Fidel Castro
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"Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz" is a Cubans/Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President of Cuba/President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxism-Leninism/Marxist-Leninist and nationalism/Cuban nationalist, he also served as the Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba/First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration the Cuba/Republic of Cuba became a single-party state/one-party socialist state; industry and businesses were Nationalization/nationalized, and state socialism/state socialist reforms implemented throughout society. Internationally, Castro was the Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1979 to 1983 and from 2006 to 2008.

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In the army of the workers there must be discipline; there must be comradeship, there must be unity; you are the officers of this army, you are the leaders.

The revolution... is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.

I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure [Jesus Christ].

More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.

A revolution is a struggle between the past and the future.

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.

We do not deny the possibility of peaceful [political] transition, but we are still awaiting the first case.

I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.

If there ever was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world, attack the entire world in any way or another, that real and really universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism.

Condemn me, it does not matter, history will absolve me.

They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.

I believe that all of us ought to retire relatively young.