Friday, September 10, 2010

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He always meant "exactly the opposite" of what he said
Sept. 10 - Cuban dictator Fidel Castro said Friday that he was misinterpreted when he recently told an American journalist the only truth that he has said in the last 51 years: That the Cuban model doesn't work.
In a speech at the University of Havana that was then broadcast on Cuban TV, Castro said he meant "exactly the opposite" of what was understood by Jeffrey Goldberg, who was interviewing him for The Atlantic.
That's not surprising, Castro said that he was going to allow elections 6 months after gaining power and he meant exactly the opposite; he said he was going to respect human rights and he meant exactly the opposite; he said that he was a democrat and he meant exactly the opposite; he said there would be complete freedom of the press, freedom of reunion and freedom to choose who was going to be president and he meant exactly the opposite; he said there wasn't going to be any more political prisoners in Cuba and he meant exactly the opposite; he said he was going to restore the 1940 Constitution and he meant exactly the opposite; he said that he was not a communist and he meant exactly the opposite; he said that he would offer the Cuban people bread without terror, bread with freedom and he meant exactly the opposite; he said his 'robolution' was green like the palm trees and he meant exactly the opposite; he said that his government would never torture anyone and he meant exactly the opposite; he said that he was a "lover of democracy" and he meant exactly the opposite; he said that "ideas are defended with reasons not arms" and he meant exactly the opposite; he said "arms for what?" and he meant exactly the opposite.
And now, when he finally said something that is true, he says that he meant exactly the opposite.
No one should be surprised.
Cuban riot police with rifles and bayonets sent to a school to quash a protest by foreign students (UPDATED)
Sept. 10 - The Miami Herald has a report on its Friday edition about the incident: A Cuban anti-riot squad, previously unseen but surprisingly well-equipped and with fixed bayonets, quelled a Pakistani student protest in Matanzas, a video of the event shows.
``Our hand will not tremble in the face of violence,'' one Cuban official warns the medical school protesters in the video, broadcast on the Maria Elvira Live program on MegaTV.
The official adds that it's the second protest by the Pakistanis but gives no dates for either, and says 15 leaders of the latest manifestation were to be flown home immediately. Read more at the realcubablog

Sept. 9 - Maria Elvira Live, the TV program hosted by Maria Elvira Salazar on Mega TV, showed these exclusive videos of Castro's riot police entering a school where foreign students, mostly from Pakistan and other Muslim countries, were receiving medical training.
It seems that the medical students were unhappy with the training they were receiving in Cuba, which they considered inferior, and would not provide them with the knowledge require to pass the medical exams when they go back to their own countries.  They were also protesting at the lack of hospital facilities at the University.
The university is the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, (Latin American School of Medicine), located in Jagüey Grande, in Matanzas province.
Since 2007, this school has been used to train students from Muslim countries, the majority of them from Pakistan.
There have been two strikes by Pakistani students, the last one in July of this year when these videos were taken.
The videos show riot police with rifles and bayonets entering the school, and some official yelling that "Our hands will not tremble, we could send all of you to jail."
   
Pong's view: Fidel Castro criticizes Iran over anti-Semitism 
After 51 years, 200,000 deaths and 2,000,000 exiles, Fidel Castro now says Cuban model doesn't work
Sept. 8 - Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba's communist economic model doesn't work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago.
The fact that things are not working efficiently on this cash-strapped Caribbean island is hardly news. Fidel's brother Raul, the country's president, has said the same thing repeatedly. But the blunt assessment by the father of Cuba's 1959 revolution is sure to raise eyebrows.
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