Cuba's Fidel Castro Praises Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama
Unlike Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who joined a long list of critics of Obama's Nobel Peace prize, and the three out of five members of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee who were not in favor of awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, former Cuban president, Fidel Castro, praised Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama.
Castro said the prize made up for the blow Obama suffered last week when the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2016 Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro after Obama had flown to Copenhagen to pitch for Chicago, his adoptive hometown.
The Nobel Committee announced on Friday that Obama had won the peace price for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
The decision prompted surprise in many quarters and anger from Obama's conservative foes in the United States.
But Castro, who has generally written positively about Obama, was pleased at the decision by the committee.
"I don't always share the positions of that institution but I'm obligated to recognize that in this instance it was, in my judgment, a positive measure," Castro wrote in a column published in state-run media.
"Many will say that he still hasn't earned the right to receive such distinction. We prefer to see in the decision, more than a prize for the president of the United States, a criticism of the genocidal policies that not a few presidents of that country have followed."
Such policies, Castro said, had "brought the world to the crossroads where it finds itself; an exhortation for peace and the search for solutions to assure the survival of the species."
The Nobel prize made up for "the reverse Obama suffered in Copenhagen ... which provoked angry attacks by his adversaries of the extreme right," Castro wrote.
His comments were part of a long piece entitled "The Bell Tolls for the Dollar" in which he said the U.S. dollar was losing its position as the preeminent world currency.
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