President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Cuba, the tiny country best known for a plethora of controversy, has Americans divided.
During the president’s stay reports detailed the excitement of possible opportunities and change. Several news sources reported Obama’s comments to bury the two countries’ history of cold war hostility but now the primary focus is on Cuba’s former president, Fidel Castro.
The Associated Press captured the former president’s state of mind by sharing Castro’s 1,500-word media letter titled, Brother Obama.
“We don’t need the empire to give us any presents,” Castro said.
Castro who is known for his hard line rules said, “My modest suggestion is that he reflects and doesn’t try to develop theories about Cuban politics.”
Castro’s message includes a close analysis of Obama’s speech particularly Obama’s comments,”it’s time to leave the past behind.”
The former Cuban president has serious concerns about re-establishing economic ties with U.S. and capitalism in Cuba. Castro’s stern views have not changed.
“No one should pretend that the people of this noble and selfless country will renounce its glory and its rights,” Castro said, “We are capable of producing food and material wealth that we need to work and intelligence of our people.”
He is known for leading the Cuban Revolution during Fulgencio Batista’s second term. Batista dictator and once elected president (1940-1944) and (1952-1959) exploited Cuban citizen’s commercial interests. Combining efforts with American Mafiosos, he introduced drug, gambling and prostitution in Havana. During Batista’s second term he drained the citizen’s economy widening the gap between the rich and poor.
In 1954, Castro led the revolt with vigor, courage and charismatic style. He promised improved living conditions and change for the socialist community. He introduced communism and hindered individual’s economic growth. Not much has changed in Cuba but Obama’s visit inspires.
Americans and Cubans are anxious to see relationships develop but heated debates continue to grow. Cuba is home to classic vehicles, relics and a pristine environment. Cuban rum, tobacco and sugar cane are among the top lucrative industries. Entrepreneurs must keep a close eye on political developments in order to take advantage of industry profit and economic reform.
Granma, Cuba’s official newspaper reported, “April 16-19, 2016, party congress will allow us to define with greater precision the path that we must follow in order for our nation, sovereign and truly independent since Jan. 1, 1959, to construct a prosperous and sustainable socialism,”
Anticipation, tension and excitement continue to build as watchful eyes focus on minute-by-minute reports and global changes affect the future’s course. For now President Obama has inspired improved relations and historic changes.