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Fidel Castro Surfaces to Criticize Obama

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Posted on Sep 27, 2011
Avinash Kunnath (CC-BY)

Barack Obama’s recent U.N. speech on “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world” failed to impress Fidel Castro, who, in a newspaper column, called the text “gibberish” and asked, “Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?”

Obama spoke on the U.S.-sponsored campaign of regime change in Libya, although he wouldn’t use those words. Castro is personally acquainted with such things and, needless to say, is not fond of the idea that the U.S. should help choose the leaders of other countries.

In his remarks, Obama attempted to explain why the United States might veto the Palestinians’ request for statehood even though Obama himself expressed his support for a Palestinian state last year. “I believed then, and I believe now, that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own,” said Obama. “But what I also said is that a genuine peace can only be realized between the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves.” He would later add: “There are no shortcuts.”

Castro isn’t buying it.  —PZS

BBC:

Quoting extensively from Mr Obama’s speech last week to the UN General Assembly, Mr Castro said the US leader was trying to “explain the inexplicable and justify the unjustifiable”.

“Who understands this gibberish of the president of the United States before the General Assembly?” Mr Castro wrote.

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By A. Benway, September 28, 2011 at 8:24 am Link to this comment
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The old man, el comandante, has seen ‘em come and he has seen ‘em go. He’s not a saint, but his opinion is worth taking in. “gibberish” is polite. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what he really called that speech…  google “granma” to read his opinion.

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By RDNZL, September 28, 2011 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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I am happy to see that you are doing well, Mr. Castro.  Take care of yourself.

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By blogdog, September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

This ... Nato allies on Libya as “a monstrous crime”. won’t be much
republished and it’s amazing the BBC didn’t edit it - other news grudgingly
reported:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
http://globalciviliansforpeace.com/
by Tony Cartalucci

The Associated Press reluctantly reported that Libya’s rebels began withdrawing
from their front at Bani Walid, approximately 85 miles southeast of Tripoli.
After weeks of humiliating defeat at the hands of the city’s residents and
despite merciless terror bombing from NATO, the city’s residents have
prevailed in collapsing the offensive, after numerous, and verifiably ridiculous
claims by the rebel forces that the town had “surrendered” to them already.

The AP article titled, “Libyans with no leadership quit Bani Walid front,” has
been quietly buried in the news, along with all other reports regarding Bani
Walid, with NATO and the rebels instead focusing unmitigated atrocities against
the more accessible coastal city of Sirte. The Oman Tribune reported that
Libyan rebel commanders conceded much of the resistance they have been
meeting in Sirte and Bani Walid is coming not from the Libyan army, but from
city residents themselves. This seriously undermines NATO, UN, US, UK, British,
French and Qatari claims that the so-called “National Transitional Council
(NTC)” actually represents the Libyan people or that their mission is aimed at
protecting “civilians” who are quite clearly disinterested in joining the
“revolution,” and instead have found it necessary to protect themselves from
both it, and NATO.

_________________

Tuareg tribes clash with new Libyan forces: sources
Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:10am GMT
By William Maclean and Lamine Chikhi

TRIPOLI/ALGIERS (Reuters) – Tuareg tribesmen fought skirmishes at the
weekend with armed groups affiliated to Libya’s interim government, two
sources with local contacts told Reuters, a clash that highlighted the challenges
Libya’s new rulers face in winning over fractious tribes.

Tuaregs, nomads who roam the desert spanning the borders of Libya and its
neighbours, backed Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi and view with
suspicion the National Transitional Council (NTC) that is now in power.

The clashes happened in Ghadames, a town on the border with Algeria about
600 km southwest of Tripoli, according to the commander of an anti-Gaddafi
military unit and a leading Tuareg figure based in Algeria.

NTC officials in Tripoli said at the weekend the town, which is under the control
of their forces, had been attacked by Gaddafi’s military forces, possibly tied to
one of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, Khamis.

But the two sources said it was a clash between Tuaregs and townspeople — a
more worrying version of events for the NTC because it shows the deep
divisions in Libyan society that will remain even if the last of Gaddafi’s forces
are defeated.

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By Ed, September 27, 2011 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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FRTothus, see the following:

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/reflections-i/26sept-40Reflex1a.html

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By balkas, September 27, 2011 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

yes my dear castro, it is always as before: most politicians choose
stupidity with deliberation.
however, it imparts a tacit message, which is quite clear to some of us.
the message cld be reworded thusly: look, we are crazy; so don’t mess
with us; we never know what we may or may not do.
but, please, look at our warships, jets, huge army, mighty friends [u.k,
france, germany, et al] bases/cia everywhere, wmd, etcetc.

or u can continue in pursue justice/peace w.o. wmd, army, tanks, jets all
by lonesome self! go ahead and make my day! tnx

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By David J. Cyr, September 27, 2011 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

Obama’s opposition to self-determination for the Palestinian people should come as no surprise.

The liberal’s beloved John F. Kennedy opposed self-determination for the Cuban people. Cubans are still being collectively punished for siding with Castro, rather than Kennedy.

When Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs invasion failed he built up the School of Americas to provide a liberal arts education for anti-democratic dictators’ death squads, and founded the Special Forces (American assassins) to be used in interventions to prevent people’s self-determinations.

Liberals love Kennedy because he made fascism look so fashionably cool. W Bush wasn’t cool, so angry liberals worked hard for Obama to make fascism fashionable again. 

Democrats do what they do because they are deeply depraved.

http://www.chenangogreens.org

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By FRTothus, September 27, 2011 at 4:17 am Link to this comment

So, where can we find what the man said?  Which
newspaper is it in, is there a translation?

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By Robespierre115, September 27, 2011 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

Think what you will about him, Fidel is on the money here.

Viva Fidel! Viva La Revolucion Cubana!

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By PatrickHenry, September 27, 2011 at 2:50 am Link to this comment

Viva Fidel.

The true winner of survivor island.

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