Maclean's special report: Hasta la vista, Fidel

    The long life and brutal times of the world's last Communist dictator.
    Also in the issue hitting newsstands today: the newest, coolest and
    greenest cars of 2008; and, Emotions Anonymous - for people who feel too
    much. For information on these and other stories, visit

    TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Throughout his long life, Fidel Castro has
frequently found himself in harm's way. When he was 10 years old, he nearly
died of peritonitis. As a student radical in the 1940s, he participated in a
violent uprising in Colombia. He nearly died in the 1953 rebel attack on the
Moncada military barracks in Cuba, and was almost killed by Cuban secret
agents during his self-imposed exile in Mexico. In 1956, when he returned to
Cuba to take up arms in the revolution, he and two other guerrillas squatted
in sugar cane fields for three days as heavily armed government troops tried
to "smoke" them out by setting the fields on fire, and war planes circled
overhead dropping bombs. And since he and his revolutionaries stormed into
Havana in January 1959 to set up their Communist regime, the CIA has tried
638 times to kill him.
    Yet within this last year, for perhaps the first time during his
remarkable rule of almost half a century, Castro, the larger-than-life
revolutionary and Cold War warrior who outlasted nine U.S. presidents, seemed,
well, mortal. He appeared gaunt, his once-bushy beard reduced to a scraggly
mess, his hands emaciated, his face drawn and covered in liver spots. And so
it was no great surprise when, on Tuesday, the man who has inspired such
passionate sentiments of love and hate announced his retirement as Cuba's
president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Maclean's examines the
life and times of the last true Communist dictator, in the Special Issue on
newsstands today.

    2008 Auto Report

    Car company executives fell all over themselves at the 2008 North
American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, trying to prove they
were green, green, green, or at least inclined to lean that way sometime in
the near future. They talked, talked, talked about biodiesel fuel, and hybrids
and lithium ion batteries, but it's all still theoretical. Overall, Detroit
was about power and getting a good preview of what to watch for at this week's
Toronto Auto Show. "North American automakers are still more about getting
people where they're going in a hurry," writes Maclean's Barbara Righton,
"while putting out ideas for a green future that are at least intriguing."

    Emotions Anonymous

    A new trend is developing in self-help - emotion control. There are
nearly a hundred Emotions Anonymous groups across Canada. One province,
Quebec, hosts more than half of them. Welcome to Emotions Anonymous: 'My name
is Amy and I'm powerless over my emotions,' in this week's Maclean's.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit

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