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Cuba says communists in control (Has Fidel el gusano bought the collective ???)
Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ^ | Thu Aug 3, 9:16 AM ET | Anthony Boadle

Posted on 08/03/2006 10:26:44 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

Cuba's Communist Party tried to quell fears of chaos on Thursday following the temporary surrender of power by the ailing Fidel Castro but failed to clear up doubts over who is in charge of the island.

In a typically cryptic message, the main Communist Party newspaper Granma printed an old speech by Raul Castro, who took over island leadership on Monday, saying that his brother's only heir was the Communist Party itself.

While the front page publication of the speech was obviously designed to quell fears that Fidel's possible exit after 47 years of rule would unleash chaos, it could puzzle many Cubans who say they want to see Raul in public.

In the speech, delivered on June 14 to army officers and first printed in Granma the following day, Raul said: "Only the Communist Party .... can be the worthy heir of the trust Cubans have placed in their leader."

Fidel, a notorious workaholic whose 80th birthday is August 13, temporarily handed over power to Raul after undergoing surgery to stop intestinal bleeding. While his brother, regarded as competent but uncharismatic, has long been known to be his successor, he is no youngster at 75.

Fidel, who took power in 1959 when he led his ragged revolutionaries into Havana and has resisted almost permanent pressure for his overthrow from the United States, released a message on Tuesday saying he did not know if he would recover.

While close aide Ricardo Alarcon told a U.S. radio program on Wednesday that Castro, who had a stomach operation, was "very alert" and resting earlier in the week, Cubans are still desperate for information despite surface calm on the streets.

"Why hasn't Raul come out and spoken? That's what is needed," said a delivery man on Thursday, asking not to be identified. "There is a dreadful calm here."

People have gone about their normal business but there has been a small increase in police presence in poorer parts of the capital and communist neighborhood organizations said "rapid response groups" used to put down riots in the past had been activated.

Some Cubans with relatives in the security forces said military and other uniformed personnel had been mobilized in barracks and police stations as a precaution.


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bayofpigs; castro; commies; cuba; cuber; dead; deadmeat; deathwatch; missilecrisis; raul; roomtemp; terror; waronterror; wmd
... and the plot persists in thickening.
1 posted on 08/03/2006 10:26:47 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
marxist just about control the world now anyways...

they just don't see it as marxism..

2 posted on 08/03/2006 10:30:11 AM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

This anonymous statement is pretty bizarre and makes you wonder.


3 posted on 08/03/2006 10:32:38 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

You should always listen to your "Granma"


4 posted on 08/03/2006 10:34:57 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Chi-townChief

Raul, keep the plane engines running on the tarmac. Be ready!


5 posted on 08/03/2006 10:36:54 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Has anyone seen a bumper sticker saying "Proud to Be Muslim"??? (rhetorical))
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To: Chi-townChief
..."rapid response groups" used to put down riots in the past had been activated.

What? "Riots" in the workers paradise? Why would that be?

6 posted on 08/03/2006 10:37:00 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Isn't it odd how the Proletariat never seems to outgrow its need for a dictatorship?


7 posted on 08/03/2006 10:38:14 AM PDT by Triggerhippie (Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Fidel, a notorious workaholic whose 80th birthday is August 13, temporarily handed over power to Raul after undergoing surgery to stop intestinal bleeding.

At his age the most likely cause of intestinal bleeding is colon cancer (although you'd think he'd be one of the few in Cuba who got routine screening.)

8 posted on 08/03/2006 10:38:17 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: theDentist

The riots are (all together now) ALL BUSH'S FAULT!


9 posted on 08/03/2006 10:38:40 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
Raul does not have his brother's charisma. Fidel has always been a Caudillo - of the Red variety. He cynically chose Marxism because it gave him a powerful patron and it allowed him to develop an organizational structure to carry out his policies. But the key to the Cuban Communist system has always been "Fidelismo." That's the irreplaceable ingredient that make the Cuban state run. And Raul can't sustain the personalist dictatorship that his brother perfected over the last half century.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)

10 posted on 08/03/2006 10:38:59 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Chi-townChief
Fidel, a notorious workaholic

Working at what, exactly? Writing his famous 6 hour speeches that he regularly forces the Cuban people to listen to under pain of imprisonment, death, or both?

Workaholic, my butt.

11 posted on 08/03/2006 10:39:12 AM PDT by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: from occupied ga

Fidel has always suffered from chronic craniorectal inversion.


12 posted on 08/03/2006 10:40:04 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
why is it bizarre? Don't you see the world becoming more and more liberal each and every day?

liberalism(marxism) is just disguised these days and the people eat it up.

13 posted on 08/03/2006 10:42:13 AM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Chi-townChief

I believe the term is "nationalized the collective." I prefer "stopped wasting air" myself. Waste of carbon and water, he is.


14 posted on 08/03/2006 10:44:56 AM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Sounds like Miami might be partying hardy again tonight!
15 posted on 08/03/2006 10:46:36 AM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are as confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar.)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic
What I find bizarre is the message being from an unspecified group of commies rather than from one of the Castro muchachos. Equally strange is a follow-up article >>> Raul Castro stays out of sight in Cuba
16 posted on 08/03/2006 10:46:58 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

so this is epistaxsis? :-)


17 posted on 08/03/2006 10:50:54 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: Gordongekko909

Does this mean that once he's pushing up daisies, we can stop hearing about people's carbon scores? Surely this event will make a dent.


