CUBA FOR THE CUBANS by: Marco Cabrera

"History will absolve me,” said the Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in 1953. What followed was a revolution that would change the history of a nation. Castro’s revolution is represented in this year’s YMUN through a specialized committee centered around Castro’s cabinet.

For the first time in YMUN’s 44 years, a Spanish-speaking committee has been created. This committee, the first Spanish-speaking one in YMUN’s history, will be debating topics such as domestic reforms and Cuba’s international relations during 1959-1969. Both issues have played important roles and have largely shaped present-day Cuba.

The Cuban revolution triumphed on January 1st, 1959. A few people, all represented in YMUN’s committee, stood out in the revolution: Che Guevara, Raúl Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos and of course the revolutionary leader and author of this deed Fidel Castro Ruz.

The first year was decisive in guiding the ideas of revolutionary leaders. It brought great transformations — the most peculiar of which for the country and the world was the Agrarian Reform.

Intense discussions have been developed in the Cuban Cabinet committee during the first and second sessions. The Cuban representatives have discussed the issue of domestic reforms, trying to pass the Agrarian Reform Law. The committee was unanimous in outlining the importance of the land, in disposing the land to peasants and in improving agricultural territories. Added to this was the Cabinet's willingness to try and reduce its economic dependence on the United States.

Another debate of great interest generated in the commission was the issue of industrialization in Cuba, said Roberto Agramonte Pichardo, Minister of Foreign Affairs. He stressed the importance of getting more out of the crops and of creating job opportunities for Cubans.

There is no doubt that the commission is inclined to follow the steps of the Agrarian Reform Law No. 3 signed by Fidel Castro the first time on October 10, 1958, with the objective of eliminating the exploitation of the peasantry and of getting the most out of Cuban agriculture.

Also noteworthy is the intense participation of the Minister of Public Works, Manuel Rey Rivero and the Minister of Commerce, Raúl Cepero Bonilla. There is no doubt that Fidel Castro's Cabinet is standing out as one of the most active, exciting, and challenging committees this year, the delegates of which embodied the characters with an incredible veracity.

Delegates of the Fidel Castro cabinet during a moderated caucus

Delegates of the Fidel Castro cabinet during a moderated caucus