Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Fidel has not been out in public since July 2006 (with the exception one report of people seeing him going for a walk in May).
Since Fidel does not have to answer to anyone and since there is no independent media in Cuba, his death can most likely be covered up for an indefinite period. So, I decided to start this post and keep it updated with the last date that someone outside of the Cuban government states that they met with Fidel Castro.
Fidel Castro supposedly writes his Reflections but there is really no way to know if he is really writing all of these Reflections. I do believe he is writing most, or maybe all of them, but there is little reason to believe going forward that he will actually be the author of all future Reflections. He most likely has dozens already written so even if there is a rumor of Fidel Castro’s death, a Reflection may be released but there would be no independent verification that he wrote it after a rumor of his death.
So, with these facts in mind, I figure the best way to prove that Fidel Castro is alive is to take foreign leaders at their word that when they say they met with Fidel that they actually did meet with him. I am not much of a conspiracy theorist so I don’t expect foreign leaders to lie for the Cuban government and certainly not to take part of any photo retouching since that would involve numerous others who would not conspire to hide Fidel Castro’s death.
Evo Morales said he met with Fidel Castro on June 11 2009 so I take him at his word.
Last date of proof that Fidel Castro is alive: June 11 2009
Updated August 12, 2009
Even though I just wrote this article about how it seemed that all was too quiet in Cuba, I am updating this page with information posted in the comments section by Walter Lippmann. Reverend Walker from the Pastors for Peace apparently met with Fidel Castro recently and there is a photo of the two men together. So I will take this as proof that Fidel Castro is alive. One may wonder about his mental and physical health though.
Updated August 14, 2009
President Hugo Chavez said Friday he found his close ally and mentor Fidel Castro in good health during a visit to Cuba to celebrate the Cuban leader’s 83rd birthday.
Chavez says they shared a cake. He says he also gave Castro Venezuelan products including chocolate and sardines, and two charcoal drawings: one of Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda, and a second of Cuban hero Jose Marti.
He said Castro “is in absolute use of his mental faculties.”
“You know what the imperialists say,” Chavez said. “Some say that Fidel is crazy. ... They create rumors.”
Updated August 22, 2009
The President of Ecuador met with Fidel on August 22 during his brief visit to the island for a vacation.
Updated October 2, 2009
Apparently Fidel Castro is feeling much better these days. He just met with the President of Cypus and photographed with the leader of the Chinese legislature, Wu Bangguo, former U.N. General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.
Note: When we started this article, many months had lapsed since Fidel was seen with any one outside of Cuba. Although he will most likely be meeting with more people outside of Cuba in the coming months, we will suspend this “Castro watch” and no longer post regular updates. We reserve the right to re-open this article if we think Fidel is off the public stage for a prolonged period.