See How Pokémon Go Has Taken Over The World

It’s official: Pokémon Go has taken over the world. The game utilizes the GPS capabilities of smartphones, allowing players to “catch” Pokémon in real locations — be it war-torn Syria or pedestrian-packed Times Square.

Love it or loathe it, it seems like the game has caught us, not the other way around.

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Pokemon Go Syria Rubble

SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images War-torn Syria would seem an unlikely place to play Pokémon Go; yet even among the ruins in the town of Douma, gamers find a way to enjoy the trend.

Saudi Arabia

STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images In the capital city of Riyadh, a Saudi man in traditional attire plays Pokémon Go in a grand hallway.

Kuwait Market

YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty ImagesA man captures Pokémon in the main fish market of Kuwait City.

Muslim Gamer

Ulet Ifansasti/Getty ImagesRaditya, an Indonesian Muslim woman, sits with a friend while playing Pokémon Go on her smartphone – even though the game hadn’t been officially released in Indonesia yet.

Indonesian Bikers

Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images On the streets of Indonesia, young people sit on their motorcycles while playing Pokémon Go on July 23. Downloading the unreleased game is made possible by the use of proxy locations which allow access to app stores of other countries.

Indonesian KFC

Ulet Ifansasti/Getty ImagesThis KFC in Indonesia is among the many opportunistic businesses taking advantage of the highly successful game. Businesses run promotions to attract Pokémon Go gamers to their locations — some using beneficial items from within the game itself to lure the players in.

Tokyo Japan

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon, was surprisingly not one of the first countries to gain access to the new game. The country's July 22 Pokémon Go release was accompanied by the 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the country becoming Pokémon Gyms.

Open Arena

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images A man in Tokyo, Japan plays Pokémon Go.

Colorful Skyline

Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images A gamer displays the Pokémon Go app in front of the skyline in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images A huge crowd gathers to play Pokémon Go at a park in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong. The global phenomenon launched in Hong Kong on July 25th — and was an instant hit.

Central District

ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images A man in Hong Kong plays the game. The Chinese army — which has a strong presence in the Central district of Hong Kong — has warned people out searching for Pokémon to not stray onto their premises.

Times Square

Mike Coppola/Getty Images Times Square in New York City has become a Pokémon Go hotspot.

Inked Women

Mike Coppola/Getty Images In New York City and around the world, Pokémon Go has been credited for getting people out and active, gaining high praise from many in the health industry.

Rome Gathering

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images The game is also lauded for bringing people together who otherwise would not have met.

Pikachu View

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images A gamer totes their Pikachu plush while playing Pokémon Go in Rome, Italy.

South Korea

Jean Chung/Getty Images Pokémon Go may never come to South Korea, as the government forbids Google from accessing their maps. However, South Korean gamers have been flocking to the northeastern portion of the country to take advantage of loophole areas that allow them to access the game.

Loophole Area

Jean Chung/Getty Images Several South Koreans play in the loophole area of Sokcho, where players have discovered a mapping glitch that allows them to access the game.

Pokemon UK

Olivia Harris/Getty Images Finchley Catholic school students from the United Kingdom play Pokémon Go in Trafalgar Square on the day of the British release, July 15.

Constable Raticate

Olivia Harris/Getty Images You just never know where a prized Pokémon is going to show up — like this Raticate who appeared directly on a constable outside the gates of Downing Street, London.

Australia Amphitheater

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images The Sydney Opera House makes a stunning background for the large crowds showing up to hunt Pokémon.

Flinders Station

Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIt turns out that just about anywhere can become a PokéStop, gym, or location to capture a prized Pokémon. A PokéStop allows players to gather in-game items that they may have run out of. This capture is happening outside the Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia.

Nigeria Taxi

STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images Nigerian software developer Timi Ajiboye hunts Pokémon on campus at the University of Lagos. Though the app is free, in-game purchases have created a steady income stream, grossing approximately $35 million in its first two weeks of release. This makes it the highest grossing app in both Android and iPhone marketplaces.

University Lagos

STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images U.S. iPhone users alone spend an average of $1.6 million each day on Pokémon Go purchases.

