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Fidel Castro died last w/end (25 Nov) at the ripe old age of 90.   God rest his soul.



The reporting here of his life, the Cuban revolution and the years he was president of Cuba has been extraordinary.  The word “evil” featuring large in the narrative. The BBC has been lamentable in its reporting (its present “usual” state), more akin to the Voice of America during the Cold War than factual 21st century journalism.

Every report of the mourning of his death in Cuba has been “balanced” by report of celebration by the exile community in Florida, most of whom appear to be second generation exiles.  (I’ve not heard any of them say they’ll be going home.)

It’s as though the whole reportage has been framed by Fox News’ most bellicose hawk. And, as a satellite of US foreign policy, the UK media has followed it faithfully.


Little referred to is the state of Cuba that led to the revolution.  A gangster state with fealty to the US.  Or the popularity of his revolutionary government,  the international recognition of its achievements in the face of embargo and hostile action by the US.

The endeavours by the US to assassinate Castro and its sponsorship of unsuccessful invasion attempts are reported as though they were some Hollywood knockabout comedy,  not the terrorism of a rogue state.
The US holding Guantanamo Bay, in defiance of Cuban objections,  and keeping prisoners there indefinitely without charge and torturing them, is not referred to.
Also not referred to is Luis Posada Carriles, wanted for the bringing down of a Cuban airliner and other terrorist atrocities, given sanctuary in Florida.


Since 1959, the citizens of Cuba have become among the most highly educated and healthiest people in the world .  They have almost three times the number of doctors and twice the number of hospital beds, per 1000 of population compared to the US.
For infant mortality and AIDS prevalence they rank among the lowest in the world.

Cuba is renowned for the medical assistance it has given around the world. 
For its support of liberation movements, both ideological and material, particularly in Southern Africa.  In 1991 Mandela visited Castro in Cuba and thanked him for the support, resources and training he had given to defeating apartheid.


I’ve read a few of his speeches,  they’re good, if lengthy.
What’s been missing from the recent obituaries is his prescience


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