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These Messages Perfectly Explain That Cubans Aren’t Celebrating The Death Of Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator and face of the Cuban Revolution that toppled the Fulgencio Batista regime, died at 90 on Nov 25 2016. The cause of death hasn’t been released yet. Since his death, there has been an outpouring of celebrations from Cuban-Americans who have been waiting for the news of Castro’s death since fleeing the island for the U.S. But they’re not celebrating the actual death of Castro. Rather, Cuban-Americans are celebrating a chance for a better future for the island nation.

Cuban-American celebrities like Gloria Estefan took to social media to spread the news that Fidel Castro is dead.

Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro's regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people's freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world. May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world. ???? Aunque la muerte de un ser humano es raramente causa para celebrar, es la muerte simbólica de las ideologías destructivas que el patrocinó que, en mi opinión, están llenando al exilio Cubano de esperanza renovada y un alivio que ha tardado mucho en llegar. Y aunque el agarre del régimen Castrista no se aflojara de un día para otro, el deceso de un líder que supervisó el aniquilamiento de aquellos con puntos de vistas opuestos al suyo, el encarcelamiento de inocentes, la separación de familias, la censura de la libertad de expresión, el esparcimiento de terrorismo sancionado por su gobierno y la destrucción económica de un país exitoso que prosperaba, solo puede llevar a cambios positivos para el pueblo Cubano y el mundo. Que la libertad siga viva en los Estados Unidos, mi bello país adoptivo, y que la esperanza para la libertad crezca y se renueve en los corazones de cada Cubano en mi tierra natal y a través del mundo.????

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“Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming,” Estefan wrote on Instagram. “And although the grip of Castro’s regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people’s freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world.”

Retired baseball player Jose Canseco also weighed in on Castro’s death.


He didn’t celebrate the death but he gave a quick explanation why celebrations in the U.S. are a thing.


Actor Laz Alonso echoed Canseco with his own post to Instagram.


“There is a reason they celebrate,” Alonso wrote. “Unless u lived it, are related to those that did or lost relatives that did, u don’t know.”

And Calle Ocho in Miami was packed with people celebrating the death of Castro like only Cubans could.


Think a lot of cafecitos, cigars, pots and pans and, of course, so much rum!

Little Havana was the place to be following the announcement.


People. Are. Living.

Oh, and so many Cubanos.


Who wouldn’t want to wake up to some freedom Cubanos?

Obviously, you can’t celebrate the future of Cuba without some dancing.


¡Dale!

Even this abuelita’s Alzheimer’s didn’t dampen the emotion of Fidel Castro’s death.

Not even Alzheimer’s could take away the emotions my abuela Ata felt when she found out that monster had died! Thanks to her, my family is in this country today. ❤️❤️❤️
#GoodRiddanceFidel

Posted by Ivis Suarez on Saturday, November 26, 2016


???

The hopes for a new and free Cuba is transcending generations.


Abuelitas are celebrating with their nietos who are calling their mamis and it is just glorious.

The Cuban flag is being waved all over the U.S. and it is beautiful.


¡Cuba Libre!

Again, they want everyone to know that most people aren’t celebrating a death of a human but the hope of a country.


Looking at you, Raul. ?

Though some are celebrating his death specifically.


Okay, Jerry.

Venezuelans in Miami are taking to the streets to celebrate with their Cuban neighbors.


Venezuela and Cuba share a shockingly similar story and experience given the Nicolás Maduro administration.

Some celebrators are pointing out that Cuba needs more than just Fidel’s passing.


*Raúl Castro pulls out a veladora and prays*

A few smart folks are seeing the business opportunities linked to the news of Fidel’s death.


*starts buying stock for Cohiba*

Is there a #MannequinChallenge celebrating this? Obvi!


On. Point.


READ: Here’s What You May Not Know About Cuban Leader Fidel Castro

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Here's The Truth Behind That VapoRub Story Spreading On Social Media

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Here’s The Truth Behind That VapoRub Story Spreading On Social Media

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If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you may have seen a story with this headline: “Mom applies a remedy to her baby, moments later he dies. Be careful with this, moms!” The story claims that a two-year-old Mexican child died after the child’s mother applied too much Vicks VapoRub.

The story first appeared around mid-November and quickly spread on Facebook, with parents warning their friends about the dangers of VapoRub.

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However, all evidence indicates that the story did not actually happen. Here’s why: No major news organization has actually reported on it.

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CREDIT: REMEDY YARD

The only websites covering “VapoGate” engage in tabloid style reporting, using junk science to back up the claims of their sensational headlines. The image above is from one of the websites reporting on the Vicks VapoRub death. As you can see, they have another story about how Vicks VapoRub can be used to get rid of cellulite. If it did, you can bet Vicks would have cashed in on that claim already.

The baby in the story’s photo is a stock image.

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CREDIT: FACEBOOK

Like many fake news stories, the image provided for the story is supposed to add credibility to the headline. However, the image of this child is actually a stock photo that anyone can use for their own story.

Need more proof? The image has been used before in other stories.

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CREDIT: GOOGLE

As you can see, the image has been used in stories about how to get a baby to sleep through the night. There is no mention of Vicks.

Most of the websites covering this story just copied and pasted the words from another source.

CREDIT: PROCTER AND GAMBLE SOUTH AFRICA

A Google search revealed that many of the websites reporting on this story just copied and pasted the bulk of it from whatever source they found. The story doesn’t offer any fact based details, including the woman’s name, referring to her as the “Mexican mother.” The lack of fact checking should be a tip off. Not to mention that the most reliable reporting on this story came from Snopes, the debunking website, which says they found NO PROOF that the story actually occurred at all.

Vicks VapoRub does have side effects that parents should know about.

Like any over-the-counter drug, VapoRub must be used correctly, otherwise problems could occur. VapoRub has been shown to increase mucus production, in ferrets. Eating VapoRub can lead to serious health problems, and it should not be placed on broken skin because the body can absorb toxic levels of camphor. Adult VapoRub should not be applied to babies under 2 years of age, but there is an unmedicated version specially made for babies. Most important, always be sure to follow directions when using medication.

One thing we can agree on: if you’re sick and need a cure, you can always depend on your abuela.

Every abuelitas nightmare.

Posted by We are mitú on Friday, November 18, 2016

READ: If Vicks VapoRub Could Talk To Us, Here’s What It Would Say

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