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Posted November 19, 2008 by publisher in Cuban History

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

I thought that the photo shown in our recent article about Chinese President Hu meeting with Fidel Castro seemed to show Fidel Castro looking differently… as in a blank expression on his face and a very different hair style. Also notice how tightly Fidel is holding on to Hu AND Fidel’s mouth is closed. Where is the fire? Where is his energy? Remember, these photos are right from BejingDaily.com.cn so these are the BEST propaganda photos that they could put out there… the BEST photos. I wonder what the worst ones look like.

So, I decided to go find photos of Fidel Castro from the recent past just to put all the photos in one place. Some people say that Fidel is dead and that one of his best body doubles is standing in for him. I think that’s a bit of a stretch but have a look at the photos and see if anything seems odd.

Fidel Castro taken from photo with Chinese President Hu on November 18, 2008. Notice how his hair is parted on the left.

Fidel Castro taken from photo with Russia’s Metropolitan Kirill on October 20, 2008 - Russian Orthodox Church. Notice how his hair is parted on the right or combed forward.

Fidel Castro taken from photo with meeting of Uruguay President June 19, 2008 - Reuters

Fidel Castro days after his surgery in August 2006 in recovery. Notice the heavy use of make up that covers his noticeable age spots present before and after surgery. Look at the deep wrinkles on either side of his nose and how they bow it. See the photo above of him with Uruguay President about two years later, the deep wrinkles are very flat and straight.

Undated photo of Fidel Castro but pre-August 2006 when he went into seclusion. I think this was from sometime in 2006 though, maybe a rally against Spain?

Here is a photo that I took in April 2004. This is definitely Castro. I sat and listened to a speech for three hours. A “short” speech. Notice that he does not have deep wrinkles on either side of his nose nor does he have deep wrinkles between his eyebrows. Compare this to the photo above where “he” has deep wrinkles on either side of his nose AND deep wrinkles between his eyebrows. I am no FBI expert but they look like two different people to me. Keep in mind these photos are no more than two years apart.

Just for the record, a photo of Fidel Castro from 1964

So, I’m not forensic scientist or FBI specialist in facial features but I do find it odd that for Fidel’s entire life he has combed his hair back and the wrinkles are interesting. I would like to see some photos of his ears. I would think those are pretty hard to fake.

Anyway, who changes the way they fix their hair when they are 82? Here’s an old photo comparison article for the conspiracy fans out there.

So, if you have any other photo that you would like me to post, please use the email link at the bottom of this page. Be sure to include the source and date or just send a link to the photo and/or story.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on November 19, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Fidel really appears out of it more so than ever in these recent photos. He almost seems to be drooling on Hu and holding on to him so he doesn’t fall over.

    So, this does seem to be the real Fidel but in body only.

    Also, notice the size of that track suit and how skinny Fidel looks? I’m guessing he wired up with tubes and a colostomy bag.

    Is Fidel Castro past the point of no return mentally and physically?

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on November 19, 2008 by Humberto B. Rodriguez

    muerto el perro se acabo la rabia el no merece seguir viviendo .Abajo la familia Castro. Viva Cuba Libre. Cuba si Fidel NO.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on November 19, 2008 by bernie

    The man is 80 years of age, how do you think you are going to act and look when you are 80???  He is 3 years over the average age span of the average US citizen, I am 79 years of age and I too need a helping hand at times,  I too
    also get very tired when I try to do chores around the house which I see a need to be done.
    Give him a break he is slowly fading away like everybody else, and don’t worry about it, your time will be coming up alot faster than you realize????

  4. Follow up post #4 added on November 20, 2008 by Erick Mendez

    I see less rincles on the newer pictures, but of course it’s not really a close up.  Is he alive, I don’t know; it’s hard to say.  However, if he is, then he will die soon; and if he’s not; well then that’s not going to change Cuba anyway.  Communist or aristocratic Cuba will continue even without one Castro.  The revolution begins with the people, never forget that.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on November 20, 2008 by Mako with 172 total posts

    I think he is doing the “WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S” gig :- )

  6. Follow up post #6 added on November 21, 2008 by edward with 65 total posts


    I agree with you, as for Fidel loosing his faculties mentally just read his Reflections. It’s plainly obvious that he has all his mental faculties intact. At the age of 82 I think he’s doing alright.

    I think this site should be entitled “Let’s kick Fidel” just cos’ we don’t understand him and he’s a ‘commie’


  7. Follow up post #7 added on November 21, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thanks for the suggestion grin

    I “kick” Fidel because I think he is being disrespectful to his people. He has not been seen in public for over two years and it is not “obvious” that he has his mental faculties since there is no way to know for sure that he is actually writing those reflections.

    I am not much of a conspiracy theorist but let’s not kid ourselves that he doesn’t have some help.

    It appears to me that Fidel is dying a long sad death. I think he would have rather died a martyr like Che.

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  8. Follow up post #8 added on November 21, 2008 by edward with 65 total posts

    I think he has has some help in editing for sure, but that’s normal.

    If you read one of his recent Reflections concerning restructuring of global fiscal policy involving the so called “G-20” nations, you will see that this is indeed Fidel’s style. His trade mark when delivering oratory or written reflections is one of eloquence.

    The piece I’m referring to is entilted “Much Ado About Nothing”...originally a comedy written by William Shakespeare. You know, I think Castro is having a little fun writing his reflections.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on November 21, 2008 by abdul

    stop showing your littleness.do yuo expect Fidel to get younger with old age?
    few reach his age.His is blessed to reach there and he was so clever as to not give synics the chance to say ‘‘The Cuban president Fidel Castro is dead”

    we dont buy your haterade.Who will live for ever?

    long live Fidel’s ideologies!

  10. Follow up post #10 added on November 21, 2008 by Erick Mendez

    Abdul has his right to be entitled to a misinformed opinion.  Are you sarcastic by any chance?

  11. Follow up post #11 added on November 21, 2008 by Mako with 172 total posts

    Perhaps “the beard” now has the same philosophy of that great American baseball player. Mickey Mantle…
    ” If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself ”

  12. Follow up post #12 added on November 25, 2008 by abh

    One thing Fidel has paid special attention to, especially in recent years, is his health.  One of his quotes of the last 10 years that I’ll never forget is when he gave his reason of sticking to a strict health regimen, paraphrasing he said that maintaining his health is his #1 priority, “If only to mortify them one day longer.”
    Says a lot about his drive and desire to outlast his enemies.
    Also I think he was more of a Dimaggio guy.

  13. Follow up post #13 added on January 24, 2009 by Bemba

    I think he may have been dead for a while… also who’s ever heard of a dictator (and I think he had been in power longer than anyone in recent history) hand over his power and not die in office?

  14. Follow up post #14 added on September 29, 2011 by karma will win

    u guys r all crazy, castros dead, cubas in a wreck, and the rest of the revolts have died down.

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