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
I Will Marry When I Meet Mr. Right : Yvonne Nelson
Marriage is important to everybody but more particularly to women. However, with the significant rise in the number of single ladies in Ghana, one has to wonder what the reason could be.
Although some single Ghanaian ladies have made the tough decision to remain single, many did not. Such women who made the decision are regarded as strong and independent.
But then, the number of single Ghanaian ladies who really can’t wait to be married significantly outweighs the number of the independent ones as in the case of actress Yvonne Nelson.
It’s obvious that people especially fans of the above-mentioned actress can’t just stop disturbing her with marriage stuff. Well, she has finally disclosed when she will marry.
A fan on Twitter asked when Yvonne Nelson will settle down completely with a man. Y’all know that Yvonne’s relationship with her British photographer has come to abrupt end.
Davido Chases His Best Friend Away From His House After Heated Argument
Information gathered by KUBILIVE seems to indicate that Davido and one of his best friends, identified as Obama had a major misunderstanding which got very physical.
The argument led to Davido angrily asking his friend to leave his house.
The report sighted reads; “There was pandemonium in the early hours of today at the Lekki home of Nigerian singer, Davido, as one of his crew members, Obama, engaged him in a bitter exchange.
The genesis of the fight isn’t really clear, but an insider said Obama stormed the house around 5 a.m, today, broke a bottle and started insulting Davido. The exchange got so heated that the singer had to order him out.
However, after he was ushered out, they continued the verbal exchange, with Davido reminding everyone how he recently had to fork out the sum of N14m as compensation after Obama nearly beat a girl to death.
He challenged him to deny the claim and went further to state that he has had enough while adding that Obama can go and do his worse. The latter however responded by telling Davido “f**k you.”
Eye Judah – Party For Two (Official Music Video)
Fast rising reggae dancehall artiste Eye Judah releases video for his classic tune dubbed Party For Two.
Produced by Sicnarf Pro, the song is off the singjay’s debut album Genesis.
He is currently signed onto Freedom Cry Records. Video was directed by Bra Shizzle for Shizzle Studios.
Watch visuals below
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