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    Fidel Castro: U.S. wants Cubans to be slaves

    HAVANA — Fidel Castro again bristled at the Obama administration’s steps toward improving relations with Cuba, writing in a May Day message that the U.S. would like to see Cubans “return to the fold of slaves.”

    The former president’s column was published in official newspapers as Cuba celebrated international worker’s day with a traditional march by hundreds of thousands of people across the sprawling Plaza of the Revolution.

    Castro said he found “some new elements” in the Obama administration, which has eased restriction on travel and money transfers by Americans with family in Cuba.

    “We are carefully studying and observing each of its steps,” he wrote.

    But Castro complained that Washington “is ready to forgive us if we resign ourselves to returning to the fold of slaves who, after tasting liberty, again accept the whip and the yoke.”

    “The adversary should not have any illusion that Cuba will give up,” he wrote.

    Those were the kind of words Castro once would have shouted during an hours-long speech before the start of the May Day procession. But illness has kept him from public view since July 2006 and officials ensured this year’s parade moved along in a businesslike style, ending it after barely two hours.

    Raul Castro, who succeed the ailing, 82-year-old Fidel as president last year, presided over the march in a straw hat and white Guayabera dress shirt instead of his usual army fatigues. He chanted along with the crowd and grinned and waved from a high seating area, but did not give a speech.

    Many Cubans sang and danced — others sweated and simply trudged along — as they followed the carefully controlled parade route through the concrete square where Raul Castro has his office.

    They waved Cuban flags, pictures of the Castro brothers and of revolutionary icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and they hoisted cardboard signs promoting socialism and decrying Washington’s 47-year-old trade embargo against the island.

    Most of the placards thrust skyward repeated decades-old slogans like “Long Live Free Cuba,” and “Socialism or Death,” but some blamed “neo-liberalism” and free-market policies for the global economic crisis and recession.

    Salvador Valdes Mesa, secretary-general of the Cuban Workers Confederation, urged Cubans to be more productive and efficient despite state salaries worth only about $20 per month.

    In addition to allowing unlimited travel and money transfers for Cuban-Americans, the Obama White House has reduced restrictions on telecommunications between the U.S. and Cuba.

    But top U.S. officials say they would like to see some Cuban political and social reforms before exploring normalizing diplomatic relations. Fidel Castro insists that Cuba should make no concessions in return for better U.S. ties.
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    Will this fucker ever die already?

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    Well, there probably are some lunatics in Miami who would like to return Cuba to the "good old days" of the Batista regime. So in that respect, Fidel isn't entirely wrong. But I think this is more of a case of the old bastard still being pissed off at his brother Raul and his apparent willingness to move forward and talk to the US.

    Reality is that both Castro brothers and Poppy Bush will all be dead within the next few years, and at that point (if not before then) the relationship between the US and this island country 90 miles off shore will have to be about something other than the Bay of Pigs, The BCE's long lost sugar plantation profits, and Eisenhower telling Castro to go fuck himself when he asked for help, which drove him directly into the waiting arms of Nikita Kruschev.

    Cuba will likely be in a post-Castro era within the next 5 years, and given the proximity of the country, the US needs to get it right this time.
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    These are the words of an old cold warrior. He knows, as do most of us, that the Iron Curtain was brought down by US culture. He fears, and wisely so, that if his populace is flooded with American culture, they will not be contained. The way we live is a wonder to Cubans.
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    Man, it took him a few weeks to get his rap back together after Obama startled Raul. He has lost a step for sure.
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    The problem is that the ridiculous shitty US embargo gives them an excuse to say they are fighting a war against the might of America.

    Lift the embargo and I think the place will naturally sort itself out over the next 5-10 years.

    The embargo is the only thing giving them political ammo now.
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    We currently have 2 threads attributed to things Sammy Hagar and Fidel Castro have to say......

    Could you find two more irrelevant people on the planet?



    Not counting our own troll population.....
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    Like it or not Castro is still a hero to millions.

    He's definitely still not irrelevant.

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