|Posted by The Reunion Black Family on November 30, 2016 at 1:40 AM|
Castro to Go Down in History as 'Hero Holding Out Against the US Empire
Cubans are in mourning. The whole world mourning,the only happy people are exiled traitors and their imperilists friends. Castro was good to our people both in Africa in Cuba and Globally.No single country or leader around the globe had anything negative to say about him, except for people who wanted to steal the island of cuba and turn it into some kind waste lands for gambling and prostitution. Viva Cuba, we mourn with you. Looking at Libya, you'd be glad Cuba had a leader like that.
Castro came to power on January 8 1959, toppling the American-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, under whose watch Cuba had turned into a virtual mafia state, dominated by US-based cartels that operated gambling rings and controlled an economy run by a small cadre of wealthy sugar cane plantation owners and major multinationals.
Castro the father of the Cuban revolution made a gigantic impact in the history of the mankind. The Cuban revolution inspired people around the world how to fight for their rights, freedom and justice. The idea of philosophy of revolution in Cuba was spread to other nations with message of Che Guevara who fought and died in line to liberate other countries.
Castro’s team set about radically re-ordering the economic system in the island nation, nationalising private sugar cane farms including many that were owned by Americans and taking over several industries.
But it was Castro’s decision to align the country with the Soviet Union that brought him in direct conflict with the United States government, which was determined to stop the spread of Communism to the Americas.
Castro quickly became a globally recognised figure after the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sent a group of armed Cuban exiles in 1961 to try and topple his government. The attempt was crushed but a second episode of superpower confrontation over Cuba made world headlines.
US THREATENED TO INVADE
The Americans had discovered that Cuba had allowed the Soviet Union to build missile bases on its territory. The US threatened to invade and exchanged threats of nuclear war with the Soviets before a deal was reached to remove the bases after a tense 13 days.
Once Castro had secured his hold on power, he invested huge amounts of resources including arms and manpower to back freedom movements around the world, most prominently in Latin America and Africa.
He sent arms and advisers to the Algerians who were fighting for independence from the French and dispatched soldiers to multiple countries including Bolivia and Mozambique.
But it was Castro’s involvement in the fight against Apartheid that saw him earn a place in history as one of the greatest friends of Africa of the last century. He heavily backed the Angolan independence movement first against the Portuguese and later in pitched battles with thousands of troops from South Africa’s Apartheid regime which feared, correctly, that independence for Angola would offer a base for independence movements such as the African National Congress and Namibia’s Swapo.
Leaders in that region yesterday celebrated Castro’s role in hastening the end of Apartheid. His deployment of 36,000 troops to Angola in 1975 is widely viewed as having delivered the biggest psychological defeat endured by the Apartheid government which was backed by major powers including the Americans.
“President Castro identified with our struggle against Apartheid. He inspired the Cuban people to join us in our own struggle against Apartheid,” South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma said in a statement.
Namibia’s president Hage Geingob mourned the “end of an era”.
“Our comrade is no more,” he said. “But his revolutionary legacy will remain with Namibia forever.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation extended its “deepest condolences to the people and government of Cuba” and said Castro’s solidarity with the anti-Apartheid movement would never be forgotten.
Cord leader Raila Odinga, one of a number of leftists who were inspired by Castro and who named his son after the revolutionary icon, called him “a great and true friend of Africa”.
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
“Castro was a source of inspiration and courage for all those who value and fought for freedom,” he said.
Major world leaders also noted the former Cuban leader’s place in history. US President Barack Obama, who reset ties with Cuba this year, described him as a leader who “altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation”. This was in contrast to President-elect Donald Trump who said Castro was a “brutal dictator who oppressed his own people”.
With his trademark jungle green fatigues, unruly beard and booming voice, Castro came to represent for many the ultimate face of the progressive revolutionary post-colonial politics that dominated the post World War era in many parts of the globe, his legend growing with every failed assassination bid against him.
He survived more than 600 attempts on his life, according to the Cubans’ count, with the plots exposed by American media being worthy of a spy movie. They included an attempt to poison his beloved cigars, an effort to plant a bomb in a fish tank and a mission to have him poisoned by a female agent.
“If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal’,’ he once said.
In Cuba, his record was mixed with the thousands of exiles forced out of the country fiercely critical of his authoritarian approach.
Castro could, however, point to a world class health system that attracted medical tourists from far and wide. He also sent tens of thousands of the country’s first-rate doctors to hospitals abroad, including the largest contingent that reacted to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014.
As per his wishes, Castro’s ashes will be interred alongside many heroes of Cuba’s struggle for independence in the 19th century at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
We’re brothers and sisters of the people of Africa and we’re ready to fight on their behalf! " - Fidel Castro.
Cuban revolutionary Castro played key role in African liberation struggles.
Many things about Castro that was omitted from the western media *assisted Black American revolutionaries in exile.
Thomas Sankara (1983-1987, Burkina Faso) And Fidel Castro (Cuba)
Kaunda on an earlier visit to Cuba, accompanied by Fidel Castro and Revolution Commander Juan Almeida Bosque..
Mengistu Haile Mariam in pictured here whilst receiving Fidel Castro of Cuba on state visit to Ethiopia.
There were many things about Castro that was omitted from the western media. Castro was an ally for African liberation around the globe. Castro:
*worked with Malcolm X
*assisted Black American revolutionaries in exile
*helped South Africa end apartheid
*helped Angola and other African nations win their independence
*offered African Americans free scholarships for medical training
*assisted West Africans with medical treatment against the Ebola outbreak
*offered to assist with medical treatment for all the Black Americans in New Orleans who were dying during Hurricane Katrina
*sent medical assistance to the people of Haiti
So I'm not too quick to jump on the "Castro human rights violations" bashing bandwagon... when those same so-called "human rights violations" are happening to Black Americans over here every day.
Castro to Go Down in History as 'Hero Holding Out Against the US Empire'
Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who survived hundreds of assassination attempts and nearly a dozen US presidents, passed away on Saturday, aged 90. A funeral ceremony has been scheduled for December 4, and will be held at a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. Cuba has received a flood of condolences from leaders around the world, Russia included.
"He has been one of the most important political figures of the 20th century, and I think that he is going into history as a hero who was the only one to successfully oppose the influence of the great empire to the north," Skierka said, speaking of Castro's international significance.
At home, Castro will be remembered for giving the Cuban people back their national independence and dignity, as well as for his "revolutionary social reforms" in healthcare and education. "This is a point that I think the Cuban people will try to keep for the future, because it's a sort of role model for Third and Second World countries," the journalist noted.
As for Castro as a man, Skierka suggested that the revolutionary's personality and charisma were "very important" in and of themselves in accounting for many of his successes. "He was very charismatic. I met him after I wrote this biography. We had an informal discussion, and I must say that he was so fascinating that I was really happy that I hadn't met him before, because it would have caused difficulties to write the book."
Castro was "really outspoken, and had a talent to get you concentrated only on him," the journalist recalled. "This was really an exceptional political talent. He was very intelligent, and was an excellent speaker. People listened to him for hours, and not because they had to, but because they wanted to."
Castro to Go Down in History as 'Hero Holding Out Against the US Empire'