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Fidel: A Revolutionary Life

Affectionately known as El Comandante in socialist Cuba, Fidel Castro's legacy will live in the hearts of not only the Cuban people but millions and millions around the world who thought of him as the man who stood up against U.S. imperialism and won.

Fidel Castro was the most influential Latin American leader of the 21st century and arguably of all time. His trajectory as one of the leaders of the developing world fighting for liberation and socialism is unmatched in its relentless pursuit and longevity.

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Comandante Fidel: Combatant to the End

Fidel’s genius was his ability to meet the need for tactical steps, responding to the day’s urgencies, without losing sight of the strategic direction. Fidel’s genius was his ability to meet the need for tactical steps, responding to the day’s urgencies, without losing sight of the strategic direction. And his commitment to international anti-imperialism never wavered throughout his life. READ MORE

A Legendary Life


The Final Farewell


Tributes to Fidel


Raul Castro Reveals Fidel's Final Dying Wish

As thousands joined Cuban President Raul Castro to say goodbye to his brother, Fidel, Saturday night, the younger brother imparted one of Fidel's dying wishes: that his image and name never adorn public places, from streets and parks to government institutions. READ MORE

Songs to Remember Fidel and the Cuban Revolution

Tributes to Fidel Castro have poured in from every corner of the world, including from a number of musicians from Latin America and beyond. READ MORE

Fidel's Legacy


'I Am Fidel:' Cuba's Youth Deepen Commitment to Revolution

To millions of Cubans, Fidel Castro was more than just a president, he also embodied revolutionary struggle, and with his death many have chosen to pay tribute to him by pledging to continue that struggle and remain loyal to the ideas of the Cuban Revolution.READ MORE

Fidel's Enduring Lesson Is That, Yes, It Is Possible: Raul

Cuban President Raul Castro addressed the tribute in Santiago de Cuba for his brother and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Saturday. Here is a transcript of his words published by Granma International. READ MORE

The World Reacts

 

Revolutionary Icon Fidel Castro Dies: Live Updates

Fidel was not only a Cuban hero, but an icon of world history. He will be remembered as a champion of the world's poor, a figure of Latin American integration, and an anti-imperialist hero. See how the world reacts to the passing of this global historic icon.  READ MORE

Fidel, the Internationalist

 

Fidel Castro: A Latin American Legend

In Latin America, Fidel built the groundwork for a tight partnership between left-wing governments of the Caribbean and South America. Along with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, he helped found ALBA, a socialist bloc opposed to privatization and liberalization which offers a vision of post-neoliberalism rooted in principles of social welfare and mutual economic aid. READ MORE

Fidel and the Irish Struggle

While Fidel Castro is known as a committed internationalist, supporting independence movements in Angola to South Africa, Nicaragua and even French Polynesia, less is known about his support for the Irish struggle.READ MORE

Fidel's Commitment to Women

 

The beginning of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 marked a remarkable political, economic and social change in Latin America's history, especially for Cuban women, who did not just participate in the military victory but also have played a prominent role throughout the building of the socialist nation.  READ MORE

Fidel and the Arts

 

How Fidel and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Changed Cinema Forever

Along with Colombia's iconic Nobel Prize for Literature winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro helped create the first film and TV school which supported Latin Americans in presenting the reality of the region's social issues on screen. READ MORE

Fidel’s Favorite Book and Why You Should Read It

Following the failed attack on the Moncada Barracks in 1952, Fidel was sent to a prison north of Santiago. It was here that the leader of the Cuban Revolution immersed himself in books, avidly reading all genres. READ MORE

7 Farcical Ways the CIA Failed to Assassinate Fidel Castro


Leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, the Cold War nemesis of the United States, outlasted 11 U.S. presidents and survived no fewer than 638 assassination attempts. READ MORE

 
  • A picture of the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is on display outside the Cuban embassy in Chile, in Santiago, Nov. 26, 2016.

    A picture of the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is on display outside the Cuban embassy in Chile, in Santiago, Nov. 26, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Students of the University of Havana carry a sign reading

    Students of the University of Havana carry a sign reading | Photo Reuters

  • People place candles beside a picture of Fidel, as part of a tribute, following the announcement of the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Nov. 26, 2016.

    People place candles beside a picture of Fidel, as part of a tribute, following the announcement of the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Nov. 26, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • A photograph of Cuba

    A photograph of Cuba's former President Fidel Castro is seen during a tribute ceremony, following the announcement of the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 26, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Pictures of Cuba

    Pictures of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro (L) and Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez are seen on a wall near a Cuban flag inside a state office in Havana, Cuba Nov. 26, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • People walk past a graffiti that reads "Long live Fidel" in Havana, Cuba Nov. 26, 2016.

    People walk past a graffiti that reads "Long live Fidel" in Havana, Cuba Nov. 26, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • An employee of a state-owned candy store looks outside, near a painting depicting Cuba

    An employee of a state-owned candy store looks outside, near a painting depicting Cuba's former President Fidel Castro, following the announcement of Castro's death, in Havana, Cuba, November 27, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Raul Castro (L), Fidel Castro (C) and other Moncada rebels released from prison, May 1955.

    Raul Castro (L), Fidel Castro (C) and other Moncada rebels released from prison, May 1955. | Photo Archive

  • After a 3 year guerrilla war against Batista

    After a 3 year guerrilla war against Batista's troops, Fidel's July 26th Movement, named after their failed insurgency just a few years earlier, emerged victorious on Jan. 1, 1959. | Photo AFP

  • Fidel Castro (L) and Che Guevara (C) lead a memorial march in Havana May 5, 1960, for the victims of the La Coubre freight ship explosion, considered to be one of the first CIA attempts to undermine the Cuban revolution. From the outset of the victory of the revolution, Cuba and Fidel faced numerous terrorist attacks.

    Fidel Castro (L) and Che Guevara (C) lead a memorial march in Havana May 5, 1960, for the victims of the La Coubre freight ship explosion, considered to be one of the first CIA attempts to undermine the Cuban revolution. From the outset of the victory of the revolution, Cuba and Fidel faced numerous terrorist attacks. | Photo AFP

  • Fidel was a baseball fan and believed Cubans should embrace sports as a way to a healthier living. Fidel led the island nation to historic levels of social development, including the eradication of illiteracy and health rates higher than many developed nations.

    Fidel was a baseball fan and believed Cubans should embrace sports as a way to a healthier living. Fidel led the island nation to historic levels of social development, including the eradication of illiteracy and health rates higher than many developed nations. | Photo Reuters

  • Fidel speaks to the United Nations General Assembly as part of the Non-Aligned Movement on October 12, 1979. His speeches became legendary for both their content as well as their length, often lasting several hours.

    Fidel speaks to the United Nations General Assembly as part of the Non-Aligned Movement on October 12, 1979. His speeches became legendary for both their content as well as their length, often lasting several hours. | Photo Reuters

  • People react to a tribute to Cuba

    People react to a tribute to Cuba's late President Fidel Castro inside the Jose Marti Memorial in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, November 28, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Tens of thousands of Cubans came to pay their respects to former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

    Tens of thousands of Cubans came to pay their respects to former Cuban President Fidel Castro. | Photo Reuters

  • A woman is visibly moved by news of Castro

    A woman is visibly moved by news of Castro's death. | Photo Reuters

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