In ‘Simple’ Ceremony, Fidel’s Ashes Interred in Cuba Cemetery

Telesur | 4 December, 2016

 

The ashes of Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, were interred Sunday morning in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba near the remains of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti.

The funeral, described by Cuban President Raul Castro as a “simple ceremony,” comes on the final day of Cuba’s nine official days of mourning in the wake of Fidel’s death on Nov. 25.

Following the arrival of Fidel’s remains in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba Saturday night, hundreds of thousands of Cubans chanting “Yo soy Fidel,” meaning “I am Fidel,” filled the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square in an overnight vigil to memorialize the late leader, who died at the age of 90. Foreign dignitaries and leftist leaders also joined Raul Castro and the Cuban political leadership on stage to pay their final respects and immortalize the man who led the island nation and championed socialism and anti-imperialism, particularly in Latin America, for more than 50 years.Read More »

‘I Am Fidel:’ Cuba’s Youth Deepen Commitment to Revolution

Telesur | 4 December, 2016

 

To millions of Cubans, Fidel Castro was more than just a president, he also embodied revolutionary struggle, and with his death many have chosen to pay tribute to him by pledging to continue that struggle and remain loyal to the ideas of the Cuban Revolution.

Through an initiative of the Cuban Communist Party, people throughout Cuba have signed a pledge affirming their commitment to the concept of the Revolution as articulated by Fidel in a landmark speech he delivered on International Workers’ Day in Havana in 2000.

“Revolution means to have a sense of history; it is changing everything that must be changed; it is full equality and freedom,” said Fidel before hundreds of thousands in the historic speech. “It is being treated and treating others like human beings; it is achieving emancipation by ourselves and through our own efforts; it is challenging powerful dominant forces from within and without the social and national milieu; it is defending the values in which we believe at the cost of any sacrifice. Read More »

Fidel Dies, Fight Will Not

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Countercurrents.org | 26 November, 2016

 

Fidel Castro, the Comandante is no more.The leader of the Cuban revolution and former president of Cuba who led the island nation through a half-century blockade imposed by US, died on the night of 25th November, 2016 in Havana, Cuba, aged 90.

Born in 1926 to a prominent landowner in Holguín Province, Cuba, Castro went on to lead Cuba’s revolutionary independence movement, becoming president of the island nation in 1959 after defeating the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship.

Soon after taking power Castro adopted an explicitly Marxist-Leninist model of development and in so doing faced the wrath of the U.S. For the next 48 years, until resigning in 2008, Castro led the tiny island nation to historic levels of development, leading the world in literacy and public health rates.Read More »

Fidel, Comrade, Red Salute

By Farooque Chowdhury

Telesur | 26 Novmber, 2016

 

Fidel, dear comrade, red salute.

You embodied humanity’s struggle for a free, dignified life, a life free from exploitation, a life full of love and with flowering of humane living.

You are alive in our struggle. You are alive in humanity’s struggle against all forms of exploitation, against all forms of bondage, all forms of indignity.

Your stand made you friend and comrade of all struggling parts of humanity around the world. You wrote in April 15, 1954: “I am sure that all the people could be happy, and for them I would be ready to incur the hatred and ill will of a few thousand few individuals, including some of my relatives, half of my acquaintances, two-third of my professional colleagues, and four-fifths of my former school-mates.” [Fidel Castro, “Letters from prison, 1953-1955”, My Early Years, ed. Deborah Shnookal and Pedro Alvarez Tabio, Ocean Press, Melbourne, New York, 2005] A U.S. intelligence report in the later part of the 1940s said about you: “[A] typical example of a young Cuban of a good background who, because of lack of parental education or real education, may soon become a fully-fledged gangster.” [Cited in Herbert Matthews, The Cuban Story] The imperialists considered you their arch enemy, a gangster. And to us, you are the hero, a bright star.  Read More »

Castro’s Enduring Message is to Resist and Defeat Imperialism

By Bharat Dogra

Frontier | 01 Dec, 2016

Fidel Castro will be remembered by many persons for many reasons for many years, but if one is to single out his one message that has very high relevance today then it is this—fighting imperialism is difficult but possible; it is a challenge so important that it needs to be taken up against all odds.

For nearly five decades Castro guided a small country in the immediate neighborhood of a very big and powerful country which happened to be the biggest imperialist power of these times and which was extremely hostile to the socialist revolution led by Castro in Cuba. The USA under a succession of Democratic and Republican Presidents remained steadfast in the objective of somehow harming the Castro led government in Cuba and toppling it if possible.Read More »

Comandante Fidel: Combatant to the End

By Dr. Helen Yaffe

Telesur | 26 November, 2016

Fidel’s genius was his ability to meet the need for tactical steps, responding to the day’s urgencies, without losing sight of the strategic direction.

It could have been the armed struggle, terrorism, assassination or the serious illness which, at his own admission, nearly killed him in 2006; but in the end Fidel Castro lived through it all to die in peace.

His death, at 90, on Nov. 25, 2016, has dominated news around the world. In Cuba, there will be several days of mourning, a procession through the island, and funeral on 4 December. Most Cubans on the island will mourn Fidel and pay their respects. Somewhere, rising up through their grief will be a sense of pride; that nature took el Comandante, and not the enemy. It must have been a source of comfort for Cuba’s Commander in Chief. He was a man that led the call to arms from the front: against Batista’s dictatorship, against US imperialism, against the “Batistiano” – the former Cuban elite who never ceased plotting their inglorious return to power, a group he labelled “worms” (gusanos). Right up to his scathing reflection about “brother Obama” following the U.S. president’s visit to Cuba early this year, Fidel never stopped fighting for the sovereign, independent and socialist Cuba he pledged to build.Read More »