Rafael Correa Calls Trump ‘Ignorant’ over Fidel Remarks

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Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa meets Fidel Castro in Cuba in 2009. | Photo: EFE

Several countries rebuked the U.S. president-elect over his insensitive and inaccurate statement on Fidel Castro after his death.

Several leaders have slammed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump over his hostile statements on the death of Cuban revolutionary and leader Fidel Castro, with the most pointed critique coming from Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa who called Trump “ignorant.”

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In a tweet Sunday morning sharing an article about Trump’s remarks, calling Fidel a brutal dictator, Correa said, “The words of an ignorant (person) … an example of what Latin America can expect.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales also had some harsh words about Trump as he likened it to “fascism” having a “feast” over Fidel’s death.

“Almost everyone cries … but the president-elect of the United States with a group of people are celebrating,” Morales said in a speech Sunday. “I cannot understand and I want to tell you: fascism with a lot of cynicism celebrates Fidel’s death.”

The Russian government also criticized Trump’s comments on the death of the Cuban leader saying it was disrespectful.

Alexander Schetinin, the director of the Latin American Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry attacked Trump over his comments.

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“As for the various manifestations and desires to backbite and speak in a disrespectful manner in respect to a deceased person, a politician, I leave it to the conscience of those who do so,” Schetinin told RIA Novosti commenting on Trump’s statement on Fidel.

He added that the Cuban revolutionary was “a great politician of our time” who is “worthy of everyone’s respect.”

His comments came after people began to point to the stark difference between how Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted to the death of Fidel, calling him a “sincere and reliable friend of Russia,” compared to Trump’s reaction, as many question the back and forth praise between the two men.

The world bids farewell to a giant of world history

Source:  Granma
November 26 2016

by: Redacción Internacional | internacionales@granma.cu

International media feature the news of Fidel Castro’s death
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From all corners of the planet, recognition of the life and work of one of the great leaders of the 20th century and thus far into the 21st – the guerilla in the Sierra Maestra and international statesman who changed forever the history of Latin America and the peoples of the world: Fidel Castro.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was among the first to make a statement following Fidel’s death, late November 25, at 90 years of age, calling for the preservation of his anti-imperialist and emancipatory legacy, writing on his Twitter account, “Sixty years since the Granma yacht ‘s departure, Comandante Fidel Castro has passed into immortality.”

Evo Morales

Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, in a telephone contact with teleSUR, said that the best way to honor Fidel is to consolidate the unity of the world’s peoples, and never forget his unrelenting resistance to the imperialist model, adding, “Fidel has given us lessons in struggle, perseverance, liberation, and the integration of the world’s peoples.”

Sánchez Cerén

Likewise, Salvadorian President Salvador Sánchez Cerén expressed “profound pain upon hearing of the death of a dear friend and eternal comrade,” saying that Fidel would live forever in the hearts of peoples struggling for justice, dignity, and brotherhood.

Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s head of state, emphasized the role played by the Comandante in promoting relations between the two countries, based on respect, dialogue and solidarity, while the daily La Jornada, with one of the highest circulations in the country, featured the news of Fidel’s death, calling him a “central figure” of the 20th century.

Narendra Modi

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, sent his condolences to the government and people of Cuba, writing on Twitter, “India mourns the loss of a great friend. May his soul rest in peace.”

Sonia Gandhi, leader of the opposition Congress Party in this country, lamented the great loss and emphasized Fidel’s struggle for the oppressed of the world, and his role in the Non Aligned Movement.

Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma, likewise expressed the pain he felt upon hearing of Fidel’s death, “a great leader and revolutionary,” saying, that the solidarity of Cuba in the struggle against apartheid would never be forgotten.

Konstantin Kosachov

The president of the Russian Senate’s international relations committee, Konstantin Kosachov, commented that Fidel will always be included in world history, since, with his leadership, Cuba was able to resist external pressure and chart its own course.

Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, on his blog Segunda Cita, sent his condolences to “Fidel’s family and the people of Cuba, the world and universe, for the loss of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all times.”

