February 28th 2004


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COVER STORY: Don't torch the sugar industry!

CANBERRA OBSERVED: New tactics needed to handle Latham challenge

TRADE: Where does new free trade pact leave us?

NCC holds successful 2004 National Conference

DRUGS: Sweden turns off teenage drug tap

STRAWS IN THE WIND : Alabama's got the bomb / Swords into ploughshares / Closed minds

Free trade and sugar (letter)

Rethink US-Australia FTA (letter)

A Cuban's view of Fidel Castro (letter)

Political correctness in schools (letter)

Superannuation a tax on families (letter)

FAMILY: Marriage under attack

TAIWAN: Cliffhanger election will affect China relations

MEDIA: Confronting sloppy journalism

HISTORY: The continuing legacy of the 1960s

COMMENT: Getting history wrong - Ross Fitzgerald's 'The Pope's Battalions'

BOOKS: The Electronic Whorehouse, by Paul Sheehan

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Cuban's view of Fidel Castro (letter)


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News Weekly, February 28, 2004
Sir;

I would like to congratulate Raymond Watson for his article about Castro's legacy (News Weekly, January 31). A Cuban who lived through that period in Cuba could have not written a better article about who was Che Guevara.

He did not have any business in Cuba but he went there to kill Cubans. He did not have any business in Africa but he went there to kill Africans. He did not have any business in Bolivia, but he went there to kill Bolivians, where he eventually died on his own sword.

In his article Watson mentions Guevara's role in the National Bank of Cuba.

I would like to add it was very insulting for every free-minded Cuban to see the national notes signed with the name of Che which means "mate" in Argentina. Imaging the Australian banknotes signed with the word "mate".

As far as I am concerned, Ernesto Guevara was the Bin Laden of his time - but without Bin Laden's money. For political reasons there was no doubt that Castro was more than happy to get rid of him. It will be very insulting for millions of people if, 30 years from now, they were to see in the streets people wearing Bin Laden T-shirts, as it is now for us to see people using Che Guevara's T-shirts.

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