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  • Despite Fidel Castro's death, few expect rapid political changes in Cuba

    Despite Fidel Castro's death, few expect rapid political changes in Cuba

    For Amalia Cortes, a loyal member of Cuba’s “revolutionary” generation, there is no question that Fidel Castro helped transform the country for the better.  “Of course I will be in the Plaza de la Revolución to say goodbye to our comandante,” said Cortes, 69, referring to the homage planned this...

  • How Fidel Castro's revolution remade South Florida

    How Fidel Castro's revolution remade South Florida

    His reach stretched across the Florida Straits, from Havana to Miami, and his influence in South Florida may have surpassed even that of Henry Flagler, whose railroad opened up the area to modern civilization. Fidel Castro, one of the last paragons of the moribund communist system, was the catalyst...

  • In Miami's Little Havana, Cubans whoop, dance and reflect as they celebrate Castro's death

    In Miami's Little Havana, Cubans whoop, dance and reflect as they celebrate Castro's death

    Early Saturday morning, Salma Bustamante woke up her father, Nemesio, with just a few words: “Papi, he died.” Nemesio, 89, a former journalist, understood she meant Fidel Castro, the former president of his Cuban homeland. Within a few hours, the frail exile was sitting in a wheelchair in the middle...

  • Fidel Castro's death could ensure Obama's opening to Cuba survives

    Fidel Castro's death could ensure Obama's opening to Cuba survives

    With his legacy in mind, President Obama has used the final months of his administration trying to ensure that his historic reopening of U.S. relations with Cuba could not be easily reversed. He ended a Cold War animosity that had begun before he was born and established unprecedented diplomatic,...

  • In Havana, Fidel Castro's passing marks the end of an era

    In Havana, Fidel Castro's passing marks the end of an era

    The death of Fidel Castro at age 90 prompted an outpouring of grief in his Cuban homeland on Saturday while touching  off joyful celebrations among exiled Cubans in Florida, dramatizing the polarizing legacy of the late revolutionary icon and political strongman. In Havana, the Cuban capital, the...

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