Fidel Castro's Death Impact on Cuba
Fidel Castro Biography
Fidel Castro's Death Impact on Cuba
Published on Nov 26, 2016
The Cuban government still holds political prisoners and faces criticism over potential human rights violations.*******
Fidel Castro Biography
Published on Jun 27, 2015
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Obama does ‘the wave’ with the mass-murderer who tried to kill my father-in-law
Obama and Raul Castro. Disgusting
By Robert Laurie ——Bio and Archives
November 28, 2016
We first ran this piece about 8 months ago, when Obama took his “historic” trip to Cuba. Needless to say, my family’s pretty happy to hear that Fidel Castro, the mass-murdering tyrant who stole so much from them, is dead. Herman suggested I re-post the piece today.
My wife is Cuban. If we’re getting technical, she’s Cuban-Italian, but the point is that her father was a Cuban gentleman who - until the Castro brothers took over - owned a hospital in Havana.
Since he was smart enough to see that Castro spelled trouble, he sent his wife and children to Miami during the run-up to Fidel’s takeover. He stayed behind to try and ride out the storm. Unfortunately, his ability and willingness to care for the poor was seen as a threat to the new regime and he was marked for death once the rebel army took complete control of the country. Things continued to deteriorate and he decided that he too would have to leave - even if that meant leaving extended family members behind.
As the wheels of his plane left the ground, Raul Castro’s goons showed up at his former home. He escaped to South America, and eventually made his way to the US. He re-established himself as a doctor and, years later, my wife was born.
He was one of the lucky ones. In the process, though, he lost everything. He and his family lost the lives they knew. Their home, their hospital, their careers, and their life’s savings were stolen. He spent the next 20-some years bribing Cuban officials to secure the release of family members who were imprisoned in Castro’s jails. ...And even that was better than facing Raul Castro’s firing squads.
Here’s a nice picture of Raul blindfolding one of his victims.
If the Castro Brothers and Che Guevara had their way, my wife’s father would have shared a similar fate. She would never have existed and my child would never have been born. I’m not sharing this story because it’s in any way special or unique. To the contrary; there are millions of people whose lives have been touched by the monstrous actions of these animals.
So you can imagine that when my family sees this… (See Below)
The man with whom Obama is yukking it up is nothing but a cheap mass-murderer whose crimes are too numerous to list. He can throw on a chintzy suit and “do the wave” with a despicable American President, but he can’t make the world forget that his hands are soaked in blood. While Obama sycophants talk of the President’s “legacy,” they ignore the fact that Raul’s is a legacy of brutality, oppression, torture, and mass graves.
Published on Mar 23, 2016
But hey, at least he seems to have shown Obama a good time.
Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies,Fidel Castro Survived 600 Assassination Attempts
Published on Nov 27, 2016
Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90 - BBC News
Published on Nov 26, 2016
Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother Raul has announced.
James Robbins looks back on his life.
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Fidel Castro Interview With Barbara Walters
Published on Nov 26, 2016
Walters reflected on some of the most memorable moments from her meetings with the former Cuban leader.
Fidel Castro funeral presents dilemma for world leaders
Most countries choose middle-ranking delegations for ceremony in Havana next week, with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Britain’s Theresa May opting out
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
Monday 28 November 2016
Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, has decided not to attend the funeral in Cuba next week. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau and Theresa May are among the world leaders who have already decided not to attend the funeral of Fidel Castro, and it seems very likely that Barack Obama will also stay away despite his historic visit to Cuba earlier this year.
The seniority of politicians sent to attend a funeral is carefully calibrated in diplomatic circles, and most countries – apart from Latin American countries with leftwing governments – have chosen distinctly middle-ranking delegations for Castro’s ceremony.
Russia has announced that Vyacheslav Volodin, a close ally of Putin and chairman of the lower house of parliament, will head the Russian delegation for the 4 December funeral. The decision underlines the extent to which Moscow no longer regards Cuba as a client state, as it seeks to focus on extending its influence in the Middle East, Asia and central Europe.
The Canadian prime minister’s office said on Monday that he will not attend the funeral even though Castro attended the funeral of his father, Pierre Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau was widely mocked and criticized for praising Castro, who he referred to as a “remarkable leader”. Governor General David Johnston – the queen’s representative in Canada, will attend the commemoration instead.
The US administration has given no indication so far how it will attend. The secretary of state, John Kerry, issued a relatively bland statement saying: “We extend our condolences to the Cuban people today as they mourn the passing of Fidel Castro. Over more than half a century, he played an outsized role in their lives, and he influenced the direction of regional, even global affairs.”
With few effective decisions left for Obama to take during the transition before the inauguration of Donald Trump, Republican leaders have warned Obama not to go to Havana.
Newt Gingrich, once seen as a potential candidate for secretary of state, warned Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and Kerry to stay away, labelling the deceased Cuban leader a tyrant.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, he said: “Under no circumstance should President Obama or VP Biden or Sec state [sic] Kerry go to Cuba for Castro’s funeral. He was a tyrant”.
