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Mujica praises Fidel Castro as a brilliant man promoter of ideas

Friday, July 26th 2013 - 06:11 UTC
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Uruguayan president Jose Mujica currently in Havana said he had an enlightening conversation with the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro whom he described as “a wise old man who continues to be brilliant” and a ‘promoter of ideas”. Read full article


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  • Boovis

    Yes, I believe Amnesty International would like to meet Mr Castro regarding the implementation of some of his ideas.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 10:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    What about the mass executions in Cuba after the revolution?

    Does the President of Uruguay approve, or not?

    Cuba exports blood, I note, but no vampire was as murderous as Castro.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 10:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Faz

    Was it Castros brilliant ideas that have kept Cubans in poverty for the last 50 years, or am I missing something? Does Mr Mujica wish to emulate Castro? By aligning themselves with such countries SA nations need their heads examined.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SebiMax1

    Look not at the man's ideas, look at what he had done the last 60 years. Any sane person would not want to live in the condition that the Cuban population endures. Certainly Fidel's cheer leader Mr Mujica shows signs of insanity in his ideas.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 12:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    Castro's brilliant idea? Well like all Latins he loves a land grab, and killing people who aren't Latin.

    I know I'll turn Cuba communist, and those stupid yankkes will just give us Florida. Then I'll send over a little boy, and when those Yankees try to do the right thing and reunite him with his father in Cuba, my countryman in Florida will be able to put that idiot George W Bush into office, to send as many yankees as possible to their deaths in the middle-east. That'll teach those yankees to try and promote democracy.

    Castro is a genius, evil genius.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    So the old duffer has taken up gardening in his dotage.

    How nice.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 01:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Pepe, making a complete twat of himself AGAIN.

    But he will be gone in 15 months.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 01:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • wesley mouch

    Castro's brilliant ideas are : totalitarianism, hunger, poverty, prostitution. The sad joke is that the Socialist boobs in Uruguay voted Mujica into power. They were looking for the free lunch, like Obama voters

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Actually # 8, the general consensus was that Obama was voted in each time because the Republicans lacked a viable candidate

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 03:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    Absolutely marvelous . I had doubts about Mujica' s mental sanity . Especially following his magnificent remark about the practical being above the legal . But now I am sure that he insane , or close to it . No way to oust him legally ?

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 03:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    10 Baxter

    I have asked that exact same question.

    Apparently there is a way but I am told it would probably take longer than waiting for the election.

    Mujica has already made enemies of the teachers by stating lies as 'facts', so he is a real communist and fits right in with the Castro imbeciles.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    Puff Puff Pass Mujica!

    The same exact population, with the same history as Cuba lives in Puerto Rico.

    One population was sponsored by statism. The other was sponsored by the U.S.

    The Puerto Ricans have five years more life expectancy. This is even if you don't cast an eye on Cuba's figures (they don't count infant mortality for the first three days!).

    The quality of education higher, food is plentiful, doctors aren't also driving cabs at night, there's no Human Rights Watch vigil, and the people are very very likely happier.

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 12:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Two old windbags patting each other on the back!

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 03:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Dany Berger

    Why Cuba's economic model failed

    First, prior to the 1959 communist revolution, Cuba enjoyed the status of one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America, known for high level of judicial independence and strong protection of private property rights. Not surprisingly, before the revolution, Cuba recorded the highest stock market capitalization of any Latin American countries. The solid level of capital market development was a mere reflection of sound contract enforcement instituted by the judicial protection and the rule of law. When the revolution began, Cuba eliminated all private property rights by collectivization of land and by a complete nationalization of private enterprises. By that time, the very fundamentals of economic development were destroyed.
    Second, Cuban communist leaders looked up to the Soviet Union as a role model of the socialist society. By the time of the revolution, Cuba followed the course of destructive economic policy. It began imposing price controls and the trade with the rest of the world, except for the socialist countries, was ended. In addition, civil and personal liberties vanished under the communist regime. Therefore, Cuban economic model resulted in food shortages, land depletion, massive immigration and frequent oil crises.
    The collapse of the Cuban system was anticipated since every communist nation ended its Marxist economic experiment in the disastrous failure. The ultimate roots of Cuban economic failure lie in the belief of the power of the state to replace free price mechanism and free enterprise system as the coordinator of economic decisions of individuals and firms. The case of Cuba reaffirmed the unprecendent failure and theoretical inconsistency of Marxist economic theory and policy. Cuban political and economic experiment once again showed that socialist political philosophy is based on false and misguided philosophical premises that completely misunderstood the meaning and nature of human liberty.

    Jul 28th, 2013 - 04:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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