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Posted February 13, 2009 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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(AP Photo/Government of Chile)

The Chilean government released pictures after a meeting in Havana Thursday between Fidel Castro and the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet.

He was last photographed publicly in January during a visit with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner.

Bachelet said Castro was in “very good condition” following a 90-minute meeting.


(AP Photo/Government of Chile)

“I have met with Fidel Castro, he is in very good condition, we had a long conversation for an hour and a half,” Bachelet told reporters in Havana.

Her three-day visit to Cuba is the first by a Chilean leader in more than three decades.

Bachelet - a doctor by training - said that Castro was “very active” and was lucid. “He knew all the most important details” about a range of topics she said.

“He was very interested in topics concerning Chile, analyzing information, statistics and interested in hearing about areas in which we have had success,” she added.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 13, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I have to say he is looking much better in 2009 than he did in 2008.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on February 13, 2009 by abh with 244 total posts

    It’s true, really does look better.
    Unbelievable, really.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on February 13, 2009 by g frame

    Return to old position soon?


  4. Follow up post #4 added on February 14, 2009 by Miguel Gonzalez

    mentaly deteriorating. physicaly better than his , Like a nearly demented uncle all pretend about,


  5. Follow up post #5 added on February 14, 2009 by abh with 244 total posts

    G Frame:
    Fidel’s recent comments about not being around at the end of Obamas 1st term indicate that he does not plan to return.  My analysis is that hes accepting his fate and will continue to write reflections and maybe advise his brother (ie keep tabs on him).  He already resigned his position as president although i was reminded recently that he still holds the #1 position in the communist party.  He is still el comandante and no one dares challenge him nor ever will while he’s alive, in my opinion.

    Miguel: yep, pretty much


  6. Follow up post #6 added on February 14, 2009 by peter

    At the age of 80 plus, looks are not the issue, actions and intelligent deeds of generosity are the memorable attributes.

    The Castro revolution has done much to change the Mafioso / Batista ( Havana Nocturna) days of spectaular growth and corruption! I believe they will always be remembered for saving their Island / Country for the Cuban people.

    However, the Cuban people have waited 50 years for The Castro’s promises to come to some sembalnce of fruition and very little has been delivered. Many might say that external circumstances have been the culprits, but even if so, no country is an island in today’s global world / internet.

    The world is watching, which is something the Castro regime cannot be comfortable with and also they cannot hide their failures. Darwinisim would expect new leaders, new ideas, new energies to move the culture forward and that is the issue.

    Leadership is to promote positive change, Dictatorship is the pursuit of power at all costs, despite the failures.

    Fidel, do the right thing and build your legacy of promoting an Independent Cuba that is intelligent, hard working, entrepreneurial, loving, family oriented and democratic!!

    50 years to be remembered and perhaps to be forgotten. Fidel is looking better and that is the time to embrace intelligent change and to ensure a legacy of leadership, which was last embraced by the Cuban people some time ago.

    Currently his legacy is of secrecy, suffering, nepotisim and dictatorship. Not what he intended nor did the Cuban people expect or deserve!


  7. Follow up post #7 added on February 15, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I guess President Bachelet won’t be getting invited back to Cuba anytime soon. Good for her for not being a Castro ass kisser.

    Reuters

    Chile president annoyed at ‘meddling’ Fidel Castro

    Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet said on Saturday she was annoyed at ‘meddling’ comments by former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who wrote in an article that Chile snatched Bolivia’s only sea access in the 19th century.

    The issue, dating back to the War of the Pacific, has long been a wedge between Chile and landlocked Bolivia, which still do not have full diplomatic ties. Bolivian President Evo Morales had applauded Castro’s comments.

    Castro went on to question whether a swathe of far northern Chile, rich in copper, really belonged to Chile or Bolivia.

    “With the same frankness and clarity with which we discussed the future agenda with President Raul Castro, I told President Castro of my annoyance at the erroneous declarations in an article after my courtesy visit to see the former ruler of Cuba,” Bachelet told reporters on landing back in Chile after her visit to the island.

    “I signaled, as our country has always signaled, that we do not accept meddling by third parties either in domestic affairs or bilateral issues, and that Chile and Bolivia discuss alone issues which correspond to both countries,” she added.

    Fidel Castro published a second article on Saturday, in which he said he had not intended to offend Bachelet by referring to the long-standing border dispute, and accused Chile’s “oligarchs” of seeking to create trouble.

    “I received the Chilean head of state with total respect,” 82-year-old Castro wrote. “I did not use a single word that could offend the illustrious visitor. That would be nonsensical.”

    “I was pretty moderate in saying that it was not clear whether those minerals belonged to Chileans or Bolivians. It was a diplomatic way of expressing the realities,” he said.

    END

    Then of course Fidel feels compelled to defend himself and further insult the President.

    Fidel must be pissed!



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on February 16, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    and this from Renato Pérez Pizarro at http://miamiherald.typepad.com/cuban_colada

    Fidel Castro’s controversial article about the results of the 1879 war between Chile and Bolivia revealed “ever-increasing differences between Raúl [Castro] and his brother,” the Chilean newspaper La Tercera said Sunday. Fidel’s article (see previous blog items) was seen by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as “third-party meddling” into the relations between Chile and Bolivia, prompting her to complain publicly to Raúl Castro.

    La Tercera’s editor, Cristián Bofill, who covered Bachelet’s trip to Cuba, said the differences lie “on the path that [Cuba] must take, particularly regarding international policy. Above all, the divergences between the two brothers have come to the surface in the fields of the economy and foreign policy,” Bofill writes.

    According to Bofill, Fidel vetoed the economic reforms patterned after China and Vietnam that Raúl intended to apply. Fidel favors maintaining an “ideology-driven” relationship with the United States, rather than the “gesture-for-gesture” relationship hinted at by his brother. Also, Raúl leans to “expanding [Cuba’s] alliances beyond the Venezuelan Hugo Chávez, whom he considers much too unstable, and seeks greater support in countries like Brazil and Mexico.”

    Certainly, Raúl’s efforts to attract trade with Chile were not bolstered by Fidel’s comments last week.

    La Tercera also reported that Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque Roke2 refused to issue an official statement disowning Fidel’s comments. But he did agree to let the Chilean Foreign Minister, Alejandro Foxley, voice public chagrin for the"opinion column by a retired person,” assuring Foxley that no one would contradict him.



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  9. Follow up post #9 added on February 16, 2009 by abh with 244 total posts

    I guess one could argue that if Fidel continues to distance himself from his brother, then that would possibly position Raul as the more “moderate” of the brothers.  Obviously this is not the first time this point have been made, but I think its up in the air how this will be interpreted by Cubans and the international community.
    I can imagine that in some situations it might even be advantageous for Fidel to come off looking like the senile old revolutionary who refuses to give up an inch to the US or anyone else, while Raul comes in as the practical reformer.  I dont know how much truth there is to these images, but Raul has clearly played up his reforms from time to time.


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