Ivan Marquez

Ivan Marquez, head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) negotiating team in peace talks with the Colombian government, said that the world had lost “the most admirable revolutionary of the 20th century,” adding, “Thank you, Fidel, for your great love of Colombia. May the Peace Accords of Havana be our posthumous tribute.”

Several Colombian media outlets interrupted their nighttime programming to broadcast news of the death of the Cuban leader, including RCN, Noticias 24 and Cable Noticias, featuring interviews and pieces on his life and work.

Both the influential magazine Semana and daily El Tiempo featured the news on their webpages.

The French daily Le Monde published a piece recalling the close relations Fidel shared with numerous intellectuals and artists of international renown, including Gabriel García Márquez and Jean-Paul Sartre.

In Ecuador, according to Prensa Latina, the Agencia de Noticias Andes disseminated Raúl Castro’s announcement of the Comandante en Jefe’s death, while the digital version of the daily El Telégrafo devoted several article on its front page to the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The Italian news agencies AGI, ANSA, RAI, and important dailies like La Repubblica, Correire della Sera, La Stampa, Il Sole 24 Ore, and Il Messagero, featured the news on their webpages.

Unity, the best tribute

Source:  Granma
November 27 2016

by: National news staff | informacion@granma.cu

It was with deep sorrow and regret that the Cuban people learned of the passing of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz. Granma shares some reactions to the news

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PhotoRicardo López Hevia

Hasta siempre, Fidel

His death was met with tributes and moments of reflection by the Cuban people, who neither want, nor are ready, to say farewell, choosing instead to salute the global leader with a “Hasta siempre, Fidel.”

The fact that a man like Fidel is no longer with us is a difficult reality to bear, stated Artemisa resident and Revolutionary combatant Plácido Núñez, speaking to Granma.

Meanwhile, an emotional Maritsa Leyva who works at the Las Tunas based Nuevo Éxito food processing plant, stated, “Honestly, from the very bottom of my heart I’m telling you, so much pain can’t fit in my chest. To say Fidel, is to say Cuba, brother, the world.”

Lázaro Castro Aguilera, director of the Birán Historic Site and National Monument noted that the death of the Comandante “caused great pain. I had a tight feeling in my chest and went to visit the tomb of Lina, Fidel’s mother. I imagined talking to her, telling her that the great son she gave to the world – and for whom she suffered immensely, realizing how he suffered the vicissitudes of a revolutionary – would no longer be among us.”

Genuine pain

He also recalled “the times that Fidel visited and talked about his life in great detail here. It was like I could see him riding up-hill on a horse, like a hunter; I could picture him washing in the river close by, and doing things that kids and adolescents do.”

Despite being deeply affected by the news of Fidel’s death, staff at the farm where the Co­man­dante en Jefe was born will continue to receive visitors that arrive to the establishment over the coming days.

”We must continue researching Fidel, in order to reveal the entirety of his greatness and wisdom, as a way of keeping him alive, to ensure that he always accompanies us,” added López.

According to the director, visitors to Birán are very respectful, and the majority express genuine pain. A book of condolences – which sits next to a photo of Fidel surrounded by flowers – has been opened for visitors to the facility to sign.

The best way to honor him is to remain united

”People approach staff at the Birán Historic Site to speak about all that Fidel has done for the people, the importance of respecting his ideas. The majority believe that the best way to honor him is to remain united,” stated Lázaro Castro Aguilera, speaking to Granma.

All Cubans have been deeply affected by the news. Birán resident Pedro Pascual Rodríguez for instance stated, “I feel bad. Fidel has died! The revolutionary with the greatest ability to organize I have ever known. He was able to unite Cuban patriots and lead them to victory. Then he spent his life doing the same around the world.”

Iraida Martínez Duardo, a retired teacher from the province of Las Tunas described Fidel’s death as an irreparable loss, “Above all because even at 90 years of age he still retained the same lucidity and spirit which have always characterized him. Now it’s our duty to continue his work, the Cuban people will never forget this day. I will never forget it.”

