Today on November 26, 2016, we all heard of the passing away of Comrade Fidel Castro, former President of the Republic of Cuba and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. Since the victory of the Cuban revolution we have seen illiteracy been eradicated from Cuba. Raul Castro announced in a brief speech that: “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 [EST] this evening.” Under the leadership of Comrade Fidel Castro, Cuba have also developed a free universal healthcare system against all odds. Not only did it become unique where Cuba have researched and developed cures and medicines that no other country have, and that other countries want, but it is one of the best in the world. Progresses in areas such as healthcare, education and energy sustainability are now in world class, despite the US embargo. CIA have targeted Cuba in several smear campaigns against where they have tried to discredit the socialist government of Cuba and even went so far that between 1960 – 1965, it is estimated that they tried to assassinate Fidel Castro 638 times! As with most US ventures abroad, they failed though and a credible distrust is built towards the US.
As late as yesterday, Comrade Fidel Castro said that the time was approaching for a younger generation to take over, in his public farewell speech, and this morning he’s no longer with us. There’s no secret that the friendship between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) and the Republic of Cuba flourished since the early days of revolution. DPRK have always been the most far-east outpost against US imperialism and Cuba have always been in the far-west. After Cuba was betrayed by the Soviet Union’s defeatism, President Castro turned to President Kim Il Sung as he knew he could trust him.
With an aggressive neighbour like the US, the Cuban people knew that another “Bay of Pigs” might occur at any time. President Castro communicated with his friend President Kim Il Sung :”We asked him if they could supply us with weapons free of charge as they had in the past. He responded that they would.”
“We then communicated to him: ‘Don’t worry. Send us the arms and we will take care of the invaders ourselves.”
Castro continued and credited Kim Il Sung: “a veteran and unimpeachable combatant, sent us 100,000 AK rifles and (ammunition) without charging a cent,” he said.
Even though our great comrade Fidel Castro have passed away, his achievements and unbroken solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world will forever live on and the bond of friendship between the Korean- and Cuban people will live on forever.