Fidel Castro Is Very Not Dead, He Says

Despite speculation that Fidel Castro has died, Cuba’s former leader allegedly insists he is alive and kicking

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An image of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, third from left, is held up by former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua in Havana on Oct. 21, 2012. The photograph shows the former Cuban leader alongside Jaua, far right, as well as Hotel Nacional de Cuba director Antonio Martinez, center, and Castro's wife Dalia Soto del Valle, second from right

Despite widespread reports last week that Fidel Castro had suffered a stroke and was in a “neurovegetative state,” Cuba’s former leader has supposedly penned an editorial in a Cuban newspaper to prove he is indeed alive and kicking. An article published under his name was posted on the state-run website Cubadebate early Monday.

The article is featured alongside photographs of the 86-year-old Castro walking in a garden and reading a copy of Friday’s edition of the country’s official Communist Party newspaper, Granma.

“I don’t even remember what a headache is,” Castro writes in the post. He says those who claim he is dead are “liars” from news-media groups that are “almost all in the hands of the privileged and rich.”

Castro specifically condemned a story by Spanish newspaper ABC that reported that Castro suffered a stroke and was on the verge of death. In the accompanying photos, taken by his son Alex Castro, the former President and Prime Minister seems gaunt and walks with a cane but appears very much alive. Even the headline, “Fidel Castro Is Dying,” seems to call up an ironic slant to the article.

(MORE: Castro Publishes Article Criticizing Health Rumors)

Reports of Castro’s death were sparked by his uncharacteristic absence from the public sphere. He was last seen publicly in March, CNN notes, when he met with Pope Benedict XVI in Cuba. The newspaper columns and letters Castro often published ceased in June, and he did not make an announcement after his close ally Hugo Chávez was re-elected as President of Venezuela this month, CNN points out.  In recent weeks, murmurings about Castro’s death have sprung up on Twitter and in other news outlets. On Thursday a respected Florida doctor told El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister paper of the Miami Herald, that Castro was having “trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people” after the supposed stroke.

These rumblings seem to have inspired Castro to prove his liveliness. In the Cubadebate article, he took his critics to task, explaining that he stopped publishing his reflections because it’s no longer his “role to take up the pages of our press.”

Cuba’s state media released a message last Wednesday that was said to be from Castro. The message heaped praise on new graduates from a Cuban medical institute celebrating its 50th anniversary, according to CNN. On Sunday, Venezuela’s former Vice President Elias Jaua presented reporters with a picture of Castro that he said was taken the day before, during a five-hour meeting he held with the communist politician. Jaua said Cuba’s controversial ex-leader, who served as the nation’s President for more than three decades, “is doing very well,” according to CNN. The Cubadebate posting seems to echo such optimism.

This week, staff at Havana’s state-run Hotel Nacional, where Jaua was staying when he reportedly met with Castro, told CNN that Castro “had good color” and appeared to be healthy. “He was happy, with a permanent smile on his face, and talking about a lot of things,” Antonio Martinez, the director of the hotel, told CNN.

In 2006, Castro underwent surgery for a mysterious intestinal illness. The surgery did not go well, and he never fully recovered. His brother Raúl Castro took over his position as Cuba’s President in 2008.

MORE: The Pope and Fidel: A Meeting of Two Old Dogmatics

8 comments
castro
castro

a local "news caster"made the intelligent statement "when police arrived,he was basically dead".....she now works at mcdonalds watering their grass.

MikeLand
MikeLand

In the immortal words of Billy Crystal, "He's mostly dead."

Edward508
Edward508

He looks fine & relaxed to me and also younger than his years. 

emartinezpocaterra
emartinezpocaterra

A picture of a picture? without date? (see the finger on upper edge of the picture) If Fidel Castro is healthy, Why he has not been showed talking and/or walking? Weird, isn't it?

HumbertoCapiro
HumbertoCapiro like.author.displayName 1 Like

I ALWAYS CHUCKLE WHEN RESPECTED NEWS SOURCE SWALLOW THIS "PROOF" THAT "THE MUMMY" FIDEL MADE A "PUBLIC APPEARANCE"! AS GOOD JOURNALISTS THEY SHOULD BE ASKING THE QUESTION OF WHY FIDEL CAN HAVE A 5 HOUR MEETING WITH THIS VEZENUELAN POLITICIAN BUT CANNOT ADDRESS HIS OWN PEOPLE EVEN BRIEFLY LIVE OR LIVE VIA T.V.!! SOMEDAY WE WILL LEARN THE TRUTH AND ALL THESE NEWS SOURCES WILL HAVE TO FEEL PRETTY FOOLISH IN BELIEVING ALL THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS BY THE CASTROFASCIST OLIGARCHY MAFIA WHO ARE INFAMOUS AND CHRONIC LIARS! 

YOUTUBE: Fidel Castro on Face the Nation in 1959 - Shortly after leading rebel forces in overthrowing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro appeared on the Jan. 11, 1959 edition of Face the Nation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlOFbLLaOtg&feature=player_embedded#!

HumbertoCapiro
HumbertoCapiro

YEP! WE SHOULD BELIEVE THE CASTROFASCISTS AND THEIR FRIENDS ALLRIGHT! AND OF COURSE THEIR MEDIA IS IMPECABLE!  AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN CUBA-  Amnesty International Publications 2010STATE MONOPOLY OF THE MEDIAThe media is a key arena in which the right to freedom of expression is exercised. It plays acritical role in any society, for example raising awareness of human rights and exposinghuman rights violations. The media has the potential to help shape public opinion and tomonitor and assess the performance of those holding public office at all levels; it is animportant tool for scrutinizing government practices in all societies no matter their politicalideology. The absence of an independent media is a serious obstacle to the enjoyment offreedom of expression and the adequate review of corrupt and abusive official practices.Restrictions on the Cuban media are stringent and pervasive and clearly stop those in thecountry from enjoying their right to freedom of opinion and expression, including freedom toseek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless offrontiers.8 The state maintains a total monopoly on television, radio, the press, internetservice providers, and other electronic means of communication.9 According to officialfigures, there are currently 723 publications (406 print and 317 digital), 88 radio stations,four national TV channels (two devoted to educational programming), 16 regional TV stationsand an international TV channel. All are financed and controlled by the government.10 Threenewspapers provide national coverage: Granma, which is the organ of the Cuban CommunistParty, Juventud Rebelde and Trabajadores.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/005/2010/en/62b9caf8-8407-4a08-90bb-b5e8339634fe/amr250052010en.pdf

HumbertoCapiro
HumbertoCapiro

THE CASTROFASCISTS AND THEIR FRIENDS ARE SOOO SLOPPY THAT THEY SHOW PHOTOS TOTHE INTERNATIONAL PRES THAT DONT JIVE WITH REALITY IN ODER TO FOOL THE WORLDABOUT THE HEALTH OF "THE MUMMY' FIDE CASTRO! JUST GO ONLINE, GOOGLE Elias Jaua PHOTOS AND COMPARE THE PHOTO THE VENZUELAN  EX "VICE-PRESIDENT" Elias Jaua FLASHES TO THE PRESS TODAY,WHICH HE SAYS WAS JUST TAKEN HOURS EARLIER WITH HIS CURRENT HAIR LENGTH ANDWEIGHT VERSUS THOSE IN THE PHOTO. GUESS  MEETING FIDEL CASTRO MAKES YOURHAIR GROW AND IT MAKES YOU LOOSE WEIGHT!

castro
castro

stop screaming,numbnutz.