The greatest statesman

Those who remember how Cuba was before the glorious triumph of 1959 know just how much Fidel’s leadership means, stated a visibly emotional Vicenta Calderín, a retiree who lives in the province of Artemisa. “The Comandante offered Cubans a better future, what he did for the people is unparalleled.”

”It was Fidel that led the Revolution and took important steps to eradicate illiteracy, promote health and education. Today will be remembered with sadness,” according to Manuel de Jesús Catalá Balón, Guantánamo resident and combatant of the Rebel Army’s Juan M. Ameijeiras Sixth Column.

For Antonio Marrero Duvergel, Radio Re­belde correspondent in Guantánamo, Fidel has been the greatest statesman in history; an outstanding military strategist; insurmountable politician; leader of the masses; tireless student, with a vast knowledge on matters of science, economics, sports, culture, the environment; an excellent orator… global example of internationalism with an unwavering commitment to the people, the dispossessed; qualities which have seen his work spread across the entire globe, cemented forever among revolutionaries.

Indebted to Fidel

Leonardo Aguilar, a 70 year old Guantánamo resident remembers Fidel as the person from whom he has learned the most in his life.

”I was a literacy teacher, and I have participated in every task required by the Revolution. That’s how I’ve come to define myself over the years. I saw him once when he came to Guantánamo, but only from afar. I would have liked to shake his hand,” noted Aguilar.

Meanwhile, Marrero Duvergel recalled, “I was born in the countryside, and thanks to Fidel and the Revolution I became a journalist. What I am today, I owe to him.”

Joaquín González, a teacher at the Ernesto Che Guevara vocational school in Villa Clara noted, “The Revolution led by Fidel was the same one that provided brain surgery for my daughter in a famous hospital in the capital, and which today pays my wife Nilda a stipend to take care of her. I will never forget this.”

Eternal gratitude

Comments such as these reflect the Cuban people’s eternal gratitude toward the Comandante. His ideas, his motivation to fight and concept of Revolution “Will carry on, in the hands of Army General Raúl Castro, who will have the support and commitment of the entire Cuban people,” stated Eberto Estrada Sao, director of the Las Tunas Provincial Meteorology Institute.

”He will be remembered as a good man, of respect, worthy of these times, an indisputable leader of this nation, of the Americas and the world. Now he will multiply in every Cuban that considers them self to be a worthy continuer of his work.”

Rigoberto Miralles, a retiree from Bayamo, noted that the Comandante’s constant lessons in struggle, tenacity, sacrifice, humanism, solidarity, patriotism “will show us the path to follow to achieve the prosperous society that we Cubans aspire to create, without renouncing the sovereignty woven with the blood of the heroes and martyrs of the homeland.”

Humanist qualities

”I had the luck of knowing him as a child, when we were students at the Número 15 Rural Mixed School, located close to his childhood home. He didn’t seem like the son of the most prominent landowner in the area, given the way he treated the other students,” commented Pascual Rodríguez, a neighbor from Birán.

Rodríguez also noted, “You immediately realized he was very intelligent, and was ready to do anything. When I think back, I realize that even at that time you could already see the humanist qualities for which he is renowned.”

According to Delia Rivero Tour, a teacher at the Volodia Kindergarten in Las Tunas, “Starting now we must keep his memory alive, remember him.

Tenderness toward children

“I always think about his tenderness toward children with a phrase of his which says “a healthy child deserves everything, a sick one even more.”

These words speak volumes about the man he was,” stated the Kindergarten teacher.

Lorena Infante García, a student at the Inés Luaces Middle School in Camagüey, agrees, noting that “we love him as our most senior leader, for everything that he has done for the happiness and well-being of Cuban children and those worldwide.”

According to Infante, for pioneros (elementary school students), the Comandante has been and will continue to be an example to follow, in the same way as José Martí, Ignacio Agramonte, Antonio Maceo, Camilo Cienfuegos, Ernesto Che Guevara and so many other Cuban heroes and martyrs.”

Good people

This means being good, disciplined and committed students, ready to respond to every call made to improve the Revolution, become highly qualified professionals, and above all good people, just like him, always sincere, honest, and concerned about the fate of others, she noted.

