As Fidel Castro turns 90, a look at his life in revolutionary politics

On August 13 Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, turns 90.

Progressive, anti-war and social justice forces across the world will join in the celebration of the life of one of the world’s most influential and significant leaders. It is especially worthwhile to mention that there were 600 assassination attempts by U.S imperialism.

Fidel’s life and legacy loom large in world history and development. Fidel is integral to the Cuban-born and international revolutionary and anti-imperialist tradition, theory and practice.

His life encapsulates the struggle of the exploited and oppressed, epitomizing, as articulated by U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, “their historic power to transform our dull realities.”

The significance of Fidel extends beyond the geographical boundaries of Cuba. Since its inception, the Cuban Revolution has made an invaluable contribution to the global struggle for justice, social development and human dignity.

Under Fidel’s leadership Cuba has established an unparalleled legacy of internationalism and humanitarianism.

Today this commitment to humanity is mirrored in the tens of thousands of Cuban medical personnel and educators who have served and continue to serve around the world. This service sees them battling in the trenches against disease and illiteracy, running the gamut from combating the Ebola outbreaks in west Africa to beating back other challenges to public health in southern Africa.

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