Fidel Castro, like many other political powerheads before and after him, has been a figure of both admiration and revulsion. In the minds of Latin Americans, he’s the grandfather of post-modern independence; in the minds of Cubans, he’s the father of modern Cuba; in the minds of American citizens, he’s an inhumane dictator. From his role in a Lenin-Marxist political moderate group during his early years of law school, to the intense years of guerrilla warfare he waged against the corrupt forces of Batista’s army, to the decisive moments of the Cold War and the Cuabn Missile Crisis when he was nationalizing Cuba into a socialist state, Castro has played both the role of the protagonist and antagonist in post-modern world history throughout his …show more content…
According to the personal accounts of Ana, “the revolution had completely transformed the country by 1962 … laws that once protected Cuban citizens were destroyed in the first two years and that the government which was once democratic and organized was transformed into tyranny” (Correa, Daniel S. and Sarah Z., Jonas). After the end of President Batista’s reign, Castro initially presented himself as a moderate leftist, but became increasingly radical. Castro even declared that a purge was necessary to purify the nation; extrajudicial imprisonment and arbitrary executions continued throughout Castro’s political career. In addition to abuses against prisoners, Castro also abused civilian rights via imposed economic reforms. The First Agrarian Reform, which was also the nation’s main priority, stripped lands from civilians, regardless of their support or challenge towards Castro’s rule. However, instead of being evenly distributed among Cuban civilians, according to the principles of communism, the lands all went to the government, under Castro’s name (Correa, Daniel S. and Sarah Z., Jonas). Aside from forcing children to work in fields as a mandatory requirement to be educated and fed, Castro’s government also
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With the death of longtime dictator Fidel Castro what is going to happen to Cuba’s government. Cuba is a Communist country and it has been like that for many years. Fidel Castro was a dictator for nearly five centuries until he became ill and relinquished presidency to his brother Raul Castro. This research will be comparing and contrasting Cuba’s and the United States government.
In her book From Cuba with Love, Megan Daigle dives into the nexus of sex, money, and deprivation in Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the U.S. embargo in the early 1990s as it deals with “jineterismo,” the local practice of pursuing relationships with foreigners in order to gain access to hard currency. With the end of the Soviet Union, Cuba was stripped of its primary source of financial and political support, quickly sending Cuba into an economic crisis that its government called “el Periodo especial en tiempo de paz” or the Special Period in Peacetime. “Seeming overnight, the Cuban economy collapsed by 40 percent” (4). To make matters worse this was the same time the United States solidified its embargo on
The Cuban Revolution had many lasting impacts. One area that was greatly influenced from 1959 to 1990 was gender relations. From the start to the end of the revolution women in Cuba faced many difficulties in gaining civil rights, some people were against it while others fought fiercely for equality, but in the end the quality of these women's lives were changed for the better. Before and during the revolution, Cuban Women were treated unequally and some of the population saw this as a problem and others did not. Throughout this time many people were against women's rights, even women themselves.
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In this part in particular, De La Fuente utilizes figures and solid facts to prove his claims, especially with his effective use of census records to show black flight from Cuba due to lack of opportunity (pg. 104). Speaking to social mobility and education, De La Fuente identifies the mediocrity of Cuban and American efforts to create a literate population. Although the government made significant strides to educate the populations, imperialist motivations fueled the system, which lacked secondary systems of support and training for Afro-Cubans. It is essential that De La Fuente identifies lack of labor opportunities and education in Cuba because both Afro-Cubans and white Cubans could eventually find solidarity in combatting these issues. Upon reading this chapter, De La Fuente’s revelation of a cyclical nature in Cuba with revolution and racism is uncovered.
Castro’s government hurts the mental health of Cubans despite promising equality, progress, and freedom. Poverty haunted Cubans, even with the support of the USSR, and now, without it, the situation can only worsen without government action. The majority of Cubans have been suffering from poverty, which lead to drinking, smoking, domestic conflicts, and depression. Castro’s administration imposes restrictions on speeches and media and intensifies the oppression of Cubans because of previous dictatorship, huge discrepancies of wealth and domestic problems. The addiction to substance has only been increasing [Gorry], causing family and interpersonal conflict to worsen.
The artist is criticizing how Fidel Castro failed to lead Cuba successfully because he did not follow “The Marxist Theory” which explains how the artist shows Castro burning the book as if to show how Castro was opposing and Marx and Engels theories. Furthermore, the artist aims to say that not following “The Communist Manifesto” exactly would result in consequences such as a failed state. Castro’s plans for Cuba were unsuccessful and placed Cuba in horrific situations economically and socially to this today which is seen in the cartoon where the artist depicts Cuba as an isolated and torn-down state. The artist of the political cartoon criticizes how Castro poorly handled leading the country of Cuba for many years as a Prime Minister and as a President. The artist criticizes Fidel Castro as a leader but does not criticize the theories of Marx and Engels and of communism as a whole.
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Phase 1 of the guerrilla warfare principles emphasise on the importance of popular support, which Castro strongly related to. Additionally, the warfare encouraged troops to fight on land that is not only readily available, but an area rebels have cohesive knowledge on. Guerrilla warfare has proved to be successful method of initiating liberty on numerous occasions. It worked for Tito in Yugoslavia, the Viet Cong in Vietnam and certainly for Fidel Castro in Cuba. The country was free after four centuries of neocolonialism, and ‘Cuba Libre’ was finally
Castro pushed education for his people to assist his aim in creating a well-rounded Cuba. In politically, economically, and socially declining environments, Joseph Stalin and Fidel Castro both gained power and attempted to bring the change the people so desperately
Raul Castro, an 83 year old who took the leadership of Cuba forcefully by the side of his brother in 1959, has taken the privilege of freedom of speech from the Cuban civilians. He has attempted to take care of his people but this attempt has been just an attempt. He has been too busy in the countries trading and allies but he is not aware that his country is dying. The Castro brothers established the Cuban communist party, this party became the only rightful enabled party. This is taking the human rights of the Cuban people because they can’t decide for themselves.
Communist ideology in Cuba is not a given truth to many historians, in this essay we will explore how Castro used ideology, and manipulated popular support in order to rise to power. While at times over-emphasized, guerrilla war, and the revolutionary spirit were part of the initial core of his attaining power. Guerrilla warfare executed by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, and Fidel Castro, is a foreshadowing of the rest of Castro’s career in establishing power- ambiguous political stance. The version they used -Mao’s model- relied heavily on propaganda, and connecting to the poor people of the Sierra mountains. Besides fighting a dangerous war, both Castro and Che would lend themselves useful to the surrounding communities, in helping to build infrastructure, and instructing basic literacy skills.