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    Fidel Castro alive and well

    HAVANA | Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:31am EDT

    (Reuters) - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dismissed reports that he was dead or near death in an article published on Monday in Cuba's state-run press.




    He accused news agencies and enemies of Cuba of spreading "stupidities" about him, particularly a report from a Spanish newspaper last week that said he had suffered a massive stroke and was in a vegetative state.

    "Birds of bad omen! I don't even remember what a headache is," he wrote.

    The article in Communist Party newspaper Granma was accompanied by photographs showing him walking outside on a sunny day on what appeared to be a farm.

    He wore a straw hat and red plaid shirt, used a walking cane and, in one photo, held a copy of Granma from Friday.
    The photos, Castro said, were "proof of what liars they are."

    Social media has been alight in recent weeks with rumors about Castro, who is 86 and has been in declining health for several years.

    He ruled Cuba for 49 years before resigning in 2008, citing age and infirmity. Younger brother Raul Castro succeeded him as president.

    On blogs and Twitter, he has been declared dead or near dead numerous times, spurred by a long, unexplained absence from the public eye.

    Elias Jaua, a former Venezuelan vice president, said on Sunday he had met with the Cuban revolutionary leader over the weekend, showing reporters pictures of the meeting and saying Castro was in good health and lucid.

    Castro had not written one of his "Reflections" opinion columns for state press since June 19 or been seen publicly since March.

    His last few Reflections were also Twitter-like in their brevity and slightly oddball in content, which left Cubans wondering about their former leader's mental state.

    But Castro said he had decided to stop the columns for a practical reason.

    "I stopped publishing Reflections because surely it is not my role to occupy the pages of our press, dedicated to other work the country requires," he said.

    As for how he spends his time now, Castro wrote, "I like to write and I write. I like to study and I study."

    Castro also used the article to defend his role in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which 50 years ago this month brought the world to the brink of nuclear war when the United States discovered that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear missiles in Cuba.

    Castro said Cuba viewed the missiles as necessary to stopping a U.S. invasion of the island 90 miles from Florida and had no regrets about its decision.

    "Our conduct was ethically irreproachable. We will never apologize to anyone for what we did," he said.

    (Reporting by Jeff Franks; editing by Patrick Graham)
    Castro dismisses rumors that he at death's door | Reuters
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    Im sure the resident TD commi's are proud of him.

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    No so much that he spoiled Americas party.. but that 50 years later the sheeple still get bent out of shape when his name is mentioned..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post



    No so much that he spoiled Americas party.. but that 50 years later the sheeple still get bent out of shape when his name is mentioned..

    Haha Yeah. They are sure living it up there in Cuba

    Do you admit that u are a commi ?

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    He seems to be enjoying his retirement and dotage. The mouse that roared- Castro is no case study in economics or enlightened governance, but he certainly is one in defiance and national pride. Amazing he has lived this long actually, right in the shadow of Uncle Sam- he should write his memoirs. He looks a lot better as a peasant farmer than that ridiculous 'revolutionary' military garb he used to wear too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socal View Post
    Do you admit that u are a commi ?
    You are just sooooo last century...

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