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TOPIC: Fidel Castro Has Died

Fidel Castro Has Died 27 Nov 2016 20:39 #11085

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s past Prime Minister and President died this week at the age of 90 years old. Castro governed Cuba for forty-seven years and was a leader of his people that had doubts about working with the United States. In the past two years, the Obama administration has been able to work on the relationship between the two countries and recently created a friendly atmosphere that allowed some trade sanctions to be lifted or blocked, as well as, opening the country to tourism between US citizens and Cuba.
The death of Castro also adds another political mystery to the future relationship to the once rival countries because of Trump’s impending presidency. According to Business Insider, “ Trump has struck a very different tone from Obama, who reached an agreement two years ago with Castro’s younger brother President Raul Castro to end half a century of hostilities”. In such unpredictable times, we can only hope for the best.
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Fidel Castro Has Died 27 Nov 2016 21:06 #11090

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I just posted my entry about Elian Gonzales' thoughts on Castro's death. It is so interesting to see how media has strongly developed mass opinion of Cuba and Castro due to our inability to access Cuba and refugees who came here via raft. Americans and refugees believe Castro is an evil dictator and little was known about the thriving country- it was seen as third world and a prison. Cuban citizens, on the other hand, have been mourning his death and believe he has left a legacy to be continued- which includes Ebola treatment, revolutionary eye surgery, and aid to Haitians.

Then, both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama praised his accomplishments after hearing of his death.

I don't know what reality is, but this is a classic example of how media has manipulated and shaped our views on a massive scale.
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Fidel Castro Has Died 01 Dec 2016 12:26 #11120

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You raised a very interesting point. Now that Cuba and the United States are both in the process of getting a new leader, it will be interesting how our trade relationships.
I think it's important that our President was able to secure relations with the nation before Castro passed away but just because of this governmental act, it doesn't necessarily mean that we Americans should mourn over his death. Castro was a pretty terrible person if you think about it, considering that when thousands of people cheer over your death, you've had to have done some terrible things in your life. But like I said, the U.S did what we had to do when we had the chance and the opened up the gate for more opportunities between the nations.
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Fidel Castro Has Died 01 Dec 2016 18:46 #11125

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I find this fascinating. Not only did Castro die, but Trump will soon be our president. This makes me wonder what our recently improved relations with Cuba will look like in the next few coming years. Obama did a lot to free up travel restrictions for Americans wanting to visit Cuba (without lifting the embargo) and I wonder if Trump's policies will make it harder to visit Cuba or if they will be even more disastrous than that. Cuba is run as a communist dictatorship with limited trade. As a result, there are no ads in public (except for the occasional political poster) and people have maintained their vintage cars since the embargo of the 1960s. This, and their rich cultural history, makes Cuba a fascinating place in my opinion. I think that it may undergo a lot of change in the coming years. Whatever happens, I hope for happiness and well-being of the Cuban people. Fun fact-- Castro was one of the few dictators who did not want his face everywhere. If you visit Cuba, you will not see statues and murals of him all over the place.
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