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castro-half-lebaneseSome reports in Lebanon claimed that Fidel Castro’s mother may have been Lebanese, which will make him half Lebanese

Castro was the illegitimate son of Ángel Castro y Argiz, a wealthy farmer and landowner, and his mistress Lina Ruz González.

The Lebanese reports claimed that Lina Ruz’ grandparents came from Zahle , in Beqaa Lebanon

Lina was the daughter of Francisco Ruz Vázquez and Dominga González Ramos

But based on Ya Libnan research they were both born in Cuba .

Their parents reportedly came from Andalusia Spain.

Former President Fidel Castro died Friday at age 90.

His commitment to socialism was unwavering, though his power finally began to fade in mid-2006 when a gastrointestinal ailment forced him to hand over the presidency to his brother Raul in 2008, provisionally at first and then permanently. His defiant image lingered long after he gave up his trademark Cohiba cigars for health reasons and his tall frame grew stooped.

“Socialism or death” remained Castro’s rallying cry even as Western-style democracy swept the globe and other communist regimes in China and Vietnam embraced capitalism, leaving this island of 11 million people an economically crippled Marxist curiosity.

He survived long enough to see Raul Castro negotiate an opening with U.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 17, 2014, when Washington and Havana announced they would move to restore diplomatic ties for the first time since they were severed in 1961. He cautiously blessed the historic deal with his lifelong enemy in a letter published after a month-long silence.

Editor’s note to our readers in Zahle:

If you are from Zahle, Ya Liban would love to hear from you about any credible story linking Castro to your beautiful city

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