Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who led an army of rebels to improbable triumph, hugged Soviet-style communism transforming the Cuba into a communist state and dared the power of 10 US presidents during his half-century regime, died at age 90. Fidel Castro steered Cuba for five decades and was the world’s third longest-serving head of a nation, after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand.
Time Magazine had named him as one of the 100 most influential personalities of all time, in 2012. He defied the death planted by his enemies for long 90 years, as he survived 634 murderous attempts by CIA and US that included – chemically modified swim suit, a toxic cigar and a weird beard shedding powder. Here are 7 revolutionary quotes by the legend that prove he was a born badass:
10 Revolutionary Quotes by The Legend Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro holds the record for the longest speech ever delivered to the United Nations: 4 hours and 29 minutes, on Sept. 26, 1960, according to the U.N. website. One of his longest speeches on record lasted 7 hours and 30 minutes on Feb. 24, 1998, after the national assembly re-elected him to a five-year term as president.
Castro overcame bondage at the hands of dictator Fulgencio Batista, exile in Mexico and a destructive start to his revolution before triumphantly riding into Havana in January 1959 to become, at age 32, the youngest leader in Latin America.
Despite the several murderous plots, a U.S.-backed exile invasion at the Bay of Pigs and five decades of economic sanctions, Castro outlasted ten U.S. presidents.
Castro had nine children from five women. His eldest son Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who is the likeness of his father and is known as Fidelito, is a Soviet-trained nuclear scientist.
Castro’s devotion to Communism was unwavering, though his influence finally began to fade in mid-2006 when a gastrointestinal disease forced him to hand over the presidency to Raul in 2008, conditionally at first and then permanently.
After his triumph, Castro remained Cuba’s autocratic political figure for nearly 50 years. He easily smashed the fruitless U.S. effort to oust him at the Bay of Pigs, took the world to the brink of nuclear war in 1962 when he accepted Soviet nuclear missiles and endeavored to export communism around the world by supporting communist regimes and insurgencies in Angola, Chile, Nicaragua, and elsewhere.
Castro’s obsession with Cuban cigars is a well-known fact but he gave them up in 1985. Years later he summed up the evil of smoking tobacco by saying: “The best thing you can do with this box of cigars is give them to your enemy.”
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2: What’s Inside The Box
Finally, Xiaomi has unvieled the Mi Mix 2 device which is an heir to last year’s bezel-less Mi Mix and features a features a 5.99-inch full-HD (1080×2160 pixels) 18:9 display with a pixel density of 403ppi and a DCI-P3 colour gamut with even thinner bezels. Unlike its antecedent, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 has been confirmed to launch in India soon, informed Manu Kumar Jain, MD of Xiaomi India on Twitter.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) September 11, 2017
The design: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Mi Mix: As an improvement over the predecessor, Xiaomi has swapped a few things in Mi Mix 2. With four-sided curved ceramic body and an aluminum frame, Mi Mix2 looks more charming than Mi Mix with 12% narrower bezel.
However, the screen size is of Mi Mix 2 (5.99-inch) is comparatively smaller than the predecessor putting it back in the realm of ‘normal smartphone size’ as most of the Mi Mix owners were unhappy with its huge size.
Thanks to rounder edges, Mi Mix2 is more comfortable to handle while Mi Mix had sharper edges and it flaunts 18K Gold-plated decorative camera rim.
While Mi Mix had a “piezoelectric speaker” instead of a normal earpiece speaker, but in the Mi Mix 2, this bizarre setup is replaced by a razor-thin earpiece in the top bezel.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Specifications, Review, Price in India
Processor and RAM: As one would anticipate, the Xiaomi MIX 2 comes with flagship specifications to meet its premium design. It features high-end Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
Camera: With Sony IMX386 sensor (with 1.25um pixels) and 4-axis optical stabilization setup it can shoot 4K or 1080p video at 30 fps, and 720p video at up to 120 fps for slow motion.
Making it a truly global smartphone that can work on almost all the networks in the world, Mix 2 supports 43 bands.
