This week, Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. Revered by some as the courageous advocate for a more equalitarian development, hated by many for his dictatorial rule that prevented freedom of expression and individual liberties, the “Lider Maximo” did not leave anyone indifferent and his death will have strong repercussions all across the world and in particular in the Middle East. The romanticized personality cult around his person inspired many rebellions in the region. His influence, framed in the geopolitical context of the Cold War, played an important role in encouraging similar leftist political upheavals against the capitalistic order of a demonized United States, from Algeria to Palestine, and Libya to Yemen.
This is an undated file photograph of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, and Cuban Pesident Fidel Castro, made available by the Palestinian Authority in Gaza City of the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Palestinian Authority)
In this image provided by Indian TV, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, right, and P.L.O leader Yasser Arafat join hands following the P.L.O. closing speech at the final session of the 7th Non-Aligned Summit conference, March 13, 1983 in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Indian TV)
Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, left, and United Arab Republic leader Gamal Abdel Nasser are seen outside the UAR's headquarters in New York, Sept. 28, 1960, after a two-hour conference. (AP Photo/Hans Von Nolde)
This handout photo taken and released by Prensa Latina on January 30, 1979 in Havana, shows Iraqi vice-president Saddam Hussein (C) standing during his visit to Cuba with Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) and Defense minister General Raul Castro. Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died late on November 25, 2016 in Havana, his brother announced on national television. PRENSA LATINA / AFP