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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #30 on: August 03, 2006, 01:41:00 PM »
Originally posted by flopnfly:
  Good article Millybess.
 It's interesting to read that Raul was behind the developing tourism in Cuba.  If that's true then we as tourists have noting to fear except maybe a few more Americans on the shores of Cuba.
I found that interesting too flopnfly.
 I was surprised to read that he was a Communist long before his brother.
 Another thing that I found interesting was that he is more sociable.  You would think we would hear more about him.

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2006, 04:47:00 AM »
Cuba: Raul's in charge, Fidel is OK
 Government vows to defend itself against push for democracy
 Friday, August 4, 2006; Posted: 4:37 p.m. EDT (20:37 GMT)
 HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Cuba's Communist leadership launched a campaign Friday emphasizing the revolutionary roots of Fidel Castro's brother and designated successor, attempting to reassure Cubans that the regime remains stable after the leader's hospitalization.
 The government said it would defend itself against any U.S. attempts to take advantage of Castro's health crisis after President Bush urged Cubans to push for democratic change.
 Cuban Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer said during a trip to Guatemala that Castro was doing well.

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2006, 08:42:00 AM »
I don't pretend to know anything about the politics between Cuba and America, but it strikes me that Bush is going to do everything in his power to take advantage of this situation.
 What I don't understand is why does he want control of Cuba?  Why is this little island so important to the Americans?  Is there oil reserves there that he wants, as this seems to be the case of every other "war"  that he has launched under the pretense of saving the people from oppression.
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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #33 on: August 05, 2006, 10:13:00 AM »
The US as never been happy at losing it's influence in Cuba, if there is oil to be gained that would be a bonus
 Spanish refusal to deal with the growing independence movement in the late 19th century led to two wars of independence. The first, between 1868 and 1878, ended in stalemate; the second, in which the rebels were inspired by the poet and revolutionary, José Martí, began in 1895 and ended when the USA was drawn into the war in 1898. Although nominally independent thereafter, Cuba was initially occupied for two years by US forces. After their withdrawal in 1901, the USA maintained effective political and economic control of the island, while Cuba was governed by a series of corrupt dictators such as Fulgencio Batista and Carlos Pro Socarrás. In 1959, after a classic guerrilla campaign, Fidel Castro overturned the hugely corrupt Batista Government and established a socialist state.

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #34 on: August 05, 2006, 10:16:00 AM »
Simply? Yes Heather! Someone else (I think Steve) posted a recent article about how for years Fidel had exploration projects on the go searching for oil. He was convinced that there were oil deposits in & around Cuba. According to the article posted, Fidel has been vindicated - there are 59 of them off the North coast!

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #35 on: August 05, 2006, 02:17:00 PM »
I think Bush may have his hands full right now, if he wasn't so pre-occupied (Pun intended), he may have time to occupy more places like Cuba!

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #36 on: August 05, 2006, 08:01:00 PM »
Cuban officials mum on Castro's condition
 Saturday, August 5, 2006; Posted: 7:53 p.m. EDT (23:53 GMT)
  MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- The Cuban government has provided no details on Fidel Castro's health and released no pictures of the leader since it announced Monday night that he was having surgery and handing power to his brother.
 Cubans were told in a statement attributed to Castro that most details of his health would be kept "a state secret" to prevent the island's enemies from taking advantage of his condition.
 Most Cubans have insisted that they are sure Castro will recover and that the government will function fine until then. But others have privately expressed worries that their leader may be more sick than the world knows.
 Speculation around the world has filled the information void.

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #37 on: August 06, 2006, 02:06:00 AM »
Aging, ailing Castro will return, Cuba says
 By Marc Frank
 HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban officials said an aging and ailing Fidel Castro was recovering and could return to power in a few weeks, even though he remained out of sight five days after surgery that forced him to put his brother in charge of the country.
 They tried to allay suspicions the 79-year-old Communist leader had lost his grip on the island nation he took over in a 1959 revolution, but admitted his health may require him to reduce his workload.
