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Retrospective: Fidel Castro

Retrospective: Fidel Castro


Over the past 20 years, VOC has worked hard to educate Americans about the realities of communism around the world and to give a voice to its victims. This mission is particularly important when it comes to Cuba, where the nepotistic, dictatorial communist regime is attempting to whitewash its history, with partial success. On the occasion of the death of the country’s longtime dictator, Fidel Castro, we provide this retrospective of Dissident’s current events coverage, news analysis, and on-the-ground reporting.

Our Lady in Havana
In this ongoing series, our intrepid reporter Katarina Hall writes about her firsthand experiences of living in Havana, Cuba. Her stories provide the inside scoop on the dark reality of Cuba’s postcard fantasy, Cuba’s two-class currency, its censored media and Cuban citizens’ ingenious methods of circumventing it, the country’s health system troubles, and the black market in Cuban beef, among other topics. Click here to see the full series.

Four Reasons Fidel Is Not Cool
To those who for inscrutable reasons adopt Fidel Castro as political and fashion icon, Naphtali Rivkin explains why no victim of communism would make the same mistake.

A Cuban Hero Speaks
Hear the story of Cuban dissident Sirley Ávila León and discover the strength of spirit that enabled her to speak the truth despite the oppression she suffered at the hands of the Castro regime.

President Obama’s Visit to Cuba
During President Obama’s trip to Cuba, Raúl Castro claimed that Cuba had no political prisoners. Not so! VOC released the following list of 51 prisoners compiled by the Cuban Democratic Directorate to set the record straight. We also reported on the plight of those prisoners during the President’s visit, analyzed the implications of the trip, and published a collective open letter to President Obama regarding the future of freedom in Cuba.

The Four Ingredients of a Real Cuba Libre
Take a refreshing look at the future that Cuba can attain. Murray Bessette explains that a truly free Cuba requires four key ingredients: rule of law, democratic self-governance, free speech, and free enterprise.