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Fidel Castro: Ukraine to blame for downed airliner


HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday blamed the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane.

He also criticized Israel's ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, and the United States for saying Israel has a right to defend itself.

Castro's comments were made in an opinion column published by state media entitled "Extraordinary Provocation." It came days after he met with Vladimir Putin during the Russian leader's tour to boost ties with Latin American nations including Cuba, which during the Cold War was the Soviet Union's biggest ally in the hemisphere.

Castro wrote that the Malaysian Airlines plane was flying over territory "under the control of the bellicose government of the chocolate king Petro Poroshenko," using the nickname of the Ukrainian president, who leads a large confectionary business.

The plane was shot down Thursday as it flew over a conflicted part of eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people. Responsibility for the attack remains unclear.

He recalled that Cuba stood with Ukraine after its 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl power plant, attending "to the health of many children," and said the island nation "cannot refrain from expressing its repudiation of the action by the same anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government."

He also criticized Israel's ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, which was launched Thursday, calling it a "repugnant crime," and the United States for saying Israel has a right to defend itself. U.S. President Barack Obama, he said, "backs Goliath against David."

Castro left office provisionally in 2006 when he was stricken by a near-fatal illness. He formally left the presidency in 2008, ceding way for his younger brother Raul to take power.

He maintained a public voice by writing regular opinion columns called "Reflections" that were published across official newspapers and websites, and read out in their entirety by state TV news anchors. In 2012, he announced that he was retiring as a columnist as well, although he has continued to publish occasionally.

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Epenguin July 18 2014 at 10:59 AM

Said the man still living in the 50's who took advantage of his people for his own gain. Stop breathing already.

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rgw July 18 2014 at 11:10 AM

This irrelevent geezer is still carrying water for the Russians and other thugs. Wasn't it Castro who sent thousands of his own people to Angola to be killed as surrogates for the Russions?

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nnojr July 18 2014 at 10:48 AM

No one cares what Castro ha sot say....Not News worthy

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point6000 July 18 2014 at 10:55 AM

how is it that some good people have died and some that are good will pass away today But this fidel guy is not in HELL YET?

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Randy July 18 2014 at 10:51 AM

Hey! Castro has a state media just like Obama!

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HiBarbRayAndMeg July 18 2014 at 10:50 AM

I scrapped some castro off my shoes ths morning.. Enough said.

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fewvmi July 18 2014 at 10:52 AM

If Fidel placed the blame on anyone, all one has to do is look elsewhere for the culprit. Anyone doubt the rebels are responsible? They immediately announced it was an accident then followed by blaming the Ukrainians. The Russian have been and continue to be brutal SOBs

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cedatty July 18 2014 at 10:57 AM

This aging, irrelevent Bolshevick should give it up, lie down and croak.

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weilunion cedatty July 18 2014 at 5:52 PM

But your US war criminals should get paid by taxpayers. Another idiot with no historical knowledge jsut circling the drain in America Inc

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mpheonix weilunion July 18 2014 at 6:08 PM

Ok, first....No historical knowlege.....(sic proper spelling) Castro is a bolshevick. and proud of same. Second....I would gladly pay extra taxes for a year to get this guy dead. JUST (proper spelling) Dead!

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Afantos Aetos cedatty July 19 2014 at 11:24 AM

''I'm sure he has a better life than you do'... so... wake------------up' Amigo*!!

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juststeve35 Afantos Aetos July 19 2014 at 1:14 PM

LMAO

See that's the problem with your ilk.

You put no weight on honesty, or integrity or anything other than 'Living The Good Life' while your people starve to death.

What a prince (of ****) you are.

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lightlinq Afantos Aetos July 20 2014 at 2:18 PM

this is one of the many problems with the new and uneducated generation, you think if someone has money, power etc that is doesn't matter how they got it. That's why you're ok with cheating in your tests, job, wife and life. It all comes back. Amigo. Think about that when you're in divorce court, being sued, in prison or screwed over by your own lack of values by someone better a it than you. It's all gonna happen. Just wait.

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obewon2 July 18 2014 at 11:08 AM

Hell I thought he was dead

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taostop July 18 2014 at 10:58 AM

He's Putin's friend and senile as all get out! Who really cares, he's still focused on Kennedy invading Cuba!

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