Cuba, Castro, the arts and freedom

Fidel Castro’s death last week was marked by nine days of enforced mourning. Sales of alcohol and live music were forbidden over this period. It seems like a fitting coda to Castro’s legacy—one which censored and imprisoned artists, musicians and writers and all others who did not parrot the regime’s ideology.Castro’s death has been significant not only because it marks the end of a totalitarian communist dictator, but because it has highlighted how misinformed many people are about Castro’s legacy and the oppressive socialist system he implemented in Cuba. Misguided political leaders, intellectuals and entertainers have pointed to Castro’s positive

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