A dose of reality for Cuba’s ‘political’ news yesterday
News agencies all over the world are busily trying to interpret and analyze the pronouncements made by Cuban dictator Raul Castro yesterday regarding his planned "retirement" and the appointments of new "leaders" in the island's totalitarian government. Few, if any of these news agencies will bother to view these latest developments within the historical perspective of the Castro dictatorship's well documented and long standing proclivity to make statements that are blatant lies.
Therefore, since journalists will not do the job they are supposed to do, Babalú provides its readers a dose of reality with some historical perspective. Here are some quite amazing statements and predictions made by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro that the media lapped up without question and later turned out to be outright lies (my translation):
"I am not interested in taking power and I don't contemplate taking power at any moment."
"... there will be liberty for those who speak in our favor and those who criticize us and speak against us."
"Our goal is to establish in Cuba a true democracy with no trace of fascism, Peronism, or communism. We are against all types of totalitarianism."
"The thing is that all human rights are the rights of the Revolution. The liberty to express your opinion, the liberty to write, the liberty to speak, the liberty to freely associate, and the liberty to believe are all liberties that are sacred to our Revolution."
"When has anyone ever heard me lie to the people?"
"There is no Marxism or communism in our ideology. Only representative democracy and social justice."
"Until we allow all political parties to organize and exist, we will not be a democratic nation."