“We’ve never had this dilemma between health and the economy. Obviously, the restrictive measures we’ve adopted . . . have had an economic impact but there’s no room for doubt that health comes first.”—Alejandro Gil Fernández, Cuban minister of economy and planning.
“We are used to financial institutions making honest efforts to bankrupt themselves. AIB did so on three separate occasions. It is not something we should be surprised at . . . We, the people of Ireland, have no reason to believe the AIB will ever cop themselves on, because we will bail them out. History speaks for itself.”—Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin, judging a fraud case where AIB did not even realise it was being defrauded.
“The sovereignty of national governments takes second place to the political demands of their true masters at the European Commission.”—Damian Wilson on RT, commenting on a simple qualified majority of EU member-states, only 15 of the now 27 replacing unanimity in imposing its decisions on member-states.
“Joe Biden isn’t an empty white sheet—he represents the Democratic Party, who in the 1990s destroyed the Charter of the UN.”—Willy Wimmer, former vice-president of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
“The US establishment, and the world, has spent the last four years trying to adapt to the disruptive policies of a childish president. Now the Democrats’ ‘adult’ leadership team will return. Watch out, folks.”—Scott Ritter, a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer, now a UN weapons inspector.
“We reaffirm our absolute conviction that only cooperation and international solidarity can save humanity.”—José Angel Portal Miranda, Cuban minister of public health.
“The situation in Nicaragua . . . continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy [our emphasis] of the United States.”—Donald Trump on extending US illegal coercive measures against Nicaragua for another year.
“Fidel Castro . . . adored Maradona, once taking off his military jacket and draping it around Maradona’s shoulder. It was one of the most touching of their encounters. The adoration was mutual. Maradona was to his core a revolutionary man.”—George Galloway