If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend Jeffrey Goodberg‘s posts about his lengthy interview with Castro. It’s really first class:
“Fidel is at an early stage of reinventing himself as a senior statesman, not as head of state, on the domestic stage, but primarily on the international stage, which has always been a priority for him,” she said. “Matters of war, peace and international security are a central focus: Nuclear proliferation climate change, these are the major issues for him, and he’s really just getting started, using any potential media platform to communicate his views. He has time on his hands now that he didn’t expect to have. And he’s revisiting history, and revisiting his own history.”
The exchange about the dolphin show is a classic piece that somehow manages to portray Fidel as an adorable old guy while still hinting at his still considerable autocratic power.
He asked us, “Would you like to go the aquarium with me to see the dolphin show?”
I wasn’t sure I heard him correctly. (This happened a number of times during my visit). “The dolphin show?”
“The dolphins are very intelligent animals,” Castro said.
Someone at the table mentioned that the aquarium was closed on Mondays. Fidel said, “It will be open tomorrow.”
And so it was.