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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Castro and Human Dignity
    Castro and Human Dignity - WSJ

    Five or six prisoners would be confined for days in very narrow 6-foot-long cells.

    By Mary Anastasia O’Grady
    Dec. 4, 2016


    A motorcade carries the ashes of Fidel Castro toward a cemetery in Santiago, Cuba, Dec. 4. Photo: Associated Press

    Notwithstanding the celebrations in the streets of Miami, the most widespread reaction among Cubans—at home and abroad—to the demise of Fidel Castro seems to be relief. One of the great narcissists of all time, father of nearly 60 years of national torment, has returned to dust. That alone is consolation.

    Castro left a once-prosperous and promising land in dire poverty. But his legacy is far worse than the material ruin of a nation. His insatiable appetite for absolute power was manifest in an obsession with hunting down every last nonconformist, stripping away the human dignity of the population.

    This reality is worth revisiting as the world offers retrospectives on Castro’s life, almost always adding that the tyrant gave Cuba great health care. If it were true it could not justify his brutality. And it is not true, as we learned in 2007 when Cuban doctors botched his treatment for diverticulitis and a Spanish specialist had to be flown in to save him. The truth is that the regime doesn’t give a fig about human life.

    Castro thrived on a maniacal ambition to possess and dominate the Cuban soul, and nowhere are the consequences more visible than in the country’s sky-high abortion rates. In a Nov. 22 story for the news website CUBANET, independent journalist Eliseo Matos cited an abortion study by Cuban doctors Luisa Álvarez Vásquez and Nelli Salomón Avich. They found that since 1980, one-third of all Cuban pregnancies have been terminated.
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    Progressives keep praising the so all “achievements” of the Castroit regime. Castro main achievement was the enslavement of the Cuban People. They keep repeating, like parrots, the lies about the “achievements” of the regime in education and health care, hopping like Goebbels that if they tell a lied and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Ahead of schedule and under budget........

    The US has been trying to assassinate Castro for 57 years.



    Trump is elected and he's dead in three weeks.


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    Excerpt from the article "Castro and Human Dignity"

    As Mr. Valladares wrote in The Wall Street Journal in May 2000, “Away from all parental supervision for nine months at a time, children there suffer from venereal disease, as well as teenage pregnancy, which inevitably ends in forced abortion.” Another reason for high adolescent abortion rates is that teenage prostitutes now populate the streets of Havana, working for hard currency from tourists.

    Abortion is also a key regime tool for “health care.” Any pregnancy considered risky is immediately terminated, a decision made by the state. This drives down infant mortality rates, which Cuba uses to impress the world about its “progress.”

    Yet Cuba hasn’t achieved anything special in infant mortality. In a Dec. 1 blog post on the Cato Institute’s HumanProgress website, Marian Tupy pointed out that between 1963 and 2015 infant mortality in Cuba declined by 90% while it declined by 94% in Chile. In Latin America and the Caribbean overall it is down 86%.
    It is a well-known fact that totalitarian regimes inflate statistics. Cuba's infant mortality rate is kept low by the regime’s tampering with statistics, by a low birth rate of 12.5 births per 1000 population, and by a staggering abortion rate of 77.7 abortions per 1,000 women (0.78 abortions per each live birth. Data based on official statistics from the Cuban government). Cuba had the lowest birth rate and doubles the abortion rate in Latin America. Cuba's abortion rate was the 3rd highest out of the 60 countries studied. Link: The Incident of Abortion Worldwide (https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2...on-worldwide);

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    Another health parameter linked to infant mortality, is the maternal mortality rate. Cuba’s maternal mortality rate is 33 deaths per 1,000 live births. This health statistic is high despite the fact that Cuba has the lowest birth rate in Latin America. The doctors are supposed to suggest abortion in risky pregnancies and, in some occasions, must perform the interruption without the consent of the couple. Cuban pediatricians constantly falsify figures for the regime. If an infant dies during his first year, the doctors often report he/she was older (infant mortality rate is define by the number of deaths during the first year of life per thousand live births). Otherwise, such lapses could cost him severe penalties and his job. As a matter of fact, the Castroit regime has taken total control of the Cuban people from their cradle to their grave. Link: Demystifying the Cuban Health System: An Insider’s View, Rodolfo J. Stusser, (http://www.ascecuba.org/c/wp-content...21-stusser.pdf).

