Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this can be a short article.
Only Wednesday July 7, 2010 Fidel Castro visited the National Center for Scientific Research in Havana.
This was his first documented public appearance in almost four years.
We think this event was staged to send a message to the US and international community but this article poses the question, Is Fidel Castro mentally deficient? link to my article
Photos by Alex Castro
All of the photos below were cropped from large digital photos taken by Fidel Castro’s son, Alex who is a professional photographer, artist and no doubt a good Communist… I mean Revolutionary.
Why did Alex Castro take these photos of Fidel Castro? I think that since Fidel is so mentally deficient that no one else in the country could be entrusted to take the photos.
Have a look for yourself then read the summary of reasons why I have these thoughts.
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Cellphone photos of Fidel arriving
Norelys Morales blog shows some candid photos of Fidel apparently arriving but look how the woman on his right gives him that comforting, constant smile that a nurse would give to a senile old patient. Clearly she is a nurse holding his arm and leading him around. Do you think a Fidel Castro of years ago would let anyone touch him like that?
Notice too the guys in green, red and blue who are RIGHT up close to Fidel in case he should fall… or try to run
Previous photos do no justice to Fidel’s mental condition
In February I wrote a similar article questioning Fidel Castro’s mental state of mind when he met with Lula from Brazil. Fidel has those same distant looks like he is just not listening or involved with the conversation. Photos from above and this those from the Lula visit just scream out “senile old man” to me.
Fidel’s influence on Raul Castro
So, if Fidel is not in control of his mental faculties then why do I think he still has an influence on Raul? If Fidel has 10% of his brain, I think he will still have Raul’s attention. Raul has seen what happens to anyone who crosses Fidel. Who knows, Fidel could be faking his mental state just to trap Raul into trying some sort
More photos of Fidel’s face
Am I obsessed with Fidel Castro’s face? I hope not but I do like comparing photos for a couple reasons. First, you can get a good look into a person’s mental and physical health by looking at photos but also I am always looking to see if there is a Fidel double who will fill in for Fidel when there are rumors of his death. So far, I have not been convinced that Fidel is dead or that a double has been in any photos. I wonder, but I’m not convinced.
In November of 2008 I did a comparison and commentary on photos of Fidel Castro so be sure to have a look at that article too.
Summary - Why do I think Fidel Castro is mentally impaired?
1. Since this was his first public appearance in four years, one has to wonder why he has so far refused to come out in public.
2. Was this staged or did he convince Alex to take him out of the house without being held back or handled by his doctors and others in his entourage?
3. Do these photos convey an octogenarian with healthy mental activity?
Ten signs of Alzheimers
These are the ten signs of Alzheimers Disease along with the stages of the disease.
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
5. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
Several of these points are impossible to assess since we only know about Fidel’s Reflections and there is no guarantee he even writes those so we can only base our opinion on what we read and see in photos. I’m no doctor but from what I see, I think Fidel Castro has Alzheimers Disease.