Fidel Castro

Returning To The Caribbean Reminded Me Why I Left My Homophobic Home

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As much as I craved my mother's warm embrace, the smell of the sea and the happy moments that I did share with my partner in our home, I couldn't help but wonder if my homophobic attackers were still around. And that uncertainty - coupled with the fact that our love is still considered a crime there - was my wake-up call.

Saying Goodbye To The Trash Fire That Was 2016

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 12.29.2016 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

We've lost those we've never heard of and those we worshipped from afar. The famous and the infamous. Those whose poetry and music and performances and stories and athletic prowess and acts of heroism and sacrifice we admired. We counted on them to help us get through the trials and tribulations of our lives.

Fidel Castro Didn't 'Succeed' Alone

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada
Andrea Mrozek

Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator, haunts me still. He haunted me during his life. He haunts me post-mortem as I read about the injustices he spread. ...

My Family Didn't Leave Cuba To Watch Trudeau Praise Castro

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

I am a part of this country. So is my father. So is my mother. Do not erase our experiences. Do not claim that you can separate one aspect of this man from all the others. My family did not escape from under the foot of a dictator to live in a country where its leader praises and celebrates that same dictator.

Cuba To Ban Naming Monuments After Fidel Castro

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada

Mourning for Castro has been fervent and intense.

Media Coverage Of Fidel Castro's Death Has Been Abysmally One-Sided

Stephen Kimber | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Stephen Kimber

The problem is that, by monochromatically portraying Fidel Castro simply as a brutal dictator -- full stop -- the western media has had to do pretzel-twists to explain away the reality of why so many people in Cuba, Latin America and, indeed, much of the developing world do see him as an heroic, larger than life figure, whose passing is a cause for sadness while his legacy is reason for celebration.

Between Castro And Pipelines, Trudeau Bungled Playing Both Sides

James Di Fiore | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

His tap dancing this week was off beat, and instead of ingratiating himself to both sides he polarized Canadians twice, resulting in ridicule from the right and protests from the left. The polarizing effect Trudeau has initiated will be hard to escape.

Trudeau Just Outflanked NDP With Statement On Castro's Death

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

Thanks to right-wing anti-Cuba propaganda, politicians on the left run for cover when asked for an opinion on Castro. The latest shameful example was furnished by interim NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. Is it any wonder that Justin Trudeau ate the NDP's lunch during the 2015 federal election, and continues to do so?

Fidel Castro And His Legacy Of Bloodshed

David Easey | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

Fidel Castro was no saint. He was a cruel dictator who oppressed and terrorized the Cuban people for nearly 50 years. Anybody who remembers him fondly is ignoring his trail of human rights violations, while openly supporting a communist regime.

Lessons The World Can Learn From Fidel Castro

Luke Rebello | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada
Luke Rebello

Fidel Castro will forever be remembered as one of the most controversial figures in modern history, to his many adoring supporters and vocal critics. ...

Fidel Castro Was A Dictator, Trudeau Says

CP | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Politics

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the former Cuban president Fidel Castro was a dictator, but that does not mean it was ...

Politicians Slam Trudeau's 'Shameful' Statement On Fidel Castro

CP | Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Politics

"Cuban citizens and exiles deserve better."

See Fidel Castro's Rare Public Appearance For His 90th Birthday

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Politics

He was an elusive figure in the last decade.

'Someone Died And There's A Parade'

CP | Associated Press | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro prompted celebrations among the country's exiles in the United States. Within half an hour of the Cuban gove...

Trudeau Remembers Castro As 'Larger Than Life,' Controversial

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau had recently travelled to Cuba.

Fidel Castro Dead At 90

CP | Michael Weissenstein And Peter Orsi, AP | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada

Cuba's former president ruled for a half-century.

Fidel Castro Writes Bristling Letter About Obama's Visit To Cuba

CP | Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics

The 1,500-word letter titled "Brother Obama'' was Castro's first response to the president's three-day visit last week.

Suspenseful 2016 Ahead For Canada-U.S. Relations As Election Looms

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The first White House state dinner in 19 years for a Canadian leader will be happening right in the heat of primary season.

Chretien Encourages Trudeau To 'Talk To Everybody'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics

The former PM suggested Pierre Elliott Trudeau maintained an open approach when speaking to world leaders, including Cuba's Fidel Castro.

Why Harper Took the Risks He Did With Cuba

Christopher Sands | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Canadian foreign policy has often been said to be principally a policy toward the United States with other countries taking second place politically and strategically. If brokering talks between Havana and Washington was intended by the Harper government to win favour with U.S. leaders, the results were predictably mixed.

Most of Latin America Has Adopted Democracy. Will Cuba?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Though still very far from the ideal, countries like Chile, Columbia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico have adopted political democracy and market economics, and are moving forward because of it. With any luck, Cuba's dictatorship will also soon crumble, and at long last allow its people to live in freedom.

Those Smiling Cuban Faces Really Get to Me

Tim Knight | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Travel
Tim Knight

Cubans can't stop smiling. Their average wage is $20 a month, they can get locked up for saying impolite things about their government, yet they can't stop smiling. The Northerners at the bar and around the pool and at the beach don't smile. It's the contrast that gets to you. It's the faces.

Communist Cuba's Collapse (Really, Are You Surprised?)

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.12.2012 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Canadians love going to Cuba for vacation. Sadly, few of those tourists ever leave their vacation compounds. If they did, they would see a massive transformation taking place in this island nation, which many once hailed as a budding socialist paradise.

Harper Government Softens Tone On Cuba

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative minister for Latin America is softening some of the Harper government's previous tough talk on Cuba.This week, Diane Abloncz...