“The Cuban youth, for whom he did so much, have lost their Comandante on the physical plane, but will continuously rediscover him by preserving his immense legacy in all aspects: ethical, moral, patriotic. Observing his conduct will be a mirror before which we look at ourselves, to be better and more committed,” stated 23 year old bank employee Lisandra Mar­tínez Acea, from Cienfuegos.

This is a moment to ratify his thought and the principles of the Revolution…His ideas and actions turned our country into an example for the rest of the world, and him into an icon, a source of inspiration, stated Yamilia Almanza a young worker at the Latin American School of Medicine.

A source of inspiration

Fidel is and will continue to be a guide, a source of inspiration, a catalyst for every revolutionary project, the man of Moncada, the Gran­ma expedition, the Sierra Maestra, the indisputable leader…the eternal Comandante.

No one should think that the death of our Comandante means and end to the Revolution, stated Armando Peña Gar­vey, an employee at Guan­tánamo’s La Primada food processing plant, “on the contrary, now we are going to become even stronger and more united. We’ve got to keep on, and show the world who we Cubans are.”

“Fidel isn’t dead at all,” said Jesús Catalá Balón, combatant from the Rebel Army’s Juan M. Ameijeiras Sixth Column.
“What died was his body, but he’s still alive, because there are millions of people here, above all youths, who are following in his footsteps. Here, and around the world,” he added.

To keep the flame of the Revolution alive

Meanwhile, Ángel González Rodríguez, reserve forces Lieutenant Colonel based in Santa Clara noted that “As a child I saw the Freedom Caravan pass by, and at some place, before masses of cheering people, Fidel stated that he would like to see this multitude at his burial, because it would mean that he had fulfilled his promise to the people, to whom he dedicated his life. And that’s exactly how it will be.”

His death is a terrible event, but nothing is going to happen here, highlighted literacy campaign volunteer, Leonardo Aguilar. “Raúl is here, and with him the youth and entire country, to keep the flame of the Revolution alive.”

Fidel: It is worthwhile to have lived!

Extract from speech delivered by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz at the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of his admission to the University of Havana , in the Aula Magna of the University, on November 17, 2005

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“There must be an end to stupidity in the world, and to abuse, and to the (rule of an) empire based on might and terror.  It will disappear when all fear disappears. Every day there are more fearless countries.  Every day there will be more countries that will rebel and the empire will not be able to keep that infamous system alive any longer.

Salvador Allende once spoke of things that would happen rather sooner than later. I believe that sooner rather than later the empire will disintegrate and the American people will enjoy more freedom than ever, they will be able to aspire to more justice than ever before; they will be able too use science and technology for their own improvement and for the betterment of humanity; they will be able to join all of us who fight for the survival of the species; they will be able to join all of us who fight for opportunities for the human species.

It’s only fair to struggle for that and that is why we must use all our energy, all our effort and all our time  to be able to say with the voice of millions, or hundreds of thousands of millions of people: it is worthwhile to have been born! It is worthwhile to have lived!”

Source:  Fidel Castro, We Can Build The Most Just Society in the World, 2005, Havana, Cuba, Publications Office of the Council of State, p 102.

Cuba Declares 9 Days of Public Mourning to Honor Fidel Castro

Source:  TeleSUR
November 26 2016

fidel a3.jpgFidel Castro during the 19th anniversary of his and his fellow revolutionaries arrival on the yacht Granma to overthrow the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship, in Havana, in this November 1976 file photo. | Photo: Reuters

Fidel’s ashes will be buried next to Cuban independence hero and Latin American literary figure Jose Marti.

The Cuban government announced Saturday that the public memorial service for former leader Fidel Castro will be held on Nov. 28-29, at the Jose Marti Memorial, located on the northern side of the emblematic Plaza de la Revolución in Havana.

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The service is part of nine days of public mourning that the government declared, during those days all activities and public events will be cancelled or rescheduled. In accordance with Fidel’s wishes, his remains will be cremated and his ashes buried at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery at a ceremony on Dec. 4 in Santiago de Cuba. The cemetery is the resting place of Cuban independence hero José Martí and numerous other leading figures in the country’s revolutionary history.

