Tuesday, March 18, 2008

That nice guy Raul

While his older, semi retired brother spends his days locked up somewhere in Havana furiously writing apocalyptic articles about “the blood-thirsty Empire”, Raul Castro has been busy showing off his sensitive, family side.

Castro II has been visiting what the official media describe as sites of historic, economic and military interest in the provinces of Holguin and Granma, in eastern Cuba, where the Castro brothers hail from ... as does this blogger ... but let's move on ...

The newly enthroned president of the Council of State visited an army base and hydraulic works, quizzed local officials about drought prevention programs and then told reporters that everything seemed to be going just dandy in the area but that “we all now need to get to work”.

In fact, Castro II even had time to pay a well-publicised visit to the large estate in the Biran district owned by his Spanish father, where the Castro brothers were born.

The estate, which is now a national shrine to the Castro family, includes the handsomely-preserved big timber family house you see in the photograph above. Yes, the same house Fidel Castro says he threatened to burn to the ground when he was just 11 - all so he could spite his parents.

According to the official media, Raul Castro toured the estate, visited the small school where the Castro children used to be taught by private tutors (of course), and then deposited fresh flowers at the graves of his parents, Lina and Angel.


Blogger Henry Gomez said...

I'll bet my life that Raul Castro shares no DNA with Angel Castro.

10:47 am  
Blogger Cubanita said...

Más claro, ni el agua.

4:37 am  
Blogger Cubanita said...

Más claro, ni el agua.

4:38 am  
Blogger Agustin Farinas said...

How touching! The "pragmatic" family man goes traveling to the land of his birth, and visits the old family home.
The efforts of the Cuban offcial media to present this murderer as a family guy, who is a believer in economic reforms is beyond anything seen before. The reinvention of Raul Castro as a typical normal guy is in full swing. Sort of like old wine in new bottles. Unfortunately is the same old sourwine they are peddling.

1:02 am  

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