Fidel Castro

U.S. Department of State News: Release of Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States reiterates its deep concern for political prisoners in Cuba.  The cases of Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola and Dr. Eduardo Cardet, both of whom a prominent human rights organization has declared “prisoners of conscience,” are just two examples of how the Cuban … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Release of Political Prisoners

No, Fidel Castro is not Canada PM Trudeau’s father

/February 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A story claiming that Fidel Castro was the father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not true. The Canadian government denied it, Cuba has never claimed it and Trudeau’s parents never visited Cuba until several years after Justin Trudeau was born. The Feb. 1 suicide of Castro’s oldest son, Fidelito, … Continue reading No, Fidel Castro is not Canada PM Trudeau’s father

Fidel Castro’s ashes arrive at Cuba cemetery for interment

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP)(STL.News)(Fidel Castro’s) – The Latest on the funeral of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): ___ 7:20 a.m. The crowds lining the road into the cemetery for Fidel Castro’s funeral are singing Cuba’s national anthem and shouting, “Viva Fidel!” The caravan entered the cemetery, but the road has been crowded and … Continue reading Fidel Castro’s ashes arrive at Cuba cemetery for interment

Fidel Castro’s final resting spot shrouded in mystery

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP)(STL.News) — About a year ago, trucks full of building materials began arriving at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago.  On Saturday, a white cloth was draped over a new structure near the mausoleum for Cuban independence leader Jose Marti. Beyond those few clues, the details of Fidel … Continue reading Fidel Castro’s final resting spot shrouded in mystery

Raul Castro: Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP)(STL.News) — Cuban President Raul Castro says his government will prohibit the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother Fidel in keeping with the former leader’s desire to avoid the development of a personality cult. Raul Castro told a crowd gathered to pay homage to Fidel Castro in the eastern city … Continue reading Raul Castro: Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel

Adulation of Fidel Castro runs deepest in rural eastern Cuba

EL GUAYABO, Cuba (AP)(STL.News) — The single dirt street in El Guayabo runs past a few dozen cinderblock homes, the medical clinic and the primary school to a grove of 76 trees planted to honor Fidel Castro on his 76th birthday. On Friday, residents of El Guayabo will walk that street a mile to Cuba’s … Continue reading Adulation of Fidel Castro runs deepest in rural eastern Cuba

Miami Cuban celebration turns to reflection on Castro death

MIAMI (AP)(STL.News) — Celebration turned to somber reflection and church services Sunday as Cuban-Americans in Miami largely stayed off the streets following a raucous daylong party in which thousands marked the death of Fidel Castro. One Cuban exile car dealer, however, sought to turn the revolutionary socialist’s death into a quintessential capitalist deal by offering … Continue reading Miami Cuban celebration turns to reflection on Castro death

The Latest: Bio author had trouble processing Castro’s death

HAVANA (AP)(STL.News) — The latest on the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The Brazilian author of a Fidel Castro biography that the Cuban leader cooperated with says she had trouble processing the news of Castro’s death at age 90. Claudia Furiati says, “I always thought I would be … Continue reading The Latest: Bio author had trouble processing Castro’s death