30 November, 2016
The U.S. embassy in Havana did not lower its flag to half-staff after Castro's death.
The absences underscored the divisive legacy of a leader who defied the United States, backed guerrilla movements in Latin America and deployed his army to conflicts in Africa during the Cold War.
A mass rally honoring the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has filled Revolution Square in Havana. And you may have heard that he was such a good player that years before the Cuban revolution, he tried out for the New York Yankees in Havana.
"Goodbye commander. Your ideas remain here with us", said a 64-year-old attendee.
"Being an entrepreneur is lovely". The Cuban dictator, who died November 25 at 90, killed tens of thousands, drove hundreds of thousands more to embark on perilous trips across the Straits of Florida to escape his workers' paradise, imprisoned religious and political dissidents, and drove Cuba's economy into the ground - all in the name of his misguided Marxist doctrine.
The signature dish at her restaurant Atelier is a sweet duck confit with dried fruits for $13 in a land where the average monthly salary is $25. For many Cubans, it was their first chance to get a glimpse of the man clad in olive green who seized power from dictator Fulgencio Batista's corrupt government. US tourists have begun to visit there in large numbers and USA businesses are exploring major business opportunities.
"Thats just an objective fact when you consider how the American people and USA businesses have implemented this deal in a way that has provided significant benefits to the American people and provided significant benefits to the Cuban people", he said.
Washington broke diplomatic relations with Havana in 1961 as Cuba steered a leftist course that turned the island, which lies just 90 miles (140 km) south of Florida, into a close ally of the former Soviet Union.
On Wednesday, Castro's ashes will begin a three-day procession eastward across Cuba, retracing the march of his army of bearded rebels from the Sierra Maestra to the capital.
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"It's like a void you can't explain", she said.
The only Cuba-focused stock fund in the United States rallied 9.4 percent on Monday, a sign that investors expect Fidel Castro's death to allow for economic reforms. "But that changed quickly".
US tourism to the island is still banned. Cuba has resisted opening wholesale markets for small businesses, for example, making it hard to source ingredients legitimately.
Many observers will be watching for the interaction between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Raul Castro. "He did so many things for the Cuban people, it's incredible, innumerable".
Due to their common enmity toward the United States and similar authoritarian power structures, Cuba and North Korea had maintained generally close diplomatic ties throughout the years.
On Monday, the office of Justin Trudeau said that he would not attend the ceremony - even though Castro was an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau.
Commercial flights to Cuba resumed this summer, connecting five US cities with nine other destinations across the island nation.
Erick Carballo, 27, opened a Havana beauty salon past year called Kerabana.
While they point to a slew of factors that muddy the waters - including the Trump organization's exploration of deals in Cuba and the President-elect's own pragmatic business orientation - many see chillier times ahead.