March 27, 2006

Farrakhan in Cuba calls for “regime change” in US

HAVANA (Reuters) - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
called for "regime change" in the United States on Monday and
denounced "wicked" U.S. policies for turning the world against

"We need a new government, we need regime change in
America," he said at the end of a visit to Communist Cuba.

Farrakhan, who led the Million Man March on the Washington
Mall in 1995 to promote black self-reliance, said the Bush
administration's domestic policies were "sucking the blood of
the poor and the weak."

The controversial African American leader defended Iran's
right to develop a nuclear energy program to reduce dependence
on oil and said Washington's opposition was a pretext for a

"The Muslim world should unite against America's desire for
a preemptive strike against Iran and Syria," he said at a news

Farrakhan said a similar pretext was used by Washington to
invade Iraq "to rape the treasuries of the United States of
hundreds of billions of dollars to be doled out to the friends
of President Bush, Halliburton and Bechtel and associates."

Farrakhan visited Cuba for a week to learn about disaster
management in the wake of the U.S. government's failure to cope
with Hurricane Katrina last year in New Orleans, he said.

He thanked President Fidel Castro and blasted the U.S.
economic embargo against Cuba as a "wicked blockade." The U.S.
government has no moral grounds to criticize Cuba, where
education and health care are free, he added.