Two new Castro death-watch developments today: first, a new photo has been released of the Cuban leader meeting with meeting with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez. In the picture, the track-suited Castro looks healthier and seems to have gained a bit of weight since his last appearance, suggesting that reports of his imminent death may have been exaggerated.
Second, in his new "Reflections of Fidel" column, Castro praises Barack Obama for closing Guantanamo Bay and reflects on his "intelligent and noble face," but predicts he will not see the end of Obama's first term:
I have shortened my "Reflections," just as I resolved to do this year, in order not to interfere or get in the way of the comrades of the Party and state as they make constant decisions about objective difficulties stemming from the world economic crisis. I am fine, but I insist, none of them should feel constrained by any of my Reflections, the seriousness of my condition or my death.
I am reviewing the speeches and materials I have elaborated over more than half a century.
I have had the rare privilege of observing events over such a long period of time. I receive information and meditate calmly on the events. I don’t expect to have that privilege in four years, when Obama’s first presidential term will have concluded.
Photo: Government of Argentina