Today died one of the most recognizable international politicians who was responsible for deposing the US-backed, corrupt Cuban government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and who managed to aroused tens of millions of intellectuals (from everywhere) who were disenchanted with Superpower(s) politics or even with conventional politics in general.
Fidel Castro was a man who fist-bumped with most of influential world leaders and prominent figures for the past half of the century, who survived hundreds of assassination attempts on his life and because of his uniqueness and devotion to some simple but non-hegemonic ideas (like world hunger, equality etc) also gained popular prominence.
Right or left, system-defiant or hegemonic, nearly all media outlets on the planet picked up the news of Fidel’s passing and most of important figures (again from everywhere) had their say about it, of course corresponding with their political views. Reading those views will probably tell your something only about the speaker and not about Fidel but it shows one thing – how important and deeply embedded in popular consciousness was Fidel Castro.
He prosecuted homosexuals (to be fair most governments did at the time), made over one million people emigrate, supervised(directly or not) a Soviet-like system of censorship, militarized Cuban population and supported Soviet foreign policy in cases like invasion of Afghanistan or Czechoslovakia which actually went against Cuban foreign policy principles. On the other hand he managed to create truly socialist education and healthcare system, helped the poor and repressed in his own and other countries and managed to defy global imperialist agenda in a stylish way.
His death is also meaningful because Fidel Castro was a symbol of a passing era. An era when everybody thought of politics and life in a different manner and when white was still white and black was still black.