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Brazil Economist Lauds Fidel Castro

Havana, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) "I have known several politicians, but none has ever had Fidel Castro s deep intellectuality and human dimension," said outstanding Brazilian economist and university professor Theotonio Dos Santos.
In an article published by Granma newspaper Friday, Dos Santos states that, "no politician has managed to maintain the systematic study of a problem for hours and hours in all details and aspects like Fidel does."
Havana, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) "I have known several politicians, but none has ever had Fidel Castro s deep intellectuality and human dimension," said outstanding Brazilian economist and university professor Theotonio Dos Santos.
In an article published by Granma newspaper Friday, Dos Santos states that, "no politician has managed to maintain the systematic study of a problem for hours and hours in all details and aspects like Fidel does."
"None," said the economist, "is capable of being in an academic meeting for hours, much less for several days, from 9:00 in the morning to 12 midnight, as I have seen him do several times."
The Brazilian professor noted, "When Fidel Castro addresses a meeting is very difficult to stop him. He listens, takes down notes, responds exactly to what he is questioned, and expresses human respect, but above all he is the only politician at head of State level who debates openly with those who differ from his points of view."
Dos Santos said that he gives this incomplete, but sincere testimony on occasion of the Cuban leader s 80th birthday, and above all at a moment of his recovery from complicated surgery, and he hopes he will get well soon."

theotonio's praise for Castro 11.Aug.2006 22:48

me

Theotonio Dos Santos's piece can easily be dismissed as fawning. Yet he does point out some essential truths that have been noted by pretty much everyone who has ever personally encountered Fidel Castro. Dos Santos's exact remarks in this context were (translated), "And while it may be that when once he gets going speaking, it can be very difficult to stop him, he also listens, takes note, and responds exactly to the questions he is asked, and (makes) so many other demonstrations of human respect and consideration for intellectual work."

This is a quality that has deeply impressed many people about Castro, the man, and earned him a lot of respect, even among strong ideological opponents. And as Theotonio points out, it certainly seems to vitiate much of the extreme anti-Castro rhetoric about "dictatorship" so casually and relentlessly hurled by the (mainly US-based) rightwing. The contrast in this regard between Castro "the dictator," on the one side, standing on his tiny little island and cheerfully welcoming all comers to debate him publicly in front of all the world on all questions of the day, and, on the other, __name-your-favorite-US-"democratically-elected"-politician-here__ is so stark, and so laughable, were it not so tragic, as to invoke slackjawed disbelief in most sane people outside the US.

why cant americans accept the fact that castro is a genius 12.Aug.2006 11:31

wanna be cuban citizen

the people of cuba smile. yes their life is hard but there are very few drugs. almost zero murders. no such thing as drive by shootings.,, no gang murders for a pack of smokes or to steal someones shoes. children are not abused, medical care is free, education is free. the life span of cubans exceeds that of most north americans. old folks are kept at home and cared for with love , not herded into old age barns where their life savings are gobbled up by some corporate company that has no compassion for human dignity. So whats so good about our system. Please tell me.