Fidel Castro: Friend to the Caribbean and Anti-Imperialist Hero

Reproduced from Caribbean Trade Law and Development Website

Fidel Castro dead at 90 years old

Former Cuban President and leader of the 1959  Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, took leave of this earthly realm on November 25, 2016 at the age of 90. Coincidentally, his passing took place on the anniversary of the Granma’s departure from Mexico in 1959 to liberate Cuba. Despite the prevailing Washington narrative of […]

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  • @ Chad9999

    Are you sure that Fidel Castro only had a 4 bedroom average house?

    Castro kept 20 luxurious properties throughout the Caribbean nation, including his own island, accessed via a yacht decorated entirely in exotic wood imported from Angola, Sanchez wrote while the Cuban people starved.

    Taking control of Cuba on New Year’s Day 1959, after his guerrilla army routed the quarter-century-long dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, Castro vowed that unlike his hated predecessor, he’d share the nation’s wealth with its poorest citizens.


  • “Taking control of Cuba on New Year’s Day 1959, after his guerrilla army routed the quarter-century-long dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista,”

    Another Myth- Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a Cuban army officer who rose to the presidency on two occasions, from 1940-1944 and 1952-1958- What quarter century long dictatorship you talking about.

    “Castro vowed that unlike his hated predecessor, he’d share the nation’s wealth with its poorest citizens.”

    I challenge you Mr Chadd to point out to me where after 60 years of unchallenged rule that this has really happened.


  • “David November 26, 2016 at 7:37 PM #

    Castro the revolutionary.”

    So is President Mugabe.


  • ‘chad99999 November 26, 2016 at 9:53 PM #


    The reason Castro ruled with an iron fist is that his enemies were as ruthless as he was. The dispossession of Cuba’s elites was a good thing because the resources transferred to the poor relieved their suffering.”
    I ask again if the lives of the poor except for free education and health have improved for the better since the revolution.


  • Here is a comment made by Hector Soris to a Daily Mail column about Fidel Castro:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for exposing the jailer of my father and so many others for exposing the Fidel Castro that I knew the despot demagog and bloodthirsty tirant as many such as our own presiident Obama and many others that have fallen under the spell of this dictator trying and downplay his criminal carreer and empire is just simply insulting to those who shed blood under one of the most brutal regimes not quite known in history but I lived it as a child I met my father when I was 5 yrs old since he was condenm to 40 yrs of prison in Isla de Pino so much were the mind and phisycal torture as to he was submited that while living in a free country after his release from prison he commited suicide by hanging himself those are my thoughts and memories of what the some leaders of the free world call him President thank you again for this article

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  • Justin Trudeau under pressure for referring to Castro as a remarkable leader.


  • @ David,

    Trudeau’s father was a friend of Castro. Like father like son.


  • “Canada-Cuba relations can be traced back to the 18th century, when vessels from the Atlantic provinces of Canada traded codfish and beer for rum and sugar. Cuba was the first country in the Caribbean selected by Canada to locate a diplomatic mission and official diplomatic relations were established in 1945, when Emile Vaillancourt, a noted writer and historian, was designated Canada’s representative in Cuba. Canada and Mexico were the only two countries in the hemisphere not to break relations with Cuba in the years that followed the Cuban revolution in 1959.”


  • @Hants

    It seems Justin is being an honest politician.


  • PE Trudeau was an ideologist. He likely would have preferred visionary. However listening to Dr. Beckles speech made me think of him, for he was known for the “Just Society”


  • “Whatever his faults, his heart was in the right place. His failings were outweighed by his achievements. For us in the Caribbean, Castro’s Cuba will always be a symbol of anti-imperialist strength. His friendship to the Caribbean region and to other nations of the Global South will always be remembered. His death leaves an unfillable void, but his legacy is indelible. I express my empathy and solidarity with the Cuban people as they endure these days (and years) of mourning.”

    I express my sympathy as well with that small group of Cuban people and sycophants who would have benefitted from their association with the regime and do hope that with his passing the ideals which he purportedly fought for would be eventually brought to fruition and the broad masses of the Cuban people would be able to enjoy an experience the meaning of true liberation where they would be able to congregate and socialise and criticize their rulers without fear and intimidation and have the wherewithal to enjoy the fruits of their labour and education.


    In my view, the facts do not subscribe to your notion that that Cuba under Mr Castro was a symbol of anti-imperialist strength and his friendship to the Caribbean region and to other nations of the Global South will always be remembered and that his death leaves an indelible void.”

    The facts would indicate that Mr Castro was a puppet of the USSSR with his unbridled support for the Russian invasion and suppression Of Czechoslovakia and murder of its leader Alexander Dubcek. In addition, the economy of his country was totally dependent on Moscow for substantial aid and propped up by sheltered markets with Moscow paying 11 times the world market price for sugar until the collapse of the Soviet Union which triggered a rapid depression in Cuba from which they have not recovered up to now because of poor planning and their inability to transform the system. Remember that when Cuba was flying high with the towering Soviet embassy as a sign of power on their soil and SAM missiles on our doorstep and preaching belligerence against their removal and trying to export revolution throughout Latin America that they had little interest in the Caribbean until the end of communism in Europe which resulted in the thawing of Cuban-Soviet relations which saw the withdrawal of this substantial aid on which Cuba was totally dependent.


