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Hate to do this but… Perez Hilton is reporting that Castro is dead

Posted August 17, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Arrgh. I don’t really want to promote this gossip site but he has earned respect by reporting inside information for a couple years now. And, this is (sort of) the first American media source to report on Fidel’s death.

Can it all really end this way with Perez Hilton scooping the Miami Herald, CNN and the Associated Press?

From PerezHilton.com: “We are hearing very loud rumblings that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died, though it could be just a flare-up of the health rumors that have dogged the tyrant recently. No official confirmation yet, but we will be following this story closely.

http://perezhilton.com/?p=3851

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On August 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

and this from http://babalublog.com

Fireworks in Miami? (Updated)

I just received a phone call from a source in law enforcement. Apparently, police and other officials are being mobilized for a possible crowd control situation expected supposedly tonight.

I was not told what the cause of the crowd control situation would be, but, well, what else can it be but fidel castro dead?

This source has been reliable in the past, so let’s keep our fingers crossed, but go ahead and rinse the flute glasses in the back of the cupboard. You might be needing them soon.

UPDATE: Something is definitely afoot. Unusually high numbers for a Friday night here with the majority of search engine hits with “fidel castro dead” or “fidel castro death” parameters.

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On August 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

and this from http://cubapolidata.com/2007/08/18/is-fidel-castro-on-his-last-legs/

According to Paz Digital via La Nueva Cuba, and strong rumors emanating from Havana:

  Up to the minute information from Cuban sources assure that the state of Fidel Castro’s health is in its “terminal phase.”

Noticeably absent from the air was the live “Round Table” program aired daily at 6 p.m. on Cuban television which was substituted with a documentary on oil narrated by Alí Rodríguez Araque, Venezuela’s Ambassador to Cuba.

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On August 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

and don’t forget about our 100% automated

Castro Watch page which can always find in our header at the top of all our pages.

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On August 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

also this

Mexican Newspaper says Castro In Very Bad Condition from our Cuba Forum.

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On August 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

Just received information from a reliable source that Fidel Castro is NOT dead.

This person wanted to enlighten us so the integrity of the Havana Journal was not compromised by rumors.

It was reported to us that the CDR has not been mobilized in Havana which would be the first sign that something major has occurred.

We thank our source for making the effort to inject some facts into this article.

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On August 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

Traffic is way up tonight at HavanaJournal.com from search engines by people search Fidel Castro death, probably due to Perez Hilton post.

I have never seen this level of chatter.

Fidel will have to make a public appearance, at least on video reading today’s Granma if they want to quiet this rumor.

Fidel seems to like it when the world is in a frenzy and he is the center of attention so if he can make a public appearance, he will.

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On August 17, 2007, RENE C wrote:

This time I’m sure that he is dead

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On August 18, 2007, Cuban American wrote:

Fidel is not going to make a public appearence because he can’t, if he is not dead then he is very close.  Even if he was dead I don’t think we would get an official announcement or communication from the CDR till days or weeks later.

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On August 18, 2007, Curt wrote:

Is Perez-Hilton really Paris Hilton?

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On August 18, 2007, RENE C wrote:

Saturday, August 18, 2007
La muerte de Fidel Castro

The Death of Castro

De acuerdo a fuentes dentro de Cuba, la situacion entre la alta jerarquia es de gran tension. Randy Alonso Falcon, moderador del programa de la television cubana “Mesa Redonda” y sus invitados regulares del Ministerio del Interior no han aparecido en los ultimos tres dias. Las mismas fuentes reportan el estado de desconcierto del equipo de dicho programa. Las facciones de Raul Castro estan preocupados y en conflictos con las fuerzas del Partido encabezado por Ricardo Alarcon.

According to sources inside Cuba, the situation among the hierarchy is of great tension,Randy Alfonso Falcon moderator of the TV show La Mesa redonda and his regular co-hosts from the interior ministry,are no where to be found in the past 3 days.
They also report of the apprehensions of the rest of the show producers.
Raul’s factions are very worry and have become at odds with the leaders of the communists led by Ricardo Alarcon.