The government has announced that on November 29,  during the afternoon, there will be a massive event in the Plaza de la Revolución, where tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a ceremony to honour a revolutionary icon and one of the world’s best-known leaders.

The 90-years-old legendary leader of the Cuban revolution died on Friday at 10:29 p.m. after a long battle with illness. His death was announced on national television by his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro.

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fidel camilo plus.jpgFidel played a leadership role in Cuban for five decades after ousting the U.S.-backed Cuban dictator General Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959. He first served as Prime Minister two months after the triumph of the revolution and then was elected President of the Council of State and Ministers in 1976. He held that post until 2006, when he ceded to undergo surgery and his brother Raul Castro, who was First Vice President of the Council of State and Ministers, took his place.

Barbados: Thank you Fidel for your life of struggle

Clement Payne Movement (Barbados)

Press release

Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

fidel 25.jpgThey say that Fidel Castro died last night. But Fidel Castro cannot really die! No man whose actions, spirit, intellect and personality have so positively and profoundly impacted so many millions of lives can die! The essence and influence of such a man is destined to resonate in the lives of countless generations to come, and to secure for him a status of immortality. And so it is with Commandante Fidel Castro Ruz.

Perhaps what we can usefully say is that Fidel Castro has completed his work in this material realm, and like a good and dutiful revolutionary soldier has been honourably discharged.

It is now left up to those of us who remain committed to the revolutionary struggle for the triumph of humanity over inhumanity, the victory of good over evil, to ensure that the living presence of Fidel Castro resonates with ever increasing brightness and power in all of our actions and affairs.

More than  half a century ago

More than  half a century ago Fidel proved to the world that once a cause is rooted in truth and righteousness, and is pursued with courage and passion, it is guaranteed victory — no matter how powerful the forces arrayed against it!

And so, we have no doubt that Fidel took his leave from our earthly realm with a spirit of calm and assurance in his heart, confident that the millions of ”children of the Revolution”– in Cuba and in every other corner of the world– are more than equal to the task of inflicting a crushing defeat on the evil forces of Fascism and racism that, even now, are reconstituting themselves in our world.

On behalf of the officers and members of the Clement Payne Movement, on behalf of the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity, on behalf of the Caribbean Pan-African Network (CPAN), and on behalf of all the progressive forces of the Caribbean island of Barbados, I say “thank you Fidel” for your life of struggle, illumination and inspiration!

With innumerable words of praise and thanks in our hearts and on our lips we raise your name up to the heavens as you make your way up the universal ladder of creation.

David Comissiong

Fidel: Your Red Star Will Shine like a Beacon

Source:  Cuba Network in Defense of Humanity
by Carlos Aznárez

fidel a2.jpgFidel is gone all of a sudden, and we already miss him, because it won’t be the same without him. Many times we thought of him, as we were sitting in a rotten corner in a cell, or in the black hole of torture, in the darkest days of our struggles, and we felt he was with us—and his revolutionary and socialist convictions, his exemplary accomplishments as a fighter and a strategy, his unmatched wisdom in the hardest battles. Fidel was always present, with his olive green uniform, his rifle held firmly and ready to keep going.

Fidel, the reddest star in the Latin American and Caribbean map, was a giant that made the revolution a reality instead of a distant possibility and gave the world hope to raise against injustice.

His heart had a place for all the sorrows of the ones in need and also for all the victories, the big ones and the small ones.

Creating consciousness

Fidel, had a way of creating consciousness, teaching and instilling courage to conquer power—not for oneself, but for others. He was a beacon for all of those who struggle for a different world and will never give up. To say it clearly and concisely, in the style of Fidel: he was a true socialist.Precisely now that peoples around the world are going through difficult times and there are doubts about the future of Humanity, it is worth seeking answers in this leader of the revolution that teaches us about wisdom and humility.

