140_Fidel-Castro.jpgFidel Castro Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 - Present),
Into a large, prosperous Cuban farming of five chirldren Fidel castro was the only one that showed interest in world history and military matters. Castro was always eduacted in Catholic schools and also attended Jesuit schools and later studied law in Havana. During his student years, he was a political activist. Upon receiving his degree in 1950, he established a private law practice and joined the reformist Cuban People's Party. Then in 1952 he planned to run for a parliamentary seat. However, Gen. Batista overthrew the government and canceled the election. Castro first challenged the Batista regime in court, but in 1953 organized an unsuccessful rebel force. Castro was arrested, tried and put in jail until 1955. He next went to Mexico to organize a new force, one that became known as the Paramilitary 26th of July Movement. In 1956 this group launched its attack again and meeting a bloody defeat. Castro and his followers next began a guerrilla warfare against the corrupt Batista regime. They were a very powerful group. They quickly built a large following, also thanks to an effective propaganda campaign. On January 1, 1959, Castro triumphantly took power.

Fidel and Che
He and Che Guevara got together to fight against the democratic countries in Latin America. They went to Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Venezuela. Che and Fidel both believed in socialism. Encarta's dictionary says that socialism is a forev-Che-Fidel-2.jpgrm of equality that extends from the furthest end of the people and reaches then the political people so that they can create a united country that flows on the lifestyles of all the people in the country. If socialism occured, all countries would be equal because of the needs that they serve. Also no one would be poor because its socialistic influences. This term ended when Che was murdered in Bolivia, after CIA officials found out where he was starting a [[#|plan]] for revolution. The CIA officials commanded that Bolivian military kill Che in their posession.

Taking Over Cuba
Fidel became dictator of Cuba. Castro's opposition to U.S. influence in Cuba and other parts of the world made conflict between the two nations inevitable. This was due to the fact that Csato did not want Cuba to be part of the U.S runned state. In 1959 American business interests joined disaffected Cubans in sounding the alarm that Castro was a Communist. Whether Castro was a Marxist-Leninist at this time or before is hard to know, but he did associate with the People's Socialist Party (PSP) because it offered support and a solid political organization.

Castro proved himself a strong leader and also demonstrated shrewd political skills. Convinced that he had a historic duty to change the character of Cuban society, Seeing his army collapse, and unable to count on the support of the United States, Batista fled on Jan. 1, 1959, paving the way for Castro's rise to power. In its early phase, Castro's revolutionary regime included moderate politicians and democrats. Gradually, however, its policies became radical and confrontational. Castro remained the unchallenged leader, and the masses whose living conditions he improved rallied behind him.


Present day Fidel

Fidel Castro has met with former pope John Pual the second. His life has been planned agianst many times. It is siad that the C.I.A has attemtted to kill Fidel Castro a total of 638 times. A particualr plan included an exploding cigar. Castro has a good relationship with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. They both are great friends and Hugo visted Fidel after Castro was operated. There have been reports that he may never take control of the country agian, ad may leave power to his brother ,Rual