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09 / 08 / 2004
Santiago Castella, doctor in law: “We will organize an enlightened and free-thinking revolution to build a world republic”

The doctor in law and dean of the Faculty of Legal Sciences at the Rovira and Virgili University of Tarragona, asked for the creation of a world government, a political globalization which makes solidarity an essential value in the relations between countries.

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Santiago Castellą, dean of the faculty of Legal Sciences at the Rovira and Virgili University of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, called for the "organization of an enlightened and free-thinking revolution to build a world republic." With this, he anticipated a speech that will be "especially provocative because it defends another type of globalization." The professor of international law took a historic journey through modernity to reach the conclusion of the causes of the current model of world society.

In accordance with his opinion, "Underdevelopment is not relevant and its deep set causes are in the productive model and in the distribution of the world, in which the rules are sometimes so subtle that they are camouflaged."

"Three large fallacies uphold the current world model" professor Castellą explained, and these are that "no country allots 0.7 percent of its budget to aid development, the little that rich countries give is not aid or credit that generates debt, and the majority of the credits are conditioned. In respect to this, he assured that a large part of the official help to the development of the Spanish government is carried out by selling arms."

In his intervention today as part of the World Youth Festival, Castellą commented that in the United Nations System, even with all of its limitations, the Security Council could make the obligatory fulfillment of a resolution that obliges countries to give 0.7 percent of their budget to aid in development and therefore prevent countries from going deeper into poverty. In reference to the authority of the Security Council to intervene in cases that threaten world peace, he asked, "perhaps underdevelopment is not a danger, nor it is the source of conflicts, nor does it generate famine, terrorism, migrations, and other conditions that jeopardize peace and international security?"

According to his opinion, "the current solidarity of rich countries with poor ones is a big lie, an ideological excuse to keep powerful countries dominating."

The Dialogue of the World Youth Festival, that began its work sessions this morning, will officially be inaugurated this afternoon in the Forum Building Auditorium.