Fidel Castro has not appeared in public for more than two years, but stays busy as Columnist-in-Chief. His newspaper columns, dubbed Reflections, appear regularly in Cuba's state-run media. (Reflections in English; Reflexiones in Spanish).
In one of his latest Reflections, Fidel comments on the financial meltdown on Wall Street:
The hurricane winds of financial Ike also threaten all provinces of the world. The weather forecast is uncertain…As usual, the former Cuban president signs off with the exact time and date. In this case: Sept. 18, 2008. 8:46 p.m.
It is very difficult to monitor and understand the fabulous sums of new money that are injected into the global economy…
Inflation is inevitable in consumer societies and disastrous for emerging countries…
Fiscal paradises prosper; people suffer. Does that by any chance ensure the well-being of humanity?
Obviously, Fidel Castro is a detailed-oriented guy. I once attended a speech of his that lasted more than six hours. I thought his talk was interesting. And yes, it was detailed, although a few foreign diplomats missed some of the minutia because they chose to doze behind sunglasses and Panama hats.
That wasn't even Fidel's longest speech. In 1986, he spoke to the Communist Party Congress for seven hours and 10 minutes, according to the Independent newspaper. And he holds the Guinness World Record for the longest speech at the United Nations, a paltry four hours and 29 minutes. (A four-part transcript of that 1960 speech begins here).
So it's not as if Fidel Castro doesn't have an opinion or two. And judging from his Reflections, he stays on top of things. He is well informed. He has experience (nearly a half century as a statesman, president and revolutionary has got to count for something). And I'm sure he's Internet savvy.
So I think he ought to start his own blog. Why not? Whether you love him or hate him, Castro has been at or near the center of many momentous events - the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion and more. I'll bet he could write a helluva blog.
Then we could do a little experiment: Put his blog next to Generación Y , hook up the hit counters and let's see which blog gets more traffic.
What do you think? Should Fidel Castro start his own blog? And what should he call it?