Interviewing Fidel Castro

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg discusses his exclusive interview with Fidel Castro. Among the revelations from his reporting are Castro’s criticisms of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Castro’s doubts about his own behavior during the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Jeffrey Goldberg

Comments [12]


It's remarkable that Miles O'Brien raised numerous objections to Goldberg's reporting -- but only from the far right.

No left-wing critiques were hazarded -- for example, that the U.S. has supported far worse tyrants than Castro in the region, supports far worse tyrants around the world even today, and bears responsibility for hundreds of thousands of violent civilian deaths throughout Latin America, thanks to its support of military juntas and their counter-insurgency programs.

But no -- not a word. The only objections to a neo-con like Goldberg reporting on Cuba could only come from the right. No other objections are valid.

Sep. 16 2010 12:57 PM
Miguel Sarmiento from Miami

So here I am recuperating from a bout with Diverticulitis and on the raidio comes Mr. Goldberg making fun a of not just the man but the culture of LatinAmerica...
Once again an "American" journalist is given the opportunity to have an honest talk with Fidel Castro only to reduce it to a "Caricatura."
Given the history of previous journalists in Cuba, I suspect Fidel's comments were missundrestood.
Putting aside the fact that the Census Bureau just revealed that 43 million "Americans" live under the poverty level, I'd say we are in no position to criticize other sociopolitical models, as Mr. Goldber and others so easily do.
Goldberg finds it funny that a nuclear physist works at the acuarium, perhaps he ought to talk to thousands displaced foreign doctors and other professionals that work as bag boys, construction workers, delivery boys, etc. because this promissed land denies them the chance to practice here.
And regarding immigration, tal vez, it may be a good idea to follow the Cuban Adjustment Act as a model for a true compehensive immigration reform.
Best regards,
Miguel Alvaro Sarmiento, an "American" bornin Colombia "South America"...

Sep. 16 2010 12:45 PM
Henry Escobar from Elizabeth NJ

What a terrible show-segment.

So hang up on the same none-sense rhetoric.
I was going to write a longer critic, but is not even worth it.

Talk about being dis-informed.

Goldberg said that Cuba and Castro was under,
the tutelage of this and that...

Hopefully is also translated in english,
and we can read that Castro (like him or not -i repeat-),
has never been under nobody's tutelage
(nobody alive at the same time he has that is).

ps: 1) Leonard, come back soon
(your replacement laughs too much) :\

2) hjs11211, your are right. The infant mortality (and every other mortality) is way lower.

3) We (U.S.) cannot talk about human rights. Please.

4) You were used by the leader of The Cuban Revolution Goldberg sir... like a cleanex.

Sep. 16 2010 12:42 PM
dbmetzger from manhattan

The news coverage of the Castro statements to Rosen from French News.
Fidel Castro: "Cuban Model Doesn't Work"
Cuba's long-time communist leader Fidel Castro has told a visiting, and somewhat bemused, American journalist that the country's communist model is no longer working.

Sep. 16 2010 12:39 PM
Amy from Manhattan

To take the dolphin show more seriously, I wonder if the movie "The Cove," which exposed the slaughter of dolphins as part of supplying dolphins for aquariums & the mistreatment of show dolphins, was allowed to be shown in Cuba, & how the dolphins in the aquarium Mr. Goldberg went to were treated?

Sep. 16 2010 12:38 PM
shelly from nj

Very narrow perspective!

Sep. 16 2010 12:37 PM
Joan T. from Ny, ny

I find Miles's anti Castro bias obvious and arrogant. Also how can you discuss the economic conditions of Cuba and not mention the us economic embargo?

Sep. 16 2010 12:36 PM
Phoebe from NJ

Ah! The land of the free restricting movement of its own citizens (and resident aliens). Thanks, Senator Menendez. Lift the embargo now.

Great piece!

Sep. 16 2010 12:28 PM
Samantha from B

Are you ever going to mention the American embargo against Cuba? It's a little strange to declare that the Cuban system doesn't work as evidenced by the fact that they are broke without ever mentioning that America has blocked money and goods from Cuba for decades...

Sep. 16 2010 12:23 PM
Sylvain from NYC

Miles is great. he should get his own show.

Sep. 16 2010 12:20 PM

does cuba still have a lower infant mortality rate than the USA?

Sep. 16 2010 12:13 PM
Henry Escobar from Elizabeth NJ

1) Is our embargo ethical?
Doesn't it violate the sovereignty of that country,
and third party countries?

2) What does it feel to talk with the last prolific and brightest (like him or not) 'statesman' left on the earth?

3) Also, would u say that he used you a little bit
-for a "good reason": help spread information about the latest real threat of nuclear disaster (which can arise with 1% of nuclear weapons of a conflict India/Pakistan for example- ?

4) Can you elaborate on the finding of children naked on the streets, full of parasites and starving... the forgotten elderly and women community?

Or that just happens -really- on the rest of the "democratic-free" capitalists countries of Latin-América and many other parts of the world :-\ ?

ps: 1) People that have been there, know that is the case. Six years w/ an ngo there helped me looked deeply...

2) Would they feel better w/ a stereo and a Dvd player?

Sep. 16 2010 09:41 AM

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