Or, as Babalu puts it, fidel castro Death Watch, Take 2846
Pajamas Media: Castro In Surgery; Brother is Caretaker
NYT: Ailing Castro Gives Temporary Power to Brother
Beeb: Castro steps aside after surgery, with a video report
Hispalibertas (in Spanish)
Castro, who will be 80 on August 13, said in a statement read out on television that he overexerted himself this month on a trip to a summit of South American leaders in Argentina and celebrations of his 1953 assault on a military garrison.
“This caused an acute intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obliged me to face a complicated surgical operation,” he said in the “proclamation” read out by his personal aide Carlos Valenciaga.
“The operation obliges me to remain for several weeks resting, away from my responsibilities and duties,” it said.
The bloggers are all over it:
Cuban American Pundit
Dreams Into Lightning
Elephants in Academia, asking So what’s with this “interim dictator” thing?
Gateway Pundit has a picture that says it all.
It Comes in Pints?
Outside the Beltway
Small Dead Animals
Ya No Mas!
Video of the official statement aired on Cuban TV
El Herald has the video (in Spanish) of the official statement, which was translated in the Reuters text above. The statement says that stress caused heavy intestinal bleeding that required surgery, which will require “several weeks of rest”, and since “the country is under great threat from the government of the United States”, Raul’s got the temp job, and fidel wants his birthday celebrated on December 30 instead of August 13.
Granma has the text in full.
I’m sure Hugo’s got plans on what to do next.
More reasons to think it’s a Yasser situation: Chavez worried about Castro’s health. Just a couple of weeks ago when Fidel’s whereabouts were unkown for several days, Hugo went on the record attesting that Fidel was “stronger than ever”.
CBS headline is already saying Cubans Wonder What’s Next: CBS’ Portia Siegelbaum Reports [from Havana] On Reactions To Fidel’s Bombshell (emphasis added):
We don’t even know for sure which hospital the Cuban leader is being treated at, or exactly what is wrong with him. Some people told me that based on what the letter signed by Castro said, they think he must have had a perforated ulcer.
The Miami Herald points out that After power shift, no word on Castro’s condition
As has become a habit by now, the Beeb disgraces itself yet again, Castro: Profile of the great survivor
More bloggers posting:
Bilbaopundit has an excellent round-up in Spanish.
Blog for Cuba
Newsbusters asks AP: “Why Describe Castro As Having ‘Presidential’ Powers?”
Sigmund, Carl and Alfred
Slate‘s Eric Umansky
Redstate is hearing from congressional sources that it has become apparent that the statement yesterday came after the surgery. This may indicate that Castro is in grave condition or is already dead.
Ace of Spades
Gun Toting Liberal
Hog On Ice
Libertad Digital reports that Cuban dissidents are requesting that the Spanish goverment issue a statement in support of freedom in Cuba.
Asociación Iberoamericana por la Libertad
France2 reporter B. Coq refers to Castro as communist dictator, never once calling him “president”, calls Raul an “orthodox communist, and point out that in Havana “there’s a police spy in every house”. They even refer to Evo and Hugo as his disciple. See for yourselves. Thank you France2.
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