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by Stephen Lendman
On Saturday, Fidel’s Caravan of Liberty completed its four-day journey from Havana to Santiago, where his revolutionary struggle began.
It arrived ahead of Saturday evening’s memorial service, Sunday’s funeral, followed by burial beside “Apostle of Cuban Independence” Jose Marti at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
At 7PM on Saturday, President Raul Castro will preside over a state vigil in the Plaza Antonio Maceo. Two dozen or more world leaders and other dignitaries are arriving to pay tribute to Fidel – to honor an anti-imperial revolutionary giant.
Nations represented include Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil (represented by former presidents Lula and Rousseff) Nicaragua, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, Russia (Putin staying home), China (Xi at home), Spain (represented by King Juan Carlos), Germany (represented by Gerhard Schroeder), France sending a low-level envoy, South Africa, Angola, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Uruguay, Greece, and Canada (Trudeau not coming) among others.
A low-level two-representative US delegation is attending. Nine official days of mourning end Sunday with Fidel’s funeral and burial.
A new generation of Fidelistas continues his revolutionary struggle. Viva Fidel! Hasta Siempre, Comandante!
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.