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Old Nov 26th, 2016, 03:35 AM   #1
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Post R.I.P. Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90


Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said.

"The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday)," President Raul Castro said.
(BBC)
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Old Nov 26th, 2016, 03:37 AM   #2
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Just was going to post this Mark, but you beat me to it. He will long be remembered.
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Old Nov 26th, 2016, 05:13 AM   #3
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I thought it was click-bait on another site. For the sake of the Cuban people, I hope this allows some impetus for a re-set and improved relations between Cuba and the US.
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Old Nov 26th, 2016, 05:16 AM   #4
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I was in 5th grade when he came to power. Thoughts of Castro and Cuba truly hit our conscious radar during the Cuban missile crisis.

"For the sake of the Cuban people, I hope this allows some impetus for a re-set and improved relations between Cuba and the US. " Agreed, mi amigo. The US lifting it's embargo could be a good start. We shall see.
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Old Nov 26th, 2016, 09:24 AM   #5
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The end of an era. He will definitely be missed.


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The US lifting it's embargo could be a good start. We shall see.
The wet foot-dry foot policy has to end too.
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Old Nov 26th, 2016, 11:08 AM   #6
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Trudeau is an idiot - celebrating a terrorist butcher - who over threw a government and killed, jailed his citizens - of course trudeau looks up to Castro - Castro dying on black Friday, a day dedicated to capitalism, is icing on the cake.

Sadly Castro's brother is a mad man as well, plus has a son who can't wait to dictate.
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macintosh doctor, respectfully (a notion you apparently lack), you have no idea what you're talking about.

Over the years I've had loooong debates with folks here in ehMac (go have a look). I won't regurgitate it here, nor will I waste my time with people who are unwilling to make an honest effort to evaluate Fidel's legacy. Reactionary, ideological rants are not helpful to any discourse.

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I thought it was click-bait on another site.
Me too. I received a mobile notification while at a party. This has been reported so many times over the decades, those of us with ties to Cuba know enough to corroborate anything like that news.

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For the sake of the Cuban people, I hope this allows some impetus for a re-set and improved relations between Cuba and the US.
IMHO, that ain't gonna happen. The ideologues like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and her ilk will only be emboldened. "One Castro down, one more to go" is their mantra. And with Trump coming into the White House, I'm not optimistic.

Improved relations between Cuban and the US depend entirely on the US to change its insane policies toward this tiny country of 11-million people.

It's never been about human rights, it's always been about Cuba's freeing itself of U.S. control. Any expression of concern by Washington for the "rights" of Cuban citizens to be "free" is simply cover for the desire to once again have the Cuban government do what the USA desired, to have it within America's sphere of influence. Cuba has always attempted to dialogue with the US to seek a normalization of relations. Its the USA that has consistently refused to come to the table and talk like a responsible, mature, state.

Cuba has never put an economic blockade upon the people of the USA.

Cuba never invaded U.S. territory and killed its citizens.

Cuba did not conduct biological warfare against U.S. farms.

Cuba did not attempt to assassinate (in the order of hundreds of incidents) US government leaders.

Cuba did not send or support terrorist groups acting on US soil.

Cuba did educate, feed, and care for the health of its citizens. It did spread out the limited resources of the country to all. It did pursue political and economic alliances with countries of its own choosing to ensure its survival in the face of superpower-strength aggressions. That's enough to get you on any U.S. President's hit list.
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macintosh doctor, respectfully (a notion you apparently lack), you have no idea what you're talking about.
You are leaving out a great deal of detail of his wake of bodies and repression in Castro's paradise of repression.
Abolition of Private property, Confiscation of Private property - imprisonment of thousands with an opinion.
I am sure those who would attempt to float a truck as a life raft to flee Cuba, face death in the open seas did it because Castro was so amazing.

I will not celebrate the death of evil dictator like our idiot Trudeau.. sorry.
enjoy your salty tears and fake glorification of Castro..

Castro's rule was state ownership of human beings.. which was slavery
And that free medical care and education only cost 200 000+ lives and countless human rights abuses. Awesome sauce. Good to see people know how to prioritize
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Old Nov 26th, 2016, 12:23 PM   #10
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Whatever ones feelings about Castro it is wrong to ignore who it was that he helped overthrow. Batista was every bit as repressive a dictator as Castro and far more corrupt.

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