Fidel Castro: US Owes Cuba a Lot of Money Uses essay on his 89th birthday to complain about embargo By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 13, 2015 12:21 PM CDT 39 comments Comments A portrait in Havana of Fidel Castro in his younger years. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) (Newser) – John Kerry arrives in Havana tomorrow to reopen the American embassy, and Fidel Castro apparently wants him to bring a fat wallet. In an essay for his 89th birthday, Castro complains that the US owes his country lots and lots of money because of the trade embargo that's been in effect for more than a half-century now, reports AFP. "Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages, which total many millions of dollars," he writes. Though President Obama favors lifting the embargo as part of thawing relations, the decision is up to Congress, which is in no hurry to oblige.