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With news of Fidel Castro’s death Friday — finalmente — world leaders began offering eulogies, some of which were so vapid or willfully ignorant that Castro might have written them himself. Yoga routine It would appear that the 20th-century’s quintessential “Big Brother” managed to infect a few world leaders with an Orwellian strain of mushy-mouthed aphasia.

Apparently bereft of the right words, they treated Castro’s brutality as polite unmentionables, serving up platitudes as though just another important figure had passed on to his maker.


Growing up in Florida during the Cuban missile crisis, running bomb shelter drills and hearing the stories of refugees who became lifelong friends, I somehow managed to evade the charms of the revolutionary rogue, who merely replaced one dictatorship with another far worse. Yoga in india history There’s nothing sentimental about a ruthless dictator who once held the world hostage to a possible nuclear Armageddon.

It’s one thing to be respectful of the Cuban people — and I’m not suggesting we celebrate anyone’s death. Different types of yoga But it is another to sidestep the historical horrors of a murderous, 60-year military regime and strike a pose of diplomatic equanimity that assuages only gluttons of insincerity.

No wonder so many of them chose to express themselves through Twitter — a communication format well-suited to the small and shallow. Ishayoga org tamil Nancy Pelosi tweeted that Castro’s death “marks the end of an era.” Stalin’s death did, too, but who’s judging?

It’s true that Cuba boasts a high-level of literacy and a health-care system free to all. Hot yoga houston heights Then again, you don’t see many people from industrialized nations lining up for heart surgery in Havana. Yoga calgary south Death, torture, prison

And then there’s Jimmy Carter, under whose watch Castro emptied his prisons and mental institutions, sending 125,000 inmates as well as other lesser desirables to our shores. Yoga positions for beginners with names As a younger reporter, I spent a week in Miami’s “Tent City,” where local and state officials tried to figure out where to put hundreds of criminals and the mentally challenged. Yoga photoshoot This was thanks to Carter’s telling Castro that countless Cubans wished to leave Cuba.

President Obama’s remarks, though eloquent, were carefully meaningless. Tri yoga poses He noted that Cubans are filled with emotions, “recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation.”

Yes, death, torture, oppression, imprisonment, a state-controlled media and a miserable, state-run economy will flat-out alter a person’s course. Ayurveda Obama then grabbed history’s tail and gave it a yank, saying, “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”

Aw, come on, let’s beat history to it. Yoga diet recipes One of the worst dictators in modern history has mercifully died. Power yoga for weight loss for beginners It doesn’t matter that in 2008 he ceded control of the government to his brother Raul. Sivananda yoga vedanta center chicago Symbolically, his death liberates the psyches of at least three generations of Cubans and Cuban-Americans.

History will strain little in judging Castro or in sorting out his effect on the world. Yoga poses names chart Now that Obama has eased the decades-long U.S. Yoga for fertility embargo, wisely in my view, as well as restrictions on travel, the tiny nation has a shot at reinvention. Tri yoga sheffield ma Already, Raul has made changes allowing for limited market socialism, meaning that small businesses and individuals may conduct commerce for profit.

President-elect Donald Trump would do well to stay in this lane rather than reinstate the embargo. Restorative yoga sequence without props He should understand that Castro loved the embargo more than anyone because, as ever, he could blame the U.S. Yoga class video youtube for his failures. Yoga asana for weight loss by baba ramdev For Trump to fall into this same trap would be a post-mortem gift to Castro and breathe new life into cruel legacy — the dictator’s final triumph over America and the several U.S. My yoga online coupon presidents who could never quite bury him.

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