  • Anonymouse - TheGazer

    I find it interesting that Cuba was actively involved in the struggle against apartheid and sent many doctors to impoverished nations of Africa.

    Most Caribbean governments paid lip service to the struggle , just words accompanied with few symbolic actions.

    Some here would speak ill of medicine in Cuba but their words tare strongly refuted by the existence of medical tourism in Cuba.

    But we have always boosted ourselves by trying to pull others down (Americans are stupid) and then claiming we are punching above our weight. Even when there is no need, some of us will always sing for our supper. Such is our nature.

    Mayhe RIP.


  • “David November 26, 2016 at 10:00 PM #


    Are you saying the! Trade embargo would not have contributed to Cuba’s poorer economic state?”

    No it is a hoax. Over one hundred and seventy- six countries trade or traded with Cuba embargo or no embargo and strikingly the USA is reported to be Cuba’s fourth largest trading partner. It is bad management by a group of out of touch with reality old men bolstered by antiquated ideas with a lust for power.


  • @ Charles Skeete
    You are losing your balance.
    Do you think that US sanctions only mean a loss of official trade with the USA…?
    How do you then explain the impact on Iran, Libya, and the USSR itself?

    Everyone KNOWS that the USA, behind the scenes, threaten, brow-beat, and cajole other nations to support their sanctions – and even when allowed, the resulting trade is designed to frustrate the business of the victim. (for example they would encourage the sale of tractors and then ensure that vital spare parts cannot be assessed)

    Castro was a man among men.


  • Castro was an Evil man among men. Holding his people as political hostage in defiance to their human rights of liberty and the pursuit of happinnes
    His exit would not be missed by those who stood in long lines waiting for his daily rations of foods or those who are living in exile having to flee his tyrannical rule or even those warehoused in his dungeons call prison .
    As one listened to the sanctimonious espisode of good will heaped on Castro by some in leadership it makes on reflect on the many comments of Martin Luther King and his struggles for human rights a goal that he fought to the bitter end a struggle that most leaders might have forgotten as they stand on line heaping unadulterated praises on this world reknowned architect of evilness


  • It is interesting to note that most Caribbean people (including regional leaders) are/have been sympathetic to the Cuba revolution. It is West Indians who have transplanted to the developed countries who are in the main expressing anti Castro sentiment.


  • “Castro was a man among men.”

    So are you Bushie- so are you-


  • No David.
    I am not anti-Castro, but where are the black Cubans?


  • Truth,
    What do you know about the objectivity of the Daily Mail?


  • @Hal

    Where are the Black Bajans? Stated against a background that 5% of the wealth is said to be controlled by minority interest.

    On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 3:51 PM, Barbados Underground wrote:



  • @ Charles Skeete
    “Castro was a man among men.”
    So are you Bushie- so are you-
    Yuh got THAT right Charlie… 🙂
    What a difference a little ‘adoption’ can mean…


  • It is interesting that all the so called West Indian leaders sympathetic of Castro revolution never lift a finger to help him in his cause but in the same breath never shy away from begging bread at the imperalist doors


  • Castro was a murderer,communist and disgusting excuse for a leader. The accolades that idiots are touting about his health care was to earn foreign exchange, Cubans did not benefit from it. Cubans are still living in deplorable conditions. May he rot in hell.


  • one of the best lines this year about Well Well’s boyfriend trudeau after his speech on castro’s death by fox pundit …..”that turd is so stupid that he could play quaterback for the san francisco 49s “


  • Joe "Bobby" Alleyne

    Castro was a man among men.”

    Castro was a goon with a squeaky voice, a man of unremarkable cognitive capacity afflicted by a messiah complex, who believed that things could happen simply because he willed them to be. Batista was a motherphukka, of course, and had to be put out of business, but he didn’t have to be replaced by the very embodiment of the the clichéd stereotype of a Latin American dictator.

    An inevitable outcome of enforcing a nationwide economic agenda that is inimical to human nature is that it will entail massive social engineering and the criminalization if independent thought.

    Every aspect of every Cuban’s existence had to be controled and surveilled by an all-pervasive state security apparatus that ranged from government ministers to the barely literate boys on the block in the committees for the defense of the revolution. It is a perennial feature of every pissant third-world tyranny that it gives every imbecile ant a hill from which to piss on others.