He immediately learned that all the theories in the world won’t be enough if there’s not a determined and intelligent practice of it. And with a handful of brave men he took the Moncada headquarters, opening a road that lead the people to take over power in Cuba.
With his brother Raúl, Che Guevara and other patriots he disembarked from the Granma and, when everything seemed to be lost, among the corpses of his best comrades and the bullets of the enemy, he counted the rifles that he had and repeated to himself many times that with that handful of men that were still standing he would win the battle.

In Sierra Maestra

In Sierra Maestra, he led his comrades to achieve amazing feats. In the mountains he proved his abilities as a strategist, capable of turning the tables and achieve victory against all odds. As a leader, he was strict when it came to his orders being fulfilled, because he knew that any shadow of a doubt, in a combat with such imbalance of forces, could lead to the failure of the whole revolutionary plan.

In those few years of armed battle against Batista’s army, we also learned that Fidel spared the life of his enemies when they were captured in combat, and his integrity convinced many of Batista’s soldiers of deserting and joining his fight. And so, a few thousand rebels defeated a regular army of a hundred thousand soldiers, well-equipped with tanks, bomber planes, and the international help of the US and British army.

He amazed the world

Afterwards, when the bearded rebels finally marched victoriously into Havana, in those memorable days of 1959, Fidel entered a new stage as a leader of a country, and he amazed the world.

A revolutionary to the bone, he freed his people from oppression and from US oppression, he expropriated and nationalized everything that used to belong to four tycoons subordinated to the US mafia, and exercised internationalist solidarity with the same strength he had used to defeat the tyrant.

With El Che

Elbow to elbow with the Che, he didn’t hesitate to begin a bigger fight, for the independence of Latin America. He helped defeat South African apartheid and to free Angola. He embraced Salvador Allende and endured the death of Che Guevara in Bolivia.
Uncountable rebels in the continent feel thankful for what Cuba did for them.

Uncountable fighters for freedom were able to make history in their countries thanks to the enormous solidarity of Fidel’s Cuba. That tiny island influenced the entire world.
He had to endure the fall of the Socialist bloc, struggling for the island to survive while instilling determination in his people. He was the first to denounce the illegitimacy of foreign debt. He also took measures to protect and defend environment, he prioritized education and health for the people and helped other countries to follow his lead in social development.

Against imperialism

The main struggle was always against imperialism. And the empire punished Cuba by fencing it in with an iron-solid blockade.

Half a century of US-imposed shortages were endured with dignity and with the conviction that no revolution is ever easy. In order to prevent people from surrendering to that aggression, Fidel always said that the antidote is having a revolutionary consciousness, the conviction that we’re waging a fair battle, unity of the grassroots and will to sacrifice.

“After God, Fidel”, said a moved and thankful citizen of Haiti, when speaking about the missions of doctors and alphabetization that the Cuban government had sent to the forgotten corners of the world. That’s what we should all remember when we name Fidel. He never, ever failed us.

Another world is possible

This is especially valuable when we think of the kind of world we live in. Felony, corruption, deception and claudication are common currency. But Fidel and the Cuban people have always proven there’s another possible world. And that, with political will and a revolutionary consciousness, there’s no enemy that can’t be defeated.

Although he’s gone, his ideas will remain intact and will keep encouraging us. And now that the enemy seeks to come closer, and “flexibilize relations” to tighten the rope as much as it can, we won’t forget his values. Now that the empire is advancing to take hold of what it consider to be rightfully theirs, its “backyard”, Cuba and its proud and unbreakable resistance shines bright, and Fidel’s reflections on life against death are more necessary than ever. WE must stop for a moment, and acknowledge all of the merits of this exceptional man.

His audacity, his courage

So, when difficulties seem to much, and we believe we’re running out of strength, when we lack answers and when confusion makes us doubt about who the enemy is, when times are dark and without hope, let’s go back to Fidel, to his ideas, to his ethic, to his audacity, to his courage, to his revolutionary power, and let’s rise again to continue this wonderful adventure to take the skies.

A little heartbroken but never defeated, we salute you, dear Commander. We will turn back to you every now and then and ask you: “Are we doing well, Fidel?”