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Dead or Alive?

Drudge is wondering if new photos of Castro are Photoshopped? There is a lot of that going around...

At least the AP provides this cutline (emphasis mine):

This is one of four photographs published Sunday Aug. 13, 2006 by Cuba's Communist Youth newspaper's online edition Juventud Rebelde proporting to show The first photographs of Fidel Castro since his illness two weeks ago. Castro holds a copy of the Saturday Aug. 12, 2006 edition of Granma, the Communist Party newspaper. The headline reads "Absolved by history." The Associated Press cannot verify the authenticity or the date when these photographs were shot. (AP Photo/HO)

Today is Castro's birthday. His birthday message to the people of Cuba, not delivered in person of course, doesn't sound good for the dictator:

On his 80th birthday, Fidel Castro cautioned Cubans on Sunday that he faced a long recovery from surgery and advised them to prepare for "adverse news," but he urged them to stay optimistic. As the Communist Youth newspaper published the first photographs of the Cuban leader since illness forced him to step aside as president two weeks ago, Castro said his health had improved, but warned that risks remain."I feel very happy," said a statement attributed to Castro in the Juventud Rebelde newspaper. "For all those who care about my health, I promise to fight for it."

By long, you think he means "eternity?"

Let's just say Val is one of those who doesn't care about his health, at all.

I wonder, upon his death, what kind of throw-down there will be in Castro's Wikipedia entry between Castro-lovers and -haters. It's probably already getting rowdy in there.

The Detroit Free-Press runs a story about how Castro, in his infinite wisdom, mananged to export Cuba's professional class to Miami, and there it remains making Miami a prosperous city indeed.

And, our own Josue Sierra comments on how technology makes it harder for Castro-- dead or alive-- to hold onto power.

Heh. Chavez is going over to Cuba to play "Weekend at Bernie's" with Castro.

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