“Again, it is important to highlight here that what failed was the state’s management of public enterprises, not the capacity of society to manage its assets in a democratic manner. This is a country under a blockade and capitalists don’t pay taxes!”—Pedro Eusse, Political Bureau, Communist Party of Venezuela, commenting on the growing contradictions in government policies.
“Americans and their allies are targeting the Syrian oil wealth and its tankers just like pirates.”—Bassam Tomeh, Syrian minister for petroleum and mineral resources, noting that the United States controls 90 per cent of the crude oil resources in the north-east region of Syria.
“We’re keeping the oil—remember that. I’ve always said that: ‘Keep the oil.’ We want to keep the oil. Forty-five million dollars a month? Keep the oil.”—Donald Trump, October 2019.
“The wealthiest western nations have wiped their hands clean of any responsibility to slow a pandemic they helped magnify and spread.”—Fatima Bhutto, Pakistani author, on the hoarding of vaccines by the “Western democracies.”
Quito Canaveral “marked the turning point in the struggle to free the continent and our country from the scourge of apartheid.”—Nelson Mandela, on the defeat of South African invaders at the hands of Angolan-Cuban armies on 23 March 1988.