Fidel Castro hinted in a new column that his health is failing, the AP reports. The 82-year-old former Cuban leader wrote yesterday in his online column that Cuban officials "shouldn't feel bound by my occasional reflections, my state of health or my death." He also had warm words for President Obama, noting that his “intelligent and noble face” has become “a living symbol of the American dream.”
"I have had the rare privilege of observing events over such a long time. I receive information and meditate calmly on those events," Castro wrote in a column that had the ring of a farewell. "I expect I won't enjoy that privilege in four years, when Obama's first presidential term has ended." The state-run Cuban media, which usually reads out Castro’s addresses in full, did not mention the column.