  • Charles Skeete, and those who vilify Fiedl Castro:
    Before you follow the ignorant people; like Trump, who know the history of Cuba only after 1959, I suggest that you go further back in time to the era before the Revolution. I suggest you go back to the istroey of Cuba during the time of slavery of the Cuban people and their suffering that galvanized people like Jose Marti; whose works inspired Castro, and read of the conditions that existed even before the installation of dictators like Batista. Read about the conditions that caused Cuba to be referred to as the WHOREHOUSE of the United States. Read about the rate of illiteracy that existed, and the health conditions, and esspedted life span of the ordinary Cubans. Read of the living conditions of the people that inspired Fidel Castro, to take up their cause; as a lawyer defending the rights of the poor, prior to his first attempt to overthrow Batists; the stooge of the Mafia from the U.S. Read of the struggle against Batista’s army before he fled the country, when Castro’s men came down from the mountains. Read of the refusal by the United States oil company (Esso) to refine Cuban crude oil. (Naturally Castro nationalized it) Read about the refusal of the American sugar companies (All American owned) to process and refine Cuban sugar cane; the lifeblood of the country, (naturally he nationalized them too) Read about the embargo the American government put on the country; naturally he turned to Russia, but because everything in the country worked using American parts, the embargo meant that nothing could be replaced,except with tremendous difficulty, if at all. That is why the economy collapsed. The embargo was not only with regard to replacement parts, the embargo was extended to companies in other countries, trading with the U.S. and their executives. This embargo is still in effect;after more than fifty years, and even though President Obama tried his best, all his good works will be nullified by the Republicans, now that Trump is their spokesman. The embargo will never be lifted. But more people from over the world, who no longer fear the United States will rally to the cause of the Cuban people; not those who abandoned the country, because they could afford to leave, but those who stayed and rebuilt their country; those who followed Castro’s admonishment that “each one
    {should} teach one; the method for battling the 85% literacy rate that existed at the time of the revolution. that was reversed in about three years by the methods employed. Every university student attending an institution of higher learning was required to halt studying and go into the countryside, and teach their fellow man. Health and Education were the sections of the economy that were never denied funding. Scholarships were offered to every caribbean country for their people to study in Cuba; in all fields, Even though the Cuban economy had difficulties, these were full scholarships, even to study medicine. I could go on and on, about the good things the Cuban people have done for the Caribbean. The four major political figures in the Caribbean at the time :Burnam, Barrow, Manley, and Eric Williams, defied the U.S. and welcomed Cuba to the OAS, even though it raised the ire of the U.S. who fought to deny Cuba membership


  • Alvin there is nothing about Cuba that you can tell me. I might be ignorant as you imply like Trump but not like you that ignorant not to recognize truth from fiction. The history of Cuba is a history of revolution and corruption was not unique to Cuba when Mr Castro took power but only the naïve would conclude that the ideals Mr Castro and his band of rebels fought for have been achieved and that what little has been achieved has been on the backs of those same people the revolution intended to liberate but were instead oppressed.

    “The four major political figures in the Caribbean at the time :Burnam, Barrow, Manley, and Eric Williams, defied the U.S. and welcomed Cuba to the OAS, even though it raised the ire of the U.S. who fought to deny Cuba membership”

    Yes Mr Burnham for his own ends to wit be a player in the non-aligned movement in which Mr Jagan was highly respected inveigled the others to write their names on history’s page by voting for Cuba’s inclusion even though Barbados had six months prior voted for Cuba’s exclusion.

    And the talk about raising the ire of the USA is pure imaginative folly. Was the ire of the USA raised when Barbados refused to sign the ship rider agreement? Did they break off diplomatic relations? did they recall their Ambassador? Did they close the embassy? did they round up undocumented Barbadian citizens and repatriate them ? Raised the ire of the USA what? you are a real dreamer.


  • @Hal Austin

    In your effort to be critical of Daily Mail as a source highlighted I also quoted both US and Guyana articles.

    None of the armchair jackasses who have put Fidel Castro on a pedal have lived in Cuba but know it all better than his former associates who had seen first hand the truth.

    Fidel Castro is no different to the Dictator in North Korea where people cannot speak freely, use the Internet freely in their comments without the fear of being informed and jailed.

    In Cuba or North Korea there would be no Barbados Underground.

    In North Korea there is free healthcare, free education, free state issued food rations, North Koreans being arrested if trying to travel out the country and sent to prison camps or death.

    The only difference between the two countries is one is in the Caribbean and the other Asia.


  • Truth

    Ever heard of Jose Figueres Ferrer? He was a former President of Costa Rica and while far from perfect left his country very much better than Castro has left his.


  • Fidel Castro is the only world leader who sent 57,000 thousand soldiers to Angola, Southern Africa to liberate Black people, with no intent to steal resources.

    And in the Battle of Quito Carnevale ‘repelled’ the South African armies leading to the end of Apartheid and freeing the countries of that region from Western supported racism over the majority population.

    This was just not a defeat of South Africa but all their Western imperialist supporters, who gave them nuclear weapons to kill Black people.

    So anybody who wants to criticize Fidel for anything when the He was able to change history while under the most vicious, half century old, total, blockade of Uncle Sam.

    Nobody, hithertofore, no nation has ever mobilized a national army to save Black people. In post modern times.

    And some brassbowls here are going to tell us that we should cruse God, Fidel Castro.

    We say F**K-off to those who would!


  • Truth,
    I spent 14 yrs working at the Daily Mail as a reporter. Some of my best friends still work for the DM.


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