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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Excuse my smile!

  • nidal, you will find a beautiful country with wonderful people. Getting to see the US naval base at Guantanamo is more difficult. I guess you will travel by Viazul and the nearest of its routes is the one from the town of Guantanamo to Baracoa and there is little to be seen – it merely passes the end of a road which originally ran into the base.
    I believe it is possible if you dismount at the town, to eventually reach a point where the base can be seen distantly through a telescope.
    As for the culture, despite the efforts of the Castro family regime to change it to a socialist one, happily it is far too strong to change. A change away from the totalitarian communist regime would however allow that distinct culture to blossom in the freedom it merits and to regain that which has been lost.
    There are tours of foreign “Che” devotees that go to Santa Clara most wearing that much overused image of their hero on T shirts as the survey the huge Fidel Castro inspired mausoleum and 5-7 acre concrete park, with a memorial park for other “heroes” tucked in well behind the massive bronze statue of a gun wielding “Che”. It is way over the top and in my view, Dr. Guevara would have opposed its construction as he was a genuine revolutionary, not a power seeking dictatorial Castro and would have preferred that the enormous cost would have been contributed to the people. but then I guess that is why he resigned from the regime.
    My preference is for the museum in Santa Clara that records the train derailment as it has the original carriages with art displayed in the interiors.
    Obviously it is impossible for Fidel Castro to travel far wearing his colostomy bag. The bag is one of the reasons why wearing a suit is difficult and why he prefers to wear his Adidas sport clothing which helps to cover the bag. When his bowel problem started, he was advised to have a colostomy but declined, however he eventually had to accept it was necessary. Obviously with his controlling personality he found that decision difficult.

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