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Fidel Castro Celebrates 90th by Criticizing Obama

He has words for the president in his 90th-birthday letter

(Newser) - Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday Saturday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. In his letter, Castro accompanied his thanks with reminiscences about his childhood and youth in eastern Cuba, describing the geology and plant life of the... More »

Fidel Castro Tells Obama He Can Keep His 'Presents'

Ex-Cuban leader writes scathing letter that attacks US, Spaniards—even Obama's age

(Newser) - No one expected President Obama to meet with Fidel Castro during his historic visit to Cuba last week. But while Obama was chatting up and taking in a baseball game with brother Raul Castro, the 89-year-old former revolutionary was penning what the AP calls a "long, bristling letter."... More »

Oldest Castro Brother Dies

Ramon stayed on the farm while Fidel, Raul launched revolution

(Newser) - Ramon Castro, a lifelong rancher and farmer who bore a strong physical resemblance to younger brother Fidel Castro, has died, Cuban state media announced Tuesday. He was 91. Widely known by his nickname "Mongo," the white-bearded Ramon Castro preferred tending crops and livestock to the revolutionary political life... More »

CIA: Yes, We Covered Up the JFK Killing

Report from an in-house CIA magazine says how

(Newser) - Think the CIA played a role in covering up the John F. Kennedy assassination? Now an important source agrees with you: the CIA. According to an article written by the agency's senior in-house historian, the CIA purposely held back information from the Warren Commission, Politico reports. John McCone, then... More »

Fidel Castro: US Owes Cuba a Lot of Money

Uses essay on his 89th birthday to complain about embargo

(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... More »

Fidel Castro Smuggled Coke Into America

Former bodyguard Juan Reinaldo Sanchez pens book about old boss

(Newser) - Fidel Castro, ragtag communist revolutionary? Not according to a new book that chronicles his alleged luxurious lifestyle and drug-smuggling into the United States. A former bodyguard to Castro, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez—who fled Cuba in 2008 and has made similar allegations before—describes them fully in The Double Life of ... More »

Fidel Castro Appears in Public

Former Cuban president greets group of Venezuelans

(Newser) - Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year, according to official state media. The Cubadebate website says Castro greeted a group of Venezuelans visiting the capital of Havana. Cubadebate yesterday published four images that show Castro sitting inside a... More »

Fidel's 'Yankee Comandante' Could Return to US

William Morgan's widow wants his remains returned to Ohio

(Newser) - In America, he was William Morgan, a high school dropout from Ohio who worked for the mob. But in Cuba, he was the Yankee Comandante who fought the revolution alongside Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; as a biographer puts it, the "ne’er-do-well who found his cause, his love,... More »

Cuba Trots Out New Castro Photos Amid Health Rumors

Ex-Cuban leader reportedly had meeting with student leader on Jan. 23

(Newser) - Fidel Castro is apparently spending his retirement convincing people he's alive: After his silence when the US and Cuba reopened relations spawned rumors about his failing health or even death, he belatedly penned a Jan. 26 letter , AFP reports. Now Cuban state media has released more than 20 photos... More »

Fidel: I Still Don't Trust US

But former Cuban leader, finally breaking silence, says he backs negotiations

(Newser) - Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington. The comments were the first by the 88-year-old revolutionary leader on the talks with the US since the... More »

McCain Tweet-Brags That Syria Whined About Him

Gleefully boasts about Assad regime's annoyance with him

(Newser) - John McCain has put together quite the résumé for himself lately, and it includes the wrath of Vladimir Putin, ISIS, Fidel Castro, and now the regime of Bashar al-Assad. McCain added those latest bragging rights after Bashar Ja'afari, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, yesterday asked the Security... More »

US Secretly Riled Cubans Against Gov't—Via Hip-Hop

Agency infiltrated music scene to spark change among country's youth

(Newser) - For more than two years, a US agency secretly infiltrated Cuba's underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained by the AP. The idea was to use Cuban musicians "to break the information blockade" and build a network... More »

Papers: Kissinger Made Plan to 'Smash' Cuba

Infuriated secretary of state sought airstrikes because of Angola incursion

(Newser) - The co-author of a new book about negotiations between the US and Cuba says Henry Kissinger was the secretary of state who tried the hardest, in secret, to establish normal relations with Havana, NPR reports. So when Castro launched a military mission in Angola in late 1975, Kissinger was "... More »

Book: Castro Traveled With Personal Blood Donors

Former bodyguard says Cuban leader lived like a king

(Newser) - Fidel Castro was not the spartan Socialist he claimed to be, says a former bodyguard. In fact, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez writes in Fidel Castro's Hidden Life that Castro lived very much like a king, reports the Guardian and Miami Herald . Among the claims:
  • Castro enjoyed a private island, Cayo
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Fidel Castro Makes Rare Appearance

He's out in public for first time in 9 months

(Newser) - A "frail-looking" Fidel Castro showed up in public for the first time in nine months last night, reports the BBC . The occasion was the opening of an art studio in Havana, and the AP notes that the state's official newspapers and websites showed the 87-year-old only from behind.... More »

Raul Castro to Step Down in 2018

He promotes rising star, says new term will be his last

(Newser) - Cuba will be getting a new leader in 2018—and for the first time since the Eisenhower administration, his name probably won't be Castro. Raul Castro was elected to a second five-year term by Cuba's National Assembly yesterday, and he declared that it would be his last, the... More »

Chavez Finally Back in Venezuela

Makes surprise return this morning

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez is finally back in Venezuela, more than two months after he left for cancer surgery in Cuba. The president's return early today was a surprise, Reuters reports; it came just days after he released the first images of him that had been seen since he left his... More »

Fidel Castro Surfaces for Cuban Election

He makes first extended public appearance since 2010

(Newser) - A frail but definitely alive Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance in Havana yesterday to vote in Cuba's parliamentary elections. The 86-year-old former leader, who is often rumored to be dead or seriously ill, chatted with reporters and other voters in his first extended public outing since 2010,... More »

Fidel Castro: I'm Not Sick

Reports otherwise are 'dishonest': Cuban ex-leader

(Newser) - Contrary to recent reports, Fidel Castro is doing just fine, he writes in Cuban state media on the heels of his first public appearance in months . "I don't even remember what a headache feels like," he notes, calling the reports—which included claims the Cuban leader was... More »

Ex-Official: Yes, I Met With Fidel Castro

Cuban hadn't been seen in months amid rumors of ill health

(Newser) - Former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said today that he met with aging revolutionary icon Fidel Castro for five hours and showed the AP photos of the encounter, quashing persistent rumors that the former Cuban leader was on his deathbed or had suffered a massive stroke. Jaua also confirmed that... More »

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