Barcelona Spain

JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona’s backdrop of ancient architecture mixed with modern design is another hotspot for the Pokémon Go crowd. As of July 19, the Pokémon Go app had already been downloaded 30 million times, worldwide.

Kill Ball

JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images A gamer and his tablet pictured in Barcelona Park. If you notice more people than usual aimlessly walking while staring into their phones and tablets, the Pokémon Go app is probably the culprit.

New Zealand

Fiona Goodall/Getty ImagesA group of Pokémon hunters gather at Mount Eden in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand and Australia were among the first countries to have the Pokémon Go app go live.

Lebanon Pokemon

ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty ImagesThree young women in Beirut, Lebanon show their smartphones displaying Pokémon Go. The sensation truly is worldwide, and only continuing to spread.

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The Most Intense Remarks Fidel Castro Ever Made

A successful revolution hinges on not just how you wage war, but how you wield words. Fidel Castro — whose rhetoric helped turn the island of Cuba against its democratically-elected government — is a living testament to that.

Castro, who held control over Cuba for half a century, is not known for his pithiness. Indeed, over the course of his life he has often given three-hour speeches, and will answer a simple “yes” or “no” question with an entire defense of the impoverished and a searing indictment of capitalism.

Still, rhetoric is not reality. The latter finally set in for the Cuban people in the 1970s, when Cuba became the poorest nation in the Soviet bloc, plagued with disease and totalitarianism. The revolution came, thanks in part to Castro’s words, but it did not produce the paradise about which Castro waxed poetically.

With that in mind, here’s a handful of the most intense Fidel Castro quotes you’ll ever read:

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On the revolution's rewards:

Fidel Castro Quotes

Jorge Rey/Getty Images“One of the greatest benefits of the Revolution is that even our prostitutes are college graduates.” - 2003, to director Oliver Stone in the documentary Comandante

On Santa Claus:

Santa In Ny

Kena Betancur/Getty Images"The leading symbol of the hagiography of US mercantilism." - 1998

On his similarity to Jesus Christ:

Jesus Communism Mural

THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images“I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.” - 1985

On capitalism and poverty:

Poverty In La

Mario Tama/Getty Images"Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty." - 1991

On revolution:

Socialism Or Death

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/GettyImages“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past." - 1961, speech on the second anniversary of the Cuban Revolution

On his use of violence:

Fidel Speech

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images“Condemn me, it does not matter: history will absolve me.” - 1953, at his trial for the raid on Moncada Barracks

On George W. Bush:

George W Bush

Spencer Platt/Getty Images"For a country that can read, write and think, no one can make a more eloquent criticism of the empire than Bush himself." - 2008

On George W. Bush, again:

Fidel Waving Flag

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images"You cannot utter the word democracy, because, among other reasons, everyone in the world knows your ascent to the US presidency was a fraud." - 2004

On Jeb Bush:

Jeb Bush

Sean Rayford/Getty Images"Forgive me for using the term 'fat little brother' ... It is not a criticism, rather a suggestion that he do some exercises and go on a diet, don't you think? I'm doing this for the gentleman's health." - 2005

On his beard:

Fidel With Beard

ISMAEL FRANCISCO/AFP/Getty Images“I’m not thinking to cut my beard, because … my beard means many things to my country. When we have fulfilled our promise of good government, I will cut my beard.” - 1959 interview with CBS, 30 days after the start of the Revolution

On the future of US-Cuba relations:

Obama Pope

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images"United States will come to talk to us when they have a black president and the world has a Latin American pope." - 1973

On religion:

Righteous Fidel Lights

JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images“If people call me Christian, not from the standpoint of religion but from the standpoint of social vision, I declare that I am a Christian.” - 2007

On his health:

Stoic Fidel Profile

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images"I have a heart of steel.” - 1972, in response to journalists asking about his heart condition

On combatting imperialism:

Angry Fidel Pointing

MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images“I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution.” - 1992

On a good speech:

Defeated Fidel

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images"I have concluded – maybe a little late – that speeches must be short." - 2000

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