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Musings on the death of Fidel Castro

Michael Arkus, who covered Fidel Castro — winning a memorable interview while swimming with “El Comandante” — reflects on what might have been. Michael Arkus was a Reuters correspondent in Cuba at the start of Fidel Castro’s rule. He has written a...


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Remembering feisty Fidel Castro

Letter from Castro’s mountain hideout

(All photos by Malcolm Davidson) News-Decoder correspondent Malcolm Davidson filed this report from Comandancia la Plata, Fidel Castro’s revolutionary headquarters in the Sierra Maestra mountains. By Malcolm Davidson A small bunch of pink and white flowers lie...


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Remembering feisty Fidel Castro

Memories of Cuba under Castro

By François Raitberger I had my first glimpse of Fidel Castro on my very first day in Cuba, and I was fascinated and ridiculed. As the Reuters correspondent I was invited to a reception for an African president in the lush gardens of a state villa in Havana. There I...