Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro dies at age 90
Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary and long time enemy of the U.S died on Friday, Nov. 25.
According to the New York Times, Cuban state television announced his death, but gave no further details.
Castro had been in poor health for years and stepped down from power in 2006 when his condition became too severe for him to carry out his du- ties as Cuba’s President, hand- ing the title over to his brother Raul Castro.
Castro’s communist revolution at the height of the Cold War resulted in the decades long embargo from the U.S. and rocky relations that were only recently softened under President Obama’s administration.
The Cuban government reacted to the death of its long time leader by canceling all public events and engaging in a nation-wide day of mourning, while many cuban Americans in the U.S. have engaged in a day of celebrations.
Cuban Americans flooded the streets of the Miami neighborhood of Little Havana, the home of many Cuban exiles.
Donald Trump calls Taiwanese president
Donald Trump broke decades of diplomatic precedence by calling the Taiwanese president on Friday, Dec. 2.
According to the New York Times, Trump is the first president or president-elect to speak with a Taiwanese leader since at least 1979 due to the rocky relationship between China and Taiwan.
It is unclear if it was indeed Trump who reached out to Taiwanese president Tsai Ingwen as he claimed on Twitter that was actually Ingwen who reached out to him. Taiwanese diplomats have said that this is highly unlikely, as their president would never have reached out to an American president-elect without arranging it beforehand.
Trump, who has been very critical of China, spoke with the Chinese president in mid November in a conversation that went well according to both parties.
China’s foreign minister dismissed the call as harmless stating, “I also believe this will not change the One China policy upheld by the American government for many years,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, Dec. 3