Havana, CUBA. 15th Feb, 2006. Young Cuban girl walks past one of many Cuban Maquinas, aka Yank tanks or pre 1960 American Classic cars in the streets of Havana. On July 31, 2006, Castro, after undergoing intestinal surgery, transferred his responsibilities to the vice-president, his younger brother Raœl. Castro's non-appearance at his 80th birthday celebration fueled reports that he has terminal stomach cancer. Cuban officials stated that Castro has no terminal illness and will eventually return to his public duties. Cuba is in a 1950's time capsule poised to change forever.