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President Fidel Castro Received Hero's Welcome To Harlem

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Bragg,Joe (Author)
Format:
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
1995-11-01
Published:
New York, NY
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
International relations, Blacks, Cuba, South Africa, New York (City), Castro, Fidel, Caribbean, Politics, Minority & ethnic groups, Racial discrimination, Trade relations, Apartheid, Business community, Muhammad, Conrad, Serrano, Jose, Butts, Calvin O., III
Notes:
President [Fidel Castro] lashed out at Mayor [Giuliani] for excluding him from the posh city parties. "The Mayor says I was a demon, and a demon couldn't be invited to dinner. So I said I'll go hungry the first day in New York" and then Castro laughed and said he wasn't upset by the Mayor's snub because his social calendar was full anyway. He said a friendly and rich family and a group of businessmen including David Rockefeller had invited him to dinner. President Castro says the U.N. don't speak of it. People applauded the independence of the African Countries, Namibia and South Africa. You would have thought the United Nations worked a miracle. There was no mention of Cuba and no mention of the many Cuban soldiers who lost their lives in the war. Yet they spoke of the end of apart-heid in a glorious manner. Castro says when people begin to write history, they forget reality. That is the historical truth, says Mr. Castro and a lot of research should be done on this because they have these nuclear weapons under their control right now. Mr. Castro says Cuba was the only outside country to shed its blood against apartheid and against racism in Africa. He says he agrees all nuclear weapons should be removed. But what is a blockade? "As we were saying today at the United Nations that blockade is like a noiseless atom bomb. It kills people and children. There is no justification for a blockade."