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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
By Steven L. Taylor

Via Reuters: Castro says recovering, sounds stronger

Sounding much healthier and more lucid than he has in taped video clips released during his convalescence, Castro laughed frequently in a half-hour chat with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that was marked by boyish humor.

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His guest appearance came as a surprise to listeners. Chavez said his energy minister was on the line but the 80-year-old Cuban’s voice broke in: “Listen, my distinguished and dear friend, how are you?”

“Goodness, it’s Fidel,” Chavez replied.

Then the two icons of Latin America’s left, who pride themselves on their anti-Americanism, exchanged pleasantries — in English.

“Fidel, how are you?” Chavez said with a heavy accent.

“Very well,” Castro replied as they both laughed.

Castro later commented on the fall of world stock markets on Tuesday, the worst in years, and said it was proof of his view that capitalism was in crisis.

Proof of life, so to speak.

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