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Chavez:  Castro Ready for Another 100 Years

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Posted on Sep 21, 2007
Fidel Castro

Castro (shown here in an earlier photo) looked alert and healthier in a surprise video aired on Cuban TV Friday.

Despite widespread speculation that Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has assured the global community that Castro is, in fact, alive and doing better. Cuban officials, meanwhile, also say Castro is recovering but haven’t said if and when he would return to office.

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Castro also suggested he can’t be bothered to trim his beard and comb his hair so as to appear in official images—possibly explaining why none have been released of late.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Castro’s close friend and ally, said Friday in Brazil that the Cuban leader “has a little problem but he can live another 100 years with this little problem.”

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

Back in Havana, at a separate gathering hours later, Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban parliament, said he had no new information on Castro’s health, but that “I trust Hugo Chavez a lot ... he knows what he’s saying.”

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By DennisD, September 23, 2007 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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Another 100 years. I thought you had to get through the first 100 before you work on the second. I don’t think Cuba could take it.

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By boggs, September 22, 2007 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

We have a “dickhead” in the whitehouse who has illusions of being GOD one day.
He can’t wait to take his “Crusade” to Cuba.

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By thomas billis, September 22, 2007 at 4:44 am Link to this comment
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Cuba you better hope Castro outlives George W Bush’s Presidencey because word on the street after his successful bring democracy to Iraq strategy that he has Cuba next on the list.Let us not forget his allies the Batistites living in Florida.Maybe we can export the same Democracy we have here.Can you live with less rights.

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