18 posted on 08/03/2006 10:51:09 AM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: Chi-townChief
In a typically cryptic message, the main Communist Party newspaper Granma printed an old speech by Raul Castro, who took over island leadership on Monday, saying that his brother's only heir was the Communist Party itself.

Only dead people have heirs.
19 posted on 08/03/2006 10:52:59 AM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Bring him out! Let's see Fidel Castro, even in a hospital bed and then the world can decide if he's alive or dead.

I'm of the opinion that Fidel's been dead for days, and the equally rotten and corrupt Raul Castro doesn't have a plan to control the miserable people of Cuba once they know that they are free of this monster.

May Fidel Castro rot in hell for all eternity in the lowest pit of hell and God's blessing to those who have suffered because of him for so long!


20 posted on 08/03/2006 10:54:15 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Chi-townChief
Cuba's Communist Party tried to quell fears of chaos on Thursday following the temporary surrender of power life by the ailing Fidel Castro.
21 posted on 08/03/2006 10:54:41 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Chi-townChief
released a message on Tuesday saying he did not know if he would recover.

Hmmmm....

22 posted on 08/03/2006 11:06:42 AM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Viva Cuba libre!
23 posted on 08/03/2006 11:09:22 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: Chi-townChief

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1050933/posts

Remembering The Dead -- January 3, 1959 "The Revolution Begins Now"


24 posted on 08/03/2006 11:18:16 AM PDT by Rocky (.)
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To: Chi-townChief
The fact that neither Raul nor Fidel have publicly appeared or spoken in days is fascinating.

I suspect that the "false alarm" of Fidel's demise a few months ago was a test balloon to see whether or not stability could be maintained in the days following a death announcement.

25 posted on 08/03/2006 11:23:25 AM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Chi-townChief

Installing a 75 year-old as your new President is just delaying the inevitable. Communism will fall in Cuba - the only question is when.


26 posted on 08/03/2006 11:30:13 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Get off my lawn!)
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To: ishabibble

I think if fidel is dead, we'd see jimmy carter flying down there to help raul shore up his position. Most of the bad actors on the world stage (hugo, ahmanutjob, china)have an interest in cuba. They'll have to do an awful lot of organizing to keep their commie dream together.


27 posted on 08/03/2006 11:32:01 AM PDT by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: monkeywrench

I think he has been dead for several weeks now. The commies know things will get ugly once it is confirmed.


28 posted on 08/03/2006 11:33:48 AM PDT by BubbaBobTX (I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could.)
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To: Chi-townChief

It looks like we got him, now send the Marines!


29 posted on 08/03/2006 11:34:56 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Why does this bring Al Haig to mind, after he learned of the assassination attempt upon President Reagan?


30 posted on 08/03/2006 11:55:04 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

That struck me as well but at least Haig was a name attached to being in charge. In Cuba, you just have an anonymous group of commie jefes.


31 posted on 08/03/2006 12:05:00 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

I was thinking it might be an undertone of panic, because they seem incapable of grasping just how peculiar their statements might sound to others (much like Haig).


32 posted on 08/03/2006 12:08:43 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Rocky

When dictators come to power, they often pose as the legitimate voice of the people they intend to rule.

33 posted on 08/03/2006 12:11:36 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: Chi-townChief
Maybe the resistance had a "sleeper" nurse positioned and she popped both Fidel and Raul...
34 posted on 08/03/2006 12:30:31 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Chi-townChief
I'll bet his in a coma. If he is they will keep him on life support until his flesh rots of the bone. The reason no one has taken charge in a public forum is because the Cubans don't know how to function without him.
35 posted on 08/03/2006 12:34:15 PM PDT by kempo
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To: andy58-in-nh

Good work! Save for future use.


36 posted on 08/03/2006 1:05:56 PM PDT by Rocky (.)
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To: Triggerhippie
Isn't it odd how the Proletariat never seems to outgrow its need for a dictatorship?

LOL! Karl Marx thought that governments somehow wither away over time if totalitarian regimes were in place... warped logic!

37 posted on 08/03/2006 1:13:13 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|The IRA are actually terrorists, any questions?)
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To: from occupied ga
At his age the most likely cause of intestinal bleeding is colon cancer (although you'd think he'd be one of the few in Cuba who got routine screening.)

But.. but.. Cuba has the best health system in the world. < /sarcasm >

38 posted on 08/03/2006 1:16:21 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|The IRA are actually terrorists, any questions?)
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To: andy58-in-nh
When dictators come to power, they often pose as the legitimate voice of the people they intend to rule.

I would love to edit in Gerry Adams and other IRA terrorists into that pic!!

39 posted on 08/03/2006 1:18:05 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|The IRA are actually terrorists, any questions?)
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To: Irish_Thatcherite
"But.. but.. Cuba has the best health system in the world."

Back in the mid-'80's, I used to sit in a bar near a university in NC, and argue with a bunch of Communist Workers Party 'bots about just that ... when pressed, all they could say was that it's "free." Unlike anything else on that godforsaken island, I guess.
40 posted on 08/03/2006 2:31:06 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yeah, and there is no point in telling them that they have a model hospital for show for when tourists and other foreign visitors come!


41 posted on 08/03/2006 2:45:10 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|The IRA are actually terrorists, any questions?)
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