I was about to post on this earlier this morning when my internet connection was rudely interrupted:
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said the U.S. government misinformed Americans and the world about 9/11, echoing conspiracy theories about the terror attacks against the United States six years ago.
In an essay read by a Cuban television presenter on Tuesday night, Castro said the Pentagon was hit by a rocket, not a plane, because no traces were found of its passengers.
“Fidel” or his amanuensis have now officially joined the Truthers.
In other “Fidel” news, the Cuban Culture Minister says Castro’s not dying.
Which is probably true.
Russia President Vladimir Putin has dismissed his entire cabinet and replaced his prime minister in a bid to pave the way for his successor. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov submitted his resignation, and the speaker of the State Duma later announced he was being replaced by the relatively unknown Victor Zubkov, head of the country’s money-laundering watchdog agency.
He probably won’t stay there for long.
Though it’s no safe bet, many analysts have their money on Putin ally and KGB veteran Sergei Ivanov to be voted in as the new president in the March 2008 election. It is probable that Putin will put him in the place of Zubkov at the last minute, since Russian presidents usually come from the post of prime minister, as Putin did himself to succeed Boris Yeltsin.
UpdateZubkov seems to want to run for president next year.
Those of us old enough to remember the Cold War days find no joy in reading that Vlad’s also embarking on a new arms race.