Talk:Raúl Castro

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Is Raul Castro a "President"[edit]

Google gives the definition of "president" as "the elected head of a republican state." says "the highest executive officer of a modern republic, as the Chief Executive of the United States." (

Clearly, neither Raul Castro nor his brother predecessor Fidel Castro were elected into office. And clearly, Cuba is not a republic. By any reasonable definition, Raul Castro is a dictator. That has an unfavorable connotation, but that is the accurate word to use. I am open to hearing counter points on this.

Ramses89 (talk) 21:31, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

  • Hi Ramses89 Wikipedia is an Encyclopaedia built from reliable sources - so asserting a personal interpretation is not ok. Many may consider it an unearned title, but maybe many do not, you need reliable sources to back either claim. Although we may associate meanings with titles, in reality titles are inferred on people by organisations, in this case a country, and if there is no higher power (such as a government over companies) then they can use whatever title/word they want. In the case of Dictators since they dictate they get to decide what titles people use, and what titles mean. If he has the power to do so he could call himself anything. The question you are really bringing up is what the rest of the world thinks, and if other countries consider him a dictator then that could be added if you have reliable sources. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 22:09, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
  • hi Ramses as well as the criticism state above,Castro is elected(by the council of state),however it COULD be argued that he is a dictator,however if your definition of a dictator requires absolute power then no,cuba is ruled by the COMMUNIST PARTY,not by one communist,so whilst this isn't a democracy some definitions would say he isn't a dictator. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Albert einstein 1110 (talkcontribs) 07:09, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
I would also like to know your reasons for thinking that Cuba is not a republic. --ExperiencedArticleFixer (talk) 05:51, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

Raul's role in the Moncada Barracks Operation[edit]

Here is an interesting article from Granma which includes a facimile from the Oriente newspaper July 30, 1953, reporting RC's capture:

I believe he also played an important role in Operation Carlota - the Cuban defeat of the South African invasion of Angola in 1976. I'll post a source when I find it.

And Ramses II defeated the Hittites sure!! El Jigue 8-27-06


Is his father Ángel Castro y Argiz?

No not according to Díaz-Versón, Salvador 1980 One man, one battle. World Wide Pub. Co. New York ASIN B0006E1ULI. pp. 93 and 107, and a number of places on the web e.g. [1] And there is an old photograph on the web which shows his father Felipe Mirabal and Batista during his baptism ceremony. El Jigue 9-7-06

Vive Raúl![edit]

Report states that using odd grammar crowd cheers Raul. Apparently this cheer might be interpreted to indicate that some question if Raul has or has not joined the living dead "His speech, which closed the union's 19th congress in Havana, earned him a standing ovation from the crowd of about 1,400 people, which chanted ``Vive Raúl!" [2] El Jigue 9-29-06

Ruz or Ruiz??[edit]

I think his mother name is Ruiz. I have never heard the name Ruz. Ruy is a short for Rodrigo (Roderik), and Ruiz, a family name, means "son of Ruy" (as Rodriguez is "son of Rodrigo" and "Johnson is son of John"). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:30, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

If you have never heard the surname Ruz, then clearly you never studied the Castros thoroughly. --ExperiencedArticleFixer (talk) 05:54, 3 December 2016 (UTC)