One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 15

This is the fifteenth and final installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see the rest of the installments in this series HERE).

“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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100. “No event can be judged outside of the era and the circumstances in which it took place….the anthem whose unforgettable notes accompanied millions of men and women to challenge death and to crush the invaders who wished to impose a thousand years of Nazism and holocaust on all humanity.” Fidel Reflexions, May 12, 2012.

Castro’s regime has many similarities to that of Hitler. In his youth, Castro, malevolent genius of evil, admired Hitler and read Mein Kampf as a student at the university, one of his favorite books, and according to José I. Rasco, classmate of Castro in Colegio de Belén and the University who knew him very well, knew almost everything on it from memory. Castro was also influenced by the writings of Benito Mussolini and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, from whom he recited parts of their speeches.

Hitler had a failed attempt to seize power in 1923, known as the Beer Hall Putsch. Castro failed in the attempt to seize power in 1953 by the attack of the Moncada barracks. Both were arrested and used the trials to spread their ideas. Hitler was sentenced to 5 years in prison for treason, but service only eight months in comfortable conditions. Castro was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but service only 22 months in very comfortable conditions as a result of an amnesty granted by the government of Fulgencio Batista.

Hitler, in the trial for the putsch of November 9, 1924, said, “the Goddess who presides over the Eternal Court of History will smile and tear off the charge of the state attorney and the verdict of this court. For she acquits us.” Castro statement at the Moncada trial in 1953, “Condemn me, it does not matter, history will absolve me,” imitated Hitler statement at the Beer Hall Putsch trial in 1924.

Another Castro’s copy from the Nazi propaganda was the term “gusano” (worm) used against its opponents, as the term “würmer” was used against the Jews.   

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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 14

This is the fourteenth installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see the rest of the installments in this series HERE).

“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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98. “The use of nuclear arms in a new war implies the end of humanity….Any world government is obligated to respect the right to life of all nations and of the entirety of       the world’s people…In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humanity….Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional    weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!” Castro video message, October 15, 2010.

Soviet Missile base in San Cristobal, Havana, Cuba, October 1962

On October 30, 1962, Nikita Khrushchev, in a document sent to the Czechoslovak leader Novotny, wrote: “Castro clearly has no idea about what thermonuclear war is. After all, if a war started, it would primarily be Cuba that would vanish from the face of the Earth….Only a person who has no idea what a nuclear war means, or who has been so blinded, for instance, like Castro, by revolutionary passion, can talk like that.”

Sergei Khrushchev, son of Nikita, relates that when his father was told about Castro’s letter, he said: “That’s crazy. We have deployed missiles there to prevent an attack on the island, to save Cuba and defend socialism. But now not only is he willing to immolate himself, but he wants to drag us along with him.”

Castro urged Khrushchev to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States,   without any consideration whatsoever for “the end of humanity.” He put the world on the verge of a nuclear holocaust without respecting “the right to life of all nations.” Since 1945, he is the only head of state that has advocated for the use of nuclear weapons.

Castro, among the political leaders in the world, has the least moral authority to proclaim         the end of the use of nuclear and conventional weapons. He has zero credibility as a      spokesman for peace. How is it possible that someone can pay attention to what he say, when he distort the facts and the words of the people. History will certainly not absolve Fidel Castro, an international beggar with no human qualities redeemable. He was an old bitter man, a liar and vengeful, until his death came. May the Devil keep him in his holy hell.

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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 13

This is the thirteenth installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see the rest of the installments in this series HERE).

“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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92. “I have come to the conclusion, without the least bit of chauvinism, that Cuba has the best medical care in the whole world, and it is important that we are aware of that, since it is the starting point for what I wish to state.… Finally, they opted for the best variant, first they went to the family doctor’s office, where they would be looked after by a young doctor who was trained after a six-year program of theoretical and practical courses…. Not for a single second has the Revolution waned in its efforts to repair, adapt or build new polyclinics and family doctors’ offices.” Reflection, September 24, 2008.  

The myth of the Castro regime about the success of the Cuban Health Care System, is debunked by the article “Re-examining the Cuban Health Care System”, and a report written by Dr. Hilda Molina smuggled out of the island.

