Fidel Castro Dead at 90
November 27, 2016 10:52am CST
One of the longest-running leaders of a country, Fidel Castro led Cuba for 60 years. He outlasted 11 US presidents and 600 assassination attempts. While a lot of his countrymen hated his guts, he did do a few things that were good. He received a law degree and gave free services to the poor. Under his rule, he instituted free medical care and has an extremely high education rate for the country of Cuba and reinstated the Christmas holiday. His brother Raul took over in 2008 due to Fidel's health. So even though he was a pain in the USA's backside, there were a few things he did do as President that warrant looking at.
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I think that he did not do more bad things than any dictator does, be it a right wing or a leftist dictator. Yet, as you say, cubans there had all access to education and good health. That means a lot, specially in a poor country. Some great countries have their poor with no or little health insurance.
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Of course he was a pain in the USA's backside from the beginning; he overthrew dictator Batista, who was propped up by the USA, receiving "financial, military, and logistical support" until 1959. [Wikipedia, with references] Batista started out okay, but when he saw he was losing the election in 1952 he led a military coup and started the long downward spiral. The refugees who fled to Florida after Castro's revolution were largely wealthy landowners. Under the guise of repressing Communism, Batista's repressive regime eventually led to his killing of masses of people. More in the link.
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