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Posted July 12, 2010 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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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.

Content below for premium members only - Read on for photos and analysis

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 grin

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.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on July 12, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    Fidel Castro will appear on Cuban television tonight.

    Supposedly he wants to talk about the Middle East but we and others are asking why Fidel Castro will be on Cuban television after four years of hiding in private.

    I guess we’ll find out tonight about his mental state of mind.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 12, 2010 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Wrong again heh Rob?

  3. Follow up post #3 added on July 13, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Let’s see… Cuba’s economy is in terrible shape, the release of the most political prisoners in years, the US House is ready to consider lifting all travel restrictions and Fidel rambles on about the Middle East.

    Right. Signs of a brilliant leader.

    Fidel is STILL ignoring his own people.

    What a great guy. You should be proud to work for him.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on July 13, 2010 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Stick to the topic please Pub, like you make everyone else do with your threats of expulsion.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on July 14, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Fidel Castro made his third public appearance within one week.

    Not sure what is going on but apparently he does not have Alzheimers, at least not at an advance stage as I thought.

    What’s with the new Fidel Castro? Just a kind old man image now?

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  6. Follow up post #6 added on July 14, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    scroll down the page of that article for more photos of his visit.

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  7. Follow up post #7 added on July 14, 2010 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Yes he looks old Pub, but from the additional photos he looks to be a real participant in the discussion at the science center. His operation probably took a lot out of him but his mind still seems to be 9 out of 10 in spite of his ordeal and his 80 something years of age. I watched his interview on Cuban tv and although he hesitated a few times he was able to carry out intellegent conversation and find referent passages in his notes without much trouble.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on July 14, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    I thought that Castro hated American brands, but looks like he also likes Nike…
    He definitely has signs of Alzheimer. He should be on a nursing home.

  9. Follow up post #9 added on July 16, 2010 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Yeyo, they may be American brands, but they are all made in China.

  10. Follow up post #10 added on July 16, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Firstly they are made all over the world and sencondly and?

  11. Follow up post #11 added on July 24, 2010 by Cubana with 282 total posts

    The “interview” with Fidel is now on You Tube. Here’s a link to it from Yoani Sanchez’ blog in the Huffington Post:


  12. Follow up post #12 added on July 26, 2010 by ellenmhunt with 2 total posts

    Dear Rob—

    You should consider the fact that Fidel Castro may have Parkinson’s disease,as I have seen mentioned in other places, which produces a “mask” that can make the person appear out of it, but it is just due to paralysis of facial muscles. See Mohammed Ali, for example.  It could also account for his needing helping, as Parkinson’s patients have trouble walking.  Just a thought.

  13. Follow up post #13 added on August 07, 2010 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Well, I guess your wrong again heh Pub. Todays speach on TV just put a big hole in your Alzheimers theory. Fidel looks like he could take you in a debate any day. It looks as though Raul and Fidel have agreed on a sort of division of labour, Domestics for Raul and International for Fidel.

  14. Follow up post #14 added on August 07, 2010 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    if they did, i’m sure it was with fidel making this decision, and not jointly.

  15. Follow up post #15 added on August 07, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    It really amazes me how some people still rejoice with the suffering of the Cuban people.
    What is the different if Fidel Castro is lucid, decrepit or has Alzheimer, the fact is that he is 84 years old and had been in power for over 50 years oppressing a country.
    It is time for him to go, wherever he wants to go, and to allow the Cuban people to have certain hope in the future after him.

  16. Follow up post #16 added on August 08, 2010 by Marek with 49 total posts

    No, Yeyo, the fact is that the foreign press, and most definitely Havana Journal as an entity, have been obsessing over Fidel’s state of mental health.  If the Publisher and commentators here are going to continue with their behaviour, we have the right to call them on it.

    The Cuban people - that is, the Cubans who have not abandoned their homeland for the American Dream (Inc.), have great hope for the future. At least, those who are not shedding their crocodile tears for tourists….

  17. Follow up post #17 added on August 13, 2010 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Pub, If you havn’t already looked at C- SPAN, look at Fidel’s speech to the National Assembly on saturday, it appears that they thought it important enough to put it on and translate it for you.

  18. Follow up post #18 added on August 26, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Marek, to be a Cuban means been born in Cuba and love the motherland. Cubans that lives in Cuba and millions that live elsewhere comply with that definition and we all would be definitely part of the future of Cuba without Castro.

    There is nothing that qualifies you to determine which kind of Cubans would be part of the process. The fact is that according to the Cuban Constitution (even the one changed by Castro) we are all Cubans under the same flag. As a matter of fact whenever I visit Cuba I go with a Cuban passport.
    Trying to divide the Cubans, the ones that left from the ones that stay have been Fidel Castro tactics for over half a century. Hundreds of thousands of Cuban families had been divided for that reason.

    In reading your post I can see that Castro have very good disciples. 

    You may feel that for the country where you were born, and we would respect it but that’s about it.

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