Wednesday February 19, 2020

Matt Cooper: Fidel Castro - revolutionary or opportunist?

Yes, he was an undeniably charismatic orator, yet Castro also trampled on rights and freedoms

27th November, 2016
The great orator: Fidel Castro addresses the United Nations in New York in October 1979 Picture: Getty

Your reaction to the news of the death of Fidel Castro probably reveals a lot about your personal politics.

Cuba, a relatively small island of 11 million people, has been held up by the left for many years as some kind of utopian society which we should seek to emulate, by the right as an example of how communism can destroy the potential for economic improvement and deny freedom and basic human rights.

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