Castro sports contraband track suit

Cuban President Fidel Castro made an unusual fashion choice this week for some of the first photos of him that have been published in more than a year.

The pictures, released this weekend, show the Cuban leader in a white Nike track suit with a visible breast pocket  "swoosh" logo.

The only hitch? Its illegal for Nike to sell its products in Cuba, owing to a more than four-decades-old U.S. trade embargo on the island.

The most likely explanation for the banned tracksuit is that Castro imports his Nike gear from a non-embargoed nation. But rocking the "swoosh" logo may also be a subtle way of thumbing one's nose at the trade embargo, while reminding the world of how well its working.

Later this week Castro is scheduled to give a speech on the topic of how the United States is leading the world toward nuclear destruction. Hopefully he'll wear American apparel for that one, too.