Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
2006 Cuba Special Weapons News
- Cuba Denies Fidel Castro Is Dying VOA 09 Oct 2006 -- Cuba's interim leader, Raul Castro, has denied a U.S. media report that his brother, President Fidel Castro, is dying of cancer and will not return to power.
- Analysis: Cuba's Slow Motion Change cfr.org 12 Sep 2006 -- After a flurry of news reports and speculation, the excitement following Fidel Castro's early August transfer of power to his younger brother Raul finally seems to have died down
- Cuban President Says Worst Part of Health Crisis is Over VOA 05 Sep 2006 -- Cuban President Fidel Castro says the worst part of his health crisis is over, and that he will be well enough to receive visiting dignitaries at a summit in Havana next week
- "Slow-Motion Transfer of Power" in Cuba, Says U.S. Official Washington File 23 Aug 2006 -- Since Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's July intestinal surgery forced him to transfer power to his brother Raul, the institutions of Cuba's totalitarian apparatus are probably "in a process ... of negotiation as they attempt to determine what the power-sharing arrangements will be" in the post-Castro era, Thomas Shannon, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, said August 23.
- Lifting Embargo on Cuba "Still on the Table," U.S. Official Says Washington File 18 Aug 2006 -- The European Union and other members of the global community can play an important role in helping Cuba make a transition to democracy, says Thomas Shannon, the U.S. State Department's assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
- Cuba's Acting President Makes First Public Comments VOA 18 Aug 2006 -- Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro says his ailing brother, President Fidel Castro, is recovering well from surgery, and that the island nation has taken precautions to prevent aggression against the country.
- Fidel Castro Issues Birthday Message, Brother Raul Appears in Public VOA 12 Aug 2006 -- A Cuban newspaper has published the first photos of Cuban President Fidel Castro since the announcement July 31 that he underwent surgery for intestinal bleeding, and his younger brother, Raul, appeared in public for the first time since assuming temporary leadership
- US: Castro Health Crisis Signals Start of Political Change in Cuba VOA 11 Aug 2006 -- The U.S. State Department's senior official for Latin America said Friday President Fidel Castro's health crisis signals the beginning of political change in Cuba.
- Cuba Government Criticizes US Conviction of Cuban Spies VOA 10 Aug 2006 -- The Cuban government has criticized a decision by a U.S. appeals court to uphold the convictions of five Cuban men found spying on the United States.
- Questions Mount Concerning Cuban Leader Fidel Castro VOA 10 Aug 2006 -- It has been more than 10 days since Cuba announced that President Fidel Castro had undergone gastrointestinal surgery and temporarily transferred executive authority to his brother, Raul
- Cuban Officials Insist Castro Recovering Well from Surgery VOA 05 Aug 2006 -- Cuban officials are assuring the world that President Fidel Castro is recovering from surgery, amid speculation that his health is poor.
- Cuba Dismisses US Calls for Democratic Change VOA 05 Aug 2006 -- Cuba is dismissing U.S. calls for democratic change, as leader Fidel Castro continues to recover from surgery.
- United States Prepared To Support Democratic Transition in Cuba Washington File 03 Aug 2006 -- The goal of the United States is a free and democratic Cuba and America stands ready to provide substantial support to such a transition, says State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
- U.S. Officials Discuss Health of Cuba's Fidel Castro Washington File 02 Aug 2006 -- U.S. officials have reacted with caution regarding reports that long-time Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is seriously ill.
- Questions Surround Cuba's Raul Castro VOA 02 Aug 2006 -- In Cuba, Vice President Raul Castro has maintained a low profile since assuming executive authority while his older brother, Fidel, recovers from intestinal surgery.
- Castro Said to Be In Stable Condition VOA 02 Aug 2006 -- The Cuban government has released a statement from President Fidel Castro saying his heath is stable and he is in good spirits after intestinal surgery.
- Castro Says He's in Stable Condition, Good Spirits Following Surgery VOA 02 Aug 2006 -- Cuban President Fidel Castro says his health is stable and that he is in good spirits following surgery.
- Analysis: Castro, Sick, Bows to Brother Raul cfr.org 01 Aug 2006 -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro has made clear his intention to hand power to Raul-his younger brother, defense minister, and heir apparent-after his death.
- US Watching Castro Health Crisis VOA 01 Aug 2006 -- U.S. officials are closely monitoring developments in Cuba, where an ailing President Fidel Castro has temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul, the country's defense minister.
- Ailing Fidel Castro Yields Power Temporarily VOA 01 Aug 2006 -- Cuba's President Fidel Castro has fallen ill and handed power to his brother, but the Cuban government says he is only stepping aside temporarily.
- Report Outlines U.S. Support for Cuba's Struggle for Democracy Washington File 10 Jul 2006 -- The United States stands in solidarity with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom and is expanding its support for Cuba's opposition leaders as well as preparing to work with a transition government that would move Cuba away from dictatorship, according to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
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