In the article in question, the ailing 80 year old dictator takes aim at the United States. Again.
Surprisingly, this time it’s not the evil American “blockade” but a decision by the US and much of the Western world to look at ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Castro claims such a move will result in the death of three billion people (yes, he is very precise about that), since poor countries will be encouraged to grow maize and sugar for fuel rather than for food.
I know, chochera de viejo, as our friends at Penultimos Dias point out.
Still, these typically apocalyptic and totally unsubstantiated claims have upset the Brazilians, who are world leaders in the production and seemingly responsible use of ethanol.
The Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, told reporters that while he respected Castro’s views (why?), they were way out of kilter with the rest of the world.
Referring to Castro, Mr Amorim added: “He has some ideas that are outdated."
He is right about that.