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    Before 1902 the island had 26 public hospitals with 4,529 beds for an estimate population of 1.63 million. From 1903 to 1933 10 new hospitals were built with a total of 2,365 beds. By 1933 a total of 36 hospitals with 6892 beds were in service for an estimate population of 3.83 million. From 1933 to 1958, 36 new hospitals were built, for a total of 72, with added 14,248 beds. The total number of beds in the state own hospitals was 21,140, and the assistance was free (Brief Resume of the Hospitals and Numbers of Hospital Beds in Cuba, Journal of the Florida Medical Association, 1977, pp. 554-558; The Growth and decline of the Cuban Republic, 1964, pp. 107, 108).

    In 1958 Cuba had 370 medical centers in service (Social Security in Cuba, Mesa Lago and Hernandez, 1964, p. 160; CUBA FACTS Issue 4- April 2004, link: CUBA FACTS) among 72 public hospitals, 28 polyclinics, 140 mutual aid clinics and cooperatives, and 130 private medical institutions that provided an additional 15,000 beds for a total of 36,140 beds for a population of 6.63 million, equivalent to one bed per 183 per inhabitant. Private healthcare facilities covered 40% of the population.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    The Death of a Dictator: Fidel Castro (1926-2016)
    The Death of a Dictator: Fidel Castro (1926-2016) | ncregister.com

    NEWS ANALYSIS: Cuba’s strongman brutally persecuted the Church.
    Victor Gaetan
    Dec. 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON — At least three popes prayed for his soul, but Commandante Fidel Castro, the Jesuit-educated dictator who tyrannized Cuba for almost 50 years, resisted their merciful intercessions.

    His death at age 90 on Nov. 25 was announced defiantly on Cuban TV by his brother, President Raul Castro, 85.

    Nine days of public mourning features mass rallies in Havana and Santiago de Cuba, but no Mass of Christian burial for this baptized Catholic, whose revolution of 1959 targeted the Catholic Church as an enemy.

    In fact, churches on the island have been visited by Communist Party bureaucrats and asked to cancel Mass, Eucharistic adoration and any musical programs. (The response has been rightly uncooperative.)

    Fidel’s relationship to the Catholic Church was known for its ambiguity. He saw the Church in utterly opportunistic ways, desperate to co-opt its moral authority in the 1990s, after demolishing it for more than 30 years.

    To the end, he gave signs of fascination with God, religion and Christianity’s powerful attraction, but his ego seemed unable to confess sin or seek reconciliation.
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    The Catholic school that Gaetan is referring is “Colegio de Belén” built in 1925, where Castro coursed the high school. In 1939, was built a one story building to house the elementary school “El Niño de Belén where poor children were educated free of charge, and in 1940 was founded the “Escuela Electro Mecánica de Belén” for the training of youngsters as middle-level technicians free of charge.

    The property was confiscated by the Castroit regime in 1961and the Jesuits priests expelled. The building was renamed “Instituto Técnico Militar” and used for the formation of command cadres for the Castroit Armed Forces. The elementary school was level and replaced with a training military airport. As can be seeing, the poor children and the working class youngsters were replaced by Castroit loyalist cadres.

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    "Gusanos was the derogatory term used by Castro against the Cuban exile community who fled the island seeking freedom abroad." As a matter of fact, Castro copy it from the Nazi propaganda that used the word “gusano” (worm) against its opponents, as poisonous worms was used against the Jews.
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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    “Democracy pioneer Payá and his assistant, Cepero, were murdered in a fake car accident on a straight road, in full daylight and clear weather.”



    Photo of the car where Paya was a passenger, showing a severe collision impact to the back of the car, not consistent with the regime claimed of frontal impact with a tree. To believe that the deaths occurred because the vehicle hit a tree would most likely stem from a belief that the tree was coming from behind at high speed.

    Payá was a true hero fighting the good fight, which remained in Cuba and gave up his life in the struggle against the Castroit tyrannical regime.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Despite evidence that the merciless Castro machine slayed the flower of Cuban Catholic virtue, the Vatican continued to pray for Fidel Castro’s conversion.
    Fidel Castro was excommunicated. The penalty was not removed and he never converted. His ashes supposedly buried at Santa Ifigenia cemetery is illegal, since it is a Catholic cemetery. Because of that, his ashes shall be removed from Santa Ifigenia when democracy returns to Cuba.

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