Dubious Reports about Fidel Castro's Health
Fidel is alive and well.
by Stephen Lendman
Responding in longer form to erroneous reports of his death, Mark Twain was quoted saying, "Reports of my death death were greatly exaggerated."
The same holds for Fidel Castro. Earlier reports pronounced him dead or dying. Each one was false. Given their source, they were little more than wishful thinking. Dark forces wanted Castro eliminated for decades. Even in semi-retirement they want him gone.
In July 2006, he transferred power to his brother Raul because of gastrointestinal surgery. He did so in accordance with Article 94 of Cuba's Constitution.
It states "in cases of the absence, illness or death of the president of the Council of State, the first vice president assumes the president's duties."
Castro recovered well. It took time but generally does for people in their 80s. Born in August 1926, he's now 86 years old. Age slows everyone. At the same time, they often stay active and alert. Some do it past age 100. Hopefully Fidel is one.
Without positive confirmation, take current reports of his health with a grain of salt. On October 11, Castro's son Alex denied reports about his father's failing health. "El Comandante is well," he said. He goes "about his daily business reading (and) doing his exercises."
Castro's sister Juanita , a Miami resident, said rumors about Fidel's health are false. They're "not true. These are pure rumors. It's all absurd," she said.
On Saturday, former Venezuelan vice president, Elias Jaua, met with Fidel at Havana's Hotel National. Photos he took showed him smiling and in good health. Jaua said he was lucid and looked fine.
Hotel general manager, Antonio Martinez Rodrigue, also met with him. He told reporters, "Yes he was here (Saturday), the same old Fidel with his beard and pink cheeks. He was fine."
Cuban television reported the meeting. The announcer said, "The national press will publish (Monday) an article of Fidel's, along with pictures of his meeting with the former Venezuelan vice president."
On October 19, Public Health Minister Roberto Morales read Fidel's congratulatory message to graduating medical students. More on what he said below.
The Havana Times headlined "Fidel Resurrects Himself Again," saying:
Comments about Fidel's health began "circulating on the Internet for several days".Dissidents and (Castro haters) were already celebrating the death of someone who has more lives than 10 cats added together."