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Fidel Castro scorns Obama's Cuba visit

Former Cuban PM has broken his silence over President Obama's Cuba visit in a damning letter

BBC reports: Fidel, who handed power to his brother Raul a decade ago, said Cuba didn't need any gifts from the "empire." He described Mr Obama's words of reconciliation as "syrupy" and warned they could give Cubans a heart attack.

Fidel’s letter came after Barack Obama visited Cuba and suggested to bury the last remnant of the Cold War. Castro condemned Obama’s speech and reminded readers of the American invasion in 1961 when a CIA-sponsored armed forces attempted to take over the island.

The author of the article continues: “During his visit, Mr Obama invoked "a future of hope" for Cuba in an unprecedented live TV address delivered from the Grand Theatre in Havana."

Obama’s visit to the island was the first by a President since 1959. The U.S. President called for the ending of the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba and added that he did not need to fear a threat from the US nor from "the voice of the Cuban people."

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Fidel Castro, a master of hidden meanings and of careful maneuvering, writes that he once picked up a biography of Nelson Mandela and discovered to his surprise to encounter Obama’s preface to the book at its beginning. Fidel writes right after mentioning this that Mandela’s writing was always very small. A clear jab at Obama for his big ego, pretensions and narcissism. 

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