Fidel Castro and Cuba - Key Facts and Figures!

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Cuba -- One of the Last Five Communist Countries in the World Armed Forces Did you know- The Venezuelan-backed Communist dictatorship of Cuba has one of the largest armed forces in the Third World, outpacing Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
Communist Party Did you know- Since the early 1960s, the Cuban Communist Party (CCP) is known as one of the world's most monolithic and pro-Soviet Communist parties.
Dictatorial Power Did you know- Power in the island continues to be strictly centered in the hands of the Castro family, led by Fidel and Raul, since January 1959.
Despite promising democracy, Fidel Castro became a dictator.
In the 20th century, the Soviet-backed leader Fidel Castro was one of the worst dictators of world politics.
Economy Did you know- In the latter half of the 20th century,Cuba received massive economic aid from the Soviet Union, making it one of the largest per capita recipients of aid in history.
Food Did you know-Ninety-five per cent of the food supply has to be imported.
Foreign Relations Did you know-With the aim of backing the Soviet policy, Fidel Castro maintained special ties with sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, as well as anti-American states such as North Korea, Iran and Libya.
Aside from establishing embassies in the Third World, from Addis Ababa and Quito to Lusaka, the Soviet-backed government of dictator Fidel Castro gave several scholarships to South Americans, Africans and Caribbeans to studying -from cinematography and ballet to medicine and education-- in Havana.
The developing world was one of Castro's top priorities during the Cold War.
Killings Did you know-Cuba's 1959-2008 Communist dictatorship was responsible for the deaths of up to 17,000 people, becoming one of the most brutal dictatorships in Latin America.
In the early 1960s, theSoviet-backed regime initiated a red terror in which political reformers were tortured and killed in large numbers.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people fled the Caribbean country.
Political Prisoners Did you know-Mario Chanes de Armas was sentenced to 30 years in prison, from 1961 to 1991, for criticizing dictator Fidel Castro.
Sports Did you know- Just before Fidel Castro Ruz, who is also known as the Commander-in-Chief, came to power in the late 1950s,the Cuban Olympic team had won several international trophies in sports as baseball, basketball, chess, fencing, professional boxing, soccer, tennis, track and field, sailing and swimming.
For example, between 1953 and 1958,the women's basketball team from Cuba became one of the 12 best teams in the world.
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