Mi MIX 2 Key features:
18:9 Screen, 5.99″ display
12% reduced chin size
Hidden speaker & proximity sensor
Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
Sony IMX386 sensor, 1.25μm large pixels 4-axis optical image stabilization
Four-sided curved ceramic body 7-series aluminium alloy frame
Global LTE support, 6 modes 43 bands
Review – What’s Bad in Mix 2: Despite having Quick Charge 3.0 support, powered with 3,400mAh battery Mix 2 fails to meet up the battery backup expectations. Another disappointment is the front-facing camera, which has been more seamlessly integrated into the bottom panel but will still require you to hold the phone upside-down for selfies.
Expected price of Mi Mix 2 in India: INR 32,500
Launch date: Manu Kumar Jain, MD of Xiaomi India, took to Twitter to confirm in a post that the Mi MIX 2 will be launched soon in India. He, however, didn’t share any specific timelines.
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Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist Terrorist group?
What is Boko Haram: Militant Islamist organization Boko Haram refers itself as Islamic State West Africa Province (al-Wilāya al-Islāmiyya Gharb Afrīqiyyah) and has been a reason of massive devastation in Africa’s most populous nation Nigeria through a wave of bombardments, brutal assassinations, rapes, and abductions – is battling to topple the government and create an Islamic state.
Who is Boko Haram Leader: Boko Haram’s founder, Muhammad Yusuf, died in police custody in July 2009, and hundreds of others were murdered during that huge crackdown – which many blame for coercing the group even more violent. The militant group Boko Haram was headed by Abubakar Shekau until August 2016, when he was replaced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
In 2014, a shocking video clip of Abubakar Muhammad Shekau was surfaced that showed him grinning as he admitted the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls, promising to sell them. The Islamic State (IS) militant group has announced that its West African affiliate Boko Haram has a new leader as Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi. Little is known about Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, who appeared in a Boko Haram video in January 2015 as the group’s spokesman.
Agenda of Boko Haram: Boko Haram advocates a fanatical version of Islam that makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any partisan or friendly activity affiliated with Western society. This entails voting in polls, wearing shirts and trousers or getting a secular pedagogy.
Boko Haram sees the Nigerian country as being governed by non-believers, notwithstanding of whether the president is Muslim or not – and it has stretched its military campaign by targeting bordering states.
Since the prevailing insurgency began in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and uprooted 2.3 million people from their shelters and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror organization by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015.
Boko Haram’s alliance with ISIS: Boko Haram had alleged links to al-Qaeda, but in March 2015, it declared its loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Most of the analysts that have been keeping an eye on Nigerian crisis foretell that Boko Haram will soon be beaten, but the militant group’s allegiance with ISIS means that would presumably push the militants further into bordering countries.
Quick Facts About Boko Haram
- Founded in 2002, initially concentrated on opposing Western-style education.
- Propelled military operations in 2009.
- Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, hundreds abducted, including at least 200 schoolgirls.
- Joined Islamic State, calls itself IS’s “West African province.”
- Seized large area in north-east, where it declared caliphate.
- Regional force has retaken most territory last year.
- Boko Haram was widely covered in the Western media in 2014 after the group kidnapped 219 schoolgirls.
- At least 17,000 have been killed since Boko Haram launched an insurgency in 2009 to carve out an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.
- More than 2.6 million people have fled their homes since the start of the violence, but some of the internally displaced have returned home after troops began a fight-back last year and recaptured territory.
Why #PrayForNigeria was trending on Twitter
#PrayForNigeria was started recently because there was a suicide bombing on a mosque that killed 24 people, now you can see a lot of stuff about it on Interwebs, including torture of hostages, kidnapping of women and kids burned alive.
But most of the stuff that is being shared by Twitterati dates back to February, when Boko Haram extremists raged a series of assaults against innocent people in refugee camps.
Way back in February, members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram killed 86 people, including children in a series of attacks on a village, near a refugee camp in northern Nigeria. But we only cared about it, when a Twitter hashtag started trending worldwide.
Right, Black lives matter! Yes, we should pray for Nigeria, we should pray for the world, we should pray for the peace, but what we should not do is to spread baseless things, as spreading needless negativity makes our world more vulnerable to negative elements.
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