The unfortunate people of Cuba have now been subjected to 50 years of oppression by the Castro regime. Almost as bad as the tyrannical rule by Castro and his myrmidons is the history of support for his dictatorship by the western media and many in the US government. You won't read about Castro's deadly legacy in the MSM, of course, which is why you have to read blogs these days to get any truth. Here's an article laying out some of the facts - including the despicable roles the CIA and the New York Times had in bringing this tyrant to power.
This is another article showing some of the economic effects of 50 years of communist rule, including these interesting statistics:
"Its inflation-adjusted gross domestic product is a mere 5% of what it was in 1958, the year before Castro took over, according to Jorge Salazar-Carillo of Florida International University."
"It's a major failure," Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a University of Pittsburgh economist, told IBD. "Cuba is unable to increase food production to meet its needs and now imports 84% of its food. Cuba produced 7 million tons of sugar in 1952. This year, it's 1.5 million tons. This is the result of economic policy of collectivization, killing of individual incentive, inefficiency, constant changes of policy."
Yet his friends in the American press, who always call him Cuba's "leader", rather than "dictator", will celebrate his anniversary as if the poor, impoverished people of Cuba had anything to be happy about.