Sunday, September 12, 2010

Goldberg ratifies Fidel: “The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore”

Jeffrey Goldberg
The US journalist Jeffrey Goldberg from The Atlantic magazine ratified his version of the interview with Fidel Castro, when he confessed that the Cuban model is no longer working, not even in the island, in spite of the Cuban leader attempt to amend his words.

“Fidel Castro is claiming that I misunderstood his statement, ‘The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore’. In a speech at the University of Havana that was then broadcast on Cuban TV, Castro said he meant “exactly the opposite” of what was understood by Jeffrey Goldberg, who was interviewing him for The Atlantic...

On Friday, Castro said he was correctly quoted, but that, “in reality, my answer meant exactly the opposite of what both American journalists interpreted regarding the Cuban model. My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world,” he said. “How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?”

Castro called Goldberg “a great journalist.” “He does not invent phrases, he transfers them and interprets them,” he said. “I await with interest his extensive article.”

First, thank you very much, Fidel, for the kind words. Second, I'm sorry to say it, but I think the expression, “The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore” means, “The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore.”

Fidel says that his answer meant “exactly the opposite” of what Julia Sweig heard him say. Just as a language experiment, here is what the opposite of his statement would sound like: “The Cuban model works so well for us that we want to export it.” But he didn't say this. What he said was -- well, you've read what he said. I'm not sure how this statement --accurately quoted, according to Fidel -- could mean anything other than what it means”.

From: MercoPress

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