How much longer is Castro going to live?
Is the tobacco for Cuban cigars watered with the elixir of life? (not the elixir of youth though, judging by the photo).
Cuba has done just fine without the US for nearly half a century, why would they want to change now?
24hrs a day medical attention, the best food and nutrition, plus whatever else can be done to stretch the life of the hijo de puta.
From someone who lived there, has family there, and will go to visit in a few months for the 2nd time… Cuba has NOT been doing fine. (we did Ok-ish from the late 60’s until 1991 because of the Soviet Union)
thanks for the first hand account, I only know what I see as it’s filtered through corporate media.
do you think trade with the US would improve things, and Castro is being a resentful old man?
Here is the thing with Fidel man…
IF the embargo is going to be opened it has to be on HIS terms. Now, his terms are not too complicated, only there is no go areas on what he does in his country socially, politically and economically. (so none of