ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • History & Archaeology»
  • History of the Modern Era

Fidel Castro: a controversial figure of the 20th century

Updated on December 12, 2016
Fidel Castro speaking in Havana, 1978
Fidel Castro speaking in Havana, 1978 | Source

Fidel Castro, son of a wealthy Cuban farmer, studied law at the University of Havana where he became a student leader of the Socialist Party.

After fighting for revolutionary causes in Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico he organized the Cuban revolution against President Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

He nationalized the economy and became an ally of the Soviet Union that installed nuclear weapons on the island, leading to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.

He survived all attempts of assassination and counter-revolution heading the country untill 2008, when he consign leadership to his brother Raul Castro.

Hated and loved throughout his political life he died on 25 November 2016, at the age of 90.

Here are some videos depicting his political and private life facts.

2001 Full Documentary

Documentary about Fidel Castro, covering 40 years of Cuban Revolution. Rare Fidel Castro footage: he appears swimming with a bodyguard, visiting his childhood home and school, playing with his friend Nelson Mandela, meeting kid Elián Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with the Buena Vista Social Club group.

The Cuban Revolution

A documentary about how Fidel Castro overthrow the Batista Regime.

If Fidel didn't came to power

Fidel Castro changed Cuba forever, and plunged the nation into one party socialism. What if he never came to power? How would the island country be changed? Here is one scenario.

1959 interview

"If this Revolution falls, what we will have here in Cuba is a hell. Hell itself." - Fidel Castro

Interview by Clark Hewitt Galloway 1959, Havana
Animation by Patrick Smith

Galloway recorded the interview for a story in U.S. News & World Report. Because the interview was audio-only, it has been illustrated with cartoon sketches, and translations have been added to the video. The interview is presented by Laura Galloway, Clark's granddaughter.

The Cuban missile crises

In October 1962, human civilization came close to being destroyed. During the Cuban missile crisis, all the pieces were in place—the weapons and warheads were ready to fire all over the world; secretly deployed tactical nuclear weapons were prepared to incinerate invading U.S. troops on the north coast of Cuba.

Assassination attempts

The story of some of the numerous attempts of the Central Intelligence Agency to kill Cuba's leader Fidel Castro.

Reactions to his death around the world

From mixed feelings in Beijing to celebrations in the streets of 'Little Havana', Miami, watch how the world is reacting to the death of Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro.

Castro writes about the Barack Obama's election and further government

What's your opinion about Fidel Castro

See results

Editorial cartoon

Fidel Castro is gone, the revolution goes on! A short animated cartoon by Chappatte.

A political satire from 2007

A hysterical political satire depicting the funeral of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. What does George Bush say at his funeral? Who does Donald Rumsfeld bring as his guest? What famous figures does Fidel meet in Hell? This musical animation satires Elton John's famous Ode to Marilyn Monroe (and Princess DIana) "Candle in the WInd" and features impersonations of over 25 celebrity voices by Steve Van Zandt and Brock Baker

A small quiz about Fidel Castro

view quiz statistics

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)