Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 02, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 02, 2016

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

(August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016)

"A revolution is not a bed of roses,” believed Cuba’s long time revolutionary leader Fidel Castro who ruled for nearly half a century. He was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party socialist state; industry and business were nationalised, and state socialist reforms implemented throughout society."

"Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour."

"Every country must be absolutely free to adopt the type of economic, political and social system that it considers convenient.

I have always fought for concrete facts, for justice."

"I became a Communist by studying capitalist political economy, and when I had some understanding of that problem, it actually seemed to me so absurd, so irrational, so inhuman, that I simply began to elaborate on my own formulas for production and distribution."

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