The ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is a living legend from every indication. So much has been said and written about this strong man that history has recorded him even in his lifetime as one of the greatest political figures ever to bestraddle the global leadership stage. Historically Castro led other comrades-in-arms to launch a revolution in
Comrade Castro in his youthful radical exuberance, five decades ago, toppled the corrupt regime of President Fulgencio Batista in 1959. The Cuban revolution immortalised heroes like late Che Guevera. Comrade Castro for decades defied American-led political machinations and called the bluff of many American Presidents. Their many efforts to either topple him or kill him failed as the bearded Communist immortal marched on.
And in April 1961
Almost ten American Presidents, a whole generation, has come and gone with Castro defying every of their sinister plots to dismantle his entrenched communist regime. Some of these Presidents of the free world had died in natural circumstances but Castro has survived the odds though age and revolution-related weariness are having their toll on him right now.
Castro’s fifty-year reign did encounter economic recession in the early 90’s leading up to many fleeing the island for
Trained as a lawyer Fidel Castro launched the revolution to free poor Cubans from the Batista dictatorial stranglehold; he risked all to be in control in order to help the downtrodden regain their dignity and have a better life. But things did not quite work out as he had planned with opposition from
Two weeks ago Fidel Castro, indisposed, used the Communist Party’s ‘Granma’ newspaper to convey an important message to his compatriots. According to the great man: “To my dear compatriots, who gave me the immense honor in recent days of electing me a member of parliament … I communicate to you that I will not aspire to or accept — I repeat not aspire to or accept — the positions of president of the Council of State and commander-in-chief….This is not my farewell to you. My only wish is to fight as a soldier in the battle of ideas. I shall continue to write under the heading of ‘Reflections by comrade Fidel.’ It will be just another weapon you can count on. Perhaps my voice will be heard. I shall be careful”.
Last Sunday, true to his promise of quitting power definitively, his younger brother Raul Castro was “elected” the President by Cuba’s National Assembly, a rubber-stamp legislature. The 76-year-old former Defense Minister, Fidel’s brother and designated successor Raul Castro has been acting as president since emergency intestinal surgery forced his brother to delegate power on July 31, 2006. Raul Castro has raised hopes of economic reforms but he is not likely to make bold political steps or changes to the one-party state. Fidel Castro will remain influential as first secretary of the ruling Communist Party.
Famous worldwide for his long speeches delivered in his green military fatigues, Castro is admired in the Third World for standing up to the
The Castro to Castro transition in
As the “Maximum Leader” retires befittingly from politics this is not only wishing him many more years on earth but long live the socialist revolution in