But Cuba under his rule has made impressive domestic strides.
Pope John Paul II criticised Castro's human rights record
Good medical care is freely available for all, there is 98% literacy, and Cuba's infant mortality rates compare favourably with Western nations.
Do you suppose the Western media will ever get over their Castro mania? When it's finally, mercifully, time to write Fidel's obit, will Cuba's literacy rate and "free" medical care still trump the gulag?
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