Report: Despite US Propaganda, Fidel Castro Beloved Worldwide
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This week, we have seen despicable footage of people celebrating the death of another human being. Personally, I find death from “old age” after a few decades on Earth – which is barely enough for most people to even grow up – a great tragedy built into the human condition and something we should perhaps do something about instead of constantly fighting among ourselves. To celebrate someone’s death, I must be certain he or she was a mass murderer, torturer, or such. I cannot establish this state of affairs for Castro.
Castro was a valued statesman in the third world and the Americas, giving many of the world-wide oppressed hope. Our own nation, the U.S. of A., has so declined in its own human rights record that – if I remember correctly – not long ago, our fellow American nations gave the U.S. the middle finger when our government wanted Cuba to be excluded from a meeting of our hemisphere’s nations, essentially telling us that, if they had to choose, they’d rather have Cuba at the table with them than the U.S. In our corporate “news” we are often told that the Cuban regime’s communism or socialism held the country back economically (conveniently leaving out the role of our own country’s economic embargo against Cuba). Looking around a little more, however, I also found that inequality is far lower in Cuba than here at home, that nature has been left in an almost pristine state in Cuba, and that Cuban doctors are prized throughout the Americas, and Europeans even target Cuba for medical tourism.
Still, few people are without flaws, and ideology-driven, armed revolutions and their leaders tend to be repressive of dissent. So, Castro was a two-sided sword in global politics. Not at all the demon he has been sold us as, though, by those parasites on their fellow Cubans who had to leave Cuba after Castro’s revolution spoiled their corrupt businesses of exploitation and graft. Nor the demon presented to us by our own same-ilk parasites who keep ruining our country and our lives today.
To get a knowledgeable and less biased view of Castro, I went to a source specializing in human rights, Amnesty International:
“There are few more polarizing political figures than Fidel Castro, a progressive but deeply flawed leader,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. After his accession to power following the 1959 revolution in Cuba, Castro oversaw dramatic improvements in access to human rights such as health and housing. This was accompanied by an unprecedented drive to improve literacy rates across the country.
“However, despite these achievements in areas of social policy, Fidel Castro’s 49-year reign was characterized by a ruthless suppression of freedom of expression,” said Guevara-Rosas. “The state of freedom of expression in Cuba, where activists continue to face arrest and harassment for speaking out against the government, is Fidel Castro’s darkest legacy.”
Source: Fidel Castro’s human rights legacy: A tale of two worlds – AI Press Release
Before we close the book on this deceased man who undeniably did a lot of good, probably far outweighing the bad he was also involved in, let’s perhaps call to mind how under G.W.-Cheyney we tortured people (and under Obama probably still do) and how under Obama, we have incarcerated Bradley Manning for releasing the video “Collateral Murder,” a brief clip that showed US troops shooting unarmed civilians from a helicopter in Baghdad, and how our government keeps seeking extradition of Edward Snowden (who revealed that we are all under surveillance and has had to seek refuge in Russia of all places) and of Julian Assange, whose Wikileaks has revealed to us (among so many other truth tells) the corruption of the Clinton Empire, and who has had to live locked away in an Ecuadorian embassy – for four years by now – to avoid the same fate as Manning. So, how exactly does free expression fare here at home? Should the world celebrate when Obama dies?
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