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Reflections On Fidel, Cuba, Internationalism & Tamils


By Ron Ridenour

Ron Ridenour

Ron Ridenour

“Fidel Castro, October 12, 1987”—that is what Fidel wrote on my book, “Yankee Sandinistas: Interviews with North Americans living and working in the new Nicaragua,” after reading it.

In 1980, I fell in love with a Danish woman, Grethe, and moved to her country. On my way to assist the rebellion in El Salvador, in 1987, we traveled to Cuba. This was my first visit to Cuba and my first book had just come out when I met Fidel.

I had given him a copy after he spoke about the legacy of Che Guevara 20 years after his murder in Bolivia. We were hundreds of Cubans, a few solidarity foreigners and journalists gathered before a newly built hospital in the Cuban province of Matanza.

My rebirth from being an American Dreamer to an internationalist occurred because of the Cuban revolution, because of what Fidel and Che taught me when I was an airman “defending” the United States against all the bad guys.

Yankees Go Home”, “Out of Cuba”, “Cuba Si, Yankee No”. We internationalists sang and we wrote on placards we carried back and forth before the US Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1961. It was here that I joined the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.jr

This was the first time I demonstrated, and here I was opposing “my” government. I had recently been discharged after four years in the United States Air Force, which I had joined at 17. What I learned in those years was the aggressor; the read bad guy was the United States. We constantly flew over and harassed Russian, Chinese and Cuban territory, yet we airmen and soldiers had orders that if “the enemy” did the same we were to shoot them down. They never did “trespass” however.

The United States murders, commits genocide and conducts thousands of military interventions and wars reign since the very beginning of its independence from Great Brittan. “Born in the USA: regimen of permanent wars” describes this sordid history.

At the top of my website are quotations, which also explain why I became an activist against US Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine and for a socialist alternative, something Fidel stood for.

“It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the American people to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms,” John Stockwell, former CIA official wrote.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Fidel was a champion pantheon of the people, one who made indelible contributions in the global struggle for equality and emancipation. Fidel will be remembered for many reasons, among them:

¤ Fidel led his country out of poverty, creating employment for all, bringing the infant mortality rate down under the US level, advancing the literacy rate higher than in the US, abolishing official racism, acting in solidarity with the poor and oppressed throughout Latin American and Africa, assisting Vietnam militarily against the goliath. These struggles favoring the poor over the rich inspired billions of people, many of whom voted their progressive political parties into power.

¤Without the solidarity Cuba’s leadership and soldiers offered to Angola, and indirectly to Namibia and the black people of South Africa, white racist South Africa with US-Israel support would have crushed their struggles for sovereignty. Furthermore, Nelson Mandela would have died in prison—that is what I heard him say in Cuba standing beside Fidel soon after his release from prison. And Fidel stood for sending hundreds of thousands of highly educated Cubans around the world to heal, to teach and to entertain.

¤ Fidel was Cuba’s Don Quijote, alongside Che Guveara. His idea of socialism was different from Soviet and China, and surely more humanitarian than capitalism: no police or soldiers shooting in the streets, no death squads, no massacres, no Gulags or torturing, no starvation, plenty of social human rights yet with fewer civil rights than promised and desired.
¤ Fidel defied the monster and got away with it all these years, something cherished by billions in a hundred countries. He even brought a warmongering US president to his land, sporting his fine talk. For the first time, the perennial enemy pretends to be a friend hoping to stab Cuba in the back.

Fidel, Cuba and Me

In 1987, Cuba’s Ministry of Culture invited me to work for its book publishing house, Editorial José Martí, which published my book, “Backfire: The CIA’s Biggest Burn” concerning double agents in the CIA loyal to Cuba. This was the first of six books I wrote on Cuba. Between 1988 and 1996, I worked for the publisher and for Prensa Latina, the foreign news agency, which Che started.

I briefly met Fidel four times. In my sleep, I stand in a crowd close to where Fidel is speaking. My wary eyes catch an assassination attempt on our leader’s life. I cast myself over him and take the bullet. Ah, dying a hero!

Yet Fidel died peacefully, defying the monster once again. This epitaph was encouraged by my former colleague Dave Lindorff. Before me is the Danish TV-Radio news story about his death. In the nation’s main broadcast medium story of Fidel’s legacy is a four-word clause within one sentence: he “survived 600 murder attempts”.

There is no reference to who tried to murder him, neither to the illegality or immorality of it. Readers and listeners must simply know that it was the world’s loudest “human rights advocate”, the United States of America. There was no condemnation; no call for bringing the nation’s leaders before any international tribunal of war crimes. And I’m sure that the mass media employees do no know or don’t want to remember that the International Court of Justice found the US guilty of war crimes against Nicaragua, in1986—just as a point of reference.

What we did get to read, however, was what President Barak Obama had to say about Fidel: “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.” “We offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”
Oh Yeah, “friend and partner” of the country whose president the US had tried to murder 600 times. US terrorist attacks did murder and maim several thousands of Cuban on their own soil. And it nearly caused an atomic world war prevented on October 27, 1962 by the brave Russian submarine ship captain Vasil Arkhipov. The “dirty commie” refused to fire his nuclear missile while under depth charge grenade attack in international waters by a US ship armed with atomic weapons readied to deploy.



The Revolution and Fidel’s Downsides

Ten years passed before I was in Cuba again. Fidel had recently spoken to college students about internal conflicts.

“This country can self-destruct; this Revolution can destroy itself, but they [the US] can never destroy us; we can destroy ourselves, and it would be our fault.”

In his November 17, 2005 speech, Fidel referred publicly for the first time to Cuba’s own fault in failing to develop a revolutionary consciousness among the population as a whole.

A disillusioned populace, Fidel explained, pursues individual greed-consumerism and can destroy the Cuban revolutionary project, something the enemy cannot. That would mean that the key goal, which was Che’s motto—“The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see man liberated from his alienation”—had not progressed sufficiently.

That the “maximum leader” made this reflection public was an enormous admission of the greatest actual challenge for this humanistic revolution. The moral root to this dilemma—selfishness vs. holism portrayed by capitalism on the one hand and socialism on the other—is, in fact, at the core of existence for the human race and the planet.

I witnessed a great degree of disillusionment especially among the youth. A few students gathered quietly to discuss problems while the Communist party and its mass media basically ignored them.

As a correspondent for the English daily “Morning Star”, I was invited to receive the newly elected president of Bolivia, the indigenous fighter Evo Morales. A corps of foreign and national reporters stood by the runway alongside hundreds of Bolivian students studying medicine in Cuba. Evo’s plane was soon to land. I had prepared a question for the new hope of Bolivia: How do you intend to confront and win the inevitable conflict between your humanitarian program and that of the greedy transnational corporations?

What then occurred caught me by surprise. Fidel arrived and promptly shook hands with the enthusiastic Bolivian youth. I was standing next to the last Bolivian. Suddenly, Fidel stopped in front of me. His large right hand was slightly extended. My hand rose exuberantly to reach his. Then four Rons spoke at once.

Revolutionary Ron: I want to shake his hand, hug him; tell him how much he means to me, to us.

Journalist Ron: Now you have to come up with a good question. He is there waiting for you. 

Ego Ron: Tell him you want to get a book published here so that Cubans can read you, so that you can be somebody in this land of your heart.

Cuban Ron: You must not touch The Commandant’s hand. Remember how supposed journalists tried to murder him in Chile, in 1971, with a gun hidden inside a TV camera? Fidel’s guards will think of me as a potential killer.

The Cuban Ron stopped my hand. Confused Journalist Ron could not think fast enough to dominate the other Rons, and instead asked Fidel the question for Evo.

The realist Fidel replied: “That is a question for Evo Morales”.

What a dummy I am, and the President walked onward.

I told this story to two Cuban journalists. They said that I should have caught his attention by telling him that it was I who had burned my Yankee passport and renounced my citizenship in front of the US Interests Section in Havana, in January 1991, in protest of its first war against Iraq.

The following day, I repeated the anecdote to Antonio García Urquiolla. He was a merchant marine captain I had sailed with and a double agent infiltrated inside the CIA (see “Backfire”). The CIA had wanted him to assist in murdering Fidel.

Antonio’s reply to me: “Ron won the battle of Rons”!

In 2009, I was again in Cuba, then to witness the revolution’s 50-year celebration. I wrote:

“Seventeen days after the first May Day of the revolution, May 17, 1959, Fidel Castro proclaimed the first radical land reform to an outburst of great popular joy, as well as a violent reaction from

the national landowners and their ally in the United States, the latter continuing its merciless revenge against the revolutionary government of Cuba.

“On that day 50 years ago, Fidel said: ‘A wonderful future awaits our country if we dedicate ourselves to work with all our might.’

“The historic and indelible advantages Cubans earned from forging an incipient socialism following the nation’s real independence, with its ensuing products and services for all, was supported by the vast majority of the population, especially in the early years… 

“However, today, fifty years later…The nation is clearly fraught with passivity and poor production in quantity and quality. I believe this is so in large part because people lack the real power to make decisions at their work centers, schools, and even in their local governments and provincial and national legislatures.”

“It is no secret that many are tired and discontent. The four main areas of dissatisfaction, as I see it, are: a) low salaries and the two currency system, which separates people; b) shortages of sufficient foodstuffs and other basic goods; c) perpetual lack of sufficient housing made worse by last year’s hurricane destruction; d) insufficient improvement in worker empowerment, with few exceptions.

“And then, for many -especially the revolutionary conscious people who yearn for the days of Che’s enthusiasm for creating the new man and woman- there is the crippling effect that the government continues to limit the access to ample information and real debate, hampering an exchange of ideas necessary for them to become empowered.”

Soon after this piece appeared, I received an email from Armarantha Visalakshi. She wrote representing the Latin America Friendship Association in Tamil Nadu, India. Her group had actively supported Cuba for many years. She had translated into Tamil Che’s and Fidel’s writings.

And now she told me: “It is a great shock for the people of Tamil Nadu to find that Cuba…supported the Sri Lanka Government in annihilating the Tamil population in the Island nation [Sri Lanka].”

“We here in Tamil Nadu celebrated the 80th birthday of Comrade Fidel by releasing eight books on Cuba’s achievements in various fields…We are struck dumb and rendered disheartened and disillusioned by this act of those countries of Latin America on which we have pinned our hopes for the future.”

On my wall before my writing machine is my photo of the Cuban billboard: “Ser Internacionalista es saldar nuestra propia deuda con la humanidad.” “To be an internationalist is to settle our debt with humanity.”

This motto is at the heart of what Fidel said: “Those who are exploited are our compatriots all over the world; and the exploiters all over the world are our enemies… Our country is really the whole world, and all the revolutionaries of the world are our brothers.

It was this more than anything else that made me a great admirer of Fidel and his country’s sacrifice for international brotherhood. But now this letter from India forced me most reluctantly to investigate her charges. It remorsefully resulted in writing scores of articles and a book, “Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka” (New Century Book House, Chennai, India; November 2011).

Here are excerpts from my first article, “Cuba-ALBA Let Down Sri Lanka Tamils”, Nov.16, 2009.

I quote from Che’s famous “Socialism and Man” essay: “The revolutionary [is] the ideological motor force of the revolution…if he forgets his proletarian internationalism, the revolution which he leads will cease to be an inspiring force and he will sink into a comfortable lethargy, which imperialism, our irreconcilable enemy, will utilize well. Proletarian internationalism is a duty, but it is also a revolutionary necessity. So we educate our people.

That said I came to the heart of the dilemma.

“I think that the governments of Cuba, Bolivia, and Nicaragua let down the entire Tamil population in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as well as ‘proletarian internationalism’ and the ‘exploited’, by extending unconditional support to Sri Lanka’s racist government…[by]signing a UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution praising the government of Sri Lanka for ‘the promotion and protection of human rights’, while only condemning for terrorism the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which fought the government in a civil war since 1983 until their defeat on May 19, 2009.

“During the last year of war, the Sri Lankan government illegally and brutally interned nearly half-a-million Tamil civilians; 280,000 of these civilians were entrapped in several ‘welfare centers’ upon the LTTE’s surrender…Their conditions are the opposite of ‘promotion and protection of human rights’. Hundreds have died and are dying for lack of food, water, basic health care.”

Having spoken the truth that the Cuban government, the greatest internationalist nation on earth, reversed the key principle of solidarity, I became a betrayer in the eyes of some Cuban solidarity organizers. I am sorrowfully isolated from the warmth of Cuba’s revolutionary circles, but I can not stop my critique. The younger Fidel, and Che, would not have forgiven me if I did.

In 2011, I was invited to conduct a speaking tour of my Tamil book being released in India. I spoke of how great the Cuban revolution was for us all but lamented this critical flaw in failing to support the oppressed Tamil people. In one rally, I appeared with Che’s face on a red t-shirt to the standing ovation of 15,000 Tamils. Che and the Cuban revolution were still the great love and hope for this people, despite the fact that the Fidel and Raul Castro government betrayed their trust.

I am now moved to cite my conclusion on this matter: “I am sickened by the Cuban government’s hypocritical support of [the Sinhalese President] Rajapaksa and his family regime…I recommend that leftist-progressive organizations and websites, and especially solidarity groups with Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua (ALBA countries) make these governments aware that they need to return to their original principle as internationalists who support the oppressed everywhere on earth, and cease supporting unquestionably the genocidal government of Sri Lanka.”

No revolutionary or communist government has dared to hand over the reigns of real power to the working class, to construct the collective way of socialism. There is a perennial lack of trust in the people, and in trusting our ideological morality.

If morality does not become integral to our struggles, I’m afraid we are headed for a global moral collapse already underway due to the intrinsic immorality of capitalism and its imperialism; the foundering of contemporary socialism; and the rise of fascism throughout much of the world. 

November 28, 2016.

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    Thanks a lot for this very informative and valuable article. The revolutionists and human activists have a lot to learn from this article. Most importantly the need for public understanding and contribution to withstand the challenges of present day capitalism globalism and war mongering powers around the world.

    I fully believe that SWRD assassination was a US designed and operated political murder. So in the case of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi killings in India. The Modus Operandi in both Countries is same. Both India and Sri Lanka are now in the full grip of USA and could well be a killing fields as was the case with LTTE and the Tamils in Mullivaikaal.

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      Dear Mano
      While I do not deny the possibility of CIA’a role in the likely political killings listed by you, I will not give the CIA credit forr all of them.

      Indira Gandhi transformed Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale into a major a political figure to subvert Akali nationalists in Punjab who were a challenge to the Congress.
      She cultivated this extremist to weaken moderates. But events in Punjab overtook her calculations. In desperation, she committed a most incredible blunder in ordering the raid in the Golden Temple. (The script up to this point could not have been written by the CIA).
      Let us also not forget what IG did between 1975 and 1977 under her Emergency regime.
      [The book “Tragedy of Punjab: Operation Bluestar & After” by Kuldip Nayar & Khushwant Singh is most educational.]

      As for Rajeev’s killing, I am still not clear why the LTTE should murder someone whose credibility was poor (as the voting prior to the assassination would show) in the middle of polls campaign in a region where his popularity was poorest.
      There still are many unanswered questions about who the real killers were and the motives. But to video the horrible event was either plain stupidity or according to a contract agreement.
      By failing to promptly denounce the killing, the LTTE (whether they were guilty or not) harmed itself. I do not rule out the possibility that the CIA got the LTTE to do it, especially after learning how Rajapaksa’s agents bribed them to call for a boycott of the Presidential Election of 2005.

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        sivasegaram

        “As for Rajeev’s killing, I am still not clear why the LTTE should murder someone whose credibility was poor (as the voting prior to the assassination would show) in the middle of polls campaign in a region where his popularity was poorest.”

        Why don’t you look at all the killings that were attributed to LTTE (VP)?

        Amirthalingam, Yogeshwaran, the attempted assassination on Sivasithamparam, Padhmanaba in Chennai, Mathaya, …… Anuradhapura Bodhi massacre, ……

        VP being a psychopath he did not need any reason to bump his perceived enemies off. He was paranoid just like his Sinhala/Buddhist brethren.

        Are you a secret admirer of VP? Or are you justifying atrocities that were committed by LTTE (VP)?

        You sound like an apologist to VP (the psychopath).

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    Ron Ridenour:
    “And now she told me: “It is a great shock for the people of Tamil Nadu to find that Cuba…supported the Sri Lanka Government in annihilating the Tamil population in the Island nation [Sri Lanka].”

    I am now moved to cite my conclusion on this matter: “I am sickened by the Cuban government’s hypocritical support of [the Sinhalese President] Rajapaksa and his family regime…I recommend that leftist-progressive organizations and websites, and especially solidarity groups with Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua (ALBA countries) make these governments aware that they need to return to their original principle as internationalists who support the oppressed everywhere on earth, and cease supporting unquestionably the genocidal government of Sri Lanka.””

    I had responded in detail to this and much more that Ron Ridenour wrote in Radical Notes. Ron responded to it and I followed up. [https://radicalnotes.com/2009/11/23/a-rejoinder-to-ron-ridenours-essay-on-sri-lanka/]

    Not just Cuba but other Latin American left regimes too saw beyond what the US had in mind in its planned resolution of 2009 denouncing the GoSL (which that latter cleverly deflected with its own resolution, but to face more to come from the US in subsequent years).
    Plain sentimentalism may have urged Cuba support the US move to condemn Sri Lanka for human rights violations etc. But anyone in Latin America who knew better about when, where and why the US takes up the cause of human rights would know the implications of going along with the plans of the US.

    Amaranta and other “friends of Cuba” were emotionally bonded to the Tamil cause (including Tamil Eelam to a point) largely because they were denied —often willingly — a balanced view of the events in Sri Lanka, as the Indian media — especially that in Tamilnadu — only knew twoo sides to the story: one pro-LTTE and the other anti-LTTE.

    Ron, despite all good intentions, was even more poorly informed of political events in Sri Lanka.

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      Sivasegaram
      Thank you very much for your clear no hold barred exposition of Cuba’s erroneous hypocritical support for the tyrannical MaRa’fascist’family oriented regime.

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    An excellent and refreshing paper on Fidel with references to also Che Guevara.
    Bensen

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    The self appointed Human Rights fighter the USA has not questioned the Sri Lankan govt about the Avant Guard arms smuggling racket, after so much has been exposed. WHY? Even the UN is quiet with no questions. Avant Guard’s role has not been providing security for ships, but the sale of arms through which the company has earned millions of dollars, some of which has been peddled to Rajapaksa and his family. Why Maithri and Ranil have not taken action nor held Avant Guard responsible for money laundering is anyone’s guess. Arm twisting of both by the self appointed Policeman, seem to be done very openly.

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    Because international leftists are only concerned about racist White imperialists not racist Brown imperialists. The Tamils have only replaced White colonialism (which was much more civilized) for Brown colonialism of the so-called people of the lion who are as bloodthirsty as the sword-wielding lion representing them. Sinhala Lanka was fighting to preserve the colonialist imposed centralized unitary state which did not exist before the arrival of colonial masters:
    “Here we have the benefit of three historical documents of immense weight and indisputable authority and veracity ie the Malvana Convention of 1598, the Nallur Convention of 1616 and the Kandyan Convention of 1815. The first was signed in 1598, on the one hand, by King Philip 11 of Spain [ of Armada fame] as king Philip 1 of Portugal, in his capacity as king of Portugal and , on the other, by the nobility of Kotte assembled in Malvana. In terms of this convention, the nobility of Kotte, on behalf of the people of Kotte freely accepted the sovereignty of King Philip and swore fealty to him as King of Kotte, by virtue of the last will and testament of the last king of Kotte, Don Juan Dharmapala 1, who died in 1596. It is interesting to note that the contracting parties are the King of Spain and the Indies, the most powerful ruler on earth, as king of Portugal, and the representatives of the people of the kingdom of Kotte, an independent, legally constituted ,diplomatically recognized, political entity- in other words, a sovereign state. There is no mention of that fiction of the afore-mentioned pseudo-historical school of a state of Ceylon or Lanka or any other name.

    In like manner the second was signed in 1616, on the one hand, by King Philip 111 of Spain[son of the former] as King Philip 11 of Portugal in his capacity as king of Portugal, and on the other, by the nobility of the kingdom of Jaffna, assembled in Nallur, whereby the latter freely acknowledged the sovereignty of King Philip and swore fealty to him as King of Jaffna, by virtue of the conquest of the kingdom by the Portuguese forces in 1616. Here again, it may be noted that the contracting parties are the King of Spain, as king of Portugal, and the representatives of the people of the kingdom of Jaffna, an independent, legally constituted, diplomatically recognized, political entity – a sovereign state. There is no mention of a state of Ceylon or Lanka or any other name.

    By these two treaties the Crown of Portugal came into possession of the two separate states of Kotte and Jaffna, and they were so governed by the Portuguese crown as two territories. In fact the budgets and statements of income and expenditure of the two territories were submitted to the treasury in Lisbon as two separate records, throughout the period 1618 to 1658.The Dutch East India Co.[V.O.C.] conquered the two states in 1658. In the treaty of 1658 between the new King John 1 of Portugal [ of the House of Braganza ] and the V.O.C. the two states are separately described in two distinct schedules. They continued to be administered by the V.O.C .separately. In fact, the Dutch, being more business-minded and profit- oriented, sub-divided the Kotte kingdom into two Colombo and Galle, each under its own Commandant, the better to run the cinnamon industry.

    Technically, therefore, “unification” was brought about by foreign conquest by the two colonial powers, the Portuguese crown and the V.O.C., and up to 1803, such “ unification” was confined to the Commandants of Colombo, Galle and Jaffna.. In 1803, in the course of the Napoleonic wars, these territories were conquered by the British government from the V.O.C., but no change was made in the independent administration of these new British colonial possessions. Again, as in the case of the transfer on conquest from the Portuguese to the Dutch, so also in the relevant Treaty of Amiens of 1803, these territories are separately described in two schedules pertaining to Kotte and Jaffna, respectively,, with no mention of Ceylon or Lanka or any other name, except for the purpose of geographical location.

    In 1815 the Kandyan kingdom was conquered by the British and the Kandyan Convention signed the same year between King George 1V, on the one hand and the Kandyan chiefs, on the other, accepting the sovereignty and rule of the former over the kingdom of Kandy – note, not Ceylon or Lanka or any other name. It is, therefore, by a process similar to that described previously, that the island was united territorially by intervention of a foreign power to suit that power’s imperial and colonial interests – in this case primarily the security of the Indian empire. Administratively, Colombo, Galle, Jaffna and Kandy were run separately.”
    – (The Malvana Convention of 1598,and other historical conventions by Anthony Hensman) http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31246

    Supporting the colonial project that is the modern nation state of Sinhala Lanka would be akin to supporting colonial backed creation of the Jewish state in Palestine which was established through ethnic cleansing.

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    Considering the relationship between the national left, the Tamil national question and the state it is fruitful to grasp the corruption, revisionism and absurdity of dominant Marxism in South Asia as it is utilized as a means towards silencing genocide and facilitating a fascist state in enjoying legitimacy through naturalizing national oppression.
    – ‘National Questions in South Asia and the Established Left’ By Athithan Jayapalan
    http://sanhati.com/excerpted/12027/

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    The Sri Lankan Left and the Tamil Question……

    – ‘National Questions in South Asia and the Established Left’ By Athithan Jayapalan

    http://sanhati.com/excerpted/12027/

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    Chronology of American State Terrorism is here:-

    http://hateusa.narod.ru/terror.htm

    Yet, it is the only Super Power – Russia a close second.
    Interference in Sri Lanka came much later.

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    Cuban president had long friendship with Sirimavo. First is this: “I am not JVP supporter- in its any form, whether as revolutionary army or Political Party – that is Now and Then. I never found a reason to satisfy my heart JVP to engage into armed revolution and sacrifice that many lives, not one time, but two times”. But both UNP’s and the SLFP’s suppressions of JVP were heinous crimes next in Lankawe’s history to Mullivaikkal. Sirimavo Suppression was with less murders, but highly aggressive. I was there at that time and came to know the brutalities tool place. Their own children’s (not Demelo LTTE’s) bodies were lying on the roads shot by Sirimavo’s army, like the pigs in wilderness. Her safety was quickly ensure by Tamil Polices and India latter. Her fear for her power not the one was fully ensured for her satisfaction. She feared even for her her shadow accompanying her to her throne. She wanted her loyals wipe out anybody they preferred to. Premawathi’s murder set empale in Lankawe to Army freely enjoy the weaker sex, with no ethics of it. This what happened during Chandrika time to many Krisanties; then in 4th floor and Mullivaikkal, white van and all other instances. The culture of Rapist Army using rape as weapon in Lankawe was introduced by Sirimavo’s brutal suppression of JVP.

    For all these, the drama King Fidel was one of the best friend of Sirimavo. He is the ultimate Dramatist with unlimted false tales. As he is not a Modaya one like the Old King (Old King tell the Mahinda Chitanata to Mondays and operate the white van), Fidel pretend to implement what he was preaching, but really not.

    Fidel biggest Drama is begging on the doorstep of USSR and corrupting Non-Alien Movement. Some Hindu people say real atheist is an honest Hindu. The notion behind that is whatever you believe in is the the god; after all Hinduism allow anybody to define their good. The word Non-Alien is meaning not aligning with left or the right. This comedian sleeping in the night on the USSR bed and hugging the non-alien in the day time for the show to the world. What a scoundrel prostitute he was and preaching chastity for others. Tito, though he too a communist, founded Non-Alien Movement with Nehru; he was not a beggar of USSR.

    “Keddikkaranin Poyyum Piraddum Dakku mukku dikku”. Fidel is not the one to easily figure out for average revolution enthusiasts. Che said to leave Fidel fearing he may hand Che over to America to save his throne and crown. At the start, he may have tried to put the country in different direction. Even Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet did some developments to his country. One thing these revolution enthusiasts want to think is about Gandhi. Gandhi did not wanted to rule the liberated India, unlike Fidel and other drama King revolutionist. TNA is suspected by many if it is sincere to Tamils. Sampanthar criticize Leader Prabhakaran. But when Prabhakaran wanted relax the war, we set up the TNA. After Gandhi’s death Congress remained in power in India. After Prabha, TNA is still there, political hand he created.

    In Lunstead time, America treated all Tamils as terrorist, irrelevant of if Tamils had a reason to take arm. Visa was refused to Sampanthan to visit for private function. Non LTTE’yers allured into into it and arrested by string operation. This guy stood with America of that time, to suppress Tamils’ freedom movement. Why did he do that? He simply thought if he go against america, it may pinch him more.

    Not everybody believe that Casto was a honest person turned into dishonest. He gave up on Che right after revolution. He started show more of his colors as when his idealism was facing hurdles. American be dishonest and brutal. But “Arasana Nambi Purushanai Kaividelaathu”. One can not give up her husband to take the king’s hand one time. Democracy has to be protected. So, once in while ignoring America’s infidelity would not hurt.

    But Thanks for understanding Tamils’ problem.

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    Ron Ridenour,

    Thanks for the excellent account of Castro. Guess Cuba needed that system at the time. In US, the White people destroyed Native American culture, took their lands, and destroyed their natural farming systems. In Cuba however, White/Black people lived side by side with the original Cuban natives, assimilated with them, and made the land productive. Capitalism was of the mafia type that threatened the masses and needed to be stopped.

    The first Cubans who came to America took the wealth of the nation and lived gloriously on US soil. They created business and opportunity and encouraged other Cubans to join them to uphold their success, and many crossed the dire Straits of Florida in rafts.

    It is time, however, that Cuba now moved to some form of capitalism, as it is unhealthy for monetary and political ideology to remain fixated. America that created the capitalistic systems and enabled the flow of money to the masses in a better way (although things can be improved), can show them a better way.

    In south Asia however, the Hindu caste-systemed Tamil-Nadu via-a-vis Egalitarian Buddhist Sri Lanka would have been very repugnant to Fidel Castro. Even he knew he couldn’t change the divine-inspired chromosomal- signature of the Hindu masses. He therefore had great respect for the Sinhalese race.

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    Fidel wanted what was best for his white majority (descended from colonial Spanish invaders). But he set the bar low, on the principle that they can all be free, poor and happy.

    His foreign policy was to cultivate friendships that will support Cuba in international fora (and deliver at voting time). He couldn’t care a tot-o’-rum for Sinhalese or Tamil. He just knew that it was the government who would deliver the vote when and where it mattered.

    His master stroke in economics was to pin Cuba’s fortunes to developing the sugar industry at a time when diabetes was on the rise, worldwide.

    Our Ron and his kind were eyed with amusement and suspicion; tolerated, and used.

    All that is now history.

    AND things are about to change.

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      Spring Koha

      ” He couldn’t care a tot-o’-rum for Sinhalese or Tamil.”

      True, however, the Cuban political establishment (the state) always supported Sri Lanka when war crime issues were/are raised in the International forums, under the pretext of being solidarity with third-world against shall we say Colonialism, Capitalism, Workers of the world unite, sovereignty, …. and all the Marxist-Maoist c**p.

      Cuba continues to protect Human Rights violators.

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    The readers will be misunderstood by the wrong interpretation of Proletariat Internationalism by that Fidel Castro was not Marxist-Leninist, and their point of view Tamils has been that supressing by Sinhalese nation; which that writer Idea of an adventurist trend that he denied of Revolution of Cuba.

    Such political idiotism are no relationship with Cuban Revolution and Field Castro.

    Castro was Marxist he has taken NON -Capitalist that path of model of Socialism in Cuba and its People since 1959 January.
    The socialism of Cuban people has to go long way.
    It cannot build by overnight in front of USA-Imperialism.

    He admire Fidel Castro and in return of that he want that Fidel to take side of Tamil Nation right to installed rough state of Indian Ocean by vital interest USA hegemonies domination of Indian Ocean countries.

    There is such “Internationalism” has no connection with the
    self-determination of Lenin principles.
    The Marxist look at problems of under the US-Imperial Sovereignty and its domination of exploited and supressed Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority people of all Sri Lankan by USA hegemony.

    In my approach and conclusion of life-style that Ron Ridenour is anarchist, the man was unsettle physiology by the time the he burn his passport in front of US interest section in Cuba!
    Ron Ridenour the man working on emotional impulses by that has nothing to do with Marxist act of Revolutionaries.
    These type of political clowns are in many in Latin American countries that politics of “Socialism” are far beyond that scientific level of International standard of Marxist-Leninism.

    The Ron Ridenour running on the dark era of moribund Capitalism.

    Tamil are 75 millions of out of 1300 millions Indian population in the Tamil Nadu that population is larger than Sri Lankan 21 million population.
    The Sinhalese are 18 Millions population Indian sub-contitnantional. Needless to say Sinhalese are Ethnic Minority group in Indian contitnantional, Tamils are majority .

    There is no Sinhalese genocide policies or there was not that exist of Tamil Homeland in Sri Lankan soil even that before 2600 years ago.

    Tamil homeland is myth of Tamil nation in Island. There was Tamil homeland-Tamil Nadu in Indian that several centuries back was that historical fact says.

    Ever -never Myth of Tamil homeland that been upsurge by Sinhalese People of Sri-lanka.
    The govt. of Cuba was support of national Sovereignty, Territorial integrity, an Independence and Democracy of our people system of governances.
    The socialist Cuba, the Govt. of Cuba was against USA bully our nation by Imperial hegemony. There is nothing wrong of that.

    Cuban Revolution 1959 was after Great 1917 October Socialist in Russia.
    Unfortunaly time of Cuban Revolution in 1959 that CPSU of Soviet Union was under Rule of Revisionist leadership of CPSU.

    The Revolution of China begin of 1949 time of J.V. Stalin was head of CPSU of Soviet Union.

    All Revolution after 1917 October socialist revolutions of Soviet Union, the world has shifted into New ERA of New world led by People’s Revolutions. That was guided by Marxist-Leninism principles.

    In deed Stalin, Mao and Field are leaders of People’s Revolutions in NEW WORLD after 1917 October Socialist Revolutions.

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      D.Nimal

      “In deed Stalin, Mao and Field are leaders of People’s Revolutions in NEW WORLD after 1917 October Socialist Revolutions.”

      Indeed they were leaders of People’s Revolutions only up to the point of liberating their respective countries and the replaced the former dictatorship by their own. They had a fantastic catch phrase for it, the dictatorship of the proletariat.

      On the other hand, people lived in hope.

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    D.Nimal

    “In deed Stalin, Mao and Field are leaders of People’s Revolutions in NEW WORLD after 1917 October Socialist Revolutions.”

    Indeed they were leaders of People’s Revolutions only up to the point of liberating their respective countries and the replaced the former dictatorship by their own. They had a fantastic catch phrase for it, the dictatorship of the proletariat.

    On the other hand, people lived in hope.

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