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Castro calls for a 'civilized relationship'; apologizes to Obama and condemns ten previous US presidents

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:46 UTC
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Cuban President Raul Castro was received with a standing ovation as he readied to address the VII Summit of the Americas, held in Panama City, in a historic presentation. The Caribbean leader stressed the importance of the rapprochement with the United States but questioned the US policy towards Venezuela. Read full article

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  • Englander

    Mr Castro showed good grace by apologising. Mrs Kirchner could learn a lot from him but as she will be gone soon it doesn't really matter.

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 09:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    “I apologize to President Obama for having expressed myself like that. I apologize because Obama does not have responsibility for that policy; the 10 presidents before him do. Everyone owes us, except for President Obama,”

    Responsibility? Nothing to do with Russian IRBMs then? Here's a few tips, Castro. You seem to be nearly as thick as your Auntie Alicia. Be grateful. Be very, very grateful. The embargo could resume any time. Think of yourself as being on probation.

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • owl61

    Which came first? Bay of Pigs or invitation to USSR to IRBMs? US policy towards Cuba was as immorally bellicose as US policy towards Vietnam. The US tried to overthrow the government of Cuba by force. The designation by the US that Cuba is a state sponsor of terror (with attendant sanctions) is soul witheringly ironic.
    Why wouldn't Cuba align itself with the USSR, a world power that had a government friendly (and generous) to it? The “my country, right or wrong” mentality of most “Americans” is a product of US corporate capitalist propaganda. Most people in the USA can't even define Communism/Socialism, but have been brain washed into abhorring it without even recognizing that their own system has aspects of Socialism, e.g Medicare, Social Security, etc.

    The disparity in the distribution of wealth in the US is criminal to anyone with a sane sense of justice and morals. Both the Pope and Castro have now joined with many prominent economists around the world in denouncing the current
    state of affairs in the US. Raise taxes on the wealthy!!

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Owl, maybe you should take a look at what Socialism/Communism has done to Millions of people in history. It has killed more people than all the world wars combined.

    You're a silly creature.

    The wealth disparity in the USA is the same as it always has been. The recent news is merely the left skewing stats to support their latest talking points.
    It is meaningless and not worthy of discussion.

    I am happy “Bolivarian Socialist” is destroying peoples lives. I couldn't ask for a better end to the idiotic “we are all Chavez” nonsense.
    Maybe if enough people die they'll figure out there is no better economic model than the free market capitalist model.

    Congratulations To Venezuela's Bolivarian Socialism; 200% Inflation Is An Achievement
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    This isn’t perhaps the sort of thing that we normally congratulate people on, managing to so entirely screw up a national economy so as to generate 200% annual inflation. But we really should give credit where such credit is due. It is an achievement to manage to follow economic policies that blockheaded so, in the spirit of being entirely fair, congratulations to Venezuela’s Bolivarian socialism. It’s worth noting further that the reason for this stunning success of theirs is not because they’re a bit left wing, nor because they’ve tried to make the lives of the poor a bit better. It’s because they’ve ignored the most important rule of trying to run an economy, they’ve failed to understand that markets really do work. Something that we all need to recall in our own countries as various people tell us that we’ve got to excise market forces from one or another part of our own economies. There’s ways to deal with the effects that we don’t want from market forces: but ignoring or trying to abolish them leads to, well, to success like that that Venezualan Bolivarian socialism is currently experiencing.

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 03:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    apologizes to Obama and condemns ten previous US presidents

    1, should Obama be happy or shocked,
    no doubt he will grin all the way back to the USA,

    but one has to say, that the insult to the other 10, should be answered for.

    just my opinion.

    Apr 12th, 2015 - 07:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @3. How's your grasp of events and history? The Cuban Revolution of 1952 to 1959 had forced President Fulgencio Batista, an ally of the United States, into exile. He was replaced by the Communist movement led by Castro, which severed the country's formerly strong links with the US after expropriating the assets of US corporations—and developing links with the Soviet Union, with whom, at the time, the United States was engaged in the Cold War. Got a date for Castro asking the soviets for missiles? Note that it was 1961 when Khruschev decided to agree Castro's request for missiles. So you tell us. Which came first? The US enabling exiled Cubans to try to recover their country or Castro asking for nuclear missiles?

    I'm afraid that quoting Marxist-Leninist propaganda doesn't help your case. Why would a responsible Cuban government suddenly ally itself with soviets that had demonstrated how untrustworthy they were from June 1941. Changing sides and occupying part of Poland, deportation of Poles, abandonment of the Poles during the Warsaw Uprising, the Cold War, the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Hungarian Revolution. Get the picture?

    You're too parochial.

    Apr 14th, 2015 - 06:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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