Altos oficiales del MININT han sido arrestados. Los telefonos de altos funcionarios del gobierno han sido desconectados, incluyendo al MININT. La Mesa Redonda esta proyectando documentales sin ninguna participacion de su moderador o invitados. El Noticiero Nacional esta leyendo las supuestas reflexiones de Fidel Castro con desanimo y desconcierto visible.

High up officials of the MINIT have being arrested(Probably the 4 that made Castro’s death public and caused all the rumors) The telephones of higher up officials have been disconnected, including from the MINIT.
La Mesa Redonda continues the programming without the hosts.
The National News is just airing the suppose reflections of the commandant without any apparent guidance.

La policia de la Habana se encuentra en “Estado de Alerta”, especialmente en El Malecon bajo la excusa, sin precedente, de proteger a los ciudadanos del posible oleaje que traeria el huracan Dean. Planes para intimidar a los disidentes a que se mantengan dentro de sus casas ha sido puesto en vigor.

The Havana Police seems to be on high alert, specially in the down part of Malecon, saying that they are there to protect the public ???
From the waves the hurricane might bring ,which is in a track due south of Cuba and will not even effect the north coast of Cuba.
Plans to keep dissidents in door are being implemented

Las fuentes han enfatizado que ciertos elementos en Miami estan siendo utulizados por Ramiro Valdez como “medidas activas” para crear la imagen de que los Estados Unidos estan “conversando” con la alta oficialidad dentro de Cuba. Es todo lo contrario, ciertas facciones dentro de Cuba son los que estan enviando mensajes a EE.UU, de ahi la desconfianza dentro de las fuerzas del poder en Cuba.

Sources are saying that certain elements in Miami are being used by Ramiro Valdez as measures to create the image that the US is talking with Cuba’s high officials and this is all not correct.
It is factions within the Cuba Government that is sending signals, and that has brought a mistrust within the hierarchy in Cuba.

La noticia que saldria de Cuba el viernes ha sido cancelada. Estan en el proceso de anunciarla hoy o en los proximos dias. Yo creo que primero tienen que atar todos los cabos.

The News that was to come out Friday has being postponed for a while until all ends are tide down.

El principio del Fin
The Beginning of the End.

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On August 18, 2007, RENE C wrote:

You are welcome Peter!

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On August 18, 2007, RENE C wrote:

Hi Peter are you posting here too?!Excellent!

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On August 19, 2007, nacho wrote:

well, all I can say is I hear Havana is extremely quiet this wknd, any news

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On August 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Sorry folks for the earthquake story. That was a prescription drug spammer.

Anyway, if any announcement of Fidel’s death is going to happen, I would think it would have to be in the next few days.

I refuse to live under the speculation that he may be dead. I’m not going to play that game.

The frenzy of articles and statements on Friday August 17 of Fidel’s death lead me to believe that the announcement was coming on Friday.

Since there has been no news really in the past couple days, I will have to put all those stories behind me.

I will not live under the conspiracy theory that Castro is dead but the government is withholding the information. I just don’t think they can keep it quiet any longer if the rumors are true.

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On August 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

The above comment was not directed to you Peter. Many people come forward with information over the past several days and now all is quiet.

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On August 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

This latest story from Reuters does not qualify as evidence that Fidel is alive. Is this the best they got for us?

Reuters

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday Fidel Castro is “writing, and producing,” denying rumors circulating on the Internet that the Cuban leader had died.

Chavez, a close ally of Castro, has frequently provided information about the health of the ailing Communist leader who temporarily stepped aside after undergoing emergency abdominal surgery a year ago.

“On the Internet rumors are circulating that Fidel Castro has died,” Chavez said during his weekly Sunday broadcast. “Fidel is producing, he is writing.”

Chavez said he had spoken to Castro on his 81st birthday on Monday.

Rumors had surfaced on Friday that Castro had died from complications resulting from his surgery.

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On August 19, 2007, RENE C wrote:

Why is Chavez so worry about some internet ‘rumors’?

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On August 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Because he is outside the Cuban government and no one will blame him for being wrong when it is announced that Fidel is dead.

Since Fidel himself (probably) cannot come out in public to quiet the rumors and no one in the Cuban government wants to speak/lie on Fidel’s behalf, Chavez is the only propagandist willing to lie about Fidel’s condition.

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On August 19, 2007, RENE C wrote:

I makes sense, I agree with you ...dear publisher!

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On August 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Or… I am wrong and Fidel Castro is perfectly healthy and all these rumors are just one big international conspiracy to destabilize the Cuban government. grin

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On August 19, 2007, nacho wrote:

Ever since Castro fell ill, it is up to Chavez to keep the Cubans and the world “informed” about Fidel’s health (or lack thereof) I just find it flabbergasting that the Cuban goverment does not understand the stupidity of this state of things.

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On August 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Fidel Castro’s lack of respect for his people this past year has been shameful. I find his Reflections to be disrespectful to his people talking about international issues when most Cubans are barely surviving.

However, Fidel is a brilliant politician and strategist. I am guessing that his lack of public appearances over the past year have partly been due to his health but also partly due to his strategy to have a smooth transition to Raul although I am not sure he can execute it because I think he is so out of touch with the Cuban people that he might be underestimating their desire for a better life and overestimating their believe in “La Revolucion”.

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On August 19, 2007, RENE C wrote:

I don’t think so!Although,I accept that he is or was one of the best strategist of the XX century,his arrogance is too big for him to be a no show!

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On August 19, 2007, Cuban American wrote:

I agree with RENE C, although Fidel has been a brilliant strategist his arrogance is way to great to not make public appearences.  If he isn’t making a public appearence its because he physically not able to.

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On August 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

All quiet this weekend as if there were no rumors Friday night. This is all I could find from Cubapolidata:

A heavy silence prevails in Havana over the insistent rumor that the octogenarian Fidel Castro has died, while dozens of communication mediums — especially television — await for an official response from the capital about the rumor circulating since yesterday throughout the world.

The most recent information is from the Chilean digital newspaper El Amaule which asserts that within hours, these rumors have gained strength. Affirming that the deterioration of Castro’s health is evident since he did not participate in his birthday celebrations a few days ago.

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On August 19, 2007, RENE C wrote:

In my opinion if he is dead ,they will announce it this week in a week day,that way people will be at work and easier to control!Althought they can keep him dead for a while ,by cremating him and at the monent that they’ll chose ,then they can anounce that he just died and that he has asked to be cremater and his ashes to be spread in Sierra Maestra or some other place.With a Comminist dictatorship you’ll never know the truth!

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On August 20, 2007, publisher wrote:

Interesting. Supports my thoughts at http://havanajournal.com/politics/entry/fidel-castro-is-dead-page-3-in-granma-prediction/

Keep it a low key event that way no one inside or outside of Cuba has any one date or event to rally around.

“Sorry, Fidel isn’t here anymore. Thanks for coming. Now back to the show. Raul will be your new host.”

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On August 20, 2007, manfredz wrote:

sorry publisher I just can’t see it going using your scenario.  Here’s mine (not to say yours won’t happen - all any of us is mentioning is opinions on this):
When Fidel dies there will be announcement how the glorious leader has breathed his last, with a fanfare while all the great thigns he’s done for his country and people are rambled off (I know, many of you feel he did neither , but thats not at issue here). Then the announcement of a great funeral with people all over the world coming (Dont hold your breath that Bush will be there, and dont be surprised when buddy Chavez leads the mourners).  Then either while everybody is numbed (or possibly after the 7 days or whatever of mourning are over), if Raoul is as much a pragmatist as some have suggested, a reform program will be announced as well as release of numerous political prisoners ...... Anyway that’s how I see it going (or maybe i’m just deluding myself as that’s how I’d like to see it go)

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On August 20, 2007, MapleRum wrote:

Fidel is persona non grata, good or bad, it really doesn’t matter. My friends in Cuba are still suffering. Don’t be fooled, Raul has been the real goon all along and if the U.S.A. wants to make a deal with this devil then history will repeat itself. Tyrants are tyrants, the only difference between tyrants is when Washington supports one of the tyrants. From the varied information and speculations, I suspect something else is happening and I am afraid it will turn out to be regressive rather than progressive.

