In response to Fidel’s death and the portrayal of him by US and some western media, two experts with much exposure to Cuba presented
a different take. Canadian journalism professor and author Stephen Kimber of compared western media coverage
to a broader legacy of
Cuba under Castro. U.S. political economist and advisor Mark Weisbrot, took on the opening line of the Time’s obituary, claiming to present
a short history of U.S. domination of Latin America
from a less imperialist view.
. In Cuba you can see the humble burial site for Fidel Castro, who asked that there not be buildings or monuments named for him. A Cuban American colleague who just returned from Cuba most of last week & visiting relatives there, advised that the widespread respect and mourning by the Cuban people was deep and clearly sincere.
IV. If you’re interested in understanding Fidel Castro, the issues he faced and the decisions made in numerous historic situations from his perspective, the definitive and very readable work is Fidel Castro, My Life, A spoken Autobiography by Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet (editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique). It is available in Spanish and English editions, also as an audio book (the US English paperback is published by Scribner, 2009, 724 pages, $22 list price).
Another very good source, facts rather than opinion, but many of those have not been highlighted in the U.S. (nor recognized in the NY Times obituary for example) is Jane Franklin’s Cuba and the United States: A Chronological History (the full text of nearly 400pp is available free online up to 1995, at http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~hbf/Cuba_and_the_US_book.pdf); the new 2016 edition is only $25, under the title: Cuba and the U.S. Empire: A Chronological History, with a foreward by Noam Chomsky. All comments are welcome, and anyone who’d like to join a proposed listserv to respectfully and candidly discuss Fidel’s legacy, kindly reply/respond to that effect.
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