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Chavez Raises Doubts Over Castro’s Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reinvigorated speculation over Fidel Castro’s health after announcing that the Cuban leader is “locked in a battle for his life.” The two leaders are known to be close, and Castro has yet to make a public appearance since undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE

How Cubans Make It Work

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 removed much of the padding from Cuba’s economy, Cubans have found some creative ways to alleviate the financial hardships of life under the communist system.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE

Bush and Martinez
AP Photo / Alan Diaz

Richard Walden: U.S. Embargoes Compassion for Cuba

The president of a Los Angeles-based international relief agency writes that America’s inhumane policy toward Cuban aid remains tragically out of date.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Raul Castro

Castro Makes Overture to Free Speech

Cuba’s acting president, Raul Castro, hinted at boosting freedom of expression this week, inviting university students to debate without fear. The remarks signal a departure from the practices of his brother, Fidel, who handed over power after undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Congresswoman Wants Castro Dead

In a surprisingly frank and irresponsible statement, Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen calls for Fidel Castro’s death: “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing, oppressing the people.” Watch it

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE

Raul Castro Wants Talks With the U.S.

Cuba’s acting President Raul Castro has invited the U.S. to engage in diplomatic talks: “We take this opportunity to once again state that we are willing to resolve at the negotiating table the long-standing dispute between the United States and Cuba.” 

Posted on Dec 3, 2006 READ MORE

Videocast: Gore Vidal on the Kennedy Assassination, Castro and More

In this excerpt from the Truthdig interview, Gore Vidal speaks with Robert Scheer about the Kennedy assassination, Castro and imperialism.  For the full video, go to and click on “interviews.”

Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE

Yuk Yuk

Quote of the week from Dave Letterman: “According to reports, Fidel Castro is alert and being briefed. And I’m thinking, why didn’t we get a president like that?”

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE

Where?s Raúl?

Cubans are starting to wonder why they still have not seen or heard from the man Fidel Castro designated to rule while he recovers from surgery.  When NPR asked the president of Cuba?s National Assembly when the Cuban people could expect to hear from Raúl Castro, he replied by asking, ?Where is Mr. Cheney now??

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert with Fidel Castro inset

Colbert on Cuba: Itђs Like All of a Sudden the Corleone Familys Being Run by FredoҒ

Emboldened by Castros ailing health, Stephen Colbert has concocted a plan for the invasion of Cuba, featuring cruise liners filled with obese Americans and the ғregime-destroying power of the outlet mall.  ԓMy proposal is controversial, but weve invaded for less,Ҕ the host said as he pitched his vision for a post-Castro world.

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE

Fidel and Raul
AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

A Tale of Two Transitions

Why is the United States still pumping tens of millions per year into regime-change efforts that have proved to be a dismal failure?

Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE

Castro Has Surgery, Cedes Power to Brother

The Cuban leader temporarily relinquished power to his brother Raul because of intestinal surgery. Castro said in a statement he expected to be unable to govern for at least a few weeks.

  • Read a brief profile of Raul Castro

  • Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE

    Florida Professor, Wife Arrested as Spies for Cuba

    For over two decades, the couple allegedly passed on secrets about U.S. officials, FBI agents and anti-Castro groups. | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE

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