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Fidel Castro: it’s time the Latin American left found new heroes

But the Cuban leader wasn't simply a villain

By Ezequiel González-Ocantos  

Fidel Castro speaking in Havanna in 1978 ©Marcelo Montecino

After the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro emerged a defining figure in the Cold War. He played a much stronger hand in world politics than anyone could have predicted given the size and history of his country.

For the Latin American revolutionary left, the small island nation, located just 90 miles from Florida became an ideological lighthouse from the off. And, at a more practical level, it served as a financial and training hub.…

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