(FROM AN ANONYMOUS FACEBOOK POSTER):
"Transforming Cuba from a playground for rich Americans into a symbol of resistance to Washington, Castro crossed swords with 10 U.S. presidents while in power, and outlasted nine of them."
Despite the economic and educational blockades, Cuba has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, their medical researchers were the first to produce a vaccine for Haemophilus Influenzae type B, a bacterium which causes meningitis. His government produced tens of thousands of doctors and teachers and some of the lowest infant mortality and illiteracy rates in the Western hemisphere.The key things that mattered to him was that people had a good and free education, good healthcare and wealth was evenly distributed.
He has left Cuba in better shape than when it was under Batista who was running the country like the Mafia. He tried to do what was right for his country. He didn't live life like millionaire, he lived quite a simple life and believed he was sincere to his people. To me he was such an extraordinary figure who left a huge mark in history of politics a nationalist and regional leader who stood up to a bullying superpower and a champion for the third world.
ITP V.016 EDITORS NOTE:
I'm guessing there's a of mixed feelings about Castro's death, he's been sick for while and thanks to socialized health care he made it to 90. I would prefer a socialized/democracy with certain aspects of economic socialism.
Fidel Castro led a bloody Communist revolution that up ended former U.S. supported dictator Batista, changed the CUBAN economy, rife with human rights abuse sent many fleeing from the island into the arms of America, specifically Miami, Florida.
Despite Castro's difficult relations with the U.S. (and vice versa), via anything from the Cuban missile crisis to the U.S. embargo/boycott of Cuba, Cuba's literacy rate is 98.% with free education and socialized health care.
However, don't diss CUBA, they take care of their people, great food, great medical care, great music (a metal scene will rise), great BASEBALL..Did I say baseball? That is indeed, where MLB is getting some awesome talent from (Fernandez R.I.P., Cespedes). I would love to see a baseball game in Cuba. I would love for the doors to be open from Cuba to the U.S. and vice versa. Cuba should be a part of South and Latin America tour itinerary,. I would love for Cuba to be on high speed internet and join us in social networks. The Rolling Stones played in Cuba last year.
We're hearing from Cuban/Americans and want them to feel welcome here, anytime. I also want to hear from Cubans.
Despite the insecurity and uncertainty regarding Castro's death, Castro's brother (Raul) will take over Cuba from here and we're hoping for an open socialized democracy.
Either way, it's up to Cuba to define their countries future, I don't want America involved other than being open to immigration and Cubans being able to come here. All the best down there.
VIDEO BELOW: PBS NEWS HOUR: CUBAN BASEBALLS IMPACT ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (COURTESY OF PBS NEWS HOUR):
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-