 A military reservist walks underneath a banner reading "Long live Fidel, 80 more," in reference to Cuba's President Fidel Castro's upcoming birthday, in Havana, August 4, 2006. (REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa)
 Government sources said Castro was well enough to be eating and sitting up, but he has not been seen in public since July 26.
 Brother Raul, 75, has not surfaced since Fidel gave him provisional power on Monday, which has triggered speculation about who is in charge.

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #38 on: August 06, 2006, 02:08:00 AM »
Cuba's Castro 'does not have cancer'
 Sunday 06 August 2006, 7:45 Makka Time, 4:45 GMT  
 Cuba's vice-president has denied that Fidel Castro has stomach cancer and said the president is recuperating well after his surgery.
 "He is coming along well," Carlos Lage told reporters during a visit to Bolivia for the opening of a constitutional assembly on Saturday. "He's been made well by the operation and is recuperating favourably."
 Brazilian newspaper Folha de S Paulo had reported that Cuban officials had told Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president, that Castro had a malignant stomach tumour and his condition was worse than has been publicly admitted.
 Lage said the 79-year-old leader could return to power "in several weeks".

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #39 on: August 07, 2006, 01:32:00 PM »
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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2006, 02:07:00 PM »
After a week of no information or photos of Fidel, they finally found him......
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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #41 on: August 07, 2006, 02:11:00 PM »
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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #42 on: August 07, 2006, 02:11:00 PM »
After reading that article, my curiousity was piqued by his family, I did a search and found this, thought some others may find it interesting!
 The Miami Herald
 October 8, 2000
 Castro's Family
    - Alejando and Antonio Castro
    - Soto del Valle Fidel Castro
    -  Díaz-Balart Alina Fernández Revuelta
  Fidel's private life with his wife and sons is so secret
  that even the CIA is left to wonder
  There are no streets in Cuba named after President
  Fidel Castro, no statues or peso bills bearing the
  image of the ``maximum leader,'' no mention -- ever --
  in the official media of his wife of 30-plus years or their
  five sons.
  Most Cubans, in fact, know almost nothing about the
  personal life of one of the world's most private, even
  secretive rulers. Not the names of his wife and sons,
  not even the address of his home in Havana.
  Photographs of two of Castro's sons, a niece and a
  nephew-in-law that appear in today's Herald are,
  indeed, the first time their faces are published
  anywhere, slightly lifting the veil of secrecy that
  shrouds Castro's family.
  His wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, and their sons Angel,
  Antonio, Alejandro, Alexis and Alex, have never been
  identified in the island's media and only in a few
  foreign publications not subject to Cuban censorship.
  Except for brothers Raúl and Ramón and his oldest
  son, ``Fidelito,'' Castro's close relatives hold no
  publicly visible jobs, wield no political power, and are
  unlikely to play a role in the succession to the
  74-year-old ruler.
  While they live comfortably, compared to the grinding
  shortages faced by most Cubans, they are under
  strict orders to avoid ostentatious behavior and live
  austerely, far from the limelight, acquaintances say.
  ``They don't dress any better than anyone else,'' said
  Castro's daughter, Alina Fernández, now living in
  Spain. ``On the contrary, they are required to at least
  project an image of austerity for the rest of the
  Added exile author Norberto Fuentes: ``The most
  avaricious cabinet minister lives no better than the
  average Cuban in Miami. He has one car, not two. An
  air conditioner in the car? No air conditioner.''
  Unlike other Latin dictators, he promotes no cult of
  Most Latin American dictators have sought to glorify
  themselves. The Dominican Republic's Rafaél Trujillo
  renamed his nation's capital city and highest mountain
  after himself, and Paraguay's Alfredo Stroessner put
  up huge posters of himself around Asunción streets.
  Yet even as Castro's bearded profile has become an
  icon for revolutionaries around the world after 41 years
  in power, inside Cuba his desire for privacy has
  generated an odd sort of reverse cult of personality.
