Who is Fidel Castro?

  • (noun): Cuban socialist leader who overthrew a dictator in 1959 and established a Marxist socialist state in Cuba (born in 1927).
    Synonyms: Castro, Fidel Castro Ruz

Fidel Castro

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (; born August 13, 1926) is a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the Commander in Chief of the country's armed forces and the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, under his administration the Republic of Cuba was converted into a one-party socialist state, with industry and business being nationalized under state ownership and socialist reforms implemented in all areas of society. On the international stage, he also served as the Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1979 to 1983 and 2006 to 2008.

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Fidel Castro - Reception and Legacy - Criticism
... See also Human rights in Cuba and Censorship in Cuba "Within Cuba, Fidel's domination of every aspect of the government and the society remains total ... limit what Cuba can buy on the world market." — Peter Bourne, Castro Biographer, 1986 During his administration of Cuba, Castro has been heavily criticized ... and particularly in the state of Florida, which has a high Cuban-American population, Castro has been viewed with "passion and hatred", and politicians ...
My Life (Fidel Castro Autobiography)
... My Life - A Spoken Autobiography by Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet was published in Spanish in 2006 (Fidel Castro biografía a dos voces), and English in 2007 ... The book was written by Ramonet based on more than 100 hours of interviews with Castro, and the final text was edited and approved by Castro himself before ...
Cuban Presidential Election, 2008
... In the election, Raúl Castro, who had been Acting President since July 2006, was elected as President, succeeding his brother, Fidel Castro ... It was initially considered uncertain whether the ailing 81-year-old Fidel Castro would be elected for another term as President of the Council of State or acting president Raúl Castro would formally assume the ... Raúl Castro, aged 76, was elected as President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers by a unanimous vote of the National Assembly (on a ...
Mier, Tamaulipas - History - Fidel Castro in Mier
... One historic event from Mier occurred in 1956 involving Fidel Castro ... Fidel Castro had learned of the fashion in which any merchandise could be crossed illegally by the Rio Grande River into Mier ... At that time Castro was preparing for a revolution in Cuba and was meeting with leaders in Mexico City ...
CIA Activities In Cuba - Communist Regime
... The Communist Party strengthened its one-party rule, with Castro as the head of government ... Kennedy to assassinate Fidel Castro ... Between August 1960, and April 1961, the CIA pursued a series of plots to poison or shoot Castro according to the assassination plots proposed by Colonel Sheffield Edwards, director of the CIA's Office of Security ...

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