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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38114953

One of the most malignant influences in world affairs, an inspiration for anti-Western ideology throughout the world, and romanticised by Western media and academic classes. The result was people have been indoctrinated not only to hate their own countries, but view Cuba as some shining example to the world, not at all matched by reality!

The "socialist paradise" is in fact an island prison camp where those who speak out do so at great risk to themselves, families and friends.

In 1989, Castro even lawlessly executed his comrade Arnaldo Ochoa, seen as a threat to his own power:
http://www.cubademocraciayvida.org/web/article.asp?artID=18130

And Putin even called this tyrant a "dear friend":
https://www.yahoo.com/news/putin-wishes-dear-friend-fidel-castro-happy-90th-110045676.html
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I for one am popping some champagne corks to celebrate the world's liberation from that living devil.
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The ABC have been an utter disgrace, as have Livignstone, Juncker and Putin. All seem to be singing the praises of Castro but why is there a surprise?
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I'm always amused by comparing of the treatment in some quarters of Pinochet with that of Castro. The BBC World reporting was nothing like it would have been for Pinochet.
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Say what you will about Pinochet, but Chile today is a well-run, democratic and prosperous country with the lowest levels of corruption in Latin America. Ironic that Castro died on Pinochet's birthday. Haha.

But there is simply nothing worth the loss of political freedom and rule of law. Not in Cuba, China, Iran, Syria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Zimbabwe or wherever. Nothing is worth the loss of freedom and dignity for the sake of ideology, or greed and power.
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Just loving it - Corbyn, Livingstone, Trudeau, Juncker and Putin all shame themselves or rather out themselves by fawning over Castro:
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/736929/Fidel-Castro-Jean-Claude-Juncker-EU-Communist-Dictator-Cuba-Donald-Trump-Jeremy-Corbyn

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/11/26/trudeaueulogies-trends-on-twitter-to-mock-canadian-pms-praise-of-castro/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3974512/Fury-Jeremy-Corbyn-EU-president-Jean-Claude-Juncker-praise-dead-Fidel-Castro-s-heroism.html
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Originally Posted by Rita Panahi
THE death of murderous dictator Fidel Castro has laid bare the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the modern Left.
 
A man who imprisoned, tortured and murdered scores of his own citizens, stripped millions more of their liberties and livelihoods, sent homosexuals to internment camps, sponsored terrorism abroad and advocated the use of nuclear weapons has been lauded as some romantic social justice warrior.
 
The ABC and BBC were among the mainstream media to paint Castro as a noble leader, ignoring the fact that his death caused spontaneous celebrations by generations of expat Cubans who fled their country to escape the dictator’s brutal rule.
 
It wasn’t just post-truth journalists and activists who wept for a man who killed with impunity and condemned millions to poverty. The praise also came from those who should know better: political leaders who you’d expect would unequivocally condemn a tyrannical despot who ruled Cuba for almost 50 years before handing power to his murderous brother Raul, whose own history of human rights abuses could fill a column.
 
Canada’s Leftist leader Justin Trudeau turned himself into a global laughing stock with wild rationalisations about the “larger than life” dictator in a eulogy.
 
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest-serving president,” Trudeau said in a statement.
 
“A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
 
“While a controversial figure, both Mr Castro’s supporters and detractors recognised his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el comandante’.”
 
I doubt those whose families were terrorised by Castro’s sadistic henchmen, including dozens of civilians whose blood was drained until their bodies were in a state of paralysis, would recognise his “love for the Cuban people”.
 
It’s also doubtful that the almost one-in-five Cubans forced into exile by Castro’s tyranny have “a deep and lasting affection” for him.
 
Trudeau’s determination to extol a murderous tyrant led to social media mockery with the #TrudeauEuologies hashtag where the likes of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Genghis Khan were given the treatment in having their brutality overlooked and their achievements magnified.
 
Closer to home, veteran Labor Senator Kim Carr jumped in with his own idiotic praise of a mass killer: “Vale Fidel Castro, extraordinary 20th century figure, survived 50-year embargo & 638 CIA attempts on life using ex-lovers & Mafia gangsters,” Carr tweeted.
 
So, we have a Labor MP openly lionising a man who tortured and killed his political opponents.
 
The Left’s willingness to overlook vast human rights abuses of those they are ideologically aligned with speaks of a vacuous lack of principles.
 
The same folk who label Donald Trump a dangerous homophobe are mourning the death of a man who rounded up homosexuals and put them in forced labour camps.
 
If you can’t unambiguously condemn a mass murderer who lined the pockets of his own family as his people suffered in poverty, then it’s time to question your values. One can only wonder at the motivations of those who uncritically accept the lies Castro’s communist regime fed the world about living standards, healthcare, literacy and life in Cuba.
 
Along with Trudeau, British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker were also derided for their glowing assessment of a dictator they hailed as a “hero” and champion of social justice. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also disgraced himself with effusive praise for Castro.
 
“He was a strong voice for social justice in global discussions at the UN General Assembly and international and regional forums,” Ban said of a man who supported despot regimes around the world.
 
