Carlos Eire blogs at Babalu The Prophecies of Castrodamus, including this promise,
My beard means many different things for my country. When we have fulfilled all we have promised in terms of a good government, I will shave my beard.
—Fidel Castro, interview with CBS News, January 1959
(Mi barba significa muchas cosas para mi país. Cuando hayamos cumplido nuestra promesa de un buen gobierno, me afeitaré la barba).