Archive | April, 2013

Fidel, The Man

16 Apr

We must get to know the man behind the Cuban Revolution.

A Native of Biran, Cuba, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926. Castro grew up as a privileged individual, and enjoyed healthier circumstances than most of Cuba’s people. He was educated in Jesuit boarding schools, and was very intellectually gifted. However, he was more interested in sports than studies. 

He attended El Colegio de Belen and pitched for the school’s baseball team. After his graduation in late 1945, Castro entered law school at the University of Havana and became immersed in the political climate of Cuban nationalism, anti-imperialism and socialism.

Fidel always had a passion for reform, and this was evident for the first time in 1947 when he joined a group in the Dominican Republic that was trying to overthrow their own dictator. 

This part of Fidel’s history is very important to learn about, because it gives insight to why he was so obsessed with overthrowing dictator governments. In my opinion, I think that his education as a law student gave him a strong passion for fundamental justice. I think that Fidel carried this passion with him and used it in an effective way when he was becoming the leader of Cuba. This insight to Fidel’s education sheds light on the speculated issue of Fidel himself being a power hungry ruler, who only cares about his own interests. It is clear that Fidel had good, educated reasoning behind what he was doing, and really did care about the good of his people. 

This could also be proven with Fidel’s involvement in anti-goverment groups, as at the time Cuba’s government was very corrupt. Image

The Beginning of the Revolution

16 Apr

Everybody has their stereotypes about Cuba. Some say that it’s a third world country, and others say it sets a good example. But what about the history of Cuba? Don’t people wonder how Cuba has become the country it is today?

I do. In fact, the story of how Fidel Castro overthrew the dictator-styled government before him is actually quite fascinating.

The Revolution began with former president Fulgencio Batista cancelled the 1952 elections in fear that he was going to lose. At this point, the freedom and democracy of the people of Cuba had be stripped away, and the country was in a decline.

There was no Cuban more angry about the rise of a dictator than that of Fidel Castro. Fidel planned an attack on Bautista, intending to kill him. This event later became known as ” The Assault on Moncada”. When Fidel was unsuccessful in assassinating Bautista, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail. However, at this point Fidel became well liked among many Cubans, and a figure of the revolution. 

As a political prisoner, Fidel and others that were involved in the assassination attempt were sent to Mexico, where they met “Che” Guevera. There, Fidel, Che, and many other exiled Cubans planned a revolution, and headed back for Cuba in November of 1956. 

After two years of fighting in the hills and mountains of Cuba, Fidel Castro eventually defeated the Bautista regime. In january of 1959, Castro began making his way to Havana, delivering victory speeches before cheering crowds along the way. 

As he and his regime made their way to the top of the government, the Cuban people and other people from all over the world knew that this country would never be the same. Image

Ten Questions about the Cuban Revolution

15 Apr

1. What was Cuban society like before the revolution?

2. How did Fidel Castro come to power?

3. Why did Fidel Castro engage so many of the Cuban people in following him?

4. What kind of conflict was met with the Cuban Revolution? 

5. What was the transition like between pre and post revolutionary Cuba?

6. What has the relationship been like betwen Cuba and other countries eg United States, Russia.

7. What were the reasons for the conflict between the United States and Cuba?

8. How did the Revolution affect specific areas of Cuba eg economy, healthcare, education?

9. What has been the long term effects of the Cuban Revolution?

10. How has the Cuban revolution paved the way for communism in modern society?