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*sticky* FIDEL CASTRO HEALTH WATCH

Posted August 30, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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We have decided to create this Health Watch page to give Havana Journal readers one place to refer to for any news (or rumors) of Fidel Castro’s health.

On Wednesday August 8, the first rumors of Fidel Castro’s death surfaced because of a story published by Nuevo Accion saying “The dying Cuban dictator has already entered the terminal phase of his disease and his family as well as top leaders of the tyranny is aware that he is in his final days, in spite of medical doctors trying to do the impossible and prolong his life.”

Then, on Friday August 17, rumors began flying that Fidel was dying or even dead. We heard from and read many sources and even sent out a “Fidel Castro may be dead” Breaking News email alert to our readers. We posted Hate to do this but… Perez Hilton is reporting that Castro is dead and posted several updates to that post to keep our readers informed. FYI, Perez Hilton is Cuban American.

Then, on Friday August 24, rumors again came in fast and furious that Castro had died and that Miami was on high alert so we posted this article IS FIDEL CASTRO DEAD? - MORE RUMORS? thinking that SOMETHING must be happening.

Yet, here we are on Thursday August 30 with no more rumors and no official announcement. My personal opinion is that Fidel’s health took a turn for the worse, perhaps as far back as early August, and maybe needed one or more operations. I think he is on life support or very close to it so I am comfortable predicting that Fidel Castro will not live to see 2008.

We have not yet been convinced that Fidel Castro is dead but we are ACTIVELY staying on top of the situation. Therefore, we have created this one central location for all readers to visit in order to read updates regarding Fidel Castro’s current health.

We ask that if you would like to post a comment, that you PLEASE keep it short and VERY RELEVANT to the subject. We may delete some comments that are off topic or irrelevant in order to keep this a very concise page.

Thanks for reading. You may want to bookmark this page. We will update it as often as we read or hear anything.

Member Comments

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On August 31, 2007, publisher wrote:

All quiet as of 10:50am Eastern time on Friday August 31 but found this interesting, in depth article from Poynter.org that talks about the main stream media and how they have dealt with the rumors of Fidel Castro’s death.

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On August 31, 2007, publisher wrote:

FYI, don’t miss our Castro Watch page that features a couple RSS news feeds updated hourly with any Castro news. That means any news or blog article with the word Castro will be picked up.

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On September 01, 2007, publisher wrote:

Here’s a real half-assed attempt by the culture minister Abel Prieto to justify Fidel’s health by saying that he is fine because he has written some Reflections lately. The minister also says that he has no direct knowledge of Fidel’s health.

So, here’s how I read between the lines in this typical Cuban propaganda:

“Fidel is just fine because he is writing the Reflections unless of course he is not writing the Reflections and someone else is writing them. If that’s the case well then I said I really don’t know about Fidel’s health.”

Read the entire article Fidel not in danger as he convalesces: minister

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On September 04, 2007, publisher wrote:

No major news but a good summary and update on the whole situation from KillCastro.com A War Blog.

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On September 04, 2007, abh wrote:

I find it interesting that Prieto is admitting he doesn’t have any direct information.  This seems to be a different line than he was giving not too long ago.

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On September 04, 2007, publisher wrote:

I suppose your comment falls under the Health Watch title.

Yes. BabaluBlog.com, PerezHilton.com and Peter Perez, a regular poster at Cubamania.com (now banned from HavanaJournal.com for posting information and articles that he did not write yet gave the appearance that he had written) have all come out with direct statements that Fidel Castro is dead.

We have not yet said they are wrong but it has been between one week and three weeks since they have made that claim and I will not forget the claims of fact.

If you make the claim that Fidel is dead, you need to stand behind that statement. Time will tell.

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On September 04, 2007, abh wrote:

I should have specified that I was giving my thoughts on the article linked from the Publisher’s post on 9/1, titled “Fidel Not in Danger as he Convalesces: Minister”.  It seemed to me that Abel Prieto’s assurances were less forcefull in this article than in previous ones.

