April 23, 2009 |
No sooner did Cuban American relations hit their warmest notes in half a century than former President Fidel Castro stirred from retirement to say: Not so fast. The 82-year-old Castro tossed cold water on U.S. interpretations of his brother Raul's overture to President Obama last week. His successor as Cuban president had offered to discuss "everything, everything, everything" -- from human rights to political prisoners -- with his U.S. counterpart.
April 22, 2009
Re "Obama calls for new start with Cuba," April 18 It is interesting to note that President Obama never mentioned nor hinted at the need for the Cuban government to make reparations and indemnify U.S. citizens and corporations whose properties were summarily confiscated by the Fidel Castro regime. The same holds for those who are in favor of lifting the embargo and resuming relations with Cuba. How can there possibly be a "new start" unless this issue is resolved? I hope our president does the right thing and makes this point a priority in any future talks with Cuba.
April 15, 2009 |
Fidel Castro said a U.S. move allowing unlimited family travel and remittances to the island was "positive, although minimal." The ailing 82-year-old ex-president saluted the changes announced Monday by the Obama administration in a column posted on a government website. But he wrote that "we need many others," including the elimination of the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy. Under that rule, Cubans fleeing the island who are apprehended on the high seas are returned home, but those who make it to U.S. territory can stay.
April 8, 2009 |
Fidel Castro met with three members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, the former Cuban president's first meeting with U.S. officials since he fell ill nearly three years ago. Coming after lawmakers met with his brother Raul, the current president, the session appeared to underscore the Cuban government's desire for improved relations with the United States under President Obama. Greg Adams, a spokesman at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, said Rep.
March 3, 2009 |
President Raul Castro on Monday abruptly removed some of Cuba's most high-profile officials from top posts in what he said was an effort to streamline his administration. The sweeping overhaul also seemed designed, at least in part, to allow Castro to put his stamp on the country's leadership by promoting officials close to him and sidelining those associated with his brother, Fidel. Castro formally replaced his ailing sibling as president a year ago.
February 28, 2009 |
Cuba's ailing former leader Fidel Castro, not seen in public for almost three years, appeared on the streets of Havana and people cried when they recognized him, according to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez spent several hours with Castro in Cuba last weekend and said Friday that Castro, 82, was in his best health since surgery for an unspecified intestinal problem in July 2006.
January 24, 2009 |
A new photograph released Friday shows Fidel Castro looking less gaunt than in the previous image of him two months ago. The photograph shows Castro wearing a blue track suit and holding the arm of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during a visit Wednesday. The time gap since the last photo was published had fueled rumors that Castro's condition had worsened.
January 22, 2009 |
Cuban leader Fidel Castro looks healthy, and he praised U.S. President Obama, visiting Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said Wednesday. Her comments came after recent speculation that the 82-year-old former president was near death. He hasn't appeared publicly since he had major intestinal surgery in July 2006, and rumors intensified after he suspended his newspaper columns last month.
December 24, 2008 |
Lawrence Ferlinghetti once quipped that since 1959, Fidel Castro had been the United States' only real president. Even discounting a canny old poet's fondness for aphoristic Dada, there's a squirm-worthy element of truth in the remark. Barack Obama will be the 11th American president to hold office since Castro and his comrades triumphantly entered Havana 50 years ago this New Year's Day. Since then, it's fair to say that the great dictator has held generations of U.S. policymakers in reactive thrall.