Fidel Castro is undergoing intestinal surgery, and has handed control of Cuba over to his brother Raul. Fidel has been continuously in control of Cuba from 1959 to now. He is 80; his brother is 75.
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UPDATE: From Daily Kos, here is a report from the wife of a foreign service officer from an unnamed country who lives in Havana. This, it occurs to me, is one of the cool things about the internet (otherwise we’d never see this kind of report), and also a reason why anonymity has its place (the writer did not want to identify her husband’s country of origin).