I shot this photo of Fidel Castro marching for Elián González' return in the year 2000.
I shot this photo of Fidel Castro marching for Elián González’ return to Cuba, which finally occurred in June, 2000.

Tracey Eaton

HAVANA TIMES — Six years ago this month, I wondered if Fidel Castro’s health might have slipped after he wrote an extraordinarily brief column in Granma, the Communist Party newspaper (See “Fidel Castro’s 16 words“).

Rumors about Castro’s health have surfaced regularly, especially after he fell ill in 2006. And those rumors are flying once again.

One of these days, the rumors will be true – we’ll learn that Castro is gone.

What legacy does he leave? Any thoughts?


20 thoughts on “What legacy does Fidel Castro leave?

  • Washington still had slaves which is the point.
    Cubans have many rights we don’t have in the US.
    “Castro has a million slaves” Nonsense! The problem is Cuba was slave of the US before 1959.

  • Not a million. Washington did have some slaves. Which he freed upon his death.

    Fidel Castro, on the other hand, has 11 million slaves.

  • Ps- Didnt George Washington have like a million slaves. So much for a good example.

  • Everyone commenting is wrong wrong wrong as is always the case when it comes to Cuba. Fidel Castro has been an exceptionally great leader. The Cuban Revolution will continue long after he is gone. In the end Cuba’s power resides in the National Assembly and the National assembly is directly elected by the Cuban people. The National Assembly can vote Canel out. Remember his powers are limited. the only reason Fidel Castro was effective president of the Council of ministers is because he holds great prestige as the leader of the Revolution. Same goes for Raul to a certain extent. But once those two are gone, the National assembly will assert their power no matter who is the President of the council of ministers. I like how they compare Mandela to Fidel Castro. It was Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution who assisted the demise of the apartheid regime in South Africa by defeating their forces in the war in Angola. Although I admire Mandela, you can not compare him to Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro is in a league all on his own in terms of the success of a genuine revolution. Cuba is truly a great example to all nations in the world, especially small third world countries.

  • On that last point, well spoken that man!

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