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On September 04, 2007, publisher wrote:

Okay. Yes. Abel Prieto is the Culture minister in Cuba. Val Prieto is the well known Cuban American blogger who runs http://BabaluBlog.com . My comments still apply grin

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On September 05, 2007, abh wrote:

Another article, this one I got off Yahoo:

Cubans believe Castro is alive
By Anthony Boadle
Tue Sep 4, 11:39 AM ET
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s long absence from public view has fueled wild rumors among his exiled opponents in Miami in recent weeks that he is dead, even one that Russian embalmers were at work preserving his body.
In Cuba, confident Communist Party officials who have been relaxing at the beach are back in town with suntans to show and not an inkling of concern over Castro’s health or the country’s future without him.

“Don’t believe a word. It’s all a fabrication by the Miami crowd,” said an aide to a senior Cuban official.

Read the rest of the story Cubans believe Castro is alive

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On September 07, 2007, publisher wrote:

Just found this Reuters story where a Marine at the Guantanamo Bay fence line told a Reuters reporter that Fidel Castro died on Monday August 27. The story goes on to say that this is probably not true but since it’s Friday and Friday is “rumor day”, I figured I would post this story for your entertainment.

Is Castro dead? U.S. neighbors unsure

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On September 12, 2007, publisher wrote:

Fidel is just fine if you listen to the Culture Minister and Alarcon

Abel Prieto and Ricardo Alarcon say Fidel Castro is fine.

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On September 13, 2007, alkarajo.com wrote:

100 days without any image of Castro…


Cien días sin la imagen de Castro crean incertidumbre


http://www.elnuevoherald.com/167/story/90530.html

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On September 14, 2007, laromana wrote:

I am saddened by this news, however unreliable it might be. Fidel Castro is a man I have always admired greatly.

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On September 18, 2007, publisher wrote:

Really nothing to update except that BabaluBlog.com is posting some increase in searches for Fidel Castro dead but I think it’s a bit of a stretch.

Also, Western Hemisphere Policy Watch posts this simple sentence with no link to a source:More reports keep arriving at our news desk, Raul Castro has terminal cancer.

I asked if they could post the source and they said that they have information from a credible source.

CUBA fund is up 3.64% at the time of this writing which is a big jump but not out of the ordinary for this low volume closed end mutual fund.

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On September 18, 2007, Anatasio wrote:

laromana,

you really hate the good people of Cuba, don’t you. Unbelievable. What on Earth have we ever done to you.

Now, regarding the wait for the death announcement - I’m guessing it will be on some sort of anniversary: January 1st (“triumph” of the revolution), October 10 (start of the Ten Years War), etc.

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

Associated Press

Chavez says Castro has ‘little problem’ with health but could live 100 more years

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has a «little problem» with his health but could live for another century, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday during a trip to Brazil’s Amazon.

«Castro has a little problem but he can live another 100 years with this little problem,» Chavez was quoted as saying by Venezuela’s Bolivarian News Agency.

Castro, 81, has not appeared in public since announcing more than a year ago that he had undergone intestinal surgery and was provisionally ceding power to his younger brother Raul.

Chavez, a close Castro ally, said Castro was «close to death» but underwent several operations and has regained weight.

Castro had «three operations, and he’s 81, imagine that. They changed almost all the blood with transfusions. Fidel is alive because he is Fidel,» Chavez said.

Chavez made the comments early Friday after meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in the jungle city of Manaus.

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If Chavez is coming out saying that Fidel has a “little problem”, I think we can safely say that this means “near death” in Chavez/Castro speak.

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On September 21, 2007, Anatasio wrote:

He’s already dead. Been dead since some time around August 15th. Tis a foregone conclusion. Doesn’t really change anything however. Raulito is the next problem to tackle for the Cuban people.

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On September 21, 2007, laromana wrote:

Anastasio Blanco…
QUOTE:” laromana,

you really hate the good people of Cuba, don’t you. Unbelievable. What on Earth have we ever done to you.”
I’m at a loss here as to how exactly you interpreted my one sentence here. I have nothing but admiration for Cuba and her people and if I express admiration for Fidel, I can assure you that it is sincere and completely (or almost) apolitical.I also feel that the USA could learn a lot from Cuba but if you are an example of what is in Cuba’s future… God help her.
If you need help with this explanation… try using a good thesaurus.

