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Cuba's Revolution Turns 59
Cuba celebrates the 59th anniversary of the revolution that put Fidel Castro in power and changed Latin America forever. 

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Veterans of the Revolution wear their military medals and hold Cuban flags at an event marking Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Honor guards attend celebrations marking Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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A veteran of the Revolution wearing his military medals walks to an event marking Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Cuba's President Raul Castro, right, embraces Commanders of the Revolution Guillermo Garcia Frias, center, and Ramiro Valdez, left, at an event celebrating Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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People attend celebrations marking Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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People applaud as Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at an event celebrating Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during celebrations marking Cubas Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at a podium as Vice President Jose Ramon Machado, second from right, stands by during celebrations marking Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Cuban President Raul Castro, bottom right, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Castro is in Moscow to meet with Russia's president and foreign minister. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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** FILE ** A taxi passes a sign with Cuban President Fidel Castro that reads: "We are doing well", in this file photo from Nov. 21, 2005, in Havana, Cuba. Fidel Castro railed against workers he said have become the "new rich" by stealing gasoline and other goods and launched a new anti-corruption campaign. Unlicensed taxis are targeted by the campaign. (AP Photo/Jorge Rey,File)
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**RETRANSMITTING FOR BETTER QUALITY ** In this photo released by Cuba's Communist daily newspaper Granma, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, right, is seen along with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Havana, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006. Chavez's visit came the same day that Castro issued a statement to the Cuban people, warning them that he faces a long and difficult recovery after his surgery. (AP Photo/Granma, HO)

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A woman is seen working next to an image of Cuba's Revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara at the Cerro Pelao high perfomance center in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Oct. 6, 2006. Today makes the 39th anniversary of the death of "El Che". (AP Photo/ Javier Galeano)

