Castro hit with a stroke?

Well, that’s what the Miami Herald reported yesterday:

“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

Every day, closer and closer…


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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December 2009 Castro Death Watch Poll

The rumors are bubbling up yet again that Fidel Castro has finally kicked el cubo. What do you think?

  • He's not dead (yet) but any minute now... (37%, 40 Votes)
  • He's alive and probably has a few more years left. (36%, 39 Votes)
  • He's already dead, Raul is just waiting for the opportune moment to make the official announcement. (28%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 109

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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.