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Cuban Revolution Turns 59

Since revolutionary forces ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution has captured the imagination of the world.

Just kilometers south of most powerful nation on the planet and its foremost adversary, the tiny Caribbean nation has nonetheless been able to excel in social fields such as health, education, culture and sports. During recent years, Cuba has become recognized also as a leader in health technology.

Through its education and medical missions, as well as through its commitment to the independence of formerly colonized nations in Africa and Asia, Cuba has developed friendship with the vast majority of countries. Up until this year, it looked as though the United States would also shift closer in this direction.

However the Trump administration has taken things back, and is now ramping up hostilities.

Meanwhile, Cuba prepares for crucial elections that will see current leader Raul Castro vacate the country's top post.

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  • Tourists ride on a double-decker bus in Havana, Cuba, December 27, 2017.

    Tourists ride on a double-decker bus in Havana, Cuba, December 27, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • A Cuban flag decorates a subsidised state store, or "bodega", where Cubans can buy basic products with a ration book they receive annually from the government, in downtown Havana, Cuba November 22, 2017. Picture taken November 22, 2017.

    A Cuban flag decorates a subsidised state store, or "bodega", where Cubans can buy basic products with a ration book they receive annually from the government, in downtown Havana, Cuba November 22, 2017. Picture taken November 22, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • (Front L-R) Cuba

    (Front L-R) Cuba's President Raul Castro, Cuba's First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's Vice President and 2nd Secretary of Cuba's Communist Party Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes, (back L-R) General Leopoldo Cintra Frias and Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stand during the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, December 21, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • A view of the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, December 21, 2017.

    A view of the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, December 21, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • People pass by an image of Cuba

    People pass by an image of Cuba's President Raul Castro in Havana, Cuba, December 21, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • Revolution veteran Carmelo Saldivar, 82, is seen wearing his medals during a march to commemorate the first anniversary of interment of late Cuba

    Revolution veteran Carmelo Saldivar, 82, is seen wearing his medals during a march to commemorate the first anniversary of interment of late Cuba's President Fidel Castro's ashes in Santiago, Cuba, December 4, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • U.S. Carnival cruise ship Adonia arrives at the Havana bay Cuba, May 2, 2016.

    U.S. Carnival cruise ship Adonia arrives at the Havana bay Cuba, May 2, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • A security guard stands outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, December 12, 2017.

    A security guard stands outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, December 12, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • People carry images of late Cuban President Fidel Castro during a march to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery to commemorate the first anniversary of interment of Castro

    People carry images of late Cuban President Fidel Castro during a march to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery to commemorate the first anniversary of interment of Castro's ashes in Santiago, Cuba, December 4, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • A man waits for clients inside a private vegetable market, next to an image of Cuba

    A man waits for clients inside a private vegetable market, next to an image of Cuba's late President Fidel Castro, in Havana, Cuba December 21, 2017. | Photo Reuters

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