Friday, September 10, 2010

CNN gave an incomplete translation of the actual words of Fidel Castro earlier today

Today, at 4:37 p.m., Cuba Journal published a post titled Fidel Clarifies.

The post referred and linked to a CNN report. CNN chose to omit several important words spoken by Cuba's First Secretary of the Communist Party, Fidel Castro.

Here is what Fidel said in Spanish: “Mi idea, como todo el mundo conoce, es que el sistema capitalista ya no sirve ni para Estados Unidos ni para el mundo, al que conduce de crisis en crisis, que son cada vez más graves, globales y repetidas, de las cuales no puede escapar. Cómo podría servir semejante sistema para un país socialista como Cuba.” (Cubadebate)

CNN, in their translation, chose to remove several important words in Fidel's statement. Here is what the CNN translation stated: "My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world. How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?"

If you are fluent in English and Spanish, like I am, you will immediately see that CNN chose to remove Fidel's words "al que conduce de crisis en crisis, que son cada vez más graves, globales y repetidas, de las cuales no puede escapar." Those words point an accusatory finger to American capitalism, which is the creator of the current world economic crisis. CNN chose to publish a non-objective and inaccurate translation of Fidel's words.

It was not a 'mission impossible' to give an accurate account and translation of what Fidel said. CNN decided not to accept the simple mission.

Here is my translation of what Fidel actually said: "My idea, like the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system is no longer useful, either for the United States or for the world, which it leads from crisis to crisis, which are every time graver, global and repeated, and from which they can not escape. How can such a system be useful for a socialist country like Cuba."

Once burned, twice shy! Next time that CNN publishes a statement from a Cuban leader, I will check first to see if they are accurately reporting and translating the item in question.

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