  Few public images of El Comandante are visible
  around Cuba, and his Aug. 13 birthday is not a holiday
  even though it's always noted by the government's
  media monopoly.
  His regime instead promotes dead revolutionary
  heroes such as Ernesto ``Che'' Guevara and Camilo
  Cienfuegos on everything from statues to key chains
  and T-shirts sold to tourists.
  Though his power is unchallenged, and phrases from his lengthy speeches are
  often quickly adopted as national slogans, the Cuban media is strictly forbidden
  from reporting on Castro's personal life.
  ``His private side is a completely taboo subject,'' said Lissette Bustamante,
  formerly a top Cuban journalist who met several of Fidel and Raúl Castro's
  children before she defected in the early 1990s.
  Castro has said that his penchant for privacy largely stems from his security
  concerns, given the more than 600 assassination attempts he says the CIA and
  Cuban exiles have mounted against him since 1959.
  ``They want to know if some day I went to bathroom or not, details on how my
  prostate is doing, they even want x-rays,'' Castro told reporters during a Havana
  news conference in April.
  But he has also acknowledged having a general propensity for ``permanent
  conspiracy,'' and made a strong argument that national leaders should never mix
  their public and private lives.
  ``In this sense, I have reserved for myself a total freedom,'' Castro said in an
  interview for a documentary, Fidel, 40 Years of the Cuban Revolution and its
  Leader, by Estela Bravo, a U.S. filmmaker who lives part time in Havana.
  The film provided Cubans with rare glimpses of his personal life when it was
  shown by Cuban television, unannounced, on Jan. 1, the anniversary of Castro's
  revolution, and again at two film festivals in March.
  The 75-minute documentary notes that Cubans ``know very little about the
  personal life of Fidel,'' and discreetly adds: ``It is said that he has seven children
  and has been married for almost 30 years.''
  Its few images of a private Castro date from pre-revolution days, including his
  1948 marriage to Mirta Díaz-Balart, and their son, Fidel ``Fidelito'' Castro
  Díaz-Balart. They divorced two years later.
  ``The amount and quality of hard information on that subject is so scarce that it is
  unlike any other country in the world,'' said Brian Latell, the CIA's recently retired
  top analyst on Cuba and Castro.
  Castro's wife and their five sons have been briefly mentioned in books by Alina
  Fernández, the offspring of an affair with Natalia Revuelta in the early 1950s, and
  by Herald columnist Andres Oppenheimer and Castro biographer Tad Szulc, as
  well as in two recent U.S. magazine stories.
  But nothing at all about them has ever been published or broadcast inside Cuba.
  Dalia Soto del Valle is a former schoolteacher from the south-central city of
  Trinidad who met Castro during the literacy campaigns of the 1960s, said
  Fuentes, a member of Cuba's inner circles who met her several times before he
  defected in 1994.
  Now in her late 50s, she is regarded as warm, but as austere as Castro himself,
  running his household affairs and almost never attending his public functions, said
  Fuentes, who now lives in Miami.
  Their sons range in age from Angel, about 25 and studying medicine, to Alex, a
  computer systems manager in his mid-30s. Antonio is studying to be an
  orthopedic surgeon, and Alejandro and Alexis are computer programmers.
  They use the surname Castro Soto del Valle, and their first names come from the
  nom de guerre that Castro adopted during the revolution in the 1950s -- Alejandro,
  in admiration of Alexander the Great's military feats.
  Almost nothing is known about a sixth Castro son, Jorge Angel Castro, identified
  by Alina Fernández as the child of a woman who died years ago. He is believed to
  be 51 years old and to have four children, including triplets. The middle name
  Angel may come from Castro's Spanish-born father, Angel Castro.
  All but Angel and Alejandro Castro Soto del Valle are said to be married and have
  children of their own, making Castro a grandfather many times over. Alejandro,
  known as a computer and softball nut who always dresses informally, is said to
  be the only one still living at home with Fidel and Dalia.
