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Posted June 24, 2007 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Prensa Latina

A REFLECTION ON MY REFLECTIONS

While writing a brief reflection is helpful, in that the hundred and twelve accredited foreign newspapers and press agencies in our country that receive it in advance can publish important parts of its text, long reflections allow me to expound, as extensively as I wish, on concepts I deem important and which provide our people, the main protagonist against any potential aggression, as well as countries facing similar circumstances, the required information to form their own judgment. This dilemma is, for me, a headache.

I am also concerned about the space they take up on the front pages of our newspapers, dearly needed to report on our nation’s day-to-day events.

Therefore: I shall divide them into brief and long reflections. When brief, they will be previously distributed to the media that usually receive them. When long, they won’t be previously distributed and will be published on any inside page of Granma, the official newspaper.

If other political and grassroots organizations wish to publish the reflections in their respective journals, they may do so, without using up the space of their main sections.

The Party’s Ideological Department and the Executive Director of the Council of State may propose other options.

When taking on this task, I had no previously elaborated plan, but rather a deeply-felt desire to communicate with our people, the main protagonist of our resistance, as I observe the stupid actions of the empire. Today, as in the days of what came to be known as the fertile prison, I am filled with an immense desire to study and meditate while recovering.

Fidel Castro Ruz.

June 22, 2007

6:02 pm

PL-10

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 24, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Dear absent President Fidel Castro,

    No one cares.

    signed,

    publisher

    Havana Journal



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 24, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    This was released today:

    By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer 15 minutes ago

    HAVANA - Fidel Castro reached out to Cuba’s youth on Sunday, writing that “If the young people fail, everything will fail” in a public acknowledgment of the Communist Party’s struggle to motivate a new generation.

    Writing to Cuba’s Communist Youth Union, the 80-year-old Castro said the principles that fueled the guerrilla uprising that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista continue to inspire people all over the world.

    Generations of Cubans, unlike Castro and his gray-haired contemporaries, have no direct connection to the January 1959 revolution. Many Cuban youth — like young people everywhere — are more interested in things like Internet access than in upholding revolutionary ideals.

    “If the young people fail, everything will fail,” Castro wrote. “It is my profound conviction that the Cuban youth will fight to stop that. I believe in you.”

    END

    To absent President Fidel Castro,

    Thanks for reading the letter I wrote to you early today. I see it motivated you to write this article about the young people.

    I’m sorry sir but I have to repeat my message from above…No one cares.

    Young Cubans do not care about La Revolucion and La Lucha. Of course they care about Cuba’s sovereignty and you can take credit for that but they are not going to listen to you anymore. Information is flowing around the world today with cheaper phone calls, skype, instant messaging, cheaper airline travel, email and the Internet.

    The young Cubans are listening to the World. There is no need to “struggle” anymore. Let them live free. Let them be entrepreneurs.

    Give them freedom and they will stay in Cuba. Oppress them and you get nothing.

    Mr. President, it’s time to let your people go. You can be a hero and let Raul open up Cuba’s economy, release political prisoners, allow a free press, etc or you can be ignored in your old age and beyond.

    Pretty soon, you will not have a choice.



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  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 24, 2007 by Edward

    Dear Mr Castro

    I have to agree with the publisher here completely.

    You have done your duty to your nation and history will absolve you .... If and this is a big if, you set your country free. This doesn’t mean filling Cuba with crap like Macdonald’s, Burger King et al. Do it the Cuban way, you have a once in a lifetime opportunity to give something to your people and to show an example to the world.

    Viva Cuba


  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 24, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Well said. This would shake all of Cuba but it would be stable and people would give it a chance.

    If Fidel continues the same old rhetoric, people will be starved for change and something very disruptive will happen just days after his death and no one will be able to stop change in Cuba.

    So, Fidel can either promote positive change with his blessing and be a hero to the Cuban people for all eternity or he can stay the same old Fidel, die with a whimper and history will see him for the selfish dictator that he is.

    Your call Mr. President.



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  5. Follow up post #5 added on June 25, 2007 by wanderer

    is this “reflection on my reflections” thing for real? this is embarrassing. this is a long way off from revolutionary heroism.  if he can’t perform one last act of bravery, and change the lives of all cubans for the better; why doesn’t he spend his last days playing dominoes? the profound pointlessness of his reflections when the people struggle to provide for their basic needs is callous.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 26, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    It’s for real, word for word.

    I think the Cuban people might hate Fidel for the way he is handling himself in his last days.

    But, I suppose he is surrounded by “yes” men and they are giving him bad advice.

    Also, I don’t think absent President Castro has any energy or brain power left to do anything original.



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