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Posted June 15, 2008 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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By VOA News

President Chavez made the announcement during his regular Sunday television and radio programs.  The reason for his visit is not known.

Mr. Chavez last met with the former Cuban leader in March.  That visit took place shortly after Mr. Castro turned over power to his younger brother, Raul, after nearly 50 years.

Fidel Castro has not been seen in public since July 2006 when he underwent intestinal surgery.  He has, however, appeared in videos and photographs, and articles attributed to him have been published in the state-run media.  Details of his health are considered a state secret.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 15, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Rumors are percolating about another surgery for Fidel. Maybe Chavez is going to see his friend for the last time and pick up the Fidel playbook?

    Maybe he’s going to “visit” Fidel and say that he is in perfect health and that he’ll live to be 120?

    Will we see any photos? I’m not going to guess. I thought Fidel was dead or dying several times only to come out with more video proving he’s still alive.

    So, the question raised in my mind about this Chavez-Castro meeting… Who cares?

    Fidel, you are meaningless now especially since Raul has thrown our your Marxist ideals.

    No comments from Fidel since May 25 and of course had nothing to do with Cuba.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 16, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Castro ‘alive and well’ says Hugo Chavez

    June 17, 2008 - 9:51AM

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says that Fidel Castro, 81, is “alive and well” and his brother and President Raul Castro “at the helm” of the Cuban revolution, which is “marching on to a drumbeat”.

    Chavez, 53, arrived in Cuba to visit his convalescing friend Fidel, who on February 24 ceded power to his brother a year-and-a-half after undergoing delicate gastrointestinal surgery.

    “Fidel is sitting there, alive and well, thinking, writing and dictating important strategies for Cuba and our Latin America,” Chavez told reporters.

    “Raul, he’s holding the reins,” he said about the Cuban president with whom he is expected to revise some bilateral agreements.

    “This (Cuban) revolution is marching on to a drumbeat ... it’s more alive than ever,” Chavez said adding that Venezuela was on the same path.

    “In the end, we’re one and the same revolution,” he said.

    Chavez regularly visits Fidel Castro, who is recovering at an undisclosed location and who has not been seen in public since his July 2006 operation. His previous visit was on March 8, but no photographs or videoclips were released at the time.

    Fidel Castro’s most recent images were released during Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s visit to Cuba five months ago.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 16, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    No pictures?

    No Raul at the airport?

    Everything is fine?

    Well, if Hugo Chavez says so then it must be true.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 16, 2008 by Mako with 172 total posts

    Big Daddy Long Legs has already passed on . It is “Weekend at Bernie’s” if we see him now

  5. Follow up post #5 added on June 18, 2008 by arteest with 103 total posts

    There are photos of Raul, Fidel and Hugo together—video but no audio.


    And nothing about it being Hugo’s last trip that I could see.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 19, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thanks for posting that link.

    The CIA has reviewed the video too and commented on the fact there is no sound.

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  7. Follow up post #7 added on June 19, 2008 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    Perhaps the next time will be for the state funeral.

    For change (cambio) we can believe in.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on June 19, 2008 by arteest with 103 total posts

    I thought this might provide a chuckle.. It’s the Cuban angle. Not sure why it’s dated the 10th grin


    Fidel Castro Continues to Make Headlines

    HAVANA, Cuba, June 10 (acn)The active reappearance of the leader of the
    Revolution, Fidel Castro on television last Tuesday together with
    President Raul Castro and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, made
    headlines in the international media.

    Many news agencies copied the signal of Cubavision International to
    insert the images and videos in their respective web pages, in addition
    to photos in prominent printed editions. 

    Hundreds of important sites in Spanish, English and other languages
    reflected the news and commented in every continent on the obvious good
    health and mood of the historic leader of the Revolution.

    The publications recalled Fidel’s first appearance since February of
    this year.  Some of the news agencies are counting the number of times
    Fidel makes an appearance, day by day, to report in accordance to their
    respective editorial interests.

    The truth is that not even the most reactionary agencies have been able
    to avoid the evident reality, which President Chavez with his accustomed
    humor told the press: “Fidel is very much alive”.

    And what did Fidel, Raul and Chavez talk about during the two meetings
    in Havana last Tuesday?

    They talked about Revolution and Socialism, strategy and national
    security, Latin American unity, economy and the future of regional
    integration and projects to continue growth and face potential
    aggression from the enemy.

    They also discussed the upcoming US presidential elections, the
    increasing prices of fuel and food. They spoke of many issues that are decisive for the survival of both
    nations and even for humanity.

    Yes, Fidel Castro is headline news for the world press. Honest and
    objective people applaud and recognize it.  The dishonest, mercenaries
    and allies of the empire are moaning: meanwhile, the time left for
    Emperor W. Bush in Washington is limited.

    But the time left for all Cubans, Fidel and the Revolution will continue
    to expand, multiplying with their own commitment and of millions of
    people in Latin America. /map

    Fidel sigue en la primera plana del mundo
    Cuban News Agency

  9. Follow up post #9 added on June 19, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    thanks arteest….
    but i missed the trupet fanfare and the waving flags .....

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