Fidel Castro, fully Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

Fidel
Castro, fully Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
1927
2012

Cuban Marxist Politician, One of the primary leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Prime Minister, President of the Council of State of Cuba, President of Council of Ministers, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba

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I am going to tell you what I think about this famous commission.

I have reached the conclusion, a bit late perhaps, that speeches should be short. Known for his three-hour speeches, reportedly shortened them to not more than 90 minutes

I was asked by many citizens whether I was going to respond... We are all going to respond!

In the army of the workers there must be discipline; there must be comradeship, there must be unity; you are the officers of this army, you are the leaders.

Little Elian will get back his country, his family, his school, his schoolmates, his school desk,

Rebuild the Cuban revolution.

For now... get me a New York Times reporter up here.

I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement, but we do not have to say that we are anticommunists just to fawn on foreign powers.

I know that Venezuela is living moments of great expectation and hope. I want to share those hopes with the people of Venezuela.

I was closer to heaven here.

In the four years of your tenure as president, you had the courage to make efforts to change the course of those relations... That is why those of us who were witnesses to that attitude see you with respect.

Meanwhile, the memory of U.S. presidential complicity in assassination plots is very nearly dead. There have been no references, post the Robertson initiative, to the old Special Group ... on the desirability of not spreading knowledge of covert operations any wider than absolutely necessary, if we are to preserve the principal of deniability.

Revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.

For us, it's an honor to be friends with North Korea ... and Iran.

I am not a dictator, and I do not think I will become one. I will not maintain power with a machine gun.

I live and perceive again the details as if everything were happening at this moment,

I will not speak of him as if he were absent, he has not been and he will never be. These are not mere words of consolation. Only those of us who feel it truly and permanently in the depths of our souls can comprehend this. Physical life is ephemeral, it passes inexorably... This truth should be taught to every human being -- that the immortal values of the spirit are above physical life. What sense does life have without these values? What then is it to live? Those who understand this and generously sacrifice their physical life for the sake of good and justice -- how can they die? God is the supreme idea of goodness and justice.

In the Third World, there are 1.3 billion poor people. In other words, one out of every three inhabitants lives in poverty.

Neo-liberalism and globalization and the way they are being implemented today are tantamount to new and sophisticated forms of plundering,

Sometimes I have the impression that our debates are unreal. It's as though the United States didn't exist, as though the empire and its hegemony didn't exist.

Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty.

As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.

Apart from the moral and political damage that this does, what hurts us the most is the idea that one single American citizen could think that from Cuban territory any harm would be waged against them.

And now, suddenly you discover that almost everything is behind you, and that life has its limits.

Also means defying the powerful forces inside and outside our country.

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First Name
Fidel
Last Name
Castro, fully Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
Birth Date
1927
Death Date
2012
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Cuban Marxist Politician, One of the primary leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Prime Minister, President of the Council of State of Cuba, President of Council of Ministers, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba