The truth on Fidel Castro ... from a leftist magazine.
There's an article here in The Atlantic (ironically a magazine that consistently espouses leftist policies) entitled "Five Years in a Cuban Prison" that recounts the incarceration of U.S. citizen Alan Gross who was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. government, having set up a handful of wi-fi hot spots in a country with some of the world’s most severe internet restrictions.
Cuba has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Raul Castro has denied that Cuba has any political prisoners, though in addition to the jailed dissidents documented by rights groups, Gross classifies most of his former cellmates as effectively “political prisoners” too; the country’s draconian laws give the government latitude to prosecute a wide variety of mundane activities, including accepting money from a foreign national as one of Gross’s cellmates had, deemed “contra Cuba.”
Gross says these were the people who, along with their families, helped him through his imprisonment. He generally lived with two other prisoners at a time, which added up to about 18 different people over the years—years that included a period of daily interrogations, and during which Judy had to negotiate with Cuban officials for months just to get the guards to turn the lights off at night. Judy was able to see him about once every seven months. But he recalls that his cellmates were allowed weekly family visitations. “And what did they do? The families would bring food! … Despite the per capita income of $20 a month, despite the fact that there really isn’t a lot of food available, because productivity is so low. … The families still helped to sustain me for five years. I’ll never forget that.”
The lack of food is another part of Fidel’s legacy of state control.
... In the days since Fidel’s death, Gross has been both a vocal critic of Cuba’s late strongman—“he was a brutal, brutal dictator who enslaved the Cuban people for his own personal enrichment”
It's astonishing that U.S. President Barack Obama is sending a more senior representative to the funeral of Communist dictator Fidel Castro than he did to the funeral of British ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, great friend of the United States. The people with an admirable view of Cuba and Castro are deluded. Anyone holding a worldview not anchored in absolute truth but one that espouses relative truth is playing Russian Roulette. Sooner or later (usually too late) they discover their fantasy and charmingly-colored Weltanschauung that promised utopia and delivered grand delusion in a state of unguarded slumber, is in reality a deadly Krait snake bringing suffering and death.