Skip to comments.GORBACHEV: WORLD SHOULD EMBRACE GLOBALIZATION [South Texas]
Posted on 10/10/2007 11:01:37 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
Countries throughout the world should embrace globalization and explore new ideas on how to overcome challenges including security, poverty and environmental damage, Mikhail Gorbachev told more than 1,000 people at the University of Texas-Pan American on Tuesday.
Everything will hinge on how we use globalization, he said through an interpreter.
The Nobel laureate and former Soviet leaders speech began the universitys Distinguished Speakers series for the 2007-08 school year.
Gorbachev, who led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its collapse in 1991, has visited various places throughout the United States in the past couple of weeks, including New Orleans, where he toured communities wrecked by Hurricane Katrina. He spoke at the University of Dallas on Monday.
In his speech at UTPA, he recounted his political career and talked about how the Soviet Union was undergoing transition after the death of Stalin and began to reach out to other countries. He also discussed Russias gradual democratization after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Moving toward democracy takes time, he said. He criticized Western countries, including the United States, for applauding Russias transition to democracy while it was in economic and political turmoil shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and for their later criticism of Russia when it began to gain strength.
We in Russia do not appreciate this, he said.
After his speech, Gorbachev answered questions from members of the audience, ranging from what he thinks about current conditions in Cuba and forgiving the debts of poorer nations, to whether he sees any similarities between the former Soviet Union and Chinas rise as a world leader.
One man asked Gorbachev his opinion about the proposed fence along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Well, I am not going to repeat what President Reagan once said, but I think the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall have not been very effective, not particularly efficient, Gorbachev said.
He also said that even a country as great as the United States doesnt have all the money in the world, so why spend money on this kind of thing?
The universitys Distinguished Speakers series is set to continue next month with radio show host, lawyer and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The series, in its fourth year, is funded through student activities fees but is free and open to the public.
Jennifer L. Berghom covers education and general assignments at The Monitor. She can be reached at (956) 683-4462.
Mikhail also doesn't appreciate a NATO missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic or US intervention in Russia's neighbor, Iran. He does, apparently, appreciate our US dollars!
because a wall built to imprison people in the USSR is very, very different from a wall built to keep out law-breakers, trespassers and gang-rapists.
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I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you! This was all suppose to be a fairy tale!
Gorby should embrace shutting the F up!
If you think that globalization is over, listen (if you care to stay tuned to King that long) to former Pres. V. Fox tell L. King how the “Amero” will become our new currency: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2007/10/08/lkl.vincente.fox.CNN
Gorby and Progressive-Social-Democrats don’t have a clue.
Daddy Bush & Co's plan for the New World Order is coming along just as planned, with the help of the moron in the White House and his buddies.
Help a socialist, corrupt country overthrow their despotic rulers isn't only good enough for Iraq and Iran, MEXICO is in desperate need of that!
No real American president would even dream of embarking on such a dirty rotten disastrous scheme in his own country. His loyalties do not lie with America.
I am still amazed this guy is walking around and sucking air. He was given the keys to the Soviet Union, the biggest racket on Earth and managed to screw it up. By all logic, he should have been given a noodle.
Gorby inherited an economic basket case, tottering on the edge of breakup. To his credit, at least he did not resort to mass murder in an attempt to stave off the inevitable collapse, as previous Soviet leaders would have. That’s about the only positive thing I can say about him.
Why doesn’t “he in Russia” just go home and stay there?
my daughter is a freshman at the U of Dallas and heard him speak also. she said he sounded fairly antiAmerican.
Buncha amatoors. Dilettantes. Not even #8.
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