Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.”
The 1,500-word letter in state media titled “Brother Obama” was Castro’s first response to the president’s three-day visit last week, in which the American president said he had come to bury the two countries’ history of Cold War hostility.
Obama did not meet with the 89-year-old Fidel Castro on the trip but met several times with his 84-year-old brother Raul Castro, the current Cuban president.
Obama’s visit was intended to build irreversible momentum behind his opening with Cuba and to convince the Cuban people and the Cuban government that a half-century of U.S. attempts to overthrow the Communist government had ended, allowing Cuban to reform its economy and political system without the threat of U.S. interference.
Fidel Castro writes of Obama: “My modest suggestion is that he reflects and doesn’t try to develop theories about Cuban politics.”
Castro, who led Cuba for decades before handing power to his brother in 2008, was legendary for his hours-long, all-encompassing speeches. His letter reflects that style, presenting a sharp contrast with Obama’s tightly focused speech in Havana.
Castro’s letter opens with descriptions of environmental abuse under the Spaniards and reviews the historical roles of Cuban independence heroes Jose Marti, Antonio Maceo and Maximo Gomez.
Castro then goes over crucial sections of Obama’s speech line by line, engaging in an ex-post-facto dialogue with the American president with pointed critiques of perceived slights and insults, including Obama’s failure to give credit to indigenous Cubans and Castro’s prohibition of racial segregation after coming to power in 1959.
Quoting Obama’s declaration that “it is time, now, for us to leave the past behind,” the man who shaped Cuba during the second half of the 20th century writes that “I imagine that any one of us ran the risk of having a heart attack on hearing these words from the President of the United States.”
Castro then returns to a review of a half-century of U.S. aggression against Cuba. Those events include the decades-long U.S. trade embargo against the island; the 1961 Bay of Pigs attack and the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner backed by exiles who took refuge in the U.S.
He ends with a dig at the Obama administration’s drive to increase business ties with Cuba. The Obama administration says re-establishing economic ties with the U.S. will be a boon for Cuba, whose centrally planned economy has struggled to escape from over-dependence on imports and a chronic shortage of hard currency.
The focus on U.S-Cuba business ties appears to have particularly rankled Castro, who nationalized U.S. companies after coming to power in 1959 and establishing the communist system into which his brother is now introducing gradual market-based reforms.
“No one should pretend that the people of this noble and selfless country will renounce its glory and its rights,” Fidel Castro wrote. “We are capable of producing the food and material wealth that we need with work and intelligence of our people.”
Source: Yahoo News
Driver With Car Number GW-1023-16 Runs Away After Hitting Someone | WATCH
A driver with car number GW-1023-16 has been involved in a hit and run.
According to a video shared with us, the unknown driver drove off quickly after hitting a citizen.
Police are then looking for this driver.
Watch the sad video below.
University Of Ghana Disassociates Itself From Nigerian Professor Nwagbara
A few days ago, we published a story about a Nigerian Professor who claimed to be teaching English at the University of Ghana.
The said professor made a shocking revelation about the Ghana police service and how Nigerians have infiltrated the service against the requirements stipulated in the 1992 constitution of Ghana.
Well, the University of Ghana has responded to this and according to them, the professor Mr Austin Nwagbara, is not a lecturer at the University of Ghana and that, the professor was only a visiting scholar in the year 2012.
They have rubbished the claims made by the Professor and disassociated themselves from the professor. The university has issued a press statement to that effect.
The press statement reads;
The University of Ghana’s attention has been drawn to a video circulating on media platforms which features an individual who has been linked to the University of Ghana. Beyond the many provocative statements, he launches into a tirade against universities in Ghana in general, and the University of Ghana in particular.
The said Professor has been identified as Professor Austin Nwagbara, a Nigerian Professor of English who is currently not a member of faculty at the University of Ghana. Our records show that Prof. Nwagbara was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of English during the 2011/12 academic year from August 8, 2011 to July 30, 2012.
The claims Professor Nwagbara makes in the video relating to the University’s sources of income, students fees, etc. are incorrect and do not in any way represent the true facts and figures of the University’s income and state of affairs.
The University of Ghana disassociates itself from the claims Professor Austin Nwagbara makes in the video which we find as mischievous and intended to mislead the public and harm the reputation of the University. The public is advised to treat the contents of the said video with the contempt it deserves.”
The statement was signed by Stella A. Amoa, the Director of Public Affairs of the University of Ghana.
See the press statement below.
I Shop Too Much, I Think I Need Prayers : Jackie Appiah Says
Beautiful Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah has revealed in a new video that she’s so obsessed with shopping so much that if her fans don’t pray for her to put an end to it, it might become something else.
The 36- year old actress made the revelation in a BBC Pigdin interview dubbed, ‘Question till mouth pain you’ where delved into the other perspective of her life
“I am a shopperholic. I need prayers. I shop too much” she disclosed. The popular A-list actress and mother of one also talked about how much she loved adventures which has seen her travel to over 100 countries and counting.
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