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FREE õ Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulag ô Against All Hope is Armando Valladares account of over twenty years in Fidel Castro s tropical gulag Arrested infor being philosophically and religiously opposed to communism, Valladares was not released until , by which time he had become one of the world s most celebrated prisoners of conscience Interned all those years at the infamous Isla de Pinos prison from whose windows he watched the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion , Valladares suffered endless days of violence, putrid food and squalid living conditions, while listening to Castro s firing squads eliminating counter revolutionaries in the courtyard below his cell Valladares survived by prayer and by writing poetry whose publication in Europe brought his case to the attention of international figures such as French President Francois Mitterand and to human rights organizations whose constant pressure on the Castro regime finally led to his release Hegel's Epistemological Realism: A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit Valladares was not released until Simple Stunning Wedding Organizer: Planning Your Perfect Celebration by which time he had become one of the world s most celebrated prisoners of conscience Interned all those years at the infamous Isla de Pinos prison from whose windows he watched the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion Urban Legend Detectives Case 4: The Samejima Case Valladares suffered endless days of violence Und Nietzsche weinte putrid food and squalid living conditions Die vier Jahreszeiten while listening to Castro s firing squads eliminating counter revolutionaries in the courtyard below his cell Valladares survived by prayer and by writing poetry whose publication in Europe brought his case to the attention of international figures such as French President Francois Mitterand and to human rights organizations whose constant pressure on the Castro regime finally led to his release I had some difficulty getting through this book, not because of bad writing the writing is excellent , but because it hits close to home The account of this man and those he knew who suffered under communism in Cuba will be like the millions of average citizens in the USA who will have to suffer since such a large part of the Murikin population has embraced the ideas of communism It s only a matter of time before some charismatic asshole takes over and starts murdering and imprisoning folks I had some difficulty getting through this book, not because of bad writing the writing is excellent , but because it hits close to home The account of this man and those he knew who suffered under communism in Cuba will be like the millions of average citizens in the USA who will have to suffer since such a large part of the Murikin population has embraced the ideas of communism It s only a matter of time before some charismatic asshole takes over and starts murdering and imprisoning folks for not going along with the party line Read this book and The Black Book of Communism and The Gulag Archipelago and others like them and you will see the true face of socialism communism as it is played out in murder, theft, and injustice It is no wonder that some consider anyone who has embraced communism as no longer human and in need of extermination I don t hold this view, but I understand it I ve tried to warn anyone who would listen about the danger of trust in and worship of government, but most do not listen Socialistic communistic governments are among the worst governments to plague humanity, so testimonies like this book are necessary for anyone with even the slightest intelligence to read and think about.Be a human Don t be a lying, thieving, murderer like the revolutionary thugs involved in the take over and rule of Cuba Castro is a disgusting excuse of a human being There is a special place in hell reserved for people like him. I loathe communism and also cannot stand it when others like and romanticize Castro This was an extremely difficult read The author refused to support Castro and because of that, he was a prisoner under dreadfully harsh and gruesome conditions Reading about what those prisoners went through was heartbreaking to say the least Their strong, unshakeable religious faith was incredible I was utterly exhausted The lack of sleep and the tension were seriously affecting me I sought God then My I loathe communism and also cannot stand it when others like and romanticize Castro This was an extremely difficult read The author refused to support Castro and because of that, he was a prisoner under dreadfully harsh and gruesome conditions Reading about what those prisoners went through was heartbreaking to say the least Their strong, unshakeable religious faith was incredible I was utterly exhausted The lack of sleep and the tension were seriously affecting me I sought God then My conversations with Him brought me a spiritual strength that gave me new energy I never asked Him to get me out of there I didn t think that God should be used for that kind of request I only asked that He allow me to resist, that He give me the faith and spiritual strength to bear up under these conditions without sickening with hatred I only prayed for Him to accompany me And His presence, which I felt, made my faith an indestructible shield As a result of his wife s efforts and human rights organizations, he was finally released after 20 years Some of my favorite quotes Man is Nature s most wonderful creature Torturing him, crushing him, murdering him for his beliefs and ideas isthan a violation of human rights it is a crime against all humanity My response to those who still try to justify Castro s tyranny with the excuse that he has built schools and hospitals is this Stalin, Hitler and Pinochet also built schools and hospitals, and like Castro, they also tortured and assassinated opponents They built concentration and extermination camps and eradicated all liberties, committing the worst crimes against humanity Unbelievably, while many non governmental organizations like Amnesty International and America s Watch have denounced the human rights situation in Cuba, there has been a continuing love affair on the part of the media and many intellectuals with Fidel Castro Those who hated the crimes of Pinochet closed their eyes when the same crimes were committed by Castro The posture of many countries was governed by their hostility against the United States, and they excused Castro out of a reflexive anti Americanism The enemy of my enemy is my friend These political games still take place today I have become convinced that hatred towards the U.S has been a chief reason for Castro s longevity in power Every effort to get the Commission on Human Rights of the United Nations even to consider our denunciations was fruitless We sent that organization detailed information about the tortures, the murders, the plans to blow us up with the explosives installed in the Circulars, but it did nothing The prestigious Commission on Human Rights had deaf ears and blind eyes for what was happening in the Cuban political prisons Exactly the same thing happened with the International Red Cross Talking to it about violations of human rights in Cuba was like talking to a post it refused to listen Cuban political prisoners simply did not exist Why get upset about them, then Years later, the Red Cross came to believe what it had been told The United Nations as a whole and its individual nations know about the horrors of the Cuban jails, but they don t dare condemn Cuba in their annual assemblies Great illustration of what it is REALLY like under Castro Every communism apologist liberal would do well to read this true story.