Fidel Castro is Queen Elizabeth in the sense that he is now only a figurehead leader with no real power.
Fidel recently met with a Chinese official for one hour and not with Raul. To me I see this as a photo op meeting and maybe a courtesy to update Fidel on the discussions and agreed-upon negotiations between the Chinese official and Raul Castro and his people. Also, Fidel was wearing a sweat suit. He couldn’t put on a suit or his olive green uniform for the meeting? I don’t understand that at all.
Fidel recently wrote a letter criticizing the US for growing corn for biofuel. The letter had nothing to do with Cuba.
Fidel has not addressed his own people since he went into surgery. He may have written letters to Granma or called Parliament or little things like that but if he can’t stand long enough to make a speech to his own people, AT LEAST thanking them for their support, Fidel is relegated to figurehead status.
He is a national landmark, a living historic figure who’s words no longer have any effect on policy, just like Queen Elizabeth.