"For five decades, he worked to turn the island nation into a place of equality and social justice. His government produced tens of thousands of doctors and teachers and achieved some of the lowest infant mortality and illiteracy rates in the Western hemisphere.
But Cuba never shook off its dependence on foreign dollars and the state-run economy failed to bring prosperity to most Cubans....
Critics say Castro drove the country into economic ruin, denied basic freedoms to 11 million Cubans at home and forced more than a million others into exile.
"In 55 years, the Cuban government has not done anything to help the Cuban people in terms of human rights," said Hector Maseda, 72, a former political prisoner who lives in Havana. "I don't believe in this regime. I don't trust it."
..."The Cuban model doesn't even work for us any more," Castro admitted in 2010, startling a visiting US journalist."
I've never thought about or read about Cuba for long enough to understand its history. But the thing that is certain is that Fidel Castro's legacy will be debated for years and years to come.
But from this Amnesty International Report, it doesn't sound like Cuba was a safe place to live unless you agreed with most everything he did. Due to the outcome of the last election and the president elect appointments we've seen so far, I hope the U.S. doesn't wind up traveling down the same road.