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Sun Nov 27, 2016, 02:40 PM

"...in 2000, Giuliani branded him a murderer but Clinton spoke with him and shook his hand.


He might have been an enemy of the state, but from a lengthy honeymoon to a midnight meeting with Malcolm X to the adulation of cheering crowds, Fidel Castro found plenty to savour on American soil.

The Cuban communist – who was repeatedly targeted for assassination by the CIA – visited New York five times during his five decades in power. As the city’s Daily News put it on Saturday, he had a “love-hate relationship” with the centre of global capitalism.

Legend has it that Castro nearly moved to the US as a baseball player after attracting the interest of major league scouts, though there is little hard evidence for this. Instead, in 1948, having married a fellow student, Mirta Díaz-Balart, he arrived for a three-month honeymoon.

The newlyweds spent 10 days in Miami but most of their time in New York, where Castro bought a Lincoln Continental car with electric windows. They eventually went back to Florida and returned to Cuba by boat.

Castro defied 10 US administrations. On his final visit to the country in 2000, Giuliani branded him a “murderer” but Clinton spoke with him and shook his hand. The Cuban president gave a three-and-a-half hour speech at Riverside church, telling the 3,000-strong audience that he loved the “real people” of New York.

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Sun Nov 27, 2016, 06:18 PM

1. Oh My

The silence is deafening

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