One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 11

This is the eleventh installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10):

“The word is not to conceal the truth, but to say it” – José Martí.

Why this topic is called One Hundred Lies told by Fidel Castro? Because he affirms the opposite of what is in his mind, he disguises his thinking by making his pronouncements look like another thing. Because the fake promises he made breaking his word. Of him we can say that “He lies more than he speaks the truth.”

In order to understand Fidel Castro’s actions, it is necessary to understand him as he really is, not as people want him to be. He is a man with two faces, one is the face of a revolutionary who promise prosperity, democracy and the restoration of Cuba’s 1940 constitution. The other is the face of a consummate liar who says and promises anything in order to stay in power for life.

The following infamous lies were used by Fidel Castro to coax the Cuban people, to later betray the true principles of the revolution by turning the island into a satellite of the Soviet Union.

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80. ”The dengue virus has been eradicated in our homeland,” Castro said after handing out diplomas to representatives of groups recruited for the campaign. “Today is a day of satisfaction for all residents of the capital and the entire country.’Fidel Castro declared victory in his government’s military-style campaign against dengue fever during a ceremony honoring those whose efforts helped wipe out the mosquito that spreads the virus. HAVANA – March 2002(AP).

As the saying goes “A liar is sooner caught than a cripple.” By December 2002, after the eradication of the dengue virus according to the regimen official propaganda, the number of cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever was around 1,000 with a death toll close to 50, and in 2018 at least 10 people died of hemorrhagic dengue. Of course the mosquitoes were unaware that they have been eradicated. A Pyrrhic victory of the Castro regime.

The deterioration of the infrastructure (sewer systems, aqueducts, dams, garbage disposal, etc.), had caused a huge decline of hygiene standards and proliferation of infectious diseases like dengue, meningoencephalitis, conjunctivitis, leptospirosis, zika and others.   

81. “There will be no unemployment. We have promised a guaranteed job to all the youth…. The category of unemployed must disappear.” Speech at the 4th International Economist’s Meeting, Havana, February 15, 2002.

In 2002 the regime counted as “employed” 764,000 people who were paid to study, who were dismissed from their jobs and being retrained, or worked part time in menial jobs. The regime claim of the virtual achievement of full employment with a 1.6 percent unemployment rate in 2008 reported by the National Statistics Office (ONE), the lowest in the world since 2004. Such miraculous results of creating jobs without new investments, it is nothing more than a statistical fabrication.

Raúl Castro on July 16, 2010 said “about one in five Cuban workers may be redundant.”…..“We know that there are hundreds of thousands of unnecessary workers on the budget and labor books, and some analysts calculate that the excess of jobs has surpassed one million.” The regime figures show a total of 5.1 million in the work force.

82. “The Revolution, well beyond the rights and guarantees attained by all citizens of any ethnic origin, has not achieved the same success in the struggle to eradicate differences in the social and economic status of the country’s black population.” Speech at the Pedagogy Congress, February 7, 2003.

The frustration of blacks in Cuba today can be measured in numbers: 85 percent of Cuba’s prison inmates are blacks or mulatos, and nearly 90 percent of the inmates are under age 35. By using the racial theme demagogically to divide Cubans and to remain in power, Castro is merely confirming what he made patently clear soon after taking power, that he is the most racist ruler that Cuba has endured.

83. “The bandits who accuse us of violating human rights would not dare to say that Cuba is the only country in the world — see how great our people’s feats are— in which there has not been a single disappeared person, not a single person tortured in all the 45 years of the Revolution.”  Speech, May 1, 2004, Havana. “In the Revolution, which has endured almost half-century, never has been an extrajudicial execution, nor any prisoner tortured.”  Closure of the International Conference against Terrorism, La Habana, June 4, 2005.

Fidel Castro is the great violator of the Cuban people’s human rights. From January 1, 1959 to December 31, 2018, Cuba Archive (www.CubaArchive.org) has documented 7,330 fatalities of the Castroit regime which includes execution, extrajudicial killings, disappearances, deaths in prison and others. Documented cases:

  • Executions by firing squad: 3084
  • Extrajudicial killings: 1245
  • Disappearances: 1051
  • Others (include death in prison, suicides, etc.): 1950

The riverboat “XX Aniversario”, the tugboat “13 de Marzo,” the yacht “Pretext” anchored at Hemingway (Barlovento) marina. How many boats will have been sunk by the bloody tyranny of Castro through the last 60 years, causing the death of countless innocent children, women and men? The floating mass of icebergs projects only 10% above the water, the remainder under the water is invisible to us. The same thing happens with these mass murders, where only 10% is of public knowledge, the rest under the water is not yet known.