  Alina Fernández recalled the five brothers as ``sensible, intelligent kids.'' But she
  felt sorry for them, she added, ``because on the one side they are tightly watched
  by guards, and on the other Cubans have a great curiosity about them.''
  ``There is no yellow press in Cuba to report on their lives, but of course when
  people see a young guy with lots of bodyguards, they start guessing whose sons
  they are,'' she said in a telephone interview from Spain.
  The government takes care of their every basic need, Bustamante said, but some
  do not own their own cars and must call the family's central security office when
  they need rides around Havana.
  ``They have privileged positions but they don't seem to have many luxuries ...
  certainly not like the `juniors' in Mexico,'' said Latell, referring to the Mexican
  slang for rich kids.
  Added Fuentes: ``They live comfortably, only comfortably. In the eyes of other
  Cubans they may be living in luxury, but in Cuba eating three balanced meals a
  day is a luxury.''
  Most of Dalia's sons graduated from the Lenin High School in Havana, said
  Bustamante, a school reserved for Cuba's brightest and children of top
  government officials who require special security protection.
  The children of Castro and his brother, Armed Forces commander Raúl Castro,
  have specially tight security details under orders never to allow them to be
  photographed or approached by unknown persons, acquaintances said.
  The photographs that appear in color in today's Herald were taken by a Cuban
  acquaintance who said he managed to snap them during private social gatherings
  when the Castro offsprings' bodyguards were not around to stop him.
  He smuggled them out of Cuba when he defected during a trip abroad last year.
  The Miami Herald purchased the images and has offered them for re-sale to other
  So tight is the security around Castro's children that friends of ``Fidelito'' still
  sometimes call him José Raúl Fernández, the cover name he used when he
  studied nuclear physics in the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
  Fidelito, nephew of Florida Republican Rep. Lincoln Díaz Balart, is the only
  offspring who has been regularly mentioned in the Cuban media, particularly when
  he served as executive secretary of the Cuban Atomic Energy Commission from
  1980 to 1992.
  He is belived to have divorced his Russian wife several years ago and remarried a
  Cuban. A U.S. citizen who met him recently said he is now working as a
  consultant for the Ministry of Basic Industries.
  Fidel and his wife live in western Havana near Raul
  Fidel Castro and wife Dalia live in a two-house complex in western Havana. The
  living room of the main house is described by visitors as furnished with simple
  wood and leather sofas and chairs and Cuban handicrafts.
  The only luxury visible to visitors, said Fuentes, is a big-screen television that
  Castro uses to satisfy his interest in foreign news reports and videos secretly
  recorded by Cuba's intelligence services.
  While the nature of Castro's relations with his sons is unknown, Alina Fernández
  and Bustamante both said Raúl Castro is much more the family man, holding
  regular Sunday dinners for his and Fidel's children at his home, known as La
  Rinconada, two blocks from Fidel's own house in western Havana.
  ``He has a much better sense of family than any of his brothers,'' said Fernández.
  It is Raúl, according to two friends of Mirta Díaz-Balart, now living in Spain, who
  arranges her occasional visits to Cuba to see Fidelito.
  Raúl and his wife of 40 years, Vilma Espín, a veteran of the revolution and
  longtime president of the Cuban Women's Federation, have three daughters and
  one son -- also never mentioned in the media.
  Son Alejandro was an army officer, Nilsa was studying at the University of
  Havana, Deborah was an engineer working at a government enterprise and Mariela
  studied child psychology and modern dance, said Bustamante, who knew the
  family well before her defection.
  Mariela is considered the rebel in the family, Bustamante added, a free spirit who
  performed topless in one late 1980s production and favored Soviet leader Mikhail
  Gorbachev's perestroika in the 1980s.
  Dancer Ruben Rodriguez, who lived with Mariela three years before he defected to
  Spain in 1991, told Bustamante during an interview that Raúl had once
  complained Mariela had ``brought perestroika into my home!''
