Obit: Cuba’s Fidel Castro, revolutionary, beloved by most at home, idolized by many around the world, dead at 90 – Tola Adenle

November 27, 2016

The Americas & The Caribbean



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Fidel, the young revolutionary [Google Images]

Fidel Castro, who, despite his country’s huge and powerful neighbor under a hundred miles away, led Cuba through ten U.S. presidents and the crippling embargo that drove his tiny country into the waiting arms of cold-era Soviet Union, is dead.

A wave of Cuban exiles, many of whom were of the business class and, would settle across the USA, especially Florida, a state whose major city of Miami has a huge enclave of Cuban emigres that has become a very vocal and strong political conservative voice in American politics.

There remains a widespread belief that the US government encouraged Cuban exiles who were mostly Whites as opposed to the rejection of Haitian refugees, who fled Haiti due to the very oppressive rule and economic situation in their country.

While Cubans have had to endure great privation caused by the US embargo, it is apparent that the majority of the country’s population that remains and see Castro and his brother who succeeded him as evil are generally White, while most Cubans of lower class – Blacks or Whites, idolized Fidel because of the leadership he provided for the country.

As small as Cuba is, and as crippling as the embargo of the past six decades has been, the country’s health system is highly-considered around the world. No less an authority than the World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded high marks of health care delivery to the tiny nation In 2014, the Director-General, Ms. Chan praised Cuba in  glowing words:

“Cuba is the only country that has a health care system closely linked to research and development. This is the way to go, because human health can only improve through innovation …”

Earlier in 2000 in the “World Health Organization Assessment of the World’s Health Systems”, Cuba was one of the four countries ranked highest in health care delivery in Latin America where it placed behind Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica.  It placed 39th out of 191 in the world; the USA ranked 37th while it “spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product than any other country.” (WHO, 2000)

“Cuban medical internationalism is the Cuban programme since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, of sending Cuban medical personnel overseas, particularly to Latin America, Africa and, more recently, Oceania, and of bringing medical students and patients to Cuba. In 2007, “Cuba has 42,000 workers in international collaborations in 103 different countries, of whom more than 30,000 are health personnel, including no fewer than 19,000 physicians.” Cuba provides more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined, although this comparison does not take into account G8 development aid spent on developing world healthcare. The Cuban missions have had substantial positive local impact on the populations served.It is widely believed that medical workers are Cuba’s most important export commodity.” [Wikipedia]

Like medical education, other aspects of education was free in Cuba which ensured that all Cuban children have access to education. Its school curriculum include a dose of unusual subjects like gardening and dance, and the latter has enabled the country produce many classical dancers who start ballet classes in school.

In sports, the tiny nation has always punched well above its weight if I may use a boxing analogy because Cuba has produced many Olympic medalists in that sports. It ranks only behind the USA in Olympic medals in the Americas and ranks Number One in South America.

With the lifting of the US sanctions by the Obama Administration on some Cuban products like cigars and rum, and with travels by Americans on what the US government describes as “people to people”, things will gradually ease and the long-suffering people of Cuba can aspire to better economic times.

Hopefully, the country would be allowed to ease gradually into economic reforms under Raul as he has been doing, and not the rush as in the former USSR that led into the chaos of post-Soviet Union which led to the belligerent Putin and HIS Russia today.

No matter the vile rhetoric of the US president-elect for a dead Fidel, who, though born into a wealthy family chose a road many like him would never have travelled, leaves the world with a legacy that will far outlive what many born into privilege like him never will.

Fidel, whose iconic image and that of his co-revolutionary, Che served as beacons to many young people around the world for decades, leaves behind siblings, a wife and many children as well as most of his countrymen to mourn him. He will be cremated before being buried.

Fidel Castro, the communist leader who received three popes

With Pope John Paul II – now Saint Pope John Paul II – at The Vatican, 1996. They would meet again in ’98 at Havana during The Holy Father’s Cuban visit

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Fidel with Pope Benedict in Havana where the Pope called for an end to US embargo – in vain. 2012

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Fidel with the current Pope, the Holy Father, Pope Francis in Havana, 2015.

Credits: Google Images, All.

May Fidel’s atheist soul find peace, perfect peace.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2016.  1:38 a.m. [GMT]


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4 Comments on “Obit: Cuba’s Fidel Castro, revolutionary, beloved by most at home, idolized by many around the world, dead at 90 – Tola Adenle”

  1. emotan77 Says:


    November 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm e

    Tola dear,

    It’s 36C under the tree and feels wonderful!
    Enough, as usual, is not being said about Cuba’s ( Fidel+Che) very critical contributions to decolonization in Africa . Some day someone intelligent enough, and armed with adequate political consciousness will tell the story. It is enough to say that the two, leading the Cuban revolution, redefined change in the Twentieth Century world, in true
    David and Goliath dimension.

    Aetheists do not need or have a SOUL!!!
    In one brave statement, HISTORIA ME ABSOLUVERA, Commandante Fidel changed his and our world … VERY POSITIVELY.



    tao UKOTI
    27 Nov 2016



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sir,
      Thanks, indeed for this which surprised me not, NOR disappointed!
      It was in place of the vitriol – led by the empty ‘elect’ they have here – who, accompanied by the entitled Cuban exile community of America that made me decide three paras I had in mind would just not do, were fouling the air around here.
      The expressed thoughts of the Pope, Obama, Ban-Ki Moon and some others are heartening – and sad, at the same time because majority of those they addressed do not know anything beyond pre-conceived ideas, the reason I chose to highlight just a few of Fidel’s achievements which surpass US healthcare delivery and, for example.
      My regards, Sir,



  2. Fatai Bakare Says:

    All I can just say now is that may his soul rest in perfect and everlasting peace. Amen.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      Thank you very much.

      Fidel did leave indelible marks which cannot be erased by any glib remarks by the likes of the newly-elected president. Fidel, unlike him, left the world standards that many of those who claim to rule by the say-so of the people – “democracy” – would never match.

      For Africans and the down-trodden of the world in particular, he set an example of focus and dedication and genuine love of his country that would have seen Cuba soar to the level of many in the West IF America had not decided to suffocate Cubans by killing their economy through sanctions and let’s face it, in the end, man’s needs become so paramount as to drown – for some – the idea of “live free or die”, by the way, the motto of the US State of New Hampshire.

      Sincere regards,



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