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Dubious Reports about Fidel Castro's Health

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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."

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