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November 27, 2016 3:21 PM For Cubans, the Long Wait Is Over

With Fidel Castro dead, will the island nation finally begin to live again? On a trip to Cuba in the late 1990s I met a young man who was trying to earn hard currency as a tour guide in Old Havana. It was obvious he wasn’t trained for the job. But I didn’t care. I wanted to hear from locals and, as I discovered, he wanted to be heard. Over the course 30

November 27, 2016 7:33 AM Analysis: Much uncertainty ahead in US-Cuba relationship

WASHINGTON — Fidel Castro’s passing removes what was long the single greatest psychological barrier to a warmer U.S.-Cuba relationship. But it also adds to the uncertainty ahead with the transition from an Obama to a Trump administration. “A brutal dictator” of a “totalitarian island,” declared President-elect Donald Trump, underscoring the historical 44

November 27, 2016 7:23 AM Miami’s joyous Cubans hope for change with Castro’s death

MIAMI — Wearing his “Bay of Pigs Veteran” shirt, 80-year-old Rafael Torre stood amid hundreds of Cuban-Americans celebrating the death of Fidel Castro and marveled that he remained in power for so long. Cuban exiles such as Torre tried numerous ways to dislodge Castro after he took control in 1959, including the failed 1961 CIA-backed invasion memorialized 38

November 27, 2016 5:23 AM Quotes from Fidel Castro across more than 5 decades

“Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.” — Oct. 16, 1953, at his trial for rebel attack that launched Cuban Revolution. “I am not interested in power nor do I envisage assuming it at any time. All that I will do is to make sure that the sacrifices of so many compatriots should not be in vain, whatever the future may hold in store for me.” — Jan. 1, 1959, upon triumph 41

November 26, 2016 11:59 PM Cubans worry about what comes next after Fidel Castro’s death

HAVANA – For the nearly five decades Fidel Castro ruled this country, he was a daily presence in Cubans’ lives. His speeches echoed on their televisions and his stern rules shaped almost every aspect of their existence. A numbness has set in here since. Few Cubans seemed to believe Castro’s death will bring immediate transformation of their country 84

November 26, 2016 11:35 PM Trump’s Tough Talk on Castro and Cuba Shows Big Shift From Obama

Donald Trump started to put his stamp on a more muscular foreign policy Saturday with a toughly-worded statement following the death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro. The president-elect eschewed the diplomat-speak of President Barack Obama, who offered his condolences to the Castro family in an anodyne statement. Instead, Trump tore into the newly-deceased dictator 97

November 26, 2016 10:10 PM Miami’s Cuban Exiles Celebrate Castro’s Death

“Him dying represents the end of something awful that happened to us,” she said. “It’s actually him — not anybody else — who caused this. It’s because of him that we lost our opportunity to have a life in our country.” Waves of other Cubans also came, transforming not just their own lives but the city itself, gradually turning it into the unofficial 47

November 26, 2016 9:14 PM Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90

HAVANA Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90. A towering figure of the 20th century and Cold War icon, Castro stuck to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet communism and remained widely respected in parts 56

November 26, 2016 8:36 PM Fate of U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is Less Certain Under Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Saturday that the death of Fidel Castro was an occasion for Americans to “extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people” and acknowledge the “powerful emotions” the revolutionary leader had evoked in both countries, seeking to use Mr. Castro’s fraught legacy to underscore his own efforts to bury decades of bitterness 42

November 26, 2016 7:23 PM “It brought tears to my eyes”: Miami’s Cuban Americans celebrate Fidel Castro’s death

MIAMI — Hundreds took to the streets of Little Havana early Saturday morning after the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was announced, celebrating the demise of a man they scorned as a cruel and repressive ruler who drove them to flee to America. Drivers honked their horns, while others played drums and banged pots and pans. Many cheered as they waved 46