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Is it a happy birthday Fidel?

Mark Sandell Mark Sandell | 10:13 UK time, Friday, 1 December 2006

Castro 50 years ago
Alright, I know it was August the 13th but in Cuba itself they're celebrating their leader's 80th this week. We thought we'd mark it with a Cuba special today...here's Anna's original post on our guest Dr Wayne S.Smith. The show will be co-presented with Ros in London and Emilio San Pedro in Miami.
And we want to hear from you...so no change there... Two questions seem to be dominating...


Has it become an American obession that does neither country any good? Or is America right to keep Fidel and his country at a long arms length?


He's the longest-serving leader in the world but has he served his countrymen and women well? Has he managed the economy well? Has he provided Cubans with proper human rights? Are those that call his regime repressive correct?

We'll bring together as many people who are in Cuba (that's difficult) and people who have been to Cuba (that's easier). If you'd like to be involved in the show, post here, leave your number and we'll get in touch.

We've been discussing whether we should be talking about World AIDS Day. We've decided against it today but that's got nothing nto do with us thinking it's not something you want to talk about. We're going to spend a little time preparing a show devoted to the subject. Our idea is to have the show hosted by 3 or 4 of you around the world who have HIV / AIDS and have you talk with whoever wants to come on the show about personal experiences of having HIV /AIDS as well as the quality of treatment available in your country. If you'd like to take part, please drop us a line.


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