Fidel Castro Writes to Cubans on His 89th Birthday

Fidel Castro in his most recent public appearance in July, 2015.
Fidel Castro in his most recent public appearance in July, 2015.  Photo: Estudios Revolución

HAVANA TIMES — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, celebrating his 89th birthday on Thursday, is on the front page of the official Granma newspaper and heading all news programs to remind everyone of the damage caused Cuba by the United States and the “due compensation” the island deserves.

His message comes a day before the visit of US Secretary of State, John Kerry for the reopening of the US embassy in Havana.

Cuba is owed many millions of dollars in compensation, wrote Castro in reference to the island’s claims related to damages sustained from the half century US embargo on the island.

Under the historic rapprochement with the United States, Fidel’s brother and current president, Raul Castro, has previously demanded the payment of compensation as a condition for full normalization of bilateral relations. The US, on the other hand, wants Cuba to compensate US companies nationalized in the early years of the revolution.

In his new “reflection”, Fidel Castro also criticized the historical role of the US as a world power, recalling the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago.

“The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing, that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world, is what I wish for all,” wrote the historic Cuban leader his text entitled “Reality and Dreams“.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry will preside over the ceremony Friday to officially reopen the US embassy in Havana, with the hoisting of the flag of the bars and stars at the building located opposite the emblematic Malecón seawall.

The US and Cuba resumed their diplomatic relations on July 20 after half a century of rupture and ideological confrontation. The Cuban embassy officially reopened its doors that day in Washington in a ceremony headed by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

The historic thaw between the two countries was announced unexpectedly on December 17, 2014 by Raul Castro and Barack Obama. Washington and Havana then negotiated for six months on the conditions to reopen their embassies closed in 1961.

35 thoughts on “Fidel Castro Writes to Cubans on His 89th Birthday

  • She, he, (they?) …..simply an agent provocateur.

  • No, it has held power and control as a dictatorship without open elections for 56 years. If the people of the US fail to support change in their constitution that is there business, but this is not about the US it is about Cuba!

  • As an oppressive dictator – mark my better informed words!

  • Until three years ago, Cubans were not allowed to stay in the hotels at the beaches. You obviously know little about the reality of Cuba. My wife and I entered a well known hotel to the east of Havana for lunch one day. We sat down at a table near the bar, thinking that we would have a drink prior to lunch. Security appeared within two minutes to ask my wife who is black, if she was Cuban? Upon her answering “yes” she was instructed to leave. When I protested, I was asked if I was a Cuban, when I responded that no, I was Canadian, I was told I could stay.
    My response was to take out and open my wallet displaying a considerable amount of CUC’s – a huge sum to a Cuban, and to say that I too was leaving and taking my money with me.
    So don’t swallow any nonsense about Fidel Castro Ruz being concerned about Cubans accessing the preserves of the rich! Remember that there are contrIbuters to the Havana Times who know the reality of Cuba!
    Fidel Castro Ruz himself has a two island retreat joined by a bridge with facilities appropriate for a rich dictator. Cubans are not invited!

  • I did not even mention the USA! There are over 200 countries in the world. Try to get over your myopic views. As I suggested previously if your purpose is merely to berate the USA, then try another blog!

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