Fidel Castro R.I.P.

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Der ungewählte Glorious Leader von Kuba, Fidel Castro, ist im Alter von 90 Jahren gestorben. 1959 stürzte er den kubanischen Diktator Batista während der kubanischen Revolution und regierte in dem von ihm errichteten kommunistischen Ein-Parteien-Staat bis 2008, knastete tausende seiner Landsleute ein, unterstützte Mandela im Kampf gegen die Rassentrennung in Südafrika und rauchte dabei genau dreihundertachtundsechzigmillionen Zigarren. Viva la revolución no more.

castro2Live-Updates der BBC, Nachruf der NYTimes: Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90 und das Castro-Interview im Playboy 1985.

Fidel Castro had held on to power longer than any other living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II. He became a towering international figure whose importance in the 20th century far exceeded what might have been expected from the head of state of a Caribbean island nation of 11 million people.

He dominated his country with strength and symbolism from the day he triumphantly entered Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, and completed his overthrow of Fulgencio Batista by delivering his first major speech in the capital before tens of thousands of admirers at the vanquished dictator’s military headquarters.

A spotlight shone on him as he swaggered and spoke with passion until dawn. Finally, white doves were released to signal Cuba’s new peace. When one landed on Mr. Castro, perching on a shoulder, the crowd erupted, chanting “Fidel! Fidel!”