Fidel Castro has written a scathing 1,500 word article attacking US President Barack Obama following the president’s trip to Cuba.
Castro accuses Obama of sweet-talking the Cuban people while ignoring the accomplishments of Communist rule.
Castro’s opinion piece was carried by state-owned media. President Obama during his speech said Cuba and the US should act “as friends and as neighbors and as family, together.”
“One assumes that every one of us ran the risk of a heart attack listening to these words,” Castro said in his column, dismissing Obama’s comments as “honey-coated” and reminding Cubans of the many US efforts to overthrow and weaken the Communist government.
“We don’t need the empire to give us anything,” he wrote.
Fidel Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and led the country until 2006, when he fell ill and passed power to his brother Raúl Castro.
His influence has waned since handing over power to his brother Raúl Castro, who subsequently has introduced many market-style reforms.
Obama did not meet with Fidel Castro during his three-day visit and he didn’t mention him in any of his speeches.
Castro went on to mention that Obama failed to recognize Cuba’s gains in health and education. He also accused the US of providing South Africa with nuclear weapons before apartheid ended.
“My modest suggestion is that he reflects (on the US role in South Africa and Cuba’s in Angola) and not now try to elaborate theories about Cuban politics,” Castro said.
Castro also attacked his own country’s tourism business which he says is now dominated by large foreign corporations that took for granted billion-dollar profits.