I guess we should no longer be surprised by the UN, after all this is a body that has Saudi Arabia — a country that tortures and kills bloggers, adulterers and sorcerers — sit on its Human Rights Council.
 
You expect Castro to be celebrated by the likes of Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, who were all glowing in their admiration of a fellow tyrant. But you should expect better from “progressive” politicians who supposedly value freedom, human rights and democracy.
 
As well as exploiting and oppressing millions of Cubans, Castro’s regime killed thousands and is responsible for thousands more who died at sea trying to flee his ruthless rule.
 
Tens of thousands braved shark-infested waters in tiny boats to escape Castro’s Cuba.
 
It’s little wonder that Cuban expats were dancing in the streets at the news of Castro’s death.
 
Among them was teacher Pablo Arencibia, who fled Cuba 20 years ago: “Satan is now the one who has to worry … Fidel is heading there and is going to try to get his job.”
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Peter Hitchens on Castro:

http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2016/11/fidel-castro-was-a-monster-not-a-rock-star-or-a-liberator-or-a-hero.html

http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2016/11/ten-years-too-soon-my-2006-obituary-of-fidel-castro.html
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I'm not the only one who's been revelling in seeing all the Left fawning and the ridicule Justin Trudeau has copped for his own sycophancy. You expect someone like Putin to be in love with Castro, but Trudeau as a supposedly "democratic" leader. Actually it makes sense, he is every inch his father's son, and Pierre Trudeau was an utter disgrace.
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Trump and Abbott shame Trudeau, Putin and Juncker:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/foreign-affairs/tony-abbott-lines-up-to-condemn-fidel-castro-fans/news-story/11b589df427513d50aecca701f0eae73?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=TheAustralian&utm_medium=Twitter
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The Left’s latest descent into cluelessness, sanctimony and hypocrisy unfolded like a tedious but impeccably timed bit of synchronised swimming. After Donald Trump’s win, some on the Left remonstrated about a “post-truth” era where impertinent readers and voters ignore the mainstream media. Then when Cuban leader Fidel Castro died, many on the Left soliloquised about a romantic era of revolutionary leadership, neatly proving that post-truth labels better suit their own factually compromised postures.
 
Last week CNN’s Christiane Amanpour beamed about this new phrase finding a home in the Oxford English Dictionary as the word of 2016. “Post-truth” explained the rise of Trump, she said, as the candidate did a savvy end run around the mainstream media, a very American football term where a footballer runs with the ball outflanking the defensive line. How dare Trump and his supporters outmanoeuvre the defensive line of media pundits rooting for Hillary Clinton.
 
Rather than coining phrases, the media would do better lifting its game after its shoddy failure to explore the reasons for Trump’s rise. Alas, the second-rate reporting of Castro only confirms why Amanpour and her media confreres should expect more people doing plenty more end runs around her kind of media.
 
With the Left’s post-truth accusations in mind, look at how our taxes are being spent at the national broadcaster following Castro’s death. On Sunday, the ABC News website carried one piece by Mark Beeson asking “How will the Cuban leader be remembered?” The University of Western Australia professor mentioned unresolved debates and a dirt-poor Third World country creating a medical and education system. “Not bad for a country that has laboured under American sanctions,” he wrote. Alas, he didn’t mention the thousands of dissidents murdered by Castro’s authoritarian communist regime.
 
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation estimates 73,000 were killed since Castro came to power in 1959. The professor didn’t mention the thousands more political prisoners thrown into jails for dissenting views, or the extrajudicial executions, or the homosexuals and priests sent to re-education camps. Or the flight of hundreds of thousands of Cubans to America to escape Castro’s repressive communist regime, which stifles freedom of expression and association. Or that Cuban migration is one-way, away from Cuba.
 
On ABC’s Sunday Insiders program, the couch pundits joked over failed CIA assassination attempts against Castro but said nothing about Castro’s 50-year persecution of dissidents. Then again, the ABC is hardly home to divergent views either. Early Monday morning, ABC News Radio ran a continual news stream about the death of a “revolutionary leader” with nothing to say about the evils of that leader.
 
Barely a month ago, the ABC was keen to air Amnesty International’s latest report into the island of Nauru. But Aunty’s go-to-group and its latest report into another island, Cuba, was not mentioned when Castro died.
 
Instead, on Monday morning, Fran Kelly on Radio National talked to an AP journalist and then wanted to keep talking about failed assassination attempts against Castro.
 
She asked former CIA operative Brian Latell “was Fidel Castro’s survival the CIA’s biggest failure?” Not content with Latell’s observation about the myths surrounding assassination attempts, Kelly persisted with exploding cigars and mollusc bombs: “Sounds like a Get Smart movie,” she quip­ped. Though Latell suggested they talk “about something more serious”, Kelly didn’t show much interest in executions and the regime’s total control over dissidents. Had Kelly used the ABC’s premier news and current affairs radio platform to speak with someone from Amnesty International about its latest annual report into Cuba, her audience could have learned the totalitarian state established by Castro continues today with brutal restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and movement.
 
