Monday, August 07, 2006

CUBA, CASTRO CORPSE WATCH: Chavez Says It Lives, Bush Talks, Cardinal Prays, Castro Rots Away

Hugo Chavez in his TV program yesterday, reported by EFE
said "he had "good information" that Fidel had a "notable recovery" from his surgery, which as the Sunday Telegraph claims saved his life. According to this item Chavez said Castro was able to "talk" and could "get up." NBC News quoting unnamed sources also said that "Castro was well enough to be eating, moving around and talking excessively on the telephone."

Chavez referred to Castro as the father of us revolutionaries," while he was talking to Evo Morales the President of Bolivia, whom he compared to Tupac, the late Andean rebel leader not the late rapper. Meanwhile, the Cardinal of Cuba prayed for the Cuban strongman's health, momentarily stopping the demons who are preparing Fidel's new digs for eternity.

Bush meanwhile said the following in a Question and Answer session, about

QUESTION: Mr. President, I don't think we've heard from you since Fidel Castro has fallen ill. Can you give us what you know of his current condition, what your administration's contingency plans are for his death and how they address the desire of the Cuban exiles in this country to eventually go home and reclaim their property?

BUSH: First of all, Cuba is not a very transparent society, so the only thing I know is what has been speculated, and that is that, on the one hand, he's very ill and, on the other hand, he's going to be coming out of a hospital. I don't know. I really don't know.

And, secondly, that our desire is for the Cuban people to be able to choose their own form of government. And we would hope that -- and we'll make this very clear -- that as Cuba has the possibility of transforming itself from a tyrannical situation to a different type of society, the Cuban people ought to decide. The people on the island of Cuba ought to decide.

And once the people of Cuba decide to form a government, then Cuban-Americans can take an interest in that country and redress the issues of property confiscation.

But first things first, and that is the Cuban people need to decide the future of their country.

Andres Oppenheimer, thinks the U.S. Should Lay Low on Cuba, in its dealings with any new government, so as to block out hardliners.

TV Martí boosts broadcasts to Cuba People need news and alternative views. This is a good thing IMO.

The Military Again

The Miami Herald examines Cuba's Military Money Machine good background on the Cuban Armed Forces, and their large role in the economy.

Speaking of Armed Forces, as Oscar Corral in his blog points out that prominent elected Cuban-American officials sent a message in Washington; Congressional Reps to Cuban Military: Be Part of a Democratic Cuba Which seems to confirm that many people are looking to the military to be part of any solution.

A Look At The Cuban Economy
Cuban modernization confined to pockets from the Miami Herald's Business section, looking at the dual structure of Cuba's economy, where foreign investments have modernized some sectors of the economy, while others rot away.

Very Cool Links, CUBAPOLIDATA Cuban Armed Forces Review (CAFR). A former Cuban intel officer, breaks down both the military and political aparatus.