Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Heard from Fidel Castro lately?
Read any news articles about him lately?
Do you care?
If you answered no, you are not alone. Seems that no one cares about Fidel Castro anymore.
Maybe this is by design so there is no unrest in Cuba? This is what I have believed for a long time. I have gone so far as to say that his death would be published on page 3 of Granma as far back as 2007. Of course that is a bit too much irrelevance but my vision of Fidel’s transition away from importance is almost complete.
With Raul clearly in charge of Cuba (as much as one can expect in such a dysfunctional country), the importance of Fidel Castro has declined substantially over the past couple years.
Fidel had been very active with his “Reflections” posting hundreds of articles since 2007 but so far in 2012 he has only published eight. The last four have only been very short “tweets”. Add to this that he has written any Reflections since June 19 and you would have to agree that Fidel himself is making himself irrelevant.
His latest Reflections, now almost two months old, have been uninteresting and irrelevant with titles and content as seen below.
Fidel’s Reflection on June 19
The universe and its expansion
I respect all religions, although I do not share them. Human beings seek explanations for their existence, from the most ignorant to the wisest.
Science is constantly seeking to explain the laws which govern the universe. At this very moment, they see it during a period of expansion which began some 13.7 billion years ago.
Fidel’s Reflection on June 18
YOGIS do things with the human body which are beyond our imagination. There they are, before our eyes, via images arriving instantaneously from vast distances, through Pasaje a lo Desconocido [Cuban TV program]
Fidel’s Reflection on June 17
THE conditions have been created for the country to begin massively producing Moringa Oleífera and mulberry, which are sustainable resources [for the production of] meat, eggs, milk and silk fiber which can be woven by artisans, providing well-remunerated employment as an added benefit, regardless of age or gender.
Fidel’s Reflection on June 16
Or better yet, from the American depths:
Wait for us. We’ll go with you.
We want to die to live as you have died,
To live as you live,
Che Comandante, amigo.
Beautiful final lines by Cuba’s National Poet.
End of Reflections
Haroldo Dilla Alfonso comments in the Havana Times that he is not happy with Fidel and his latest Reflections.
Fidel Castro’s Twitter Feed
At first I thought his Twitter feed was @fidelcastro with the heading of “Leader of the Revolution, Savior of the Cuban People” but that seemed pretty ridiculous and the feed had regular news articles that Fidel would not post.
I then found that Reflexiones de Fidel @reflexionfidel is the correct Twitter feed. He is following 36 people but has more than 243,000 followers… many whom I would assume are pretty disappointed to read any of his latest Reflections.
Even though he has not written any Reflections since mid June, on July 3 he re-tweeted a Reflection from 2011. On July 4 he tweeted a link to his Reflection in Arabic. On July 20 he posted a link from CubaDebate.cu of a letter of encouragement he wrote to Hugo Chavez.
Fidel silent as Cuban athletes win Gold medals
I have expected Fidel to comment on the Cuban athletes performance at the 2012 Olympics but all is quiet.
Maybe Fidel will tweet about how the Embargo is to blame for the fiberglass pole breaking during the pole vault of Cuban pole vaulter Lazaro Borges. Too sarcastic? I’ll bet if Fidel was still tweeting, he would have to comment on this terrible event because Cuba is not to blame for having broken equipment for their athletes at the Olympics. Am I wrong?
Anyway, I assume the reason why Fidel reduced his Reflections to tweets is due to his age and assumed mental deterioration but stopping altogether for almost two months WHILE Cuban athletes are winning Gold medals at the Olympics? Why has Fidel stopped writing Reflections that would take no more than five minutes to write?
Lastly, one has to wonder if this irrelevance is by choice by Fidel or by design via Raul Castro? After all, the more irrelevant Fidel Castro is, the more power Raul has to restructure Cuba to his liking.
Fidel will be 86 in five days.
Watch August 13 for SOME sign that he is still relevant, or even still alive.