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Fidel Castro, internationalist Cuban revolutionary, dead at 90
HOUSTON—Comrade Comandante Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution has died. He was 90 years old and passed away in his beloved Revolutionary Cuba in the town of Santiago.
Fidel, captured and on trial, in October 1953 for his role in the failed military attack on the Moncado Barracks in his statement to the court and the people begin his own eulogy by proclaiming, “Condemn me, it does not matter. History will absolve me.”
Convicted, Fidel was sent to prison and upon a Batista amnesty was released and went into exile in Mexico in 1955.
Indeed, history has absolved Fidel of all the so-called treasonous charges against him and his comrades in arms.
Unlike most of the so-called African leaders on the African Continent, Fidel did not have to leave the island for medical treatment when he became ill. Under Fidel’s leadership, Cuba’s med schools trained more doctors per capita than any other place on Earth.
With the revolutionary victory barely a year old, Cuba initiated what is up to now the most profound and ambitious literacy campaign ever to be attempted.
Illiteracy in Cuba at the time was about 50 percent. Today, Cuba has a 99.9 percent literate population.
The Cuban Revolution, despite its great difficulties, became the best example of socialist morality. Despite its small size and limited resources, the Cuban Revolution extended its free healthcare beyond Cuban shores to peoples and countries around the world.
They sent more than 20,000 doctors to work in the most impoverished areas of Venezuela in support of the struggle there and also opened the door to Africans and others to attend Cuban schools to become doctors in their own impoverished communities.
These were great revolutionary accomplishments, especially when considering the reactionary U.S. blockade, embargo, sanctions, military attacks and assassination attempts that were carried out by the U.S. government and CIA, including the 1963 Bay of Pigs invasion.
Castro’s struggle to the death against parasitic capitalism
Here are a few quotes from Fidel himself,
“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.”
“They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?”
“I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating…because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”
Comrade Comandante Fidel Castro made this revolutionary struggle against capitalism to the death.
When the revolution seized power in Cuba, U.S. interest owned 90 percent of the mines, 80 percent of the public utilities, 50 percent of the railways, 40 percent of the sugar plantations and control of the banking industry.
It has also been said that in the 1950’s that “Havana was then what Las Vegas is now.” Outside forces owned and controlled the whole casino industry.
This industry along with the disenfranchisement by the Batista regime, relegated the Cuban people to prostitution and beggars.
The Revolution reversed all of the above!
The 1959 Cuban revolution led by Fidel opened up the era of the Black Revolution of the Sixties that would be punctuated by the Viet Nam Revolution. The Cuban Revolution also was a great inspiration to revolution movements by the Tupemaros in Uruguay, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and other throughout South America.
From very early on, the Cuban Revolution demonstrated an affinity for the African Revolution with the trips by Fidel and Che to Harlem along with the entire Cuban delegation to the UN.
It was in Harlem at the Terresa Hotel where the historic meeting between African revolutionary Malcolm X and Fidel occurred.
Beyond that, it was middle-aged Cuban construction workers at the airport who provided the only armed resistance to the U.S. invasion of Grenada following the death of Maurice Bishop.
Cuba also opened its doors to African militants and revolutionaries from the U.S., including Robert Williams, Assata Shakur, Huey P. Newton and others of the Black Panther Party.
Assata is still in Cuba this very day as the Obama regime increased the bounty on her to $2 million!
Cuba broke white power
In 1976 during the independence armed struggle in Angola, the Cubans also defeated the South Africans and, by extension, U.S. CIA in Angola and the Portuguese colonialist. And under the leadership of Che attempted to initiate a continental-wide armed revolution in Africa.
Unfortunately, neither Angola nor South Africa followed the Revolutionary Cuban example. Both of them are now neocolonial entities of western imperialism with the African petty-bourgeoisie stealing the people’s resources.
Ultimately Cuba's difficulties revolved around the theoretical errors common to most Marxists, namely that the historical basis for the advent of socialism had arrived when, in fact, the entire world capitalist system rested on a pedestal of slavery and colonialism that is only now threatened with destruction.
Cuba made amazing progress in the short term, just like China and the Soviet Union, not because the historical basis for the advent of socialism had been achieved, but because the political conditions for socialists to seize power made it possible to overturn many of the contradictions inherent to capitalism.
Nevertheless, capitalism as a world system continued to prevail and set the terms for the economic activity of most of the world.
In 1969, African revolutionary Walter Rodney wrote:
“Cuba is the only country in the West Indies and in this hemisphere which has broken white power. That is why Stokely Carmichael can visit Cuba but can’t visit Trinidad or Jamaica. That is why Stokely can call Fidel ‘one of the blackest men in the Americas.’”
So now it is left up to us, the revolutionaries left behind and inspired by the work, socialist morality and life of Comrade Comandante Fidel Castro to permanently wipe capitalism from the planet Earth.
This task then, falls squarely on the shoulders of the International African Revolution under the leadership of the revolutionary organization of the international African working class, namely the African People's Socialist Party.
As the U.S. corporate media continue to focus on a few thousand white nationalist reactionary gusano’s (worms) down in Miami, Florida cheering the passing of Fidel, the entire world except the white power Zionist Israeli State, along with its chief ally, the U.S., will mourn his passing and praise his life.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
This is the future versus the past. Down with the gusanos and U.S. imperialism.
Up with the Cuban Revolution!
Defend the Cuban Revolution!
Long Live Comrade Comandante Fidel Castro!