Fidel Castro addresses health rumors, criticizes Western media

“Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said he doesn’t even suffer from a headache in an article he published in state-media Monday criticizing those who spread rumours he was on his death bed,” Paul Haven wrote for The Associated Press yesterday. The article, published by The Globe and Mail, continued, “The article is accompanied by photos taken by son Alex Castro that show the 86-year-old revolutionary icon standing outside near some trees wearing a checked shirt and cowboy hat, including one in which he is seen reading Friday’s copy of the Communist Party newspaper Granma. ‘I don’t even remember what a headache feels like,’ Mr. Castro claims, adding that he was releasing the photos to show ‘how dishonest’ the rumour mongers have been.” Quite the coincidence that the Castro health rumors coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis which saw the world gripped in fright of a nuclear Armageddon during the 13-day standoff in October of 1962 thanks to the relationship of Russia, the United States and Cuba.  Much attention has been paid by the media to this anniversary with stories of current nuclear-armed countries, new ‘threats’ and further fear-monger style stories about future relationships with Iran and Russia. Read the full article here. | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CHS

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