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Revolutionary leader and liberator of Cuba from Batista. After a failed military coup he was arrested, made his (in)famous speech ending with the words; "history will absolve me"
sentenced for 26 years but released after 2; went on to start second revolution and liberate the people.
Fidel Castro? doesn't he have an engine-oil named after him?
by Dom January 24, 2005
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Cuba was once ruled by a military ruler, until Fidel Castro came into power after a revolution. Fidel Castro quickly tried to secure trade ties with the United States, but as he was sympathetic to communists the United States was afraid he was one himself. Having no trade ties with the United States, he turned to the Soviet Union.

He is a great speaker and charismatic leader who gained power legitimately. It is contested whether he has maintained power legitamently.

He made health care available to all people and schooling free. However, after the fall of the Soviet Union Cuba's middle class has been losing support for Fidel Castro. The dissenters of the middle class and those trying to escape the poverty forced by the embargo make up those trying to flee Cuba. Support within the lower class is still strong.

Economically Cuba is a much more equal place to live.However, social freedoms are not as good. There are many of what Amnesty International calls "Prisoners of Conscience." It is illegal to speak against Fidel Castro, even peacefully. Many things such as this are problems in Cuba.

The embargo is a huge blow to Cuba economically, which has repetedly been voted against by the vast majority of the United Nations. The embargo also serves to cover up the social injustices of Cuba as there is less trade coming in and out of Cuba. If the Embargo were ended, Cuba would be a better place to live economically and socially.

The United States had repetedly tried to murder Fidel Castro and even tried to launch an invasion. This invasion became known as the Bay of Pigs. It was unsuccessful as Fidel Castro quickly squelched what support there was and the rest Cuba's population resisted strongly.

Fidel Castro is one of the most successful socialist revolutionary leaders. He transformed Cuba into a much more economically equal place than places like America, but he has been a harsh leader as well. His age is getting up there though and he can't live too much longer. Upon his death, his brother, Raul Castro, will mostly like gain power.
People act like Fidel Castro has made Cuba a crappy place. Cuba has it's problems, but so does the United States. They just aren't the same problems.

I greatly admire Fidel Castro as a socialist leader, even if I don't agree with everything he did in the name of Communism.
by Dr. Batido June 18, 2006
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Dream presidential candidate of the Democrat party in the U.S.
Hillary Clinton has slick dreams about Fidel Castro.
by JFK March 18, 2004
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Ruler of Cuba and arguably the most successful communist dictator of all time, in that a) Cuba's a relatively ok place to live, and b) he hasn't been killed yet. He was mates with Che Guevara, but funnily enough he's never ended up on a t-shirt. History doesn't like survivors.
Fidel Castro came to power in the 60s after ousting Batista.
by parsefone January 25, 2006
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A communist ruler of Cuba who has been around before analog music synthesizers, pushbutton keypads on telephones, cassette players, VHS VCRs, laserdiscs, 8 track tapes, electronic ignition in automobiles, Disc Film and 110 cartridge cameras, integrated circuit DIP packages, 8 inch floppy discs, the John Lennon assasination, the Richard Nixon debacle, VFD pocket calculators, and quite possibly the Big Bang.
Although I don't like what Fidel Castro stands for, I wish I had his inability to die.

Fidel Castro won't need cryogenic body storage when he dies, that is, if he dies before the Sun goes into red-dwarf stage.
by Wm. Wallace The Freedom Fighter November 19, 2007
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the best ruler cuba ever had. all you right wing idiots dont see it but he is. cuban exiles here in the US are corrupt and ignorant, castro is a man among men
by sloppymeat March 09, 2005
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1. A fine cigar of excellent calibur.
2. Me when i'm drunk.
pass me a fidel castro my good man
by fidel August 14, 2003
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