Sealed Prison cell in Combinado del Este – Photo Radio Martí

One of the favorite places of the guards to punish the prisoners is the so-called “drawers” measuring four feet wide by six feet long. Another type of punishment cell is called “The Mousetrap”, used in La Cabaña prison, about 7 by 4 feet. In recent years the most commonly used have been the “walled cells”, at the Boniato prison in Oriente, as well as “the padlocks” and the cells of 9 feet by 4 feet of “the rectangle of dead” in the Combinado del Este in Havana. Hundreds of thousands of Cuban political prisoners have been tortured in these cells.

84. “The sugar industry is today the ruin of the island’s economy due to its high fuel consumption. The price of sugar has increased a little, but I know this country will never again depend on sugar to survive, it belongs to the time of slavery and a country full of semi-illiterates” TV appearance, March 17, 2005, Havana.

The demise of the Cuban sugar industry has to do with the incompetent management and deficiencies of the regime. In 2002 the regime announced a restructuring of the sugar industry, closing 71 of the 156 existing sugar mills. However in March 13, 2006, Castro reverse course, and gave instructions to take urgent steps to increase sugar production, in response to a rise in international sugar prices.

Mercedes sugar mill, Matanzas. One of the 40 mills dismantled – Photo by DDOOR

The 2009-2010 and 2017-2018 harvests reached only 1.1 MT of sugar. In 1894, one year before the War of Independence, the island produced 1.06 million MT. The Castroit regime 124 years later has only managed to produce basically the same amount.

Castro achieved the inconceivable, to make certain the phrase “without sugar there is no country”, to ruin the sugar industry, and along with it, the destruction of the livestock industry, coffee, tobacco, rice, etc., leading the country to ruin. As a King Midas in reverse, everything he touches turns to dust.                           

85. “Cuba does not represent a threat to the U.S. security.” Pentagon report, May 1998. Castro, referring to the report said: “It was a report claiming that Cuba did not represent any threat to the U.S. security, I add it.” Speech at the  Anti-imperialist Tribune, May 20, 2005

In September 1998 the FBI accused a group of ten Cubans known as “La Red Avispa,” working as agents of Cuba’s government in the Miami area. Four other individuals, who had not been arrested, were withdrawn by the Castro regime before the FBI could act against them. Those ten have been convicted of spying for the regime.

The Pentagon report was influenced by Ana Belen Montes opinion, senior analyst on Cuban affairs at the Pentagon which pleaded guilty to spying for the government of the island, and was arrested on September 21, 2001 just 10 days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. “The fact that national security sensitive information belonging to the United States was jeopardized is an indication that Castro is still determined to penetrate U.S. government and undermine the security of our people,” ‘said the Republican senator from Florida, Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

86. “We have never considered producing nuclear weapons, because we don’t need them…. That is why we have never even considered producing them, nor have we ever considered seeking biological weapons, what for?” Speech at the University of Havana, November 17, 2005.  

Dr. Manuel Cereijo, retired professor and lecturer at Florida International University, says: “The most accessible nuclear device for any terrorist would be a radiological dispersion bomb. This so-called ‘dirty bomb’ would consist of waste by-products from nuclear reactors….Cuba, since 1988 has two experimental nuclear reactors in La Habana….They are used for nuclear medicine and research on nuclear biotechnology. But they do generate nuclear waste…. A state sponsor of terrorism would simply give the spent fuel or perhaps even an entire dispersion device to terrorist groups.”

Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB)

Castro’s regime started its biological program in 1982, and since then has done extensive research and development in the field of bioterrorism. According to former Soviet colonel Dr. Ken Alibek, who was second in charge of the development of bacteriological weapons in the former Soviet Union, the Cuban program has shown irrefutable signs to be producing biological weapons since 1991. In Havana’s Cubanacan (old Country Club) neighborhood there is a biological research complex in which the Castro regime has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and is known as the Scientific Pole.

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Humberto Corzo was born in Matanzas, Cuba. In 1962 he graduated from University of Havana with a degree in Civil Engineering. Since coming to the United States in 1969, he established his residence in Los Angeles, California, where in 1972 he obtained the registration as a Professional Engineer. He has over forty five years of experience in the field of Structural Engineering. He is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers.