DID YOU KNOW THAT...Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was the best ally of Mengistu Haile Mariam,who was dictator of Ethiopia from 1974 to 1991 During this period of time, Fidel Castro Ruz sent 4000 soldiers to Ethiopia. Thousands of people were killed by Cuban soldiers, many of them reportedly extra judicially executed when unarmed or after having been captured. DID YOU KNOW THAT...Fidel Castro is the worst violator of human rights in the Third World today.The Cuban dictatorship has curtailed the republic´s free press and banned strikes. Critics and opponents of the government, including journalists, human rights activists and members of opposition political parties, are arrested and some are convicted and imprisoned. Fidel Castro claims that demonstrations against him are led "subversives" and people under the influence of the United States. DID YOU KNOW THAT...Cuba had one of the most famous sportsmen in the Third World: José Ariel Contreras.Like Sammy Sosa (Dominican Republic) and Livan Hernández (Cuba), he is now recognized as a symbol of Latin American baseball. For political reasons, he escaped from Cuba and now lives in the United States.Certainly, José Ariel Contreras has became an icon for the Cuban exile community.. DID YOU KNOW THAT...The photographer Cristobal Herrera Ulashkevich was forced to leave Cuba. Why? Because he captured two crucial images of Castro´s health slide:his fainting spell while making a speech in 2001 and his dramatic fall another speech in October 2004.Cristobal Herrera once said, "I am condemned to forced exile. The Cuban government barred me from returning my country, without explanations.We left.This no other option is the price of doing photojournalism in Cuba. "
DID YOU KNOW ... Latin American allies Fidel Castro (Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Guyana and Haiti) privately expressed dismay at the excesses of Cuba, but insisted it can not interfere in the internal affairs of Cuba.
DID YOU KNOW ... The Cuban dictatorship has destroyed the traditional Cuban society, culture and systems in an attempt to build a communist society.
DID YOU KNOW ... More than 200 world-class athletes have defected from Cuba: Magaly Carvajal Rivera (volleyball player), Yamile Aldama (athlete), Regla Bell McKenzie (volleyball player), Taimaris Agüero (volleyball player), Joel Casamayor Johnson (boxer ), José Ariel Contreras Camejo (baseball player), Orlando Hernández Pedroso (baseball player), Giorbis Barthelemy (boxer), Ramón Garbey (boxer), Ramón Gato (volleyball player), Andrew Gilbert (basketball player) , Ihosvany Hernandez (volleyball player), Dulce Tellez (volleyball player), Ruperto Herrera (basketball player), Leonel Marshall (volleyball player) ...
DID YOU KNOW ... From 1962 to 1992, Cuba received billions of dollars in aid from the USSR (now Russia).
DID YOU KNOW ... Fidel Castro receives support and assistance from Venezuela. The evaluator of Venezuela's oil subsidies to the Cuban dictatorship rose more than $ 3 million in 2006 ...
DID YOU KNOW ... As Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian writer), Jorge Batlle Ibáñez (former president of Uruguay), Oscar Arias Sánchez (Costa Rica's current president), László Sólyom (current president of Hungary), Vaclav Havel, who was president of the Republic Czech (1993-2003), is well known for his struggle against the dictatorship of Fidel Castro Ruz.
DID YOU KNOW ... Cuba has no diplomatic relations with the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, South Korea, El Salvador, Israel and the U.S..
DID YOU KNOW ... Cuba has one of the problems most serious human rights the world today. Like North Korea (communist dictatorship), Myanmar (military dictatorship), Zimbabwe (military dictatorship) and Sudan (terrorist state), Cuba always refuses to cooperate with human rights groups.
DID YOU KNOW ... Cuba suppled of weapons to Venezuela.
DID YOU KNOW ... In the years 1970 and 1980, Cuba sent troops to Africa (Angola, Ethiopia, Namibia, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Congo, Mozambique and Guinea). At least 5,000 Cuban soldiers were killed in Africa.
DID YOU KNOW ... In 1996, the Cuban Olympic boxing champions Yan Bartelemí Varela, Odlanier Solis and Gamboa Toledano Yuiorkis left the national team during a trip to practice in Caracas (Venezuela).
DID YOU KNOW ... Cuba maintains excellent diplomatic relations with Venezuela (military dictatorship), North Korea (state terrorism), Equatorial Guinea (military dictatorship), Iran (state terrorism), Zimbabwe (socialist dictatorship), Libya (military dictatorship), Sudan (state terrorism) and Myanmar (military dictatorship).
DID YOU KNOW ... The joke is most common in Cuba, "The last person to leave the country please turn off the lights."
DID YOU KNOW ... Cuba has no first lady since 2007.Vilma Espin Guillois was the last woman of the first Cuban revolution.She was president of the Federation of Cuban Women (1960-2007). She died of cancer June 18, 2007.
DID YOU KNOW ... In January 2007, Cecilia Guevara March, daughter of revolutionary leader Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, has become an Argentine citizen after many years of living in Havana. She is a marine biologist. Cecilia Guevara was born in 1963 in Cuba, the daughter of Ernesto Guevara and Aleida March.
DID YOU KNOW ... Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz spends most of his time writing essays about the Cuban revolution, the war in Iraq, desertions sports, and the United States.
DID YOU KNOW ... In the 1970s, Cuba has had good relations with Argentina.During this time, Argentina was a military dictatorship ruled by Jorge Rafael Videla.
DID YOU KNOW ... As Mao Tse-tung (Chinese dictator) Enver Hoxha (Albanian dictator) and Pol Pot (Cambodian dictator), Fidel Castro is rarely seen without the green military uniform, who have helped make him a revolutionary symbol.
DID YOU KNOW ... In 2006, Helena Houdova, who was Miss Czech Republic 1999, entered the island and took photos of Cuban slums.However, was arrested by the Cuban secret police.She said, "The rose revolution guards because I was taking pictures of something they do not like. "
DID YOU KNOW ... The island's per capita is not even U.S. $ 1,560, making it one of the poorest areas on earth.
DID YOU KNOW ... In the last century, Cuba had good relations with Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), Poland, Hungary, East Germany (now Germany), Romania, Ethiopia, Benin, Guyana, Iraq, Iran, India, Mozambique, Tanzania and Yugoslavia.
DID YOU KNOW ... One of the longest serving political prisoners in Cuba, Francisco Chaviano, who was president of the Civil Rights in Cuba, was released in August 2007.He said: "I spent five years locked in a cell without seeing the sun, two years without receive visitors and four years without conjugal visits. " Since then he has failed to criticize the Cuban dictatorship, risking imprisonment and even death.
DID YOU KNOW ... Only one political party, the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) - is allowed to operate in Cuba.
DID YOU KNOW ... In Cuba, the divorce rate has doubled in the last ten years.
DID YOU KNOW ... Fidel Castro Ruz lives in Havana with his wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, and their five children: Alex, Alexis, Alexander, Antonio and Angel.
DID YOU KNOW ... In the years 1970 and 1980, Cuba had no diplomatic relations with Albania (communist country until 1991).
Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer. Alejandro is of Italian descent, African and Peruvian. He studied political science and journalism. He has published more than seventy-five research papers in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, in relation to world issues, Olympic sports, countries and tourism. His next work is called "The Dictator and Alicia Alonso". He is an expert in foreign affairs. Furthermore, Alejandro is the first author who has published a World Book encyclopedia in Latin America.
He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Hillary Clinton (former U.S. First Lady), and Jimmy Carter (former U.S. president). His favorite film is "Gorillas in the Mist". Some of his favorite books are? The Return of Eva Peron and the killings in Trinidad? (For VSNaipaul), "Women of the Dictators" (by Juan Gasparini) and? Murder of a sweet earth? (By John Barron and Anthony Paul). His personal motto is "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" by Eleanor Roosevelt.
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