Since revolutionary forces ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution has captured the imagination of the world. The Cuban Revolution (Spanish: Revolución Cubana) was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement and its allies against the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.

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.

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

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.

 

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

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.