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Posted January 06, 2008 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Publisher note: I don’t usually post rumors but all seems too quiet in Cuba. No reflections lately, no photos after meeting with Chavez, no real follow up from Fidel’s statement about retiring a couple weeks back. Sure, we’ve heard it all before and the original poster RSNLK has this to say about the original story out in Spanish. So, if he’s right, he deserves the kudos for finding the story first.

Stop the Presses!

But don’t get too excited, yet. We’ve been down this road before.

According to an article at Payo Libre by Alberto Muller, sources close to the Castro progeny are reporting that the coma andante has taken a turn for the worse and is suffering from respiratory distress. Although I’ve long ago given up trying to figure out the condition of he whose name must not be mentioned, I did find an interesting morsel with just a hint of justice about it. Apparently, however, in his rare moments of lucidity, he is overwhelmed by depression and has extended crying fits. They ascribe it to senility. I’d like to believe it is remorse.

The family is expecting his death “imminently” as well as a funeral worthy of a pharaoh. When we would find out about it is anyone’s guess.

Read the original article with the link to the story in Spanish

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 06, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Regarding Castro’s lack of Reflections of late. His last one was December 8 nearly one full month ago. Just to give you an idea about his “publishing schedule” here are his publishing dates going back a couple months with days in between in parenthesis:

    December 8 - (9 days)
    November 29 - (10 days)
    November 19 - (1 days)
    November 18 - (2 days)
    November 16 - (1 days)
    November 15 - (5 days)
    November 10 - (19 days)
    October 22 - (12 days)
    October 19 - (9 days)
    October 10 - (6 days)
    October 4 - (2 days)
    October 2 - (1 days)
    October 1 - (2 days)
    September 29 - (2 days)
    September 27 - (9 days)
    September 18 - (7 days)
    September 11 - (4 days)
    September 7 - (4 days)
    September 3 - (7 days)
    August 27

    So, as you can see, he (assuming you believe he has been the one actually writing them) has published Reflections on a pretty regular basis. As of today, it’s been 28 days since his last one. A sign that his health is failing? Maybe, maybe not but it is interesting.

    Read all his Reflections here http://www.juventudrebelde.co.cu/cuba/2007-08-10/reflections-by-fidel-castro-ruz/



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 06, 2008 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    It is too much of a coincidence that the Radio Marti Witnesses that said Fidel had being taken to the San Lazaro Shrine and had left being carried and with an oxygen bottle, that was 2 weeks ago and now they are saying he has respiratory distress, he wasn’t even photographed with Chavez ???
    This time it might be for real, I hope.!



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  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 06, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thanks for reminding us about that. Here is the link to our Cuba Forum with your original post.

    http://havanajournal.com/forums/viewthread/768/

    So, maybe some of the pieces are coming together.

    I would like to see more main stream media picking up these stories though.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 07, 2008 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    Main stream Media is always left wing, they won’t pick it up until way after his death is announced, then they will compile documentaries on how well he did.
    Of course the evidence of his debacles of the economy and murders will eventually be known.



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  5. Follow up post #5 added on January 08, 2008 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    The pomp and circumstance of the funeral will no doubt rival that of Stalin in 1953.



    For change (cambio) we can believe in.
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  6. Follow up post #6 added on January 08, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I guess Fidel’s people read the Havana Journal.

    El Presidente just released another reflection but pardon me President Castro if I question that it was written by your hand recently.

    The only thing current about this Reflection is the date at the bottom.



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on January 08, 2008 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    The last one he wrote was november 21 which has being published since then weekly.
    you sure is not the same one ?



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on January 08, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Yes, see the Juventud Rebelde link above. That is the official Cuban government location of his Reflections.

    The last one he wrote was December 8.

    I have the feeling that this “evergreen” Reflection was released because he has not written a Reflection for many weeks and can no longer write.



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  9. Follow up post #9 added on January 09, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Hmmm. It would appear that El Presidente has read this article at the Havana Journal and feels compelled to reply with an additional Reflection.  He replies to my comment about the Reflection being “evergreen” meaning not containing any current information and mentions his reason for not writing lately. Odd that I mention those two things and within one day there is an additional Reflection addressing my two points.

    Pardon me though Mr. President, I am still skeptical that you are actually the author of any of these Reflections. You can understand my skepticism since you have not been seen in public for a year and a half and have not even released any photos of yourself. I understand that your health is a state secret but how about a photo holding today’s Granma like the one you shared with the Cuban people after your illness was announced? Will you do us that favor? Will you do the Cuban people that favor?

    The Havana Journal would be happy to be the recipient of such an exclusive photo and will give it prominent placement with its own article of course. Of course there will be those who will question the authenticity so I would ask that you provide us with a photo of unquestionable quality.

    Here is the latest Reflection:

    January 8, 2008

    Dear Randy:

    I read in the newspaper that you will devote today’s Round Table program to Bush’s trip to the region of his wars of conquest. It’s a miracle the escort ships accompanying the Harry S. Truman nuclear aircraft carrier didn’t fire at the Iranian vessels in the Ormuz Straight that guard Iran’s coasts.

