As part of the world celebrates the life of Fidel Castro as a revolutionary hero who freed Cuba from dictatorship, others are celebrating his death as a man who was a dictator in his own right and turned Cuba into his personal fiefdom.
While his legacy will be debated for years to come, nobody can dispute the impact Castro had on global politics over the past six decades. Few world leaders have also had such an impact on global cartoonists over the years.
And as Cuba prepares for El Comandante’s final send-off, cartoonists around the world are putting pencil to paper to give him a send-off of their own.
In Venezuela, whose revolutionary government has been a close political ally, cartoonist EDO seems to suggest that neither God nor the devil wanted Castro—a joke some used to tell to explain his longevity.
Fellow Venezuelan cartoonist Rayma depicts Castro as one of the last dinosaurs of communist ideology.
Others in Latin America see Castro as a hero who defied U.S imperialism. This from Brazilian cartoonist Latuff.
Left-leaning Mexican newspaper La Jornada focused on how Castro outlived eight U.S presidents and dozens of CIA assassination attempts. “Mission Accomplished,” the CIA agent tells the dead U.S. presidents.
Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder goes a step further, suggesting Fidel also outlived the entire U.S. political system.
In Ecuador, cartoonist Bonil suggests Cuba won’t be able to shake Fidel´s authoritarian government, even in death.
Cuban cartoonist Angel Boligan also suggests Cuba will continue to struggle under the weight of Castro’s legacy.
In Nicaragua, a country run by its own strongman, cartoonist Manuel Gullien questions what Cuba’s plan for political transition is beyond Raul Castro, who himself is 85.
Others wonder about the legacy of Castro’s revolution. This from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
And this from Swiss cartoonist Chappatte.
In Colombia, Castro is being remembered by some cartoonists for his positive achievements, including his role in brokering peace talks between that country´s government and the marxist FARC guerrillas.
But for many people in Latin America, Fidel was also another dictator with blood on his hands, in a region that has had more than its fair share of strongmen on the right and left. EDO depicts Fidel arguing politics in hell with former rightwing Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. “Your problem was marketing,” Castro tells Pinochet. “Being leftist was more cool.
Nicaraguan cartoonist PxMolinA also thinks history might not be so quick to absolve Fidel, as he famously claimed.
But hey, maybe Fidel was right. Argentine cartoonist Nik depicts Castro sharing a cloud in heaven with deceased political allies Hugo Chávez and Nestor Kirchner. “I told you the Bolivarian alliance would come out on top!”
Finally, a few cartoonists couldn’t resist poking fun at Fidel’s late-life fashion switch from olive drab combat fatigues to Adidas tracksuits.