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - MARCH 23: A billboard celebrating the Cuban revolution is viewed by Revolution Square where Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to speak on Monday on March 23, 2012 in Santiago de Cuba. Fourteen years after Pope John Paul II visited Cuba, Pope Benedict will arrive into the communist country on Monday the 26th. Benedict, who will be arriving from Mexico, will conduct a mass in the city of Santiago de Cuba first followed by a mass in Havana before leaving on the 28th. Tensions are high in Cuba between dissidents and the government as activists hope the international exposure of the Papal visit will result in renewed attention to their struggle for greater freedoms. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 26: A billboard celebrating some of Cuba's revolutionary heroes (L-R) Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and Julio Mella , hangs on a wall on the day that Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to arrive in Cuba on March 26, 2012 in Havana, Cuba. Pope Benedict, who will be arriving from Mexico, will conduct a mass in the city of Santiago de Cuba first followed by a mass in Havana before leaving on the March 28.Tensions are high in Cuba between some dissidents and the government as activists hope the international exposure of the Papal visit will result in renewed attention to their struggle (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 29: Pope Benedict XVI meets with former Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) at the Vatican embassy on March 29, 2012 in Havana, Cuba. The Pope is finishing up his first trip to Cuba, fourteen years after Pope John Paul II visited the communist country. (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 23: Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, speaks on the issues of same-sex marriage, HIV/AIDS prevention and LGBT rights in Cuba during a talk at the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center May 23, 2012 in San Francisco. The niece of former president Fidel Castro and director of Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) was granted a visa to attend the annual Latin American Studies Association conference in San Francisco, drawing support from gay rights groups but also sharp criticisms from politicians and anti-Castro activists. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
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BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: Cuban President Raul Castro and Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang shake hands before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People on July 6, 2012 in Beijing, China. Eight agreements have been signed, including two for donations and interest-free Beijing loans to Havana. Castro is making his first visit to China since taking office as president (Photo by Diego Azubel - Pool/Getty Images)
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Cubans pose for a picture on a sidewalk in Guantanamo, Cuba, on the eve of the country's Revolution Day, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Revolution Day marks the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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A livestock seller pedals his bike, towing his newly acquired pig he plans to fatten before putting on the market, in Guantanamo, Cuba, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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A nun carries a photograph of late Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya through the cemetery on the day of his burial in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Paya, 60, gained international fame as the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive asking authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. The initiative launched a decade ago was seen as the biggest nonviolent campaign to change the system Fidel Castro established after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Paya died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in a car crash. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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A veteran of the Revolution wears his military medals and holds a Cuban flag at an event celebrating Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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People walk to an event marking Revolution Day as one carries an image of Fidel Castro and a Cuban flag in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Cuba marks the 59th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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A couple dance in the streets of Guantanamo, Cuba, on the eve of the country's Revolution Day, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Revolution Day marks the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. The attack is considered the beginning of the revolution that culminated with dictator Fulgencio Batista's ouster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Just graduated doctors have their picture taken holding their diplomas after a graduation ceremony at the 'Karl Marx' theater in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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A boy jumps into the water at the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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US cargo ship "Ana Cecilia" arrives at the Havana Bay, Cuba, early Friday, July 13, 2012. The "Ana Cecilia" is the first ship for half a century to carry humanitarian supplies from Miami to Havana. The shipping company, International Port Corporation, said its clients include charitable, religious, and humanitarian groups, as well as family members of people in Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Cuba's baseball player Enrique Diaz runs to first base during a game in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, July 14, 2012. This past season Diaz broke Cuba's all-time hits record and also became the career stolen base leader, adding to a cabinet full of honors and records he already holds. Unlike so many of his compatriots chasing million dollar contracts with Major League Baseball, Diaz never considered defecting says he has no plans to retire anytime soon.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Cuba's baseball player Enrique Diaz, left, prepares to play next to his son Enrique in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, July 14, 2012. This past season Diaz broke Cuba's all-time hits record and also became the career stolen base leader, adding to a cabinet full of honors and records he already holds. Unlike so many of his compatriots chasing million dollar contracts with Major League Baseball, Diaz never considered defecting says he has no plans to retire anytime soon.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Friends and family of the late Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya carry his flag draped coffin during his burial at a cemetery in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Paya, 60, gained international fame as the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive asking authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. The initiative launched a decade ago was seen as the biggest nonviolent campaign to change the system Fidel Castro established after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Paya died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in a car crash. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Catholic nuns carry a photograph of the late Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya during his burial at a cemetery in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Paya, 60, gained international fame as the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive asking authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. The initiative launched a decade ago was seen as the biggest nonviolent campaign to change the system Fidel Castro established after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Paya died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in a car crash. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Laura Labrada, member of dissident group "Ladies in White," wears a T-shirt showing a photograph of the late Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, center, and of late dissident leader Laura Pollan, top right, during Paya's burial at a cemetery in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Paya, 60, gained international fame as the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive asking authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. The initiative launched a decade ago was seen as the biggest nonviolent campaign to change the system Fidel Castro established after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Paya died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in a car crash. Paya's death follows the October 2011 death of Laura Pollan, the leader of the "Ladies in White." (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Ofelia Acevedo, wife of the late Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, places a flower on her husband's coffin as he is buried at a cemetery in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Paya, 60, gained international fame as the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive asking authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. The initiative launched a decade ago was seen as the biggest nonviolent campaign to change the system Fidel Castro established after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Paya died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in a car crash. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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A journalist films the trunk of the tree struck by the driver of the rental car carrying Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya near Bayamo, Cuba, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Paya, 60, died Sunday afternoon along with another dissident, Harold Cepero Escalante, in the crash 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of the capital. Paya gained international fame as the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive asking authorities for a referendum on guaranteeing rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - MARCH 27: Two teens walk by a billboard of Fidel and Raul Castro a day after Pope Benedict XVI held a historic mass in the city on March 27, 2012 in Santiago de Cuba. Fourteen years after Pope John Paul II visited Cuba, Pope Benedict is making his first trip to the communist country. Benedict, who arrived from Mexico, conducted a mass in the city of Santiago de Cuba first followed by a mass in Havana before leaving on the 28th. Tensions are high in Cuba between dissidents and the government as activists hope the international exposure of the Papal visit will result in renewed attention to their struggle for greater freedoms. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Cuba's Revolution Turns 59

Cuba celebrates the 59th anniversary of the revolution that put Fidel Castro in power and changed Latin America forever. 

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