January 2010 Castro Death Watch Poll

Assuming Fidel Castro does finally die in 2010, how long will his brother Raul stick around?

  • 10 years or more (30%, 21 Votes)
  • Not much longer, he will engage in the Hindu practice of "sati," wherein he self-immolates because he can't stand to live without Fidel (28%, 20 Votes)
  • One year (23%, 16 Votes)
  • 5 years (20%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

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Fidel Castro wages war on Cuban bloggers

First, there was this offensive salvo launced, as noted in Gateway Pundit:

Back in February Fidel Castro was awarded the Computer Youth Club Award for being the father of this movement in Cuba.

Also awarded the prize was his brother and fellow tyrant Raul Castro.

Then, there was this, courtesy of Babalu Blog: Cuban bloggers, an endangered species?

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has been attacked today by THE official Cuban journalist, Rosa Miriam Elizalde in Cubadebate site. That’s not the first time, but is a good example of the official point-of-view about independent blogging in Cuba.

Now there’s this, courtesy of the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida: Cuba cutting Internet access :

“Internet use is only for foreigners for the time being,” said a worker at the Hotel Nacional’s business center. “According to a new order from ETECSA [Cuba’s telecom monopoly] only foreigners can surf the web at hotels.”

But hey, let’s just lift the embargo and everything will be alright!

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May 09 Castro Death Watch Poll

Was Obama set up deliberately by Raul Castro to slapped by Fidel?

  • Yes, Raul made up that stuff about talking with us about "anything" just so his big brother Fidel could come back and ridicule Obama. (71%, 10 Votes)
  • No, Raul didn't plan it, he was drunk and didn't know what he was saying so Fidel had to correct him. (29%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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A trip down memory lane

Gateway Pundit goes back in time, to a time when Obama declared in Miami “Together we will stand up for freedom in Cuba. That will be my commitment as President of the United States of America” (see video below).

Contrast that with his reaching out to the Castros now. Typical politician.

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Take the March 2009 Castro Death Watch poll

Does the fact that Raul Castro replaced Fidel Castro cronies in Cuba's communist government mean that Fidel is finally dead?

  • Not necessarily but it means that Fidel is history regardless (38%, 23 Votes)
  • No (30%, 18 Votes)
  • Yes (18%, 11 Votes)
  • Fidel's been dead for years, this is just a formality! (13%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

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March 2009 Castro Death Watch Poll

Does the fact that Raul Castro replaced Fidel Castro cronies in Cuba's communist government mean that Fidel is finally dead?

  • Not necessarily but it means that Fidel is history regardless (38%, 23 Votes)
  • No (30%, 18 Votes)
  • Yes (18%, 11 Votes)
  • Fidel's been dead for years, this is just a formality! (13%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

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Raul Castro Purges Fidelistas

Raul Castro just gave the big boot to a bunch of his older brother’s cronies in the Cuban “government,” AP is reporting. Via Yahoo! News:

President Raul Castro abruptly ousted some of Cuba’s most powerful officials Monday, remaking the government in the biggest shakeup since he took over from his ailing brother Fidel Castro a year ago. The changes replaced some key Fidel loyalists, including the longtime foreign minister, with men closer to Raul.

Rut ro! Could this mean Raul is gearing up to make THE big announcement that Fidel is dead? Vicki Huddleston, formerly the highest ranking U.S. diplomat in Cuba, asks:

“This would seem to indicate this is a consolidation of Raul, which then makes you think, `What about Fidel?'”

“What about Fidel” indeed.

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Ho hum, in other obvious news,

night follows day, the sun rises in the east, water is wet and Cuba’s leader tells another whopper:

As a practical matter, it is impossible for this or any other newspaper to set the record straight every time the Cuban government tells a whopper. Orchestrating lies is the specialty of police states. Anyone who has ever listened to Radio Havana or watched a Cuban TV ”news” program knows that Cuban leaders lie to their own people and lie to the outside world. They even lie to each other. But sometimes the lie is so blatant, so malign, so far removed from the painful reality of life in Cuba that it must be refuted, for the sake of common decency if nothing else.

That’s the case with Raúl Castro’s recent claim that there has not been ”one sole case of torture” in Cuba. Even by Cuba’s standards, this is an astonishing falsehood, a lie of such outsized proportions that even Raúl Castro should have been ashamed to utter it.

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