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On September 21, 2007, Anatasio wrote:

You’re at a loss? You express admiration for the man who has enslaved, murdered and tortured us for the past 50 years and you’re surprised that I took issue with that? Sir, I believe you are in need of a history book.

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

Okay, let’s stay on topic please.

This is the Fidel Castro Health Watch page. No more comments unless it is an update about Fidel’s health.

Thanks.

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On September 21, 2007, lee wrote:

cnn.com
has a “new’ video of Fidel,
have not been able to download it. but they say it’s live.

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On September 21, 2007, alkarajo.com wrote:

http://www.cnn.com/video/live/live.html?stream=stream3

i am watching it right now.

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On September 21, 2007, alkarajo.com wrote:

castro is reading from greenspan’s book that was published last week.

rob sequin claims that the video is old - unfortunately it does not seem so.

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

Okay. Thank you. Looked and sounded like the old one. I don’t understand Spanish that well so if you are saying that it has current content, I believe you and obviously that is HUGE.

Is it new video?

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

So, either Greenspan’s book is printed in Spanish or Castro is interpreting as he reads?

What’s your take?

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On September 21, 2007, alkarajo.com wrote:

i just consulted with my brother in Miami and he also thinks is current.  Again, he continues to read from Greenspan’s book.

Before he was babbling on the equation E = mc2.  Senility has set in.

He remind us of my father in his final days.

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

FYI,

Castro’s last interview on June 6.

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

alkarajo,

Thanks. Can someone please tell me why Castro has to read from Greenspan’s book and not talk about Cuba issues, Raul and the Cuban people?

I’m sitting here shaking my head in disbelieve at the lack of respect for the Cuban people.

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On September 21, 2007, alkarajo.com wrote:

They had to bring the “body out of the casket” to take the pressure off.

The Cuba regime and Fidel Castro in particular look down at the Cuban people.  They are racists – see how many blacks are in the top – only one: Almeida who fought in La Sierra Maestra with the Castro brothers.  He is the token black.

That is what we Cubans – inside and outside the island – had to deal with for almost 50 years.

It makes me sick.

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

Okay. I guess this video is legit. It looked like an extension of the June video but somethings are different.

Fidel is out in la la land and I feel sad for the Cuban people.

And, just for the record, all of the following claimed Fidel Castro was dead in August and they are wrong and doing their friends, family and community a huge disservice by claiming to know that Fidel was dead.

Val Prieto of BabaluBlog.com

Peter Perez (not his real name) a regular poster on Cubamania.com

Perez Hilton (a Cuban American) from PerezHilton.com

You all need to apologize to your readers (assuming this video is authentic and current).

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On September 21, 2007, alkarajo.com wrote:

Apology? Are you nuts?

In a system such as the one imposed in Cuba by Castro the lack of information leads to constant rumors among the people outside and specially inside the country.

What probably happened was that he became gravely ill during the period that the rumor of his death came out.

If in a forum or blog like this we cannot express our opinions freely (which might include rumors that exist in the real world) then you will be imposing a “censure” not unlike what exists in places like Cuba now.

So let’s keep waiting.  The time will come when I could be writing this note from Guanabo Beach in a free Havana.

(I am now in Naples Beach, Florida – not a bad place to wait )

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On September 21, 2007, publisher wrote:

I’m saying their readers deserve an apology since they claimed to know that Fidel was dead.

If they want to maintain credibility, they have to acknowledge the fact that they were wrong.

I will post in the REFLECTIONS section an apology for saying the that Reflections were written by the ghost(writer) of Fidel. Since he is obviously alive, EVERYONE who said Castro was dead had bad sources.

I will apologize for making the assumption.

