Fidel Castro Ruz was born on 13 August 1926. He ruled for half a century and that is how much he had the people’s mandate to be their life long leader.
At age 32, he had become the youngest leader in Latin America.
He lived long to see his brother Raul’s administration move to restore diplomatic ties with the United States for the first time since they were severed in 1961.
The US did all it could to frustrate and oust him. The government imposed a trade embargo, banning virtually all American exports to the island except for food and medicine.
Castro gallantly fought back. He confiscated $1 billion in US assets while improving Cuba with radical economic reforms.
According to an – Independent report:
“By Cuban count, he was the target of more than 630 assassination plots by militant Cuban exiles or the US government.”
Fidel is one of the leaders of the world who will not be forgotten in a hurry. As he ousted Batista and assumed Cuban leadership, he radically sanitized the government. Record shows that in the space of 2 years, at least 582 old government officials were prosecuted and executed by firing squads.
Castro attended Jesuit schools, then the University of Havana, where he received law and social science degrees.
Fidel was a Cuban revolutionary, nationalist, politician and communist disciple. Together with his brother Raul and the vibrant participation of Che Guevera, he mapped out strategies and oversaw the overthrowing of the dictator Fulgencio Batista government.
Prior to the Cold war, he was one of the prominent members of the Non-Alignment Movement, serving as the Secretary General. Subsequent attacks from the United States government as a result of his government’s rebellious disposition did not make this tough revolutionary budge.
He waxed even stronger in protecting the rights of his people. As he assumed the leadership of Cuba, all properties were also nationalized, thereby, striking an equality mark in Cuban living condition.
Fidel Castro is one of the most respected anti-imperialist in the world.