The author, University of Oklahoma Professor Katherine Hirschfeld, spent nine months in the island living with a Cuban family and interviewing family doctors, medical specialists, social workers, nurses and patients as part of her research. Katherine Hirschfeld, Vol. 2, Issue 3-July 2007.

Dr. Hilda Molina, a former member the Cuban National Assembly, is one of Cuba’s most distinguished scientists. She broke with the government on the issue of medical apartheid, the denial of medical care and medicament to Cubans while the same services are provided to dollar-paying foreign patients. Dr. Molina is founder of Havana’s International Center for Neurological Restoration. Dr. Hilda Molina report “Cuban Medicine Today”, was smuggled out of the island, and published by Center for a Free Cuba, December 28, 2004.

So outraged were Cubans to see the lies about the country’s health care facilities repeated in Moore’s movie “Sicko” that they risked their lives by using hidden cameras to film conditions in genuine Cuban hospitals in an effort to alert the world about their true fate. At enormous risk, two hours of shocking – often revolting – footage was obtained with tiny hidden cameras and smuggled to Cuban-exile George Utset website The Real Cuba, Free Healthcare? The man who assumed most of the risk during the filming and smuggling was Cuban dissident Dr. Darsi Ferrer, a medical doctor himself.

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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 12

This is the twelfth installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see the rest of the installments in this series HERE).

“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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86. (Continuation) Fidel Castro, on January 28, 1998, in a threat of potential use of germ warfare against the U.S. said: “This lamb can never be devoured -not with planes nor smart bombs- because this lamb is smarter than you, and in its blood there is, and always will be, poison for you.”

According to Dr. Luis Roberto Hernandez, a Cuban entomologist, who worked in the Institute of Zoology where the laboratories for the Biological Front were established said “those were laboratories to identify and produce viruses to be used in birds as ‘hosts’ for their dissemination.” He also said that “Military-intelligence officers running the labs ordered us to trap birds with migratory routes to the United States with the idea of releasing contaminated flocks which would be bitten by mosquitoes which, in turn, will infect humans.”

West Nile virus transmission cycle

These viruses are suitable for inoculating migratory birds that fly from Cuba to the U.S. during the spring. According to Carlos Wotzkow, a Cuban ornithologist, the migratory birds’ project was proposed by Castro. The front was created as “An idea to undertake biological warfare against the United States territory through the introduction of viruses of infectious diseases inoculated in migratory birds.”

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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.   

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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 10

This is the tenth 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 11):

“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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70. “In Cuba there are no prohibited books, but there is no money to buy them.” Declaration at the International Book Fair, Havana, February 1998.

The regime has controlled and censored the editions of books and publications, taking the attribute of deciding what the Cuban people can or cannot read. This declaration created the opportunity to launch the project of independent libraries of which more than fifty have been created, which provide to the Cuban reader unrestricted access to books, magazines, documents and other publications vetoed in state institutions because they are considered enemy propaganda

71. “It is necessary to impose financial, economic and material restrictions to dictatorships, so that they will not take roots for long years….Diplomatic and moral measures do not work against dictatorships, because these make fun of the Governments and the population.” Quote from the book “Fidel Castro and Human Rights”, published by the Editora Política, Havana, 1988.

The book states in the introduction that it reflects the philosophical thought of Fidel Castro. The book is without doubt a “self-accusation.” The international community must apply effective diplomatic and commercial sanctions without further delay and subterfuge. What better justification of the embargo than his own words?

72. “The policy pursued by the Revolution is that anyone who wants to leave our country and go somewhere else can do so if they are given permission to enter the other country. Our country does not prevent any family from emigrating because the construction of a revolutionary and just society in socialism is a voluntary and free decision.” Speech at the Social Club “José Antonio Echeverría”, December 23, 1999.

The estimated number of rafters that have perished at sea is derived from Dr. Armando Lago econometric research based on the data of the Oceanographic Institute of the University of Miami, the University of Havana, and the Coast Guard of the United States. It is estimate that of the 240,000 rafters coming out of Cuba trying to escape in makeshift rafts by the Florida Strait, 60,000 have made it, over 84,000 have been intercepted at sea, and more than 96,000 have lost their live. “I’d rather die at sea, than to live in Cuba” is a common expression among the rafters. Many are forced to leave in this way because their right to leave the country has been denied by the Castro regime.

