Son of revolutionary leader and brutal dictator, Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart was the eldest and most prominent of Fidel Castro’s children, not including Justin Trudeau. Looking very similar to his father, Fidelito or “Little Fidel”, was the first-born son of Cuban communist guerilla, Fidel Castro.
At the age of 68, Fidelito took his own life on Thursday. The state-run media reported Castro Diaz-Balart had been battling with depression for many months.
The incident comes nearly one year after the death of the life-long communist leader. At the age of 90, Fidel Castro died on Thanksgiving 2016.
The report from the Communist state comes two days after President Trump gave a roaring State of the Union. In the address, the president admonished the island nation for their continued human rights violations.
Suffering from severe depression, the nuclear physicist had been treated by state physicians for several months after initially being hospitalized. Making a full recovery he was permitted to outpatient care and continued treatment.
Having studied in the finest schools of the Soviet Union, Fidelito was the head of the Cuban nuclear program. He had worked towards the development of a nuclear power plant for the Caribbean nation.
Fidel had scrapped the project shortly after the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. A failed economic policy, the new nation could not afford to sustain itself after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Although no physical barrier separates the neighboring nations, Cuba has been isolated from the outside world for multiple decades. President Obama had decided to change American policy and opened up trade with multiple nations named as human rights offenders.
A multilingual nuclear physicist, Castro Diaz-Balart had close ties to multiple United States congressmen.
The nephew of Rafael Diaz-Balart, an official in the Cuban government under President Batista, the family had traveled to the United States five years before the revolution of 1959.
Some of the most fervent opponents of the Castro regime have been the exiled children of Rafael, former Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and former representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL).
Neither legislator, nor their brother the news anchor, have offered condolences for their cousin as of writing this.
Cousins to Fidelito, the Diaz-Balart family remains exiled and living in the United States. Unlike his cousins, however, Castro Diaz-Balart was summoned back to Cuba after the Communist party had toppled the Cuban authorities.
Fidelito remained in Cuba and worked with his father on many issues. After the dissolution of the Soviet bloc, Fidelito stepped away from the public eye.
Diaz-Balart held the title of vice president of the Cuba Academy of Sciences until his death. Holding the ceremonial position of scientific counselor, Fidelito’s positions on energy were never incorporated by the state.
Not lacking for intelligence, Fidelito spoke four languages, English, Russian, Spanish and French, and attended multiple scientific conventions concerning nuclear nonproliferation. Witnesses recall his presence as being curious and thoughtful.
Fidelito argued for decades the need for renewable energies, including nuclear power. The government has only ever seemed interested in continuing the policy of reliance on oil.
Having to live in the shadow of his revolutionary father, the stress felt by Fidelito must have been huge. Being ignored by the country built by his father, it is understandable the statesman must have felt depressed.
Being unable to make effective change after the death of his father, the Cuban regime continued to be mocked and sanctioned for the use of work camps and extrajudicial executions of civilians. Being shamed on the international stage the worldly communists seemed hesitant to rebuke his party.
Living up to the Castro name, Fidelito served Raul Castro silently and with dignity. Making sure not to upset his uncle, the son of Fidel never seemed too enthused with the direction of the nation.
With his death, the adored Fidelito is sure to create a new conversation on the island. Suicide has been mostly taboo in Cuba.
Suicide reports in the nation go largely unreported and represent a real tragedy among developed countries. Because the finest doctors could not help Fidelito, perhaps the state will take greater notice of the medical and economic needs of the people.
The death of the scientist may force the United Nations to take notice of the egregious terrors being carried out on Cuban soil. The state should take the opportunity to concede to the demands of President Trump.