US senator Ted Cruz – who is of Cuban descent – said: “I very much hope that we don’t see any US government officials going to Fidel Castro’s funeral. I hope we don’t see Barack Obama and Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton and Democrats lining up to lionize a murderous tyrant and thug.”
“If you wouldn’t go to Pol Pot’s funeral or Stalin’s funeral or Mao’s funeral because they were murderous communist dictators, then you shouldn’t be doing what Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau are doing, which is celebrating Fidel Castro: a murderous, communist dictator.”
Spain’s delegation will be led by former king Juan Carlos, and it is expected that the Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, will fly to Havana to pay his respects.
The British government said it was unlikely that the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, would attend, making Sir Alan Duncan – the deputy foreign office minister responsible for the Americas – the most likely candidate to represent the UK.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will not attend the funeral, and will be represented by the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry.
Ireland’s president, Michael D Higgins, has also been criticised for signing the book of condolences in Dublin without mentioning human rights abuses. The president is not expected to attend the funeral.
Leftwing leaders from across Latin America will attend, including Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega.
Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto has also decided to travel to Cuba for the commemoration, as has the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, who will probably view the visit as a welcome relief from efforts to oust him from office.
Argentina will be represented by its foreign minister, Susana Malcorra, rather than its conservative leader Mauricio Macri. In its message of condolence, Argentina thanked Castro for his support of its claim to the Falklands Islands.
India will send its home minister, Rajnath Singh, as the head of an all-party delegation a include leaders from various political parties such as Congress, CPI(M), CPI and the Samajwadi party.
Juanita Castro – Fidel’s sister, who has lived in exile in Miami for more than 50 years – will not attend, saying whatever her personal family sadness her belief in freedom was stronger.*******
Justin Trudeau defends initial remarks about 'polarizing' Fidel Castro
Canadian prime minister praised Castro as ‘remarkable leader’ of Cuba
Statement prompted criticism online and from US Republicans
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who was widely criticized for fondly remembering Fidel Castro without mention of his human rights record, has defended his comments but said the late Cuban leader was a dictator.
Trudeau sparked fury and online mockery after he referred to Castro as a “remarkable leader” and expressed his sorrow at the death of “Cuba’s longest-serving president”.
A Twitter hashtag, #trudeaueulogies, sprung up, prompting users to share unlikely tributes to the organizational and leadership abilities of figures such as Adolf Eichmann, Pablo Escobar and the Nightmare on Elm Street horror character Freddy Krueger.
Many critics were quick to point out that Castro suppressed dissent and there was no option for other leadership on the island under his regime.
On Sunday, Trudeau said his statement was simply meant “to recognize the passing of a former head of state” of a country that Canada had longstanding ties with, and not to gloss over unflattering history.
“The fact is Fidel Castro had a deep and lasting impact on the Cuban people,” Trudeau told reporters in a televised news conference at a Madagascar Francophonie summit.
“He certainly was a polarizing figure and there certainly were significant concerns around human rights. That’s something I’m open about and that I’ve highlighted.”
Asked if he thought Castro was a dictator, Trudeau said: “Yes.” He also said he raised the issue of human rights during an official visit to Cuba earlier this month.
Some Conservative opposition lawmakers on Sunday urged Trudeau to boycott Castro’s funeral while contenders for the Conservative leadership criticized his comments.
The prime minister’s office said no decision had yet been made on who would be representing Canada at the funeral.
Castro was an honorary pallbearer at the 2000 funeral of Trudeau’s father, the former Canadian prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who in 1976 was the first Nato leader to visit Cuba.
Trudeau’s initial statement, which was markedly more positive than those from most western leaders, sparked a backlash on Saturday, especially among Republicans and Cuban exiles in the US.
“You wouldn’t go to Pol Pot’s funeral,” Texas senator Ted Cruz told ABC’s This Week on Sunday. “You shouldn’t be doing what Obama and Trudeau are doing, celebrating Castro.”
Canada has long been one of Cuba’s closest western allies, maintaining ties after its 1959 revolution.
During his visit this month, Trudeau said Canada would maintain its relationship with Cuba even if that put it at odds with President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to reverse the US-Cuban detente.*******
SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS: Fidel finally buys it
The evil Fidel Castro, longtime dictator of Communist Cuba, dies at 90
By Matthew Vadum —— Bio and Archives
November 26, 2016
Oppressor and torturer of millions, murderer of thousands, and billionaire thief Fidel Castro is finally dead.
This death of this evil Communist and avowed enemy of the United States who took a wealthy, relatively free country and transformed into a poverty-stricken totalitarian hellhole was reported on Cuban television about an hour ago. Castro reportedly died at 10:29 p.m. Friday.
He was 90. Fidel handed his wee baby brother Raul the Cuban presidency in 2008.
Fidel’s inactivation makes the despoiler of Zimbabwe, 92-year-old Robert Mugabe, the heavy favorite in the dictator death pool.
But little Raul isn’t far behind.
He is 85.*******
Who Is Fidel Castro?
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