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On August 20, 2007, publisher wrote:

manfredz,

Your predictions are just as good as anyone else’s. NO ONE knows how it will all go down. Not even Raul.

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On August 20, 2007, publisher wrote:

Did you know that Perez Hilton is a Cuban American?

Read this interview done at 9:50pm on this past Friday evening posted at Canada.com:

Post reporter Katie Rook spoke with Mr. Hilton and files these quotes:

“I’ve been hearing rumblings for days coming from Miami and now finally, I am hearing even louder rumblings. Take that for what it is. Hopefully, there will be some announcement either way: a confirmation or a denial.”

“I am working every angle. I work hard and hard work gets good results.”

“I’ve been hearing a lot of things coming from Miami for a couple of days now and then today, I just got some new information that is leading me to believe that he is [dead.] But, you know, it may just be rumours. He had his birthday on Monday, so maybe it’s just a new flare-up of rumours.”

“Hopefully, we can get an answer either way because Castro hasn’t been seen out in public in a year. The Cuban government has been very HUSH HUSH about his health. He could have been dead for months now, really.”

Mr. Hilton, whose celebrity gossip site receives about 6 million to 7 million hits daily, says it would be “awesome” if Castro was dead and he was one of the first media outlets to report it.

“It would be awesome because I am Cuban. I have a real connection to this story. My family had to flee his dictorial, totalitarian, oppressive, communist, evil regime.”

The 26-year-old blogger, whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., was born in Miami and lives in Los Angeles. We reached him in Washington, D.C.

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On August 20, 2007, MapleRum wrote:

Hmmm….....stories based on rumours from the Miami Cuban community. The next thing you are going to tell us is that Perez Hilton does not have natural pink hair. Guess I will have to go to Havana and ask Fedelito what is happening.

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On August 20, 2007, Cuba Libre Sera wrote:

MapleRum!
If you don’t relay on Cubans then ask a Chinesse!

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On August 21, 2007, MapleRum wrote:

You are right, I will go to the “China Mart” in Havana and ask the manager about what is going on. If that doesn’t work I will try the manager over at Chavez Gas Mart. Whomever succeeds Fidel will have to deal with the Chinese and Chavez. Chavez will want a Fidel like person, the Chinese will want a hard liner that can sell a lot of plastic crap to the poor people of Cuba. That reminds me, I know another country financially controlled by the Chinese and addicted to foreign oil, the United States.

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On August 22, 2007, Cuba Libre Sera wrote:

Good luck!You will need it!Expect some importanr news in the next few days perhaps…TOMORROW!

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On August 23, 2007, nacho wrote:

According to the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6961360.stm
quoting Castro’s lapdog, the Cuban foreign minister Perez Roque ” Castro is doing ‘very well’ “
Wow, they really felt they had to deny the rumors

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On August 24, 2007, publisher wrote:

More rumors right now at 4:47pm Eastern time on Friday August 24, 2007.

Please visit this post where I am posting all sources I can find:

http://havanajournal.com/politics/entry/is-fidel-castro-dead-more-rumors/

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On August 27, 2007, publisher wrote:

I revisited this “Castro is dead” post from PerezHilton.com and believe it or not, I found down on comment #1171

Perez Hilton says:

Ok everyone, I have to admit that I was wrong. My source was inaccurate and I should not have posted this news item without verification by a second source. My apologies for creating a frenzy based on information that was, in the end, not factual.

END

I am not sure if this is actually Perez or just someone posting using his name.

Anyway, if this is Perez’s way of apologizing to his fans and Cuban American community, I think a more appropriate place, maybe somewhere above comment number 1171 would be in order.

If this is an apology from Perez Hilton then I owe an apology to the Havana Journal readers for even posting this. I thought that maybe this “new media” source might of had some good anonymous contacts.

Maybe not.

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On August 27, 2007, rene c wrote:

I strongly believe that the beast is dead,it is up to the dictatorship now to prove that he is alive!They are too afraid to make it public in Cuba!BTW Mr Publisher I don’t believe that those apologies are from Mr.PerezHilton,be careful!I’m sure is some one using his name!