    As for me, I cannot but recall that, on a day like this, 49 years ago, I had the privilege of being welcomed by the people of Cuba’s capital. I also do not forget the ceremony at the former headquarters of the Columbia military command. I remember Camilo and the pigeons that, that evening, were like shining beacons for those of us who dreamed that we would enjoy the rights we had conquered in peace. I did not mention this in the Reflection published today. Nor did I mention our democratic elections, to be held on January 20, in which selecting the candidates entails no difficulties. I am a firm supporter of the united vote, which allowed us to avoid the tendency to copy what came to us from countries of the former socialist block, including the portrait of the one candidate, as singular as his solidarity towards Cuba. I deeply respect that first attempt at building socialism, thanks to which we were able to continue along the path we had chosen.

    I could also mention that, today, one of the United State’s most important publishing houses will launch the first English edition of Cien horas con Fidel.

    I never forget that “all of the world’s glory fits in a kernel of corn”.

    That is why I devoted those lines, after days of not publishing anything, to teacher Elena Pedraza, to whom the country is so indebted for one of its most important services: curative and preventive rehabilitation. She is to be held up as the example of a true communist, and paying tribute to her on January 8 is indeed apt.

    When you and the program came to mind, it was already quite late. I write these lines in a hurry, in the hopes that they will arrive to you in time.

    If possible, I ask that you devote a few seconds of the program to read it.

    A hug,

    Fidel Castro Ruz

    5:37 p.m.



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  10. Follow up post #10 added on January 14, 2008 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    A while back I made a statement, which holds true and I’ll repeat it here.
    It is not too far off to think that Fidel or someone reads the Havana Journal as well as other INTERNET blogs.
    The DGI has a department which operates out of a Hotel In Old Havana which is totally dedicated to read such blogs and to report to the hierarchy, mainly what the strongest rumors are, I found out personally that they do respond accordingly, I have said things in Other Blogs that within 2 to 3 days someone responds in Havana, usually contrary to what I have published.
    I also know first hand that Cuba has many agents within the Cuban American Community which mission is solely to collect info from newspapers and magazines.
    How do I know this ? well I used to have a tenant who traveled to Cuba very often, then One day ,he died and I had to open the apartment for the police, there were files upon files of cut out newspaper articles in files market G2.
    Also Telegrams from the Cuban Interest section in Washington DC, Cashed money orders from them and many many other evidences.
    The police called the FBI, which talked to me about the old man and I was told this was part of their way of collecting info about Cuban Americans.
    So don’t put it pass them, they are reading this right now.

    Another interesting Bit, Lula Silva President of Brazil is in Havana Today, he hasn’t being able to see Fidel and someone in Cuban TV said, it won’t happen unless Fidel’s doctors allow it.
    So a lot of rumors might be based on some truths, is like legends ,there is always a bit of truth behind them.
    I got the feeling he is gone or about to.



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  11. Follow up post #11 added on January 14, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Wajiro,

    Your input is always much appreciated and interesting.

    The Havana Journal is banned in Cuba so it’s too bad that other people can’t read it.


    I have been watching the Lula story. I expect silence or propaganda, maybe a letter from Fidel saying simply he regrets that he is too busy to meet with Lula.

    What do you think if there is silence and what do you think if there is a letter from Fidel to Lula that’s made pubic?

    Does silence mean that Fidel is really bad off or would a made up letter from Fidel mean Fidel is really bad off?



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  12. Follow up post #12 added on January 14, 2008 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    I think he is bad, Like rotten Bad.



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  13. Follow up post #13 added on January 15, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Please refer to post #9 where I ask the Cuban government for a photo of Fidel Castro. Well, I am VERY surprised to see this photo of Castro with Lula posted today by the AP.

    See this story about Lula meeting with Fidel.

    I am shocked. Shocked because my request was granted and shocked because I didn’t think Fidel had it in him.

    Sure, it’s only one picture and there is no video but I’ll take the photo as proof that Fidel is alive.



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  14. Follow up post #14 added on January 16, 2008 by nacho with 111 total posts

    Yahoo News just published this “Castro says he’s too unhealthy to speak” http://tinyurl.com/3aejne

    If he is to unhealthy to speak and campaign, why is he in the ballot for the “elections”?

    Oh well


  15. Follow up post #15 added on January 16, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I guess we need to end this thread since Fidel is obviously alive and fairly well.

    See this link for the news with more photos

    http://havanajournal.com/politics/entry/castro-not-ready-to-speak-to-public-more-lula-meeting-photos/



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  16. Follow up post #16 added on January 16, 2008 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    Quote of the Day
    “I am not physically able to speak directly to the citizens of the municipality where I was nominated for our elections next Sunday,” the ailing 81-year-old wrote in an essay published Wednesday by state news media.

    This in a report from the very AP that described him as “frail, alert, and playful”? seemingly minutes ago.

    So who is lying ? Lula by saying he is frail but alert and talkative ?
    Or Fidel Himself that just said the above quote ?

    My guess is the first report that Castro could only be seeing with doctor’s approval was true, and tha Raul and the croanies instructed Lula to say Fidel was better, yet no one told Fidel he was suppose to say he was better, LMAO

    The Old Cuban Saying, “You can catch a lier quicker than a limping man ” Is right on.



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  17. Follow up post #17 added on January 16, 2008 by Wajiro with 34 total posts

    Why End the thread when is getting interesting ?



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  18. Follow up post #18 added on January 16, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I’m not closing it, I just figured we were getting off topic and since Fidel is up and around, he’s not on life support as I and others have thought recently.



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