Our good friend Charlie Bravo informs us that Killcastro's contacts in Cuba have learned that Fidel has undergone a tracheostomy in recent days. This has been confirmed independently by Karmchand, a blogger from Cuba, whose Bitácora Cubana we recommend to your consideration.
This development tells us something about the present state of Fidel Castro's health. He was obviously having difficulty breathing on his own, which necessitated the tracheotomy; however, his condition is not yet so critical as to require a ventilator to do his breathing for him. Still, a tracheostomy is not a positive development. Speech is now difficult if not impossible for him.
Castro now has an artificial pipe for inhaling air and an artificial pipe for exhaling air. I wonder, if Chávez blew on one end, whether the air would come out the other? We know which end Chávez would choose to blow into.