A Reuters article today, titled “[fidel castro] still a force, two years out of power” would seem to promise some definitive information. At first glance, you might think that the author is channeling the ghost of Pol Pot, or some other infernal specter, as no one outside the inner circle and assorted useful toadies really know how “alive” the surely putrescent- whether above or below ground- dictator is at any given moment.
Despite the headline, the rest of the article devolves into varying points of view, none conclusive. Seems far more likely that the name “fidel” has become the equivalent of the Biblical “Legion” for the cadre of old style, communist “hard-liners” opposed to any lifting of the economic and/or political yoke on the Cuban people. But, heck, that’s only my opinion.