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Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro or Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is the revolutionary leader who came to power by overthrowing Fulgencio Batista.

For the duration of his dictatorship Castro enjoyed free health care, throwing gay people in jail, 100% of the votes in every election, and the idea of pointing WMD at neighboring countries.

Castro made the news in 2005 when he broke his hip, and a few years later when he let his brother be dictator while he was in the hospital for a few days.

Then February 19, 2008 announced Castro that he will retire as President of Cuba. [1]



He was born born near Birán in the Oriente Province (today's Holguín Province), the third child of an immigrant planter from Galego, Spain on August 13, 1926. After years as a university student radical, radical lawyer and political exile in Mexico, he retuned to fight a guerrilla war took power from the corrupt regime of U.S. supported Fulgencio Batista at the head of the 26th of July Movement in early 1959. After a year of fighting Castro's guerrilla army marched into Havana to the cheers of working class Cubans and on January 8 Castro assumed the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Then on February 16, 1959, he was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba.

According to Georgie Anne Geyer (1991), one of Castro's first and most quoted biographers, the dominating factor in Castro’s life is hatred for the United States, a claim confirmed by his first wife and others (Raffy, 2003). His antipathy toward America can be traced in significant part to his childhood. Castro is the illegitimate child of Angel Castro (1875-1956), an illiterate Spaniard from Galicia, Spain. (Fuentes, 2004).

One of Castro’s most prized possessions is a 12-volume set of Mussolini’s speeches and writings (Pardo Llada, 1976).

The existance of a Communist state close to the border of the United States resulted in significant tension between the two countries like several attempts by the United States to remove him through assassination, a failed invasion known as the Bay of Pigs, and an economic embargo. Castro on the other hand continued a hostile tone against the United States, tried to install nuclear weapons targetted at the United States, and dumping his criminals as exiles in an event known as the Freedom Flotilla [2]. The relationship is still hostile and Cuba is still subject to an embargo.

Other info

Castro has two brothers: Ramón and Raúl, and four sisters: Angela, Juanita, Emma, and Agustina. Juanita Castro Ruz lives in Miami, Florida and Agustina Castro Ruz lives in Havana.


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This page was last modified 18:02, 24 November 2010 by daniel hanley . Based on work by roger, CD and Andrew Oh-Willeke and dKosopedia user(s) DrDebug, Pinkpanther, BartFraden, Corncam, KlevorTrevor, Brudny and Allamakee Democrat. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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