travels to cuba i never met a cuban who was in favor of the embargo. we should not go back to the bush policy of one family visit every three years. our policy of 55 years didnt work and castro wasnt defeated during the special period.

  • September 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    sure. we are right and the rest of the world is wrong. the vast majority of cubans are for the lifting of the embargo. surveys say this and in my trips to cuba i never met anyone who wanted the embargo to continue. we should not go back to the bush policy of one family visit every three years and we should not deny americans their right to travel.

  • September 26, 2015 at 10:09 am

    While I concede that the concept of the WWW was first espoused by Brits, the US Department of Defense first awarded contracts as early as the 1960s for packet network systems, including the development of the ARPANET (which would become the first network to use the Internet Protocol.) The first message was sent over the ARPANET from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock’s laboratory at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to the second network node at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). The prevailing academic belief is that Alan Turing, not the Englishman Flowers or his predecessor Charles Babbage, designed the first general purpose computer. But both of these points are debates for another day. My larger point is that Americans have never been afraid of being out front by ourselves to do something that we believe is good for America and the world even at the risk of failure and/or being incorrect. If US foreign policy was dictated solely by what other countries are doing and thinking, we might all be speaking German now. Our Cuban policy is not nor should it be driven by Spanish, Italian or even Canadian policy.

  • September 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Excuse my smile!

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