Castro's Health and Cuba's Future
February 24, 2008 Cuba's National Assembly chose Fidel Castro's brother Raul to take his place on Sunday, days after Fidel Castro announced he would retire following almost 50 years in power. Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia in Havana discusses the developments.
February 19, 2008 Although Fidel Castro has announced he's giving up his role as Cuba's president, the leader has demonstrated that he doesn't necessarily need a title to exert control over the island nation's government.
February 19, 2008 Two Cuban dissidents in Havana talk about Fidel Castro's resignation and what it might mean for the future of Cuba. Both say Castro's resignation was expected by the public, and that it provides an opening for some changes. But, they say, economic changes are more important to the Cuban government than political changes.
February 19, 2008 Miami's Cuban-Americans reacted with a big "been there, done that" Tuesday with the news that Fidel Castro is stepping down as the communist island's president. There were no widespread celebrations, like those that met the news in 2006 that Castro was sick and had handed power to his brother. Many exiles feel little will change anytime soon.
February 19, 2008 Cuban leader Fidel Castro says he will not seek re-election and has resigned as Cuba's president, after 49 years in power. Castro announced in Cuba's state-run newspaper that he is stepping down. At 81, he has been ailing and has not appeared in public in the past year and a half.
February 19, 2008 Miami's large and occasionally boisterous Cuban-American community greeted the news of Fidel Castro's resignation with uncharacteristic restraint. But the newer arrivals expressed hope that it will trigger a shift in U.S. policy toward Havana.