Wednesday, 19 February 2020

In this Feb. 6, 1959 file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro speaks to a crowd during his triumphant march to Havana after the fall of the Batista regime. Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. Even before leading the 1959 revolution that propelled Cuba toward communism and onto the Cold War stage, Castro saw greatness in himself. From an early age, he admired history's boldest figures, particularly Alexander the Great, and believed he and his rebels were part of that tradition. AP/File

In this Jan. 7, 1959 file photo, Cuba's rebel leader Fidel Castro, center, and his soldiers make a roadside appearance as they move toward Havana where a welcome is expected the next day. Castro and his fighters ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista and established a communist government. Castro has died at age 90. President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died late Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. AP/File

In this April 1961 file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, bottom, looks out from a tank during the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. The son of a wealthy landowner, Fidel Castro turned his back on a life of privilege to lead a left-wing revolution in Cuba that endured for decades and was shaped by his political cunning, keen sense of destiny and boundless ego. Castro, who has died at the age of 90, was at once idealistic and pragmatic, sharply intelligent and reckless, charismatic and intolerant. AP/Raul Corrales, The Canadian Press, File

In this 1960 file photo, Cuba's revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, center, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, left, and Cuba's President Osvaldo Dorticos, right, attend a reception in an unknown location in Cuba. Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. Prensa Latina via AP Images, File

In this March 5, 1960 file photo, Cuban leaders walk arm-in-arm at the head of the funeral procession for the victims of the La Coubre explosion, blamed by the Cuban government on a U.S. bomb attack on the Cuban ship La Coubre in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. From left to right are Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, the first president of post-Batista Cuba, Osvaldo Dorticos, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Defense Minister Augusto Martinez-Sanchez, ecology minister Antonio Nunez-Jimenez, American William Morgan from Toledo, Ohio, and Spaniard Eloy Guttierez Menoyo. AP, File

In this Jan. 1959 file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro addresses a crowd in a park in front of the presidential palace in Havana, Cuba. Critics saw in him a stubborn bully who violated human rights, jailed his critics, banned opposition parties and wrecked Cuba's economy. Admirers saw a visionary who stood up to U.S. domination of Latin America, brought healthcare and education to the poor, and inspired socialist movements across the world. AP/Harold Valentine, File