Friday 18 June 2021

And What Does Fidel Think?

TICOBULL – More than a week since the announcement by Barack Obama, a man famous for his five hour speeches, Fidel Castro, the 88-year-old leader of the Cuban revolution, has remained surprisingly quiet.

Fidel, who seized power in 1959 with the help of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, ruled the country with an iron fist until his younger brother Raúl, 83, took over in 2006.

The silence on the restoration of dipolomatic relations between the United States and Cuba by the old Cuban president is in contrast to the torrent of reactions from all corners of the planet.

- Advertisement -

Since 2008 Fidel had not totally disappeared from public life, despite suffering from a long term ailment, he frequently commented on events and issued statements through Gramna, the Communist Party newspaper.

Fidel, since leaving office  in  2008, has kept himself busy publishing thoughts on whatever topics might interest him.  In September he fired his most recent salvo, stating that Islamic State was a creation of Israel and the US.

But, now on the ending of the Cold War with America, there is absolutely nothing from Fidel.

Fidel was last seen in public in January, when he attended the opening of an art gallery, accompanied by his wife of 34 years, Dalia Soto del Valle. Looking frail and walking with a stick, Fidel was accompanied by his doctors at the event. Prior to that, his last public appearance had been the previous April.

- Advertisement -

He was last photographed in August, dressed in a garish tracksuit for a meeting with Nicolas Maduro – president of Venezuela.

His silence on the biggest change in Cuban-American relations in over 50 years has puzzled many – although perhaps it can be understood given his age and failing health.

He could also be keen to show that his brother is the one in charge.

Yet all Cubans know that, behind the scenes, Fidel still wields significant influence.

“No one believes anymore that Fidel has any real influence over day-to-day policy,” said one western diplomat, speaking to the International Business Times. “But that doesn’t mean he is never consulted on big questions.”

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

American woman found lifeless in hotel bathroom in Sabana

QCOSTARICA - A sad discovery occurred this Thursday morning in a...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends...

MOST READ

Heavy downpours generated the first phreatic eruption of this year at the Turrialba volcano

QCOSTARICA - Several residents of La Pastora, La Central and Monte Calas, in the vicinity of the Turrialba volcano, heard a loud rumbling early...

Despite investigation, construction of road works by H. Solís will continue

QCOSTARICA - Five major road works under the responsibility of the H. Solís company will continue in development despite investigations for alleged corruption involving...

Plate rupture has potential for stronger quakes

QCOSTARICA - The 5.7-magnitude tremor, felt at 5:27 pmon Thursday, occurred in a maritime zone with the potential for stronger earthquakes, explained Ivonne Arroyo,...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Fifth tropical wave precipitation will be heavier in the north of the country

QCOSTARICA - For this Wednesday, the arrival of the fifth tropical wave of the season is expected, thus reinforcing the rainy activity mainly to...

College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of...

Your cell phone can now notify you if you had contact with a positive case of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Fifteen months after the national emergency against covid-19 was declared, Costa Ricans will have a digital platform where you can be notified...

Bribed with cars, sexual favors and money in exchange for road works contracts

QCOSTARICA - The OIJ uncovered a big pothole on Monday when it was announced that public officials had allied with construction companies that, apparently,...

Central America is back in the news for the wrong reasons, Costa Rica is once again the exception

QCOSTARICA - Osta Rica has been the epicenter of regional diplomacy in recent days. The successive visits of the Secretary of State of the...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.