Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions?

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Gilles Kepel, Islamic and Arab world specialist

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'What would you do?'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus: Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Israel ramps up Gaza bombardment

    Read more

  • US and EU broaden Russia sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Calls mount to ban France’s ‘violent’ Jewish Defence League

    Read more

  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez’s ‘little bird’ strikes again

    Read more

  • France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs born in French zoo

    Read more

  • France evacuates its nationals from Libya

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

  • Karzai’s cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

Americas

Castro says comment on Cuban system was misinterpreted

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-10

Fidel Castro said Friday that he had been misinterpreted by a visiting American journalist, who had quoted the former Cuban leader as saying that the country's communist model was no longer working.

AP - Fidel Castro said Friday that his comments about Cuba’s communist economic model no longer working were misinterpreted by a visiting American journalist -- taking back an admission that had caused a stir around the globe.

The 84-year-old ex-president said he was not misquoted by Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, but in fact he meant “exactly the opposite.”

Goldberg wrote Wednesday that he asked Castro over lunch and wine if Cuba’s communist system was still worth exporting to other countries. He quoted Castro as replying: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.”

Castro read from the blog during an event at the University of Havana, before saying that he intended the remark to be ironic and Goldberg didn’t pick up on the subtlety. His tone was not angry -- more baffled and even a bit bemused.

“I continue to think that Goldberg is a great journalist. He doesn’t invent phrases, he transmits them and interprets them,” Castro said.

Julia Sweig, a Cuba expert at the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations who accompanied Goldberg on the trip, had confirmed Castro’s comment.

She told The Associated Press this week it seemed to be in line with calls by Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother and successor, for gradual but widespread reform on the island.

Goldberg also missed the intended irony in another statement, Castro said, when he wrote Tuesday that the former Cuban leader questioned his own actions during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis -- including a recommendation to Soviet leaders that they use nuclear weapons against the United States.

Castro said what he meant was that he would have acted differently if he knew then that Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev was such a heavy drinker who was privately negotiating with the administration of President John F. Kennedy.

Castro had invited Goldberg to Cuba to discuss Iran -- not domestic island politics -- and he apparently did not elaborate on his comment on the economy, making it difficult to decipher his exact meaning.

Still, it made headlines the world over: London’s The Guardian newspaper called it “an aside heard around the world.”

Date created : 2010-09-10

  • CUBA

    Fidel Castro says Cuban model 'no longer works'

    Read more

  • CUBA

    No more cheap cigarettes for the elderly, says Cuba

    Read more

  • CUBA

    Six political prisoners ready for release under Spanish deal

    Read more

COMMENT(S)