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On September 21, 2007, manfredz wrote:

to me its quite clear why he mentioned Greenspan’s book and oil hitting $80.- a barrel - so that we’d believe its a current interview.
Although I believe the interview is real, I also won’t rule out that its manipulated or a double or any such thing to make the people think he’ still alive.
As I said before I believe he’s still alive because I see no reason why his death would still be hidden this late in the game, but in this game anything is possible.

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On September 22, 2007, abh wrote:

Pretty wild.  Only Fidel could’ve pulled something like this off.  As I have said before, he clearly delights in torturing the empire. 

I will never believe another rumor from you chuckers again.  hahahahahaha

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On September 22, 2007, manfredz wrote:

but double edged sword ....  although he proved he’s still alive, he’s also shown how far gone he is.

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On September 22, 2007, abh wrote:

We already knew

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On September 23, 2007, publisher wrote:

fidel-castro-healthy.jpg

In this photo released by Cuba’s Juventud Rebelde newspaper, Cuba’s President Fidel Castro shakes hands with Angola’s President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos in Havana,Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007. According to the Cuban government, Dos Santos became the first foreign dignitary since early June to meet with the convalescing Castro. (AP Photo/Juventud Rebelde)

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

Cuba published a photo Sunday of a standing, smiling Fidel Castro looking heavier but still gaunt as he met with Angola’s president, the first head of state to see the ailing 81-year-old since June.

The picture, which appeared on the front page of Communist Party youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde, shows Castro in a track suit, athletic pants and tennis shoes. The Cuban leader appears to have gained weight and wears a warm half-smile as he shakes hands with Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who was in Cuba since Thursday on an official visit.

The image was released two days after Castro gave a surprise hourlong interview on state television, during which he answered rumors about his death that have swirled recently in the United States by saying simply, “well, here I am.”

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Meeting with Angola’s President for an hour and forty five minutes is no doubt impressive. I can tell by the photos that this is the same room that Fidel used for his interview on Friday. Funny how the blinds are drawn in this photo and the interview. I guess he can trust no one to know where he is.

Well, now that Fidel has shown us “his best”, he can now ride on this latest interview and photo ops for several months. So, I expect January 1 to be the next Castro watch date. Expect nothing new in Cuba till then sadly.

The Cuban people must be patient even longer because for the rest of 2007, it’s just the same old shit, different day.

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On October 14, 2007, publisher wrote:

Fidel Castro calls into live Chavez TV show

HAVANA (AFP) - Ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro telephoned into a television show with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Sunday, in his first live media appearance since February.

The show, which was being aired in Cuba and Venezuela, marked the first time Cubans had heard Castro’s voice live since he fell ill and temporarily ceded power to his brother in July 2006.

Castro took part in Chavez’s program by telephone in February, but that show aired live only in Venezuela.

“I can see your left hand; I know that you are left-handed,” Castro said by phone as Chavez raised his left hand on his weekly television show.

“Now you are laughing,” he added.

Chavez said: “Everyone is electrified to hear you.”

Earlier in the show, Chavez showed a new video of Castro taped during a four-hour meeting between them Saturday. Castro, dressed in a red, blue and white sports suit, was shown chatting with Chavez in the 17 minute video.

The official communist newspaper Juventud Rebelde published photographs from the meeting Sunday.

One photograph showed Castro seated next to Chavez and leafing through a book with a picture of Ernesto “Che” Guevara on its cover. The other showed him standing, shaking hands with his Venezuelan counterpart.

Chavez was broadcasting the show from Cuba to mark the 40th anniversary this week of the arrest and execution of revolutionary icon Guevara.

As in previous appearances, Castro—who last month was briefly rumored to be dead—appeared frail but apparently recovered to some degree from his illness.

Castro has stayed out of public view since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006, but has communicated through regular articles in the communist regime’s official newspapers.

He was last seen in a recorded video interview released on September 21.

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On November 23, 2007, Ralph wrote:

Castro is feeble,he looks haggard,but he is still doing something.

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On November 29, 2007, Paterson wrote:

Viva Fidel! I hope he lives forever and keeps the USA out of beautiful CUba!

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