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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Castro Denies “Rumours” that He’s in Bad Health

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On Monday, the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, published an article denying that his health is deteriorating. The 86-year-old Castro said in an ironically titled article, “Fidel Castro’s Agony”, published in the government-run newspaper Granma, “I don’t even remember what a headache is. To prove this a lie, I presented the photographs accompanying this article”. Castro denied rumours that his health had worsened and that his “state is very close to neurovegetative”.

The four photographs of Fidel, made by his son Alex and published on the website Cubadebate, show the legendary revolutionary walking around in a peasant straw hat, blue sports pants, and red-checked shirt. In one of the photos, he has a new issue of Granma. Castro said that he stopped writing his “Reflections” columns because “it isn’t my role to occupy the pages of our media, they have other aims. I like writing, and I write; I like studying, and I study”.

Last Thursday, the Spanish newspaper ABC quoted Venezuelan doctor José Marquina as saying that Castro suffered a massive stroke and was dying. Marquina made similar claims in the past concerning Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez‘s health, but turned out to be false. In April, Marquina said that Chávez, who battled an undisclosed form of cancer, was in his “last days” and would be dead in less than a year. However, within days of Marquina’s pronouncement, Chávez said that he’d beaten cancer and appeared stronger in public.

22 October 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20121022/176833005.html

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

8 March 2011. Sergei Yolkin’s World: ¡Caramba! How Much Political Weight Does Fidel Have?

They talk about the failure of socialism, but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia, and Latin America?

Fidel Castro Ruz

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According to Reuters, Fidel Castro Ruz will retire from his post as the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party in April. “Whatever post he might hold at the time of his retirement, we must pay tribute to his efforts as Cuba’s leader. These accomplishments brought him enormous prestige; he will remain an important factor in politics”, Ivan Melnikov, Vice-Speaker of the RF Gosduma and First Deputy Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee, told reporters. Melnikov, who is in charge of inter-parliamentary relations with Cuba, emphasised that Sr Castro “is very different from some other revolutionary leaders… this is due to the fact that, even though he was in power for many years, he avoided becoming an autocratic dictator, he truly managed to remain a true revolutionary with a burning heart”.

2 March 2011

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://rian.ru/caricature/20110302/341243978.html

Editor’s Note:

You shouldn’t listen to the GOP’s propaganda about this man. Sr Castro was a blessing to Cuba. According to statistics from the UNESCO, the basic literacy rate in Cuba is the highest in Latin America (99 percent). The Cuban healthcare system is excellent. In recognition of his efforts, Sr Castro was the first head of state to receive the medal of the HFA, awarded by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Infant mortality is the lowest in the region, but there’s a high abortion rate (including medically-indicated procedures). All Cuban children have the right to buy a litre of milk per day at an affordable price until they are 7-years-old. Life expectancy in Cuba was just below that of the USA in 2002, being the highest in Latin America. Life expectancy has increased from less than 60 years in 1959 to 73 years in 2004, reflecting the improvement of living conditions for the common people since the revolution (that shows one how LOW they were in 1959 for the bulk of the working folks). In addition, Cuba has sent thousands of trained doctors and nurses throughout the world.

In many so-called Third World countries, Sr Castro enjoys great popularity, especially in Latin America. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said of him, “He was exceptional, a living legend in the history of mankind”. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías, meanwhile, stated, “Men such as Fidel never really retire”. The US Corporate Media paints Sr Castro as an unthinking brute, yet, in 2010, he said that his attitudes and policies towards homosexuals were unjust, saying, “If someone is responsible for the repression of homosexuals, I am”. Indeed, in 2008, he supported Resolution 26, which legalised equal rights for gays in Cuba.

Mind you, I don’t support the “gay agenda”, but on the other hand, I believe that all people have a right to live their private lives in peace and unmolested… I think that most reasonable people would agree with that. You don’t have to agree with something or someone to protect their human rights… that’s why the untoward and nasty attacks on Mark Stokoe and Ted Bobosh have me so steamed… if I were to meet either “Love BT” (retired Bishop Tikhon Fitzgerald) or “Monk James” (James Silver), I’d be sorely tempted to take a Cossack horsewhip to ‘em, and I wouldn’t “spare the rod”, that’s for certain.

You can follow Fidel Castro or you can follow “Love BT” and “Monk James”… the former showed true remorse for having hurt people… the latter two have hurt people in the past, they hurt them today, and they’ll hurt more in future if we don’t stop them NOW. I prefer to listen to a man who has the guts to say, “I was wrong”, and, then, helps to put things to rights, than to listen to punk cowards who point their finger at another, saying, “What you’re doing is wrong”, yet they tolerated far worse from BP and Soraich in the past.

These two Sad Sacks do make Ol’ Fidel look GOOD, don’t they? Oh… I almost forgot… Sr Castro and Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev are personal friends… birds of a feather DO flock together (and that goes for good traits, as well as for bad ones)

BMD

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