Fidel Castro says U.S. magazine misinterpreted his words

12:35, September 11, 2010      

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro listens to a question during a program on state television in Havana August 22, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said Friday that his statements published on the U.S. magazine The Atlantic was misinterpreted.

The American reporter from the magazine, Jeffrey Goldberg, visited Castro earlier this month. He said when he asked Castro whether the Cuban model was still something worth to export, the former leader replied "the Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."

Castro dismissed this at Havana University during the unveiling of his book "Strategic Counteroffensive," the second book on his revolution.

"It's obvious that implicit in the question was the theory that Cuba was exporting the revolution," he said, adding that it was funny to see Goldberg interpreted his remarks word-for-word.

"I said that with no bitterness or concern," Castro said, "but the real thing is that my answer meant the exact opposite of what Goldberg and the analyst Julia Sweig, who accompanied him, interpreted on the Cuban model."

Castro said his idea was that the capitalist system, which is leading the world from crisis to crisis, no longer works for either the United States or the world, let alone a socialist country like Cuba.

Castro met Goldberg in Havana on Sept. 1. The Atlantic magazine published the interview on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua


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