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Chapters Twenty-six, Twenty-seven and Twenty-eight: Cuba Today, Summing Up Life and Revolution and After Fidel, What?

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A Spoken Autobiography; - Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet

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Cuba has forged ahead in providing disaster relief around the world. The Henry Reeve Contingent plans to have over 1,000 doctors at the ready to respond to any crisis anywhere in the world. In the area of first aid and under the ALBA principles, Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, over 100,000 Latin Americans will be trained and certified as doctors at no cost to the student.

Cuba's health care system is among the best in the world and certainly in the very top of all of the Americas. Cuba's infant mortality rate rivals that of Canada and the US and the life expectancy is almost as high as Sweden or Japan. When the revolution took over in 1959, the life expectancy in Cuba was 60. There are fifteen doctors today for every doctor that existed in 1959 and these physicians are equitably distributed throughout the country, not amassed in only the richest areas.

Cuba has released tens of thousands of prisoners convicted of sabotage and terrorism against the Cuban people before their sentences had been completed. Cuba returned every single prisoner taken in the Bay of Pigs invasion to the United States. Yet, the man convicted of blowing up a Cuban civilian airplane in 1976, Luis Posada Cariles, remains free in the United States. The United States constantly accuses Cuba of incarcerating political prisoners, yet refuses to acknowledge the thousands inside its own jail system.

Foreign journals, foreign television stations and the entire internet are open to the Cuban people. They can read what the world has to say about Cuba and they can formulate their own opinion. There are local newspapers and other media outlets provided by all the various organs of society including the unions, the armed forces, all government organizations, and many citizen organizations. These groups are not run by media conglomerates and are not forced to print news only favorable to certain owners of their organizations such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in the US as well as other similar organizations around the world.

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President Fidel Castro has personally fought against any and all attempts at a cult of personality settling in and has expressly forbidden any statues, monuments, schools, factories, hospitals, buildings or other artifacts from being erected or named in his honor. While there are many pictures of him in offices around the country, he forbids any official permanent process dedicated to his personage. In fact, he prefers being addressed simply as "Fidel" by the citizenry.

Today, the unilateral, bellicose role that the United States plays on the international stage needs to be curbed for the good of all nations. The United Nations needs to be able to control all of the various members through its current charter and the internationally binding treaties that they have signed. Having a rogue nation loose, especially one that has not only the largest world economy, but owns the world currency and is directly responsible for over half of global military spending, defeats the very purpose of the existence of the United Nations. [aut. note -- while I am completely against any institution founded by the Rockefellers and their cabal, I would agree with Fidel that having a superrogue state roaming free to unleash its tyranny on other nations is even worse].

Cuba throughout the years has been an outspoken critic of injustice wherever it occurs. Cuba was one of the first to send a condemning letter to Saddam Hussein in 1990 denouncing the Iraq invasion of Kuwait. Likewise, Cuba has strongly protested the illegal war in Iraq as well as the torture chamber set up at Guantanamo Bay, a piece of Cuban soil that the US refuses to liberate.

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