Listeners would have been informed about the thousands of reported cases of harassment of government critics and arbitrary arrests and detentions.
 
Alternatively, had Kelly interviewed someone from Human Rights Watch, another ABC favourite in any other circumstances, the radio host might have explored HRW’s statement following Castro’s death that “Castro built a repressive system that punished virtually all forms of dissent, a dark legacy that lives on even after his death”. We might have been informed by the taxpayerfunded broadcaster that Castro’s repression was “codified by law and enforced by security forces, groups of civilian sympathisers tied to the state and a judiciary that lacked independence”. We could have learned that “many of the abusive tactics developed during (Castro’s) time in power — including surveillance, beatings, arbitrary detention, and public acts of repudiation — are still used by the Cuban government”. Kelly might have delved into the 2009 HRW report after Castro handed power to his brother Raul, New Castro, Same Cuba: Political Prisoners in the Post-Fidel Era.
 
The next time a taxpayer-funded snob at the ABC talks about the dumbing down of commercial news, remember that listeners looking to learn about Castro from the ABC’s premier news and current affairs radio timeslot on Monday were treated to Kelly’s fondness for assassination myths and Get Smart.
 
In the Left’s own post-truth world, inconvenient facts that challenge their penchant for socialism are simply ignored. This, despite legislative duties under the ABC Act that require the national broadcaster to gather and present “news and information (that) is accurate and impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism”. Taxpayers demand more than the ABC’s perverted balance sheet of human rights that romanticises a murderous communist dictator as a “revolutionary leader” but harangues a democratically elected Australian prime minister for the offshore processing of asylum-seekers.
 
Indeed, Castro’s death has laid bare the moral bankruptcy of the broader Left. You don’t have to watch Hollywood’s latest instalment of dystopian fiction. Just read the dystopian eulogising of Castro by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he was saddened by the death of Cuba’s longest serving president. Serving the longest is a cinch when you control the military and the judiciary and there are no elections. Trudeau embarrassed himself further, describing Castro as “a revolutionary leader and orator (who) made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island”. Yes, and under Mussolini the trains ran on time and Stalin granted divorce rights to women. Or the President of Ireland: “Castro will be remembered as a giant among global leaders whose view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet.” Is the chap from Limerick kidding? At least President Barack Obama only passed on condolences.
 
Next time post-truth pontificators remonstrate about voters doing an end run around their kind of media, remember it was Trump who, in a statement on Sunday, pointed out that Castro oppressed his people for more than five decades. “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” he said.
 
Alas, there’s nothing very original about the Left’s “post-truth” postulations. A decade ago, Merriam-Webster dictionary chose “truthiness” as its word of the year. It means the same, making a decision on a gut feeling rather than on facts. Back then, the Left described those they disagreed with as suffering from “truthiness”. Now the Left uses “post-truth” to denigrate those who dare to differ with the mainstream media. Different catchwords that keep catching out the deluded Left.
 
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Nigel Farage has his say:
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Time for a counterrevolution in our church against Pope Francis:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/27/pope-francis-sends-telegram-over-sad-news-castro-death/
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What would you expect the Pope to say, David? 'I'm glad the wicked monster your brother is dead, I just hope he suffered lots from his deteriorating health first?' That's what I think, that's what you think, but even if the Pope thinks it too, which I doubt (though purely due to his Christian charity, not anything more sinister/foolish), he's never going to say it. What is quoted is just an anodyne, formal message of condolence, with no praise for or affirmation of any legacy, which some other world leaders have disgracefully provided. I really don't think your counter-revolution has too much of a rallying cry there.

Loathsome as president-elect Trump seems to me, his responses to the murderous tyrant's death have been spot-on, sober and restrained but unambiguously condemnatory. It's unfortunate that nothing else he has done in the transition period to date has shown the same dignity and perception. Or indeed any dignity or perception. Still, it's another straw to grasp at I suppose. The Pope could never either have ignored the event or responded in the same style, but he has done nothing beyond the bare minimum diplomatic courtesy requires, and if you want yet another stick to beat him with I suggest you need to look further afield.
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I agree with Peter.  I don't know what else the Pope was expected to say at the death of a former head of state of a country with a large Catholic population.  He's the head of a major world religion, not a politician.  I think his statement was completely correct and in the right tone.  This is hardly a reason for "counterrevolution" in the church to remove the Pope.  I always thought you were more traditional than that David.  Surely you're not letting those Jacobin Protestant anti-Papists at Breitbart convince you to take pitchforks to the Chair of St. Peter are you? [nono]  Do the traditional Catholic thing David and just wait for the Pope to leave the Papacy in the manner of either of his two immediate predecessors.

I loathed Fidel Castro, but I find the celebrations of his death on the streets of Miami to be rather ghoulish and in very bad taste.  He's dead, but nothing in Cuba has changed. These people should stop wasting their time on such silliness and work to free Cuba from communism, not just from Fidel Castro.

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