Cuba Politics

Chavez to visit Fidel Castro on Monday… for the last time?

Posted June 15, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

By VOA News

President Chavez made the announcement during his regular Sunday television and radio programs.  The reason for his visit is not known.

Mr. Chavez last met with the former Cuban leader in March.  That visit took place shortly after Mr. Castro turned over power to his younger brother, Raul, after nearly 50 years.

Fidel Castro has not been seen in public since July 2006 when he underwent intestinal surgery.  He has, however, appeared in videos and photographs, and articles attributed to him have been published in the state-run media.  Details of his health are considered a state secret.

Member Comments

On June 15, 2008, publisher wrote:

Rumors are percolating about another surgery for Fidel. Maybe Chavez is going to see his friend for the last time and pick up the Fidel playbook?

Maybe he’s going to “visit” Fidel and say that he is in perfect health and that he’ll live to be 120?

Will we see any photos? I’m not going to guess. I thought Fidel was dead or dying several times only to come out with more video proving he’s still alive.

So, the question raised in my mind about this Chavez-Castro meeting… Who cares?

Fidel, you are meaningless now especially since Raul has thrown our your Marxist ideals.

No comments from Fidel since May 25 and of course had nothing to do with Cuba.

On June 16, 2008, publisher wrote:

Castro ‘alive and well’ says Hugo Chavez

June 17, 2008 - 9:51AM

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says that Fidel Castro, 81, is “alive and well” and his brother and President Raul Castro “at the helm” of the Cuban revolution, which is “marching on to a drumbeat”.

Chavez, 53, arrived in Cuba to visit his convalescing friend Fidel, who on February 24 ceded power to his brother a year-and-a-half after undergoing delicate gastrointestinal surgery.

“Fidel is sitting there, alive and well, thinking, writing and dictating important strategies for Cuba and our Latin America,” Chavez told reporters.

“Raul, he’s holding the reins,” he said about the Cuban president with whom he is expected to revise some bilateral agreements.

“This (Cuban) revolution is marching on to a drumbeat ... it’s more alive than ever,” Chavez said adding that Venezuela was on the same path.

“In the end, we’re one and the same revolution,” he said.

Chavez regularly visits Fidel Castro, who is recovering at an undisclosed location and who has not been seen in public since his July 2006 operation. His previous visit was on March 8, but no photographs or videoclips were released at the time.

Fidel Castro’s most recent images were released during Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s visit to Cuba five months ago.

On June 16, 2008, publisher wrote:

No pictures?

No Raul at the airport?

Everything is fine?

Well, if Hugo Chavez says so then it must be true.

On June 16, 2008, Mako wrote:

Big Daddy Long Legs has already passed on . It is “Weekend at Bernie’s” if we see him now

On June 18, 2008, arteest wrote:

There are photos of Raul, Fidel and Hugo together—video but no audio.

And nothing about it being Hugo’s last trip that I could see.

On June 19, 2008, publisher wrote:

Thanks for posting that link.

The CIA has reviewed the video too and commented on the fact there is no sound.

On June 19, 2008, cubanpete wrote:

Perhaps the next time will be for the state funeral.

On June 19, 2008, arteest wrote:

I thought this might provide a chuckle.. It’s the Cuban angle. Not sure why it’s dated the 10th grin


Fidel Castro Continues to Make Headlines

HAVANA, Cuba, June 10 (acn)The active reappearance of the leader of the
Revolution, Fidel Castro on television last Tuesday together with
President Raul Castro and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, made
headlines in the international media.

Many news agencies copied the signal of Cubavision International to
insert the images and videos in their respective web pages, in addition
to photos in prominent printed editions. 

Hundreds of important sites in Spanish, English and other languages
reflected the news and commented in every continent on the obvious good
health and mood of the historic leader of the Revolution.

The publications recalled Fidel’s first appearance since February of
this year.  Some of the news agencies are counting the number of times
Fidel makes an appearance, day by day, to report in accordance to their
respective editorial interests.

The truth is that not even the most reactionary agencies have been able
to avoid the evident reality, which President Chavez with his accustomed
humor told the press: “Fidel is very much alive”.

And what did Fidel, Raul and Chavez talk about during the two meetings
in Havana last Tuesday?

They talked about Revolution and Socialism, strategy and national
security, Latin American unity, economy and the future of regional
integration and projects to continue growth and face potential
aggression from the enemy.

They also discussed the upcoming US presidential elections, the
increasing prices of fuel and food. They spoke of many issues that are decisive for the survival of both
nations and even for humanity.

Yes, Fidel Castro is headline news for the world press. Honest and
objective people applaud and recognize it.  The dishonest, mercenaries
and allies of the empire are moaning: meanwhile, the time left for
Emperor W. Bush in Washington is limited.

But the time left for all Cubans, Fidel and the Revolution will continue
to expand, multiplying with their own commitment and of millions of
people in Latin America. /map

Fidel sigue en la primera plana del mundo
Cuban News Agency

On June 19, 2008, manfredz wrote:

thanks arteest….
but i missed the trupet fanfare and the waving flags .....