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Posted on Jul 26, 2010
Library of Congress / Warren K. Leffler

Fidel Castro arrives in Washington, 1959.

Fidel was a no-show and brother Raul kept quiet during Cuba’s annual Revolution Day festivities, leading journalists, analysts and amateur handicappers to puzzle over the larger implications. The Guardian reports “bafflement among the 90,000-strong crowd” that turned out to hear speeches.

The Guardian:

Would Fidel Castro show up at today’s Revolution Day celebrations in central Cuba? If so, what would it mean? And if he didn’t, what would that mean?

The answer to the first question came when President Raúl Castro and other communist party leaders took their seats for the speeches in Santa Clara – but no Fidel.

Anticlimax turned to bafflement among the 90,000-strong crowd when Raul, who was expected to be the main speaker, stayed mute while lesser luminaries took the lectern, making it the first Revolution Day in living memory when neither Castro spoke.

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By rico, suave, July 27, 2010 at 5:06 am Link to this comment


“The Cuban people will decide their own future themselves,...”


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By Xntrk, July 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment

I went to both and to see what they were reporting. Here is an excerpt from Fidel’s message to the Cubans:
>>The news published every day confirms our appreciation of the gravity of the dangers hovering over humanity.

Nevertheless, nobody can take away the right to enjoy the day of glory and joy signified for our people by the 26th of July.

Neither can anybody deprive us of the right to dream that it is still possible for our species to survive the difficult tests that await us in the very near future.

I congratulate you with the joy and dignity bequeathed to us by our forebears throughout almost two centuries of struggle!

Scanning some of the other articles and reading the main address at the July 26th Celebrations, it seems the Cubans have important events on their minds. One is the increasing threat of military action against Venezuela, and the other is the increase of tension with Iran. Either of those 2 problems would impact the US far more then whether Fidel addressed this gathering for the first time in 5 years!

Hugo Chavez also failed to attend because of the emergency. I think he has also announced they may no longer ship oil to the US.

We are facing huge threats to our people, our planet, and all living things. Let’s focus our attention on the things that should be scaring us shitless instead of junk journalism like this!

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By Robespierre115, July 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

The Guardian and US press are making a big deal out of nothing. Castro hasn’t appeared at any major Cuba events or rallies since his became ill in 2006. What exactly is the big deal? The Cuban people will decide their own future themselves, they don’t need us poking around their island so much.

Meanwhile, US client regime Colombia is close to provoking war with Venezuela and instead we’re all obsessed with wondering why old Fidel once again did this year what’s he’s been doing for the past four.

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