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Fidel Castro silent amid historic thaw in Cuba US relations

Former Cuban president has periodically weighed in on world events in newspaper columns since leaving office in 2006


 

HAVANA, Cuba — Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro.

The former Cuban president hasn’t made any public comment about the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility.

Fidel Castro periodically has weighed in on world events in newspaper columns since he left office after falling ill in 2006.

Information about the 88-year-old Castro is scarce in Cuba and even his exact whereabouts are not officially disclosed. Some Cubans say they are sure his brother, President Raul Castro, would not have agreed to renew ties with the U.S. without the behind-the-scenes blessing of his brother.

President Raul Castro may speak Friday as the Cuban National Assembly holds one of its twice-annual sessions.


 

Fidel Castro silent amid historic thaw in Cuba US relations

  1. It is probable that Fidel Castro, like his former arch-enemy Ronald Reagan, suffers from serious Alzheimer’s Disease, and this, likely well known by the Obama Administration, played into the timing of moving to normalize diplomatic relations and relax trade relations with Cuba — in anticipation of Fidel’s expected death in 2015, and severely lessening the anticipated demands by Republicans and anti-Castro Democrats to invade Cuba.