The story

On Tuesday, February 19, after almost 50 years of rule, Fidel Castro announced that he will step down as Cuba's president and commander in chief. Known for leading the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship, embracing communism and carrying on tense relations with the United States, which led to a strict embargo, Castro is a highly contentious figure.

As Robert Vadas of Potsdam, New York, asks, "Should he be remembered as the dictator and oppressor of human rights as his critics have claimed or for the power, health care and land he gave to the poor Cuban peasants?" asked readers to share their takes on Fidel Castro's legacy, along with their thoughts on whether the U.S. embargo should continue. Below is a selection of their responses, some of which have been edited for length and clarity. Read full article »