According to an official communist news publication, Fidel Castro, 81, is officially retiring as the head of Cuba, 49 years after seizing power in 1959. It appears the Castro never fully recovered from his life-threatening stomach surgery. While his brother Raul is more militant, he too is an aging dinosaur.

Let us all hope that this is the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the United States and Cuba and that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stays out of the mix.

They players from Wikipedia...

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born August 13, 1926) was the Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and the President of Cuba from 1976 to 2008. In 2006, due to illness, he transferred his official duties to his younger brother, Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz. On February 19, 2008 Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba.

Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz (born June 3, 1931) is the Acting President of Cuba and Acting President/First Vice President of the Cuban Council of State. The younger brother of Cuban President Fidel Castro also occupies the positions of First Vice President/Acting President of the Council of Ministers, Acting First Secretary/Second Secretary of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), and Acting Commander in Chief Maximum General of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force), second only to the Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro.

On July 31, 2006, Raúl Castro assumed the duties of President of the Council of State in a temporary transfer of power due to Fidel Castro's illness. According to the Cuban Constitution Article 94, the First Vice President of the Council of State assumes presidential duties upon the illness or death of the president.

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (born July 28, 1954) is the current President of Venezuela. As the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Chávez promotes a democratic socialism political doctrine,[1] Latin American integration, and anti-imperialism. He is also a critic of neoliberalism globalization and United States foreign policy.[2]

A career military officer, Chávez founded the left-wing Fifth Republic Movement after orchestrating a failed 1992 coup d'état against former President Carlos Andrés Pérez. Chávez was elected President in 1998 with a campaign centering on promises of aiding Venezuela's poor majority, and was reelected in 2000 and in 2006. Domestically, Chávez has launched Bolivarian Missions, whose goals are to combat disease, illiteracy, malnutrition, poverty, and other social ills. Abroad, Chávez has acted against the Washington Consensus by supporting alternative models of economic development, and has advocated cooperation among the world's poor nations, especially those in Latin America.

A sample of Fidel's thinking on the coming election, financial crisis and other matters (from www.Granma.cu (English Edition)

 Reflections by President Fidel Castro
The Republican Candidate
(Part Five and Last)
February 18. 2008
THE articles introduced in yesterday’s reflection, on February 14, were written in the last two or three days.
More than two weeks ago, on January 27, 2008, the digital publication Tom Dispatch reproduced an article translated for Rebelión by Germán Leyens: "Why the Debt Crisis is Now the Greatest Threat to the American Republic," by Chalmers Johnson. This American author has not been awarded the Nobel Prize, as has Joseph Stiglitz, the famous and well-known economist and writer, or even Milton Friedman himself, who inspired neoliberalism and led many countries down that disastrous path, including the United States.

 Reflections of President Fidel Castro
The Republican Candidate
(Part Four)
February 13. 2008
When in the previous reflection I asked McCain what he thought of the Five antiterrorist Cuban Heroes, I did so because I remembered what he had published on page 206 of his book Faith of My Fathers, co-written with his assistant Mark Salter:

 Reflections of President Fidel Castro
The Republican Candidate (Part Three)
February 13. 2008
YESTERDAY, I said that while Bush was speaking to Congress, McCain was being honored at the Versailles Restaurant of Little Havana.

 Reflections of President Fidel Castro
The Republican Candidate (Part Two)

February 12. 2008
ONE of the most hostile U.S. newspapers when it comes to Cuba, headquartered in Florida, offers the following report: “Taking advantage of the negotiations to free the Bay of Pigs’ prisoners, the CIA tried to use a key person in the talks, American lawyer James B. Donovan, to deliver a lethal gift to Fidel Castro: a wetsuit contaminated with a fungus that lacerates the skin and an underwater breathing device infected with tuberculosis...the gear in fact was given to the Cuban leader in November 1962.

 Reflections of President Fidel Castro
The Republican candidate
 (First part)
February 11. 2008
THESE reflections are self-explanatory. On the now well-known Super Tuesday, a day of the week when many U.S. states selected the candidate of their choice from among a pool of aspirants to the presidency of the United States, one of the possible candidates to substitute George W. Bush was John McCain. Because of his pre-designed image as a hero and his alliance with strong contenders like the former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, other hopefuls had already gladly given their support.

What can YOU do?

Watch with wonder as those in Hollywood and the far-left liberal democrat movement respond to this story with accolades for a brutal dictator who has tortured and killed his own people in the name of freedom and liberty. 

Consider purchasing a copy of  "Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant" by Humberto Fontova which includes quotes from...

    • Singer Harry Belafonte -- “If you believe in freedom, if you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, you have no choice but to support Fidel Castro!”
    • Model Naomi Campbell -- “A dream come true!”
    • Actor Jack Nicholson -- " A genius.”
    • Director Oliver Stone -- “Very selfless and moral. One of the world’s wisest men.”
    • Comedian Chevy Chase -- Socialism works. I think Cuba might prove that.

Consider the wonders of a re-vitalized Cuba when the refugees in Miami's little Havana return to the Island and start re-building it into its former glory as a tourist spot. While it might take many years, it is possible that Cuba could be annexed to the United States and be given the same rights and priviledges that are now enjoyed by other United States territories. This indeed could be the first step.

-- steve

Quote of the day:  "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority
keen to set brush fires in people's minds." -
- Samuel Adams

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…References: 

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

The Actual Announcement|Granma

From Media Research...

"In his 49 years as dictator, Fidel Castro never allowed free
elections and dealt brutally with Cubans who dared oppose him --
execution, imprisonment or exile. Yet liberals in the U.S. media
remained enchanted with Castro and his communist revolution, treating
the dictator more as a charming celebrity than an oppressive tyrant.
The Media Research Center has compiled some of the choicest examples
of the liberal media's infatuation with Castro from the last 20
years, many accompanied by video and audio clips."

"For 'Fidel's Flatterers: The U.S. Media's Decades of Cheering
Castro's Communism,' compiled last year by the MRC's Rich Noyes, go

The sub-headings you'll find:

  • Field Trips to Fidel's Island "Paradise"
  • CNN's Havana Bureau: "Megaphone for a Dictator"
  • Elian Gonzalez, Back to the "Peaceable" Paradise
  • Touting Fidel and Cuba's Communist Revolution

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS