Fidel is glued to the tube

OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has gotten so wrapped up in the Pan-American Games taking place in Rio this month, he’s forgetting to take his pills. In his newspaper column “Reflections of the Comandante,” Castro writes:  I don’t miss a single event on television: weights, taekwondo, rowing, cycling, beach volleyball… I hardly ...

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Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has gotten so wrapped up in the Pan-American Games taking place in Rio this month, he's forgetting to take his pills. In his newspaper column "Reflections of the Comandante," Castro writes: 

I don't miss a single event on television: weights, taekwondo, rowing, cycling, beach volleyball... I hardly take my eyes off the television set. Sometimes I forget when it is time to eat or take a pill.

OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has gotten so wrapped up in the Pan-American Games taking place in Rio this month, he’s forgetting to take his pills. In his newspaper column “Reflections of the Comandante,” Castro writes: 

I don’t miss a single event on television: weights, taekwondo, rowing, cycling, beach volleyball… I hardly take my eyes off the television set. Sometimes I forget when it is time to eat or take a pill.

I can hardly blame him. It’s not every day that Cuba can celebrate triumphs on the world stage, but right now, the island nation trails only the USA in gold medals won. Today, the Cuban baseball team will face off against Nicaragua for a spot in tomorrow’s finals. For Fidel’s sake, I wish them luck.

Sam duPont is a Master's candidate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and focused his capstone research on transitional democracies and elections in fragile states.

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