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Meanwhile in Cuba
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Same party, different DJ:
Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander in chief of Cuba's military Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma.

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In Miami, Florida, the news came as no surprise to Janisset Rivero, the executive director of Cuban Democratic Directorate, a group that works with dissidents in Cuba.

"I think there have been preparations taking place for quite a while to assure the crowning of Raúl Castro," she said Tuesday morning. "It doesn't mean any change to the system. It doesn't mean there will be freedom for the Cubans. One big dictator is replacing the other.
 
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Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba...
Translation; El Presidente Comrade Castro either currently takes, or soon will be taking, the proverbial dirt-nap.

This is shaping up very similarly to the way the Soviet Politburo handled the passing of SecGens Brezhnev, Andropov, etc. back in the day.
 
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No D, those passings were always preceded by the premiere suffering from a cold.

Colds were obviously much more fatal in the old Soviet Union than in other places.

 
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those passings were always preceded by the premiere suffering from a cold
And Comrade Fidel hasn’t exactly been the poster-boy for perfect health in recent months, has he?
 
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But he’s Cuban, and for some reason his generation refuses to die until their good and ready (as my greatgrandparents did. They died at 103 and 106 on one side and 100 and 102 on the other, and only when they were good and ready).

We Cubans aren’t really taking this to heart here in Miami. It doesn’t mean much, really. We’re basically saying ’eh, w/e. Call us when he’s dead so we can break out the kegger’.
 
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And Comrade Fidel hasn’t exactly been the poster-boy for perfect health in recent months, has he?
Yes, but they admitted he was seriously ill, which is something the Soviets never did.

Not that it makes him a great guy or anything, but we all knew the ’has a cold’ code in the 70’s.
 
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Do you think Time will make him Man of the Year when he goes? Will they put him on display like Lenin?
 
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