You are now logged in. Forgot your password? Upon the death of long-time Cuban dictator retired Fidel Castro, democratically elected politicians and brutal tyrants alike have come together to offer heartfelt tributes of the deceased. Though President-elect Donald Trump has in the past praised vicious repression deployed by socialist dictators in Iraq and China , Trump's minimalist take on Twitter Fidel Castro is dead! Ireland's President Michael Higgins. Higgins—nominally the head of state, though in Ireland's parliamentary system, the role is largely ceremonial— said in a statement :. Having survived some attempts on his life, Fidel Castro, known to his peers in Cuba as 'El Comandante', became one of the longest serving Heads of State in the world, guiding the country through a remarkable process of social and political change, advocating a development path that was unique and determinedly independent. First, as an authoritarian dictator by definition, such people don't have "peers" , Higgins' praise of the length of Castro's reign is spectacularly dumb, as is his claim that a country which relied on the financial largess of the Soviet Union and later Venezuela until the economic collapse of both socialist countries was ever "determinedly independent.
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Cuba's President Fidel Castro writes while lying in bed in Havana in this August 13, file photo. Castro is in serious condition after complications following three failed operations on his large intestine for diverticulitis, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Monday. Sinai School of Medicine. The sources in El Pais were from the same Madrid hospital where a surgeon who visited the year-old Castro in late December works.
According to unnamed medical sources that El Pais said are familiar with Castro's case, Castro decided against undergoing an ileostomy -- in which an artificial anus is opened to the abdomen -- when he had problems with diverticulitis in July. Instead, El Pais said, he underwent a trickier operation to connect part of the colon to the rectum. The newspaper said Castro chose that option because he hoped it would put him back on his feet faster, rather than triggering a prolonged recovery during which he would have to wear a surgical bag. According to El Pais, complications developed, including the fact that the wound did not heal properly. That led to other problems including peritonitis, or the inflammation of the abdominal cavity, which resulted in at least two further operations. Do the Butt: The story of Castro's fall.