Fidel Castro Makes Rare Public Appearance

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 9 2014 5:25 PM

Fidel Castro Makes First Public Appearance in Nine Months

461552729
Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in nine months, attending an art gallery opening near his home on Wednesday.

Photo by --/AFP/Getty Images

Former President of Cuba Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in nine months on Wednesday night when he attended the opening of an art studio in Havana. According to the Miami Herald, Wednesday also marked the 55th anniversary of Castro’s arrival in the capital city after overthrowing the Batista government. Annual celebrations were cancelled this year due to cold weather on the island.

Castro, 87, was assisted by two aides -- a physical therapist and physician, reports the Herald -- and relied on a cane to walk. Images show him wearing a coat, green scarf, sneakers, and stooping rather severely.

Advertisement

Since ceding power to his brother Raul in 2006, Castro, who ruled Cuba for 47 years, has kept a low profile. His last public appearance was in April of 2013, when he attended the opening of a school in Havana. More recently, pictures of Castro were seen after a private meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in December of 2013.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Amazon Is Launching a Serious Run at Apple and Samsung

Television

Slim Pickings at the Network TV Bazaar

Three talented actresses in three terrible shows.

Foreigners

More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

We Could Fix Climate Change for Free. Now There’s Just One Thing Holding Us Back.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 17 2014 7:03 PM Once Again, a Climate Policy Hearing Descends Into Absurdity
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Outward
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Jurisprudence
Sept. 17 2014 4:49 PM Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music Is it art or a true threat of violence?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?