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Fidel Castro Is Less Than Impressed With Obama’s Cuba Visit

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Retired Cuban President Fidel Castro isn’t pleased with President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba, insisting “we don’t need the empire to give us anything.”

Castro’s Monday op-ed in the Cuban Communist Party’s official newspaper Granma, titled “The Brother Obama,” is a long-winded tirade about comments Obama made during his three-day trip to meet with President Raul Castro and tour Cuba in March.

Castro is critical of Obama stating Cuba was built by slave labor, saying there are also “native populations which in Obama’s mind, don’t exist.” He proudly declares racism and discrimination were “swept away” in Cuba after “the Revolution.”

Castro bemoans the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, which he calls a “Pro-Yankee assault brigade,” stating that “nothing can justify this premeditated attack that cost our country hundreds of dead and wounded.”

The U.S., says Castro, is also responsible for the failures of deceased Argentine Marxist Che Guevara who failed in radicalizing Angola. Castro instead attributes the failure to the “military experience and power of this country [the U.S.].”

Towards the end of his piece, Castro rejects Obama’s message of “forgetting about the past and looking to the future.”

“What about those that died in mercenary attacks on Cuban ships and ports,” Castro says. “An airplane filled with people which is made to crash mid-flight, mercenary invasions, multiple acts of violence and force?”

Castro concludes by dismissing the well-documented food shortages Cuba experienced after the fall of the Soviet Union. “We are able to produce food and material wealth we need the effort and intelligence of our people,” he says, closing his piece by calling for “compromise with peace and fraternity with all human beings that live on this planet.”

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