A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.
Fidel Alejandro Castro Rúz (born 13 August 1926) has been Cuban head of state since 1959, when, leading the 26th of July Movement, he helped overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista turning Cuba into the first socialist state in the Western Hemisphere. He held the title of premier until 1976, when he became president of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. He has been the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba since its inception in 1965.