Fidel Castro

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Out of Castro's Revolution, the 'Boom' Was Born

Fidel's success inspired Garcia Marquez, a generation of influential writers

(Newser) - When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959, the reverberations of his revolution caused a somewhat unlikely consequence: An explosion of literature never before seen in Latin America, and only rarely seen elsewhere, of such quantity and quality that it was labeled "the boom." “It’s... More »

Cuba Lays Fidel Castro to Rest

Revolutionary leader quietly interred in ceremony made private at last minute

(Newser) - Fidel Castro's ashes were being interred in a private ceremony Sunday morning after Cuban officials canceled plans to broadcast the events live on national and international television at the last minute. International media were also barred, reports the AP . The remains of the man who ruled Cuba for a... More »

Sister Honors Fidel Castro by Insulting Trump

(Newser) - Juanita Castro hadn't spoken to her brother in 52 years and previously called him a "counter-revolutionary worm," per the Times , but with his death , she feels as though "something is missing." Castro—who initially supported Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba but began working against... More »

Tourists in Cuba Find Themselves in Historic Moment

Havana is suddenly extremely subdued

(Newser) - They came for salsa music and mojitos and ended up wandering through a city turned still and silent by nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro . As Cuba prepares a massive commemoration for the leader of its socialist revolution, tens of thousands of high-season travelers have found themselves accidental... More »

Elian Gonzalez Recalls 'Father,' 'Friend' Castro

Says Fidel's friendship was 'extraordinary honor'

(Newser) - Among the tributes and recriminations pouring in in the wake of Fidel Castro's death is a youthful one: Elian Gonzalez, who as a 5-year-old turned into a pawn in US-Cuban relations when he was returned to his father's custody in Cuba. Says Gonzalez, now 22 , per ABC News... More »

World Responds to Fidel Castro Death

Cuba has entered 9 days of national mourning

(Newser) - Cuba is officially in mourning, Miami is unofficially in party mode , and much of the rest of Latin America and the world is split over the death of Fidel Castro . The Cuban government has announced that after nine days of national mourning, the 90-year-old leader will be interred at a... More »

In Miami, Cubans Celebrate Castro's Death

It was party time in Little Havana

(Newser) - Within half an hour of the Cuban government's official announcement that former President Fidel Castro had died , Miami's Little Havana teemed with life—and cheers. Thousands of people banged pots with spoons, waved Cuban flags in the air and whooped in jubilation early Saturday. Honking and strains of... More »

Cuba's Fidel Castro Dead at 90

His brother Raul announces it on state media

(Newser) - Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism, and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half-century rule, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at... More »

Fidel Castro Celebrates 90th by Criticizing Obama

He has words for the president in his 90th-birthday letter

(Newser) - Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday Saturday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. In his letter, Castro accompanied his thanks with reminiscences about his childhood and youth in eastern Cuba, describing the geology and plant life of the... More »

Fidel Castro Tells Obama He Can Keep His 'Presents'

Ex-Cuban leader writes scathing letter that attacks US, Spaniards—even Obama's age

(Newser) - No one expected President Obama to meet with Fidel Castro during his historic visit to Cuba last week. But while Obama was chatting up and taking in a baseball game with brother Raul Castro, the 89-year-old former revolutionary was penning what the AP calls a "long, bristling letter."... More »

Oldest Castro Brother Dies

Ramon stayed on the farm while Fidel, Raul launched revolution

(Newser) - Ramon Castro, a lifelong rancher and farmer who bore a strong physical resemblance to younger brother Fidel Castro, has died, Cuban state media announced Tuesday. He was 91. Widely known by his nickname "Mongo," the white-bearded Ramon Castro preferred tending crops and livestock to the revolutionary political life... More »

CIA: Yes, We Covered Up the JFK Killing

Report from an in-house CIA magazine says how

(Newser) - Think the CIA played a role in covering up the John F. Kennedy assassination? Now an important source agrees with you: the CIA. According to an article written by the agency's senior in-house historian, the CIA purposely held back information from the Warren Commission, Politico reports. John McCone, then... More »

Fidel Castro: US Owes Cuba a Lot of Money

Uses essay on his 89th birthday to complain about embargo

(Newser) - John Kerry arrives in Havana tomorrow to reopen the American embassy , and Fidel Castro apparently wants him to bring a fat wallet. In an essay for his 89th birthday, Castro complains that the US owes his country lots and lots of money because of the trade embargo that's been... More »

Fidel Castro Smuggled Coke Into America

Former bodyguard Juan Reinaldo Sanchez pens book about old boss

(Newser) - Fidel Castro, ragtag communist revolutionary? Not according to a new book that chronicles his alleged luxurious lifestyle and drug-smuggling into the United States. A former bodyguard to Castro, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez—who fled Cuba in 2008 and has made similar allegations before—describes them fully in The Double Life of ... More »

Fidel Castro Appears in Public

Former Cuban president greets group of Venezuelans

(Newser) - Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year, according to official state media. The Cubadebate website says Castro greeted a group of Venezuelans visiting the capital of Havana. Cubadebate yesterday published four images that show Castro sitting inside a... More »

Fidel's 'Yankee Comandante' Could Return to US

William Morgan's widow wants his remains returned to Ohio

(Newser) - In America, he was William Morgan, a high school dropout from Ohio who worked for the mob. But in Cuba, he was the Yankee Comandante who fought the revolution alongside Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; as a biographer puts it, the "ne’er-do-well who found his cause, his love,... More »

Cuba Trots Out New Castro Photos Amid Health Rumors

Ex-Cuban leader reportedly had meeting with student leader on Jan. 23

(Newser) - Fidel Castro is apparently spending his retirement convincing people he's alive: After his silence when the US and Cuba reopened relations spawned rumors about his failing health or even death, he belatedly penned a Jan. 26 letter , AFP reports. Now Cuban state media has released more than 20 photos... More »

Fidel: I Still Don't Trust US

But former Cuban leader, finally breaking silence, says he backs negotiations

(Newser) - Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington. The comments were the first by the 88-year-old revolutionary leader on the talks with the US since the... More »

McCain Tweet-Brags That Syria Whined About Him

Gleefully boasts about Assad regime's annoyance with him

(Newser) - John McCain has put together quite the résumé for himself lately, and it includes the wrath of Vladimir Putin, ISIS, Fidel Castro, and now the regime of Bashar al-Assad. McCain added those latest bragging rights after Bashar Ja'afari, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, yesterday asked the Security... More »

US Secretly Riled Cubans Against Gov't—Via Hip-Hop

Agency infiltrated music scene to spark change among country's youth

(Newser) - For more than two years, a US agency secretly infiltrated Cuba's underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained by the AP. The idea was to use Cuban musicians "to break the information blockade" and build a network... More »

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