[Marxism] Fidel Castro recovers free of workload: brother

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 23 07:44:46 MDT 2006


(Who knows, maybe Fidel will get to like the idea of only working
ten or fifteen hours a day, instead of the twenty-three hours he
is said to work normally? Can he cut his schedule back from eight
days a week now to perhaps only seven? Please stay tuned. Over at
the CubaNews list, we're trying to follow the story closely...<g>
Who knows, maybe even I can learn something from this experience?)
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washingtonpost.com

Fidel Castro recovers free of workload: brother

By Anthony Boadle
Reuters
Tuesday, August 22, 2006; 5:57 PM

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/22/AR200608220
0937_pf.html>

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro is relaxing for the
first time in his life as he recovers from intestinal surgery free of
his excessive workload, his older brother, Ramon Castro, said on
Tuesday.

Castro handed over the reins of power to his younger sibling Raul
Castro on July 31 after undergoing emergency surgery to stop
intestinal bleeding attributed by the Cuban authorities to his
workaholic pace.

"He is better. The problem was resolved quickly," Ramon Castro told
Reuters. "He is relaxed, resting."

Ramon Castro, the farmer in the family who has kept out of politics,
said Fidel Castro was enjoying some downtime since ceding the
presidency provisionally to his younger brother.

"He is happy because he is free. For the first time in his life he
has handed over the job to Raul," Ramon Castro said.

Castro's illness has forced him to abandon his legendary pace of
activity that included lengthy speeches, all-night meetings and the
overseeing of most aspects of Cuban government and society.

Details of Castro's illness and the operation he underwent are a
closely guarded state secret and rumors had been rife he might even
have died until Cuba released photographs and video of Castro around
his 80th birthday on August 13.

The images showed the bedridden leader alert and joking with his main
ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

In his first public statement published on Friday, Raul Castro said
the country was absolutely calm, although he added that the armed
forces and tens of thousands of reservists were mobilized in the
crucial hours after the hand-over of power was announced to face the
threat of a U.S. invasion.

Cuba watchers say the transfer of power was done smoothly but it is
not certain whether Fidel Castro will be able to resume full
government functions in one of the world's last communist countries.

'FEELING LIKE A LION'

Asked whether his brother would attend the summit of the Nonaligned
Movement that Cuba will host from September 11 to 16, Ramon Castro,
who will be 82 in October, said, "Sure, he is already feeling like a
lion."

Ramon Castro spoke after lunching with Florida cattleman John Parke
Wright IV, who last year shipped breeding cattle to Cuba under an
exception granted for agriculture in the U.S. embargo imposed on Cuba
shortly after Castro's 1959 revolution.

The Naples, Florida-based businessman whose family sold cattle to
Cuba from the 1850s until the U.S. trade ban, said relations between
U.S. farmers and Cuba "are doing great" but would benefit if the
embargo was lifted fully.

Raul Castro, 75, said on Friday that Cuba was prepared to discuss
improved relations with the United States if Washington agreed not to
interfere in the island.

The administration of President George W. Bush, which has labeled the
hand-over of power from one Castro brother to another as an
unacceptable "dynastic succession," has tightened enforcement of the
sanctions in recent years and stepped up pressure for a transition to
multiparty democracy.





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