Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fidel Castro, Humanitarian?

Agence France-Presse reports:

South Africa Thursday said it has given its 2008 humanitarian award to former Cuban president Fidel Castro for his contributions to "humankind beyond boundaries."

Castro, who turned 82 Wednesday, becomes the first non-African and the third ex-head of state to win the "Ubuntu" award, the National Heritage Council of South Africa said in a statement.

"The Ubuntu award is honouring persons who have consistently lived the humanitarian values of the African philosophy of Ubuntu," which defines the individual in terms of their relationships with others.

Castro won the award "for the role he played in the Cuban revolution and worldwide contribution to the struggle for an alternative, just and humane society," the statement said.

In related news, the National Culinary Council of South Africa has given a posthumous "lifetime achievement" award to Jeffrey Dahmer for his outstanding contributions to diet and cuisine.

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