By Dominick Fils-Aime | November 26, 2016
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has passed away at the distinguished age of 90. His death was reported by Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother, in an announcement late Friday Night.
Castro is best known for coordinating the 1959 revolution, with the help of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, which resulted in the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship of Cuba.
The coup made Cuba the first Communist country in the Western Hemisphere, much to the chagrin of western superpowers such as our United States. Castro would proceed to expropriate various U.S. corporations such as Texaco, Shell Oil, and Sears Roebuck. President Dwight D. Eisenhower would consequently placed an embargo on all domestic products with Cuba which lasted, in part, until Oct. 2016. Fidel would also clash with President John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon, partly due to his marxist, communist ideologies and practices and for his support of communist nations such as the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Castro’s official cause of death has yet to be disclosed, but his health had been reportedly in decline since 2008 when he stepped from the Cuban presidency. According Reuters, Castro suffered from a colon condition called diverticulitis.
Various world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, have sent their condolences to Castro’s family and praised his leadership. President Obama, whose administration lifted the embargo against Cuba also made a statement in relation to Fidel’s passing.
“We have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends—bonds of family, culture, commerce and common humanity,” he said in an official statement.
“Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayer are with the Cuban people,” he continued. “The Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the Unites States of America.”
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