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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 9

This is the ninth 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 10, Part 11):

“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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62. “The present generation does not have to wage a battle against illiteracy, because, for a long time, since 1961, illiteracy has been virtually eradicated.” Speech at Ciudad Libertad, January 8, 1989.

The census of 1970 shows an illiteracy rate of 10.7% for age 15 and over. The number of illiterates older than 10 years in 1958 was 894,600, with a rate of illiterates of 18% (Cuba’s Ministry of Education archives). Extrapolating for age 15 years and over, the illiteracy rate would be 16.4%, and twelve years later in 1970 it had been reduced by only 5.7%. In 1995 the UNESCO Institute for Statistics reported the illiteracy rate of persons aged 15 years and over at 4.1%. So much for the eradication of the illiteracy, one more lie.

Army of the battle against illiteracy.

UN statistics reveals that the whole hemisphere has made enormous strides in literacy over the past 40 years without the need “to wage a battle against illiteracy.”The decrease inilliteracy rate is no excuse to introduce a totalitarian regime.

63. “The imperialist enemy thought we would hide the casualties in Angola, of the longest and most complex mission, already 14 years old, as if this were a dishonor or a stain on the revolution…. We also had the honor of fighting next to the courageous children of Namibia, the patriots from Guinea-Bissau, and the unsurpassable Ethiopian soldiers.” Speech at El Cacahual, Havana, December 7, 1989. According to the Operation Tribute, which took place the day before the speech, based in official figures 2,289 was the total number of army deaths in the wars in Africa.

From November 1965 to May 1991, around 485,000 Cubans served in Africa, of which 427,000 were combat troops. In the statistics of the wars of that period, the average death toll is 1 in 60, and the proportion of wounded and missing to dead is 2.5 to 1. Based on said statistics, the total number of Cubans killed in the African wars it is around 7,120 and 17,800 the number of injured / missing, equivalent to 25,000 casualties. It is evident that the total number of deaths is three times greater than the official figures of the regime.

Hundreds of thousands of foreign citizens, both military and civilians have died in Africa in the internationalist wars of the Castro regime and their support for subversion. Castro fought as an agent of the Soviet Union during the Cold War in Africa, because the Soviets had no intention of risking Russian lives in places like Angola, sacrificing instead the lives of Cubans and Africans as cannon fodder in the tug-of-war between Moscow and Washington.

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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 8

This is the eighth 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 9, Part 10, Part 11):

“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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56. “If the Cuban State were dedicated to create terrorism and respond with terrorism to the terrorists, we believed that we would really be effective terrorists. Let nobody think otherwise. If we dedicated ourselves to terrorism, with complete certainty we would be efficient…. It doesn’t mean that we have renounce to it, this is a warning!”  Speech, Karl Marx Theater (formerly Theater Blanquita), June 6, 1976.

The Castro regime has been involved in the use of lethal force, kidnappings, flagrant  blackmail, providing refuge for terrorists, maintaining ties with other countries sponsors  of terrorism, illegal drug trafficking and money laundering for six decades.

Immediately after assuming power Castro established a center for subversive operation against practically all Latin American governments.  He used violence as a method to export his revolution. The regime established contacts with guerrilla and terrorist groups, providing them with training, weapons, Cuban agents and economic aid. Already in April 1959, expeditions were carried out against Panama, Dominican Republic and Haiti, and on June against Nicaragua.

In May 1960 Castro started terrorist activity in Colombia and in November airplanes of the Cuban Air Force supplied the Guatemala guerillas. On May 1963, the Peruvian guerilla organized by the Castro regime was surprised and defeated in the city of Puerto Maldonado, and in November, a cache of weapons coming from Cuba was discovered on a beach of the Paraguana Peninsula. In September Masetti’s guerilla organized by Che Guevara, crossed into Argentina from Bolivia. On November 1966, Guevara entered in Bolivia from Brazil, organizing the guerilla integrated mostly by Cubans. On May 1967 guerillas trained in Cuba landed in Venezuela and were defeated, two Cubans were killed and two captured. In mid-1967 the Tupamaros terrorist group, trained and help by the regime, launched a series of terrorist attacks in Uruguay (Juan F. Benemelis, Las Guerras Secretas de Fidel Castro, Editorial Hypermedia, 2015).

Manuel Espinoza Díaz and Manuel Gil Castellanos, the two Cubans of the Castro’s Army captured in Venezuela.

