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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

  • Fidel Castro Temporarily Cedes Power While Undergoing Surgery

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    Cuban President Fidel Castro has temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul while he undergoes surgery to repair an ailment that has caused intestinal bleeding. This marks the first time since he became president in 1959 that Castro has ceded power. We play an excerpt of the documentary "Fidel: The Untold Story." [includes rush transcript]

  • Exclusive From Havana: Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon Says Castro is "Very Alive and Very Alert"; Condemns US Plans for Post-Castro Cuba and Bush’s Meeting With Exiles Advocating Cu

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    In an exclusive interview from Havana, Ricardo Alarcon tells Democracy Now!: "I met with [Castro] personally before the announcement was issued, and yesterday, I was in communication with him also. He is perfectly conscious, very good speech as always. We talked for over a half an hour on many things going on in the world, the impact that the announcement has had."[includes rush transcript]

  • Cuban 5 Remain Imprisoned Despite Orders For Their Release

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    Ruben Campa, Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Luis Medina and Antonio Guerrero were arrested in Florida and were tried and convicted of espionage and conspiracy. They were accused of spying on Cuban-American exile leaders and convicted in December of 2001. Last year, a federal court overturned their convictions. But the US government has not released them. We speak with Leonard Weinglass, attorney for the Cuban 5. [includes rush transcript]

  • Israel Launches Massive Ground Invasion of Lebanon

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    Israel has sent as many as 18,000 troops into Lebanon as part of a massive ground invasion. The ground assault comes as Israel continues to bomb areas around South Lebanon. Tens of thousands of Lebanese refugees are expected to once again be displaced as bombing intensifies. Newsday Middle East Bureau Chief Mohamad Bazzi joins us from Beirut. [includes rush transcript]