fidel-castro-nicolas-maduro-la-habana-20-de-agosto-20147-580x417HAVANA TIMES — After several months of silence, Fidel Castro published today on the front pages of the Cuban newspapers his open letter to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in the wake of the resounding electoral defeat of his United Socialist Party in legislative elections last Sunday.

The following is the complete text (official translation) of Castro’s letter to Maduro.

Fidel’s Message to President Nicolás Maduro

Dear Nicolás:

I share the unanimous opinion of those who have congratulated you for your brilliant, valiant speech on the night of December 6, as soon as the election’s outcome was announced

In world history, the highest level of political glory which a revolutionary can reach, is that of the illustrious Venezuelan combatant, Liberator of America, Simón Bolívar, whose name now belongs not only to this sister country, but to all peoples of Latin America.

Another Venezuelan official of honorable legacy, Hugo Chávez, understood and admired him and struggled for his ideas until the last moment of his life. As a boy, attending elementary school in the country where the poor children of Bolívar were obliged to work to help support their families, he developed the spirit in which the Liberator of America was forged.

The millions of children and youth who today attend the largest and most modern system of public schools in the world are Venezuelan. More can be said about the country’s network of medical care centers and the attention paid to the health of its people, brave but poor as a result of centuries of plunder by Spanish colonialism, and later by huge transnationals, which for more than 100 years extracted from its entrails the best of the immense oil reserves nature bestowed on this country.

History also bears witness that workers exist, and make possible the enjoyment of nutritious food, medicine, education, security, housing and the world’s solidarity. You could ask the oligarchy, if you like: Do you know all of this?

Cuban revolutionaries – just a few miles from the United States, which always dreamed of taking possession of Cuba to make it a hybrid casino-brothel, as a way of life for the children of José Martí – will never renounce their full independence or respect for their dignity.

I am sure that human life on Earth can only be preserved with peace among all peoples of the Earth, and acknowledgement of the right to make the planet’s natural resources common property, as well as the sciences and technologies created by human beings to benefit all of its inhabitants. If humanity continues along the path of exploitation and the plunder of its resources by transnationals and imperialist banks, the representatives of states meeting in Paris, will draw the relevant conclusions.

Security does not exist today for anyone. There are nine states which possess nuclear weapons. One of them, the United States, dropped two bombs which killed hundreds of thousands of people in just three days, and caused physical and psychological harm to millions of defenseless people.

The People’s Republic of China and Russia know the world’s problems much better than the United States, because they were obliged to endure the terrible wars imposed on them by fascism’s blind egoism. I do not doubt that, given their historical traditions and their own revolutionary experience, they will make the greatest effort to avoid a war and contribute to the peaceful development of Venezuela, Latin America, Asia and Africa.


Fidel Castro Ruz

25 thoughts on “Fidel Castro Writes Maduro after Electoral Defeat

  • Viva Fidel Castro and gracias Fidel .
    it’s good to know that this old lion still have what it takes to lash out , any shortcomings in any of the socialist experiments in South America and the world have nothing to do with lack of effort or will , it had to do with external powers , fundamental powers the kind of power that claims to be on the side off Jesus in one hand ,on the another hand expect a dying individual to earn a living and work until his last breath , somehow the charity found it in the Bible and all the charity that Jesus talks about is something that they don’t recognize , the fight over here is over socialism not Fidel Castro Medora Chevys or Yasser Arafat .
    these forces that call themselves capitalists will stop at nothing to fill there pockets with somebody else’s money , they’re willing to use any kind of despicable means they can get their hands on from genocide homicide murder economic depressions pumping up society with narcotics ,
    I fully believe if Jesus is to come back today he will be crucified second time .
    these capitalist we’re willing to poison thousands of human being like you and I with contaminated blood in the name of profits and capitalism , how many of them you see in prison? none , if you and I stick up a bank then we will spend the rest of our life in prison , these bastards stick up whole country with no fear of punishment ,that’s what happens when an individual become a sociopathic capitalists with no conscious .
    I come across an article about the collapse of the socialist system in the Soviet Union , it talks about the way they do it , by implanting under qualified individuals at key positions causing the system to fold in on itself .
    if you look at United States right now you will see a collapsing infrastructure , there is talk about privatizing everything from roads highways byways bridges to the air we breathe , I think that the US is being shut down the same way the Soviet Union was shut down , for the simple purpose off capitalism finding way to plunder , after all what will they do with all the trillions of dollars that is sitting and going nowhere collecting dust .
    as they say the chickens are coming home to roost , it seems that the next stage is the collapse of the US dollar , rotten capitalist well get their way the same way they’re getting their way in Europe , free enterprise and business was one of the main reasons for the American Civil War after all the capitalist considered a human beings to be property and at the same time there went the church and praise the name of Jesus

  • I agree, Cubans know exactly what’s going on “up North”. So isn’t it interesting that despite your glib remarks Cubans continue to flee Cuba, risking their very lives to do so.

  • I might be wrong on several points, but not the main ones. I’m sure you get my main point. The people don’t carry guns. What do they use, knives? I watched CNN in my room at the resort in Veradero. You don’t believe the Cuban newspapers report on what’s going on up north. I could and did wander around downtown Havana at night without fear. Not a lot of ambulances and police racing around. But you can continue to live in your fantasy world.

  • Ben, you are factually wrong on several points:

    1. CNN broadcast is blocked in Cuba
    2. All newspapers are controlled by the Cuban government.
    3. Foreign newspapers are banned.
    4. The homicide rate in Cuba is 4.2 per 100,000, higher than that of the US at 3.8 per 100,000

  • Well then, WHAT kind of dictator would you prefer ?
    As one who has an all-totalitarian belief set ( capitalism, religion, oligarchy, the TRADITIONAL male-dominated nuclear family structure) , you know you would not be happy with changes in any of those four systems you espouse to democratic systems .
    You know you want the same totalitarian forms you follow to be in effect for everyone on the planet but you’re not quite stupid enough to think you can openly say so.

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