The many lives of Fidel Castro

Was Fidel Castro a heroic friend and inspiration to oppressed peoples worldwide or an authoritarian who suppressed the democratic rights of his country’s citizens? In fact, he was both. Castro’s life represents many things to many people. The Canadian and U.S. press, however, has proven mostly incapable of presenting more than the usual one-sided demonization. When it comes to assessing the improbably long life of this 20th-century giant, neither ahistorical liberal and conservative condemnation nor leftist deification suffices.

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