Fidel Castro: iconic revolutionary and longtime American nemesis – CSMonitor.com

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro died Friday. 

…He was a revolutionary and a liberator: delivering his island nation from the colonial powers and mafia dons that ruled over it from the 16th century halfway into the 20th, and inspiring other independence movements in  Latin America and  Africa.

He was a dictator and a despot: delivering basic needs but denying basic rights, ultimately turning his nation of 10 million people into what some considered a collective gulag where the individual with a differing political vision was shown the door – to prison or to exile, or even to the firing squad. 

Fidel Castro: iconic revolutionary and longtime American nemesis – CSMonitor.com

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