  Mariela is now married to an Italian and has two children with him, plus a boy
  from a previous union with a Chilean, according to a former Raúl Castro assistant
  who defected in 1993 but stays in touch with current aides.
  The only politically powerful member of the Fidel or Raúl families is believed to be
  Deborah's husband, Luis Alberto Fernández, about 40, son of an army general
  and himself a lieutenant colonel in the armed forces.
  Fernández heads the umbrella agency that administers the Cuban military's
  multi-million dollar businesses, from scores of tourist hotels in Cuba to trade
  companies in Panama, Angola, South Africa, Geneva and Cyprus.
  ``He isn't just Raúl's son-in-law or the son of a general. Luis Alberto earned his
  position because he's smart and efficient, and he'll go far in the future,'' said the
  former Raúl Castro aide.
  Luis Alberto and Deborah have two children named Raúl and Vilma after her
  parents, according to the former Raúl aide and two other family acquaintances.
  The former aide and the acquaintances asked for anonymity out of fear that
  Cuban security agents would go after relatives still on the island in retaliation for
  exposing details of the families.
  The houses of Fidel and Raúl are large but simply appointed
  Fidel and Dalia's compound in western Havana is equipped with one outdoor
  tennis and basketball court. It is ringed with pine trees that block off outside
  views, and surrounded by electronic fences that detect intruders.
  All streets surrounding the compound are marked as one-way streets heading
  away from the house to deter sightseers, Bustamante said. Only official cars are
  allowed to drive the wrong way into the compound.
  An acquaintance who has visited both Fidel and Raúl's homes described them as
  very large by Cuban standards but relatively simply appointed with Cuban-made
  furniture, with Raúl's home ``a bit nicer than Fidel's.''
  The Castro brothers are known to have had several other houses around the
  island set aside for vacations or official visits to the provinces. But they handed
  over most of them for tourist lodgings after Soviet subsidies stopped arriving in
  1991 and Cuba plunged into an economic crisis.
  The elite live better, but are required to project equality
  Fuentes said the show of austerity by Castro and those near him is part of the
  hypocrisy of a system in which the elite live better than the average Cuban but are
  required to project an image of equality.
  ``You see the house of a top official all worn on the outside, badly in need of
  paint, the grass all a mess,'' he said. ``But inside he'll have two television sets, a
  VCR, a nice stereo, a new fridge.''
  But there are limits.
  ``Of course, anything the hijos de papi [sons of daddy] want they get -- even if no
  other Cuban ever sees this stuff. Computers, nice houses, vacations, you name
  it. But luxuries? With few exceptions, not really,'' said Fuentes.
  ``I think that when this [Castro's rule] ends, most people in Cuba will be outraged
  by the relative comforts of the leadership,'' he added, ``and most people in Miami
  will be surprised by their low level of life.''

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
« Reply #43 on: August 07, 2006, 03:46:00 PM »
Cuba's VP expects return of ailing Fidel Castro within weeks
 Monday, August 7, 2006; Posted: 9:05 a.m. EDT (13:05 GMT)
 HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Cuba's vice president and Venezuela's leader provided optimistic assessments of Fidel Castro's health, saying the Cuban president was recovering quickly from intestinal surgery and could be back at work within weeks.
 Castro himself has been out of sight since July 31, when his secretary went on state television to announce he had undergone surgery and was temporarily ceding power to his younger brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro.
 "In a few weeks he'll be recovered and he'll return to his duties," Vice President Carlos Lage said Sunday when asked by reporters when Castro would be back at work. Lage spoke in Bolivia, where he attended the Andean country's constitutional convention.
 Cubans were told most details of Castro's health would be kept "a state secret" to prevent the island's enemies from taking advantage of his condition. Indeed, officials have failed to say what precisely is ailing Castro or what surgical procedure he underwent.
