Sycophant of the week
Like all other academics, Cuban historians are employed by the Communist regime and their first and most sacred duty is and has always been to “defend the Revolution”, which really means to defend Fidel Castro.
It's the way it's been for the best part of 50 years.
So, it comes as no surprise to read that the Cuban Institute of History has just unveiled a new multimedia work about … Fidel Castro.
According to an article in Granma, the regime’s official propaganda sheet, the new project is supposed to contain all the speeches delivered by El Comandante en Jefe over the past 50 years, along with photographs, video footage and audio recordings.
The multimedia was officially launched in the city of Matanzas over the weekend by the head of the Cuban Institute of History, the suitably named Dr Raul Izquierdo.
And as you would expect, Dr Izquierdo did not mince his words when referring to the man who pays the bills.
Describing Castro as a “genius” whose thinking went well beyond the confines of the island, the good doctor added: “In my opinion, he is the most significant global figure in the entire history of the 20th Century.”