Fidel Castro, one of the chief protagonists of the Cold War and Washington's traditional foe, casts a critical eye over the significance of President Obama's election and his performance during his first term of office. Since retiring from public life due to ill health in 2006, the Cuban leader has continued to make characteristically forthright comments on world events in his regularly published 'reflections'. Here Fidel Castro considers whether Cuba-US relations are finally heading in a new direction under the Obama Administration, the eleventh US presidency to find Fidel Castro still alive and kicking in Havana. Among the wide range of vital political issues reviewed are the global financial crisis, climate change and the environmental crisis, Washington's new orientation to Latin America, and the continued US occupation of the Guantanamo naval base. Fidel Castro also challenges the Obama administration's decision to retain Cuba on the list of nations supporting international terrorism. Unique among all the commentaries on President Obama, this book will be a must-read by both friend and foe of Fidel Castro.
Fidel Castro (1926-) led a guerrilla movement in Cuba that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in 1959. Despite innumerable assassination attempts, the Cuban president was the nemesis of 10 US administrations. He retired due to ill-health in August 2006, but has continued to make characteristically forthright comments on world events and US-Cuba relations. Obama is the eleventh US president to confront Fidel Castro.