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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 7

This is the seventh 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 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11):

“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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50. “Suffice it to say that tens of thousands of women suffering from hunger and misery were forced to live off prostitution. Our country was full of brothels and casinos, it was a drug center, and here came the “people” to amuse themselves.” Speech, November 24, 1971, Chile. “Who will be able to forget that in our country the Yankees imposed prostitution on 100,000 women?” Speech, July 26, 1972.  “The prostitution in this country with a little more than 6 million people had 100,000 prostitutes.” Speech, September 28, 1977.

A survey carried out in 1957 by the National Economic Council, published in the “Symposium of Natural Resources of Cuba”, Havana, February 1958, with the participation of international technicians, estimated at 11,500 the number of prostitutes on the island. On February 14, 1958, the newspaper El Mundo ran a feature addressing the social problem of prostitution, estimating in 11,000 the number of people engaged in this type of activity. This number was confirmed by the official publication “En el último añode aquella República,” Ramiro J. Abreu, Editorial Ciencias Sociales, La Habana, 1984, p. 49. Castro, out of thin air, increased that number to a 100,000. This demonstrate that Castro has made a habit of lying.

Tourists with young Cubans women on the beach.

In 1958 about 300,800 tourists visited Cuba, and in 2014 the number of tourists surpassed the three million mark (ONE), a tenfold increased. In 2014, with a population of 11.2 million, there are enough tourist and 1.89 million women between the ages of 15 to 39, for the number of people making a living from prostitution to be around 100,000. Castro, the Pimp in Chief, turned the island into the brothel of the Caribbean.  

The Castro regime just brought to Cuba’s society more poverty, more deficits of food, clothing, increased repression, abuses, and finally, destroyed the hope of all Cubans to live with dignity and freedom.

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One hundreds lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 6

This is the sixth 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 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11):

“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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43. “There is not any doubt that we are going to have a citrus industry superior to that of Florida. There is no doubt about it.”  Speech, January 6, 1968, Havana. 

In 1958 orange production reached 44,000 MT with a population of 6.6 million, and in 2014 was only 36,103 MT with a population of 11.2 million. The production per capita in 2014 was only 51% of the one in 1958. People has to by the oranges and other fruits, if they are available, on the black market, at overprice farmers’ markets with regular pesos, or with Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) at government supermarkets, a luxury for most people. Another of Fidel Castro’s failed plans.

44. “It has been established that Che, although wounded, continued to fight until the barrel of his M-2 was destroyed by a bullet, making it totally useless. The pistol he was carrying did not have a magazine. It was only due to these incredible circumstances that they were able to catch him alive. The wounds in his legs, although not fatal, made it impossible for him to walk unaided.” Fidel Castro, “A Necessary Introduction” to the Bolivian Diary of Ernesto Che Guevara, July 1968.

Felix Rodríguez with Che Guevara after his capture in Bolivia

Che, at the time of being taken prisoner, who was slightly wounded by a bullet in the leg, with the rifle up high shouted to his captors in Bolivia, “Don’t shoot, I’m Che, I’m worth more to you alive than dead.”  His 9 millimeters pistol had all its bullets when surrendering it. 

The explanation of Che capture by the Bolivian Army given by Castro is pure fiction, there is absolutely no proof this ever happened that way. Nothing in the actual record support Castro accounts of the facts. On the contrary everything points to Che surrendering without fighting to the last bullet. The battle was still raging after Che surrender. His men, unlike him, were fighting to the last bullet.

Castro’s description does not match at all with that of Sergeant Bernardino Huanca (Jon Lee Anderson, Che Guevara a revolutionary Life, 1997, p.733), or Captain Gary Prado commander of the unit that captured Che (The Defeat of Che Guevara, Praeger Publishers, 7/24/1990), or Captain Felix I. Rodriguez (Shadow Warrior, Simon & Schuster, October 1989), a former CIA agent who participated in his capture, or the research conducted at the scene by Marcos Bravo a prominent leader of the July 26 Movement (La Otra Cara del Che, Editorial Solar, 2004). Castro, at that time, was unaware of the presence on the scene of these eyewitnesses (Che Guevara: The Fish Die by the Mouth, http://www.cubanet.org/htdocs/CNews/y09/enero09/23_O_3.html).

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