 Lage had earlier shot down reports that Castro, who turns 80 next Sunday, had stomach cancer and reiterated Sunday that the Cuban leader was recovering well.
 "The operation that he underwent was successful and he is recovering favorably," Lage said. "Fidel's going to be around for another 80 years."
 Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Castro was out of bed and talking following his surgery.
 "How are you, Fidel?" Chavez said during his weekly TV and radio program, suggesting he believed the Cuban leader was watching. "We have reliable information of your quick and notable recuperation."
 "Fidel Castro, a hug for you, friend and comrade, and I know you are getting better," Chavez said.
 Talking by phone with Bolivian President Evo Morales later during the program, Chavez said that Castro was bouncing back quickly.
 "This morning I learned that he's very well, that he is already getting out of bed, he's talking more than he should -- because he talks a lot, you know. He has sent us greetings," Chavez said.
 Morales, a leftist elected in December as Bolivia's first Indian president, said he was glad to learn of Castro's recovery and that "what's left is for him to be incorporated into the battle of his country" again. Morales said Castro was like an "older brother."
 Before Castro fell ill, Morales had promised to travel to Havana for Castro's birthday and bring him a cake made from the flour of coca leaves. The Bolivian leader said his government would send a high-level mission to Havana in the coming days, according to his spokesman Alex Contreras.
 Malaysia's prime minister on Monday wished Castro a swift recovery and said he looks forward to seeing him at a summit in Havana next month.
 "I am pleased to hear your operation has been successful and that you are responding well to medical treatment," Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in a statement carried by Malaysia's national news agency, Bernama, from the capital of Kuala Lumpur.
 Abdullah said he hopes to meet with Castro during a meeting of leaders of mainly developing countries of the Nonaligned Movement that Cuba is hosting September 11 through 16.
 Malaysia has held the rotating chairmanship of the 116-member Nonaligned Movement since 2003, and is to hand over the reins to Cuba next month.
 From Managua, former Sandinista rebel commander Tomas Borge praised Castro's choice of Raul as "the most suitable person" for provisional president, Cuba's Prensa Latina news agency said.
 Borge, a Nicaraguan parliament deputy with the Sandinista Party, told Prensa Latina Castro once told him that his younger brother was the best organizer he knew. Raul's absence from the spotlight after being named interim president was "a demonstration of humility and of profound respect toward the leader of the revolution," Borge added.
 Former Nicaraguan President and Sandinista revolution leader Daniel Ortega arrived in Havana from Nicaragua late Saturday. "I am sure that we will soon have Fidel resuming his functions and leading his people," Ortega said.
 As get-well wishes poured in from leftists across the hemisphere, even Colombia's largest rebel group expressed its solidarity with the ailing Cuban leader. "We hope you'll recover in the shortest time possible," read a statement from the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
 In Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the United States wants to help Cubans prepare for democracy but is not contemplating an invasion of the island in the wake of Castro's illness.
 "The notion that somehow the United States is going to invade Cuba, because there are troubles in Cuba, is simply far-fetched," Rice told NBC television. "The United States wants to be a partner and a friend to the Cuban people as they move through this period of difficulty and as they move ahead. But what Cuba should not have is the replacement of one dictator by another."
 Cuban authorities have beefed up security by mobilizing citizen defense militias, increasing street patrols, and ordering decommissioned military officers to check in at posts daily.

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Re: BREAKING NEWS - Fidel hands power to Raul
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Castro makes TV appearance from bed:
 Tuesday, August 15, 2006; Posted: 12:37 a.m. EDT (04:37 GMT)
 HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Cubans got their first glimpse Monday of Fidel Castro since he underwent surgery last week, with state-run television broadcasting video of the Cuban leader talking from his bed with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
 Chavez was on the island Sunday to help Castro celebrate his 80th birthday, the narrator of the program -- "Round Table" -- said.
 Both men were wearing fire-engine red shirts, with Castro appearing pale but speaking animatedly as Chavez joked with him and showed him photographs.
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