Cuba: Where’s Fidel?

Nonardo Perea

The last time Fidel Castro was seen in public was in January 2014 at an art exhibition.

HAVANA TIMES — Some gossip hounds are saying Fidel Castro has been admitted to a military hospital and that, by the looks of it, has very little time left – that he won’t pull through this one.

Others say (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) that what happened on December 17, when the world was informed Cuba and the United States would normalize diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of conflict, blew his mind. The news was so incredible it seems Fidel’s legs gave way and he collapsed from the shock.

The fact is that it’s odd he hasn’t responded in any way, not with a long “reflection” or photos where we see him in sports apparel, next to the Cuban Five, who were exchanged for other spies and have finally returned home to end the soap opera with a happy ending, where nearly everyone cries of happiness and the people join in with tears of joy and smiles.

Even I shed some tears (I’m rather sensitive and effeminate). In my case, I cried not only because of the melodramatic nature of the situation but also on hearing Obama’s speech. It was great, from top to bottom! I loved the part where he said: “The United States believes that no Cubans should face harassment or arrest or beatings simply because they’re exercising a universal right to have their voices heard, and we will continue to support civil society there.”

(I can’t help but bring to mind visual artist Tania Bruguera and other people who were recently arrested in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion, while about the stage an artistic performance).

Even though the media and people in general are saying absolutely nothing about Fidel Castro’s absence, his prolonged silence is making many think that something serious has happened to him. As I’ve said, we know nothing of this fellow who loves cameras, speeches, reflections and being seen, even if it’s only through photos where it’s impossible to tell how poor his health is right now.

If he’s alive, I wish him a speedy recovery, so that he can get to see the beginning of these new relations with his age-old enemy. If he’s dying or already dead, let him rest in peace, if he can manage it. Amen.

Nonardo Perea

Nonardo Perea: I see myself as an observant person and I like to write with sincerity what I think and live first hand. I’m shy and of few words; thus it’s difficult for me to engage in conversation. For that reason, my best tool for communicating is writing. I live in Marianao, Havana and am 40 years old.

29 thoughts on “Cuba: Where’s Fidel?

  • January 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Griffin, looks like you have your facts all wrong:

    In 1962 the CIA helped the South African government track down and capture Mandela. (In 1990, the Cox News Service quoted a former U.S. official saying that within hours after Mandela’s arrest a senior CIA operative named Paul Eckel admitted the agency’s involvement)

    The anti-colonial struggle in Angola, which led to the 1974 coup in Portugal, was a turning point for Southern Africa. South Africa intervened with CIA support by land, sea, and air to stop the MPLA from coming to power. The Angolans asked for Cuban help to defeat the invasion led by South Africans, Zairian regulars, and CIA mercenaries.

    In November 1975, on the eve of Angola’s independence, Cuba launched a large-scale military intervention in support of the leftist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) against United States-backed interventions by South Africa

  • January 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Oh my, that was special: you tried to tell somebody who was born & raised in Grenada what the US invasion of Grenada was “really” about.

  • January 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

    The difference is that probably better than half the Cubans could accurately define socialism while in the USA or Canada , I’d bet that less than 5% could do so .

  • January 19, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Your response reveals a basic ignorance of Reagan’s 1983 invasion of Grenada and the purpose of the Cuban construction brigades in Grenada .
    If it -the invasion – was a good deed, why then was it necessary for Reagan to tell 13 lies in his pre-invasion speech to justify it ? Why wouldn’t they deal with Maurice Bishop when he went to Washington ?
    You can Google up the lies for yourself and begin catching up with factual history. I simply don’t have the time to fill you in on all you’re missing .
    The Chinese are not the problem because they are just one more economic power and they are actually less imperialist than is the U.S.
    All they want is the money and not to control other countries. . Lack of democracy under U.S. imperial control of much of the world is the biggest problem and lack of rationality and democracy under Islam is the coming game changer .

  • January 17, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the answer and I am not here to attack anyone. I enjoy all the back and forth and as a naturalized American Citizen, for which I am eternally grateful , we can do this without fear.The reason I asked if you have been to Cuba is that my beliefs have been shaped by living in Grenada (4th generation ) and being married to a Cuban and visiting on more than one occasion . Reagan removing the Cubans from Grenada was more important to me on a personal level than anything else. The problem now is the Chinese are buying influence in many of the islands .

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