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Castro Sours on Obama

After weeks of praising Obama, an ailing Fidel Castro has reverted to his usual brand of antagonism, demanding that the "abusive... empire" return Guantánamo Bay to Cuban control and stop "the genocide against Palestinians." The criticism came via the quondam dictator's preferred platform, a personal web column entitled "Reflections of Comrade Fidel." In the same column last week, Castro praised Obama as "a living symbol of the American dream." Though Obama plans to close Guantánamo's infamous prison, the US Navy plans to maintain its base there.