Cuba has published a collection of the thoughts of its former leader Fidel Castro, who led the country for 49 years before resigning last year. The Dictionary of Thoughts of Fidel Castro will be “a valuable tool for the ideological debate in the contemporary world and the work of constructing socialism in our country,” the Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Tuesday. The Diccionario del pensamiento de Fidel Castro, by Salomon Susi Sarfati, puts in alphabetical order the essential “criteria and concepts expressed by the Commander-in-Chief,” Granma said. The book was launched last Saturday, five days ahead of Castro’s 83rd birthday on Aug. 13.
Castro has not been seen in public since undergoing surgery for an undisclosed intestinal ailment in July 2006, but continues to play a role in the government and writes columns for Cuban media.