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FIDEL CASTRO has led Cuba since the revolution of 1959.
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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Ocean Press; 2 Expanded edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987077910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987077912
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Malvin VINE VOICE on February 19, 2011
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"Obama and the Empire" is an excellent collection of short "reflections" written from May 2008 through June 2010 by the legendary Fidel Castro, who today remains one of the most authentic living critics of the U.S. capitalist state. Filled with numerous insights gained over a lifetime spent successfully resisting empire, Mr. Castro poses the kinds of questions that only someone who has no fear could ask. Indeed, Mr. Castro's ability to forcefully speak truth to power makes him an invaluable if unlikely ally to countless Americans who might be pondering their country's future.

Mr. Castro astutely perceives that there are two Obamas: a person who embodies the hopes and aspirations of the American people; and a chief executive whose ambitions are bound to serve the narrow interests of capital. On the one hand, Mr. Castro generally lauds Obama for his intellect, work ethic and mastery of issues such as global warming. On the other hand, Mr. Castro laments that Obama has been unwilling to act decisively on issues that might prove beneficial to humanity while working frantically to prop up a fatally flawed and unsustainable economic system. Not that any of this comes as a surprise to Mr. Castro; as a witness to the eleventh president to hold office since the Cuban Revolution, Mr. Castro knows full well that Obama's power is constrained by the demands of the economic system over which he presides.

Mr. Castro knows a thing or two about armed struggle, and it is perhaps on this topic that his criticism carries the most weight. Obama is faulted for escalating the unwinnable war in Afghanistan; colonizing the nation of Colombia with military bases; and of course, refusing to lift the embargo on Cuba at a time when even some Republican senators have indicated a willingness to change.
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This previously published collection of essays has recently been expanded and updated to include Fidel's thoughts around the assassination attempt of Rep. Gifford in Arizona, the US 2011 State of the Union Address, etc. This volume closes considering the illegal killing of Bin Laden and its effects on our history, our world, the local society and his family, who were present.

He interrupts this global consideration of this illegal and immoral assassination by making the global local, in recalling correctly: "Still engraved in the minds of hundreds of millions of people are also the horrible images of human beings who, for months and even for years, have been submitted to unbearable and excruciating torture in Guantanamo, an illegally occupied territory in Cuba. They were kidnapped and transferred to secret prisons with the hypocritical connivance of supposedly civilized countries (p. 154)."

For more on the situation of immorality, illegality and injustice still on-going on Guantanamo Bay, please study carefully the excellent and tragic chronicle For God And Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.

This book thus closes considering validly and rationally and substantially the assassination of Ossama Bin Laden by the US government. The penultimate chapter explores the US invasion of Libya, with the driving motive being as everywhere, oil.

We must read this important chapter with our most serious consideration (and like the people of Nineveh hearing the message of Jonah: our deepest sincere repentance), as it begins globally and then specifically to explain why we invade nations with whom we are not at war.
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Gives insights into what Castro thinks about the US and Obama, learned a lot about Fidel too. Actually the book is full of hope for the future. I would like to read more books written by Castro to learn more about his thinking.
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Castro’s observations span the period May 2008 when Obama was a candidate, to May 2011, when he was fully ensconced in his role as President. I was struck by how well informed Castro was about the minutiae of life in the US. Of course he is interested in American politics, but apparently he reads our newspapers and watches our television and claims to have a deep affection for the American people, if not for the “system”. He denounces terrorism and extends his sympathy for those killed at the World Trade Center.
Castro is fascinated by Obama. How else to explain the lengths to which he goes to observe and dissect his every move (“Obama is a workaholic”). Castro has a feel for the historic moment (he mentions January 1, 1959 a couple of times) in which a black man becomes president of the northern empire. Castro doesn’t have a feel for the dynamic inner workings of everyday America. His worldview is shaped by his Marxist viewpoint and his narrative is populated by stereotypes: the downtrodden (proletariat) of the Third World, the excluded leaders of noble small countries (Castro wannabes), the permanent underclass of the US smothered by the system.
In his piece “The 11th (sic) President of the United States”, he is struck by the noble and intelligent countenance of the first African-American president of the United States and he is prophetic in his observation that the new president has yet to face his first test: “What will he do when the immense power he now has in his hands proves to be absolutely useless in order to overcome the insoluble problems posed by the system.”
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