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The Death of Fidel Castro

Matthew Hanley, Editor in Chief

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On November 25th, 2016, the Cuban despot Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, more commonly stylized as Fidel Castro, passed away. Castro had been on medical leave from his office since 2006, having appointed his brother Raul as his successor. Castro’s passing has resonated across the world, spurring many different responses from people abroad. In the streets of Miami, exiled Cuban-Americans sing and dance, having been liberated once and for all from their oppressor. Cuban natives mourn his passing, and watch in solidarity as his ashes are carried down the streets of Havana. American politicians are left to wonder what t44175-004-1aa92245his will mean for our historically dire relationship with the communist island nation only 90 miles away from our coast.

Whatever one’s opinion may be of Fidel Castro, his passing is historic. Fidel Castro was a man of great charisma and vigor. The notorious, fatigue-wearing rebel once led a successful rebellion against Fulgencio Batista’s former regime, capturing the minds and hearts of his people. Castro quickly replaced the overthrown regime with his own, and assumed the office of Prime-Minister, which he maintained until his medical leave in 2006. During his reign, Castro was accused of many crimes against humanity. Critics claim he is responsible for the impoverishment of his nation and the subsequent mass exodus of Cubans to the United States. His supporters would argue that he is an exemplar of Communist and Socialist ideals who has remained steadfast in his opposition of American imperialism.

Albeit Fidel’s death will certainly influence Cuba’s infrastructure greatly, it is not likely thimagesat much will change for the island nation. Fidel’s brother, Raul, still maintains his grip upon the country. Communism still thrives there, and the incumbent regime shows no signs of weakening in the wake of the death of their former leader. Only time will tell if Cuba will experience any great change in the near future, as Raul has announced his intent to resign in the coming years.

Impoverished and reclusive, Cuba will likely remain unchanged for some time. We can be certain of one thing; with 2016 coming to a close, our communist neighbors will have an interesting year ahead of them.

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