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Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy

Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy

During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare.

Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were hollow from the start, and crumbling by the time he retired in 2008.

Whatever the truth about the achievements, they did not stop hundreds of thousands of Cubans from leaving the island in search of better opportunities. While Cuba produced a number of world-class writers, ballet dancers, musicians and athletes, many of them wound up defecting abroad.

The 2014 U.N. Human Development Report — which ranks countries according to...

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