Fidel Castro, former president and leader of the Cuban revolution, died Friday night at age 90, Cuban state television confirmed.
Raul Castro, Cuba’s President and Fidel Castro’s brother, announced that Castro would be cremated on Saturday. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died 10:29pm tonight,” said Castro.
Born in 1926 to a prominent landowner in Holguín Province, Cuba, Castro went on to lead Cuba’s revolutionary independence movement, defeating the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship in 1959.
Soon after his movement took power, Castro adopted an explicitly socialist model of development and forged strong ties with the Soviet Union, earning the wrath of the United States.
For the next 48 years, until resigning in 2008, Castro led the tiny island nation to historic levels of development, leading the world in many social indicators including literacy and public health rates.
The success of Cuba’s revolution also meant facing down more than 50 years of a hostile and destructive U.S. blockade, while also surviving multiple CIA assassination attempts. Castro and Cuba inspired a growing decolonization movement throughout the world, one which Castro actively supported by creating networks of mutual aid throughout Latin America, Africa, and the rest of the Global South.
“I’ll be 90 years old soon,” Castro said at an April 2016 communist party congress where he made his most extensive public appearance in years. “Soon I’ll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof that on this planet, if one works with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need and that need to be fought for without ever giving up.”
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Living west of Ft. Lauderdale, I just asked my wife if she wanted to drive down to Little Habana, just west of Miami–only 30 miles away. ONLY KIDDING! Every time that there have been rumors of Fidel’s passing, the Cuban-Americans have been marching in the streets.
More than one million of them in Miami, who are totally reviled by the very thought of Fidel, and brother Raul just pales in comparison. Actually, it’s probably wouldn’t be safe; because, everyone–and I DO mean EVERYone–will be out on the streets. Christmas, NewYears, Fourth of July, winning the World Cup–all rolled into one!
Even though he had to shed power for health reasons, perhaps ten years ago, he has remained the behind-the-scenes symbol of El Dictator, and the repression of the Cuban people. Perhaps, Fidel might always be “missed” in Miami, but only as that symbol of what is evil, total corruption and what had converted Cuba from a happy, thriving People, to a downtrodden nation, and one of the poorest economies in the Western Hemisphere.
I Guess that, as much as Donald Trump, “Private Citizen”, has spoke-out against Cuba, and the Castro Brothers–only when he was in Miami–he had sent several groups of Trump Org. executives–WHEN IT WAS HIGHLY ILLEGAL–to Cuba, to search for potential golf course acquisitions.
Will he follow-through on that venture, once he ascends to the Trumpian Throne–built on a mass of BH.S?
“that symbol of what is evil, total corruption and what had converted Cuba from a happy, thriving People, to a downtrodden nation, and one of the poorest economies in the Western Hemisphere.”
Most of the population was illiterate and Havana was basically ruled by the Mafia before the People’s Revolution. Corruption ran rampant under the Batista regime. https://ushypocrisy.com/2016/04/07/u-s-crusade-against-cuba-didnt-begin-with-the-cold-war/
Rest in peace, komandante Fidel!
ps: I sent to two same comments before this one, but they weren’t seen. If this one is seen, it may be the comment tab cannot approve the Russian alphabet, my Earthling friend.
I see this one. I did not get the previous two. 😏😉
I found it in the spam comments and marked it “not spam.” 😉
Thank you my Earthling friend. 🙂
Black day, my Earthling friend, this is a black day!
Теперь мы, коммунисты плачут в молчание с горем…
Покойся с миром командантэ, Фидель!
Now we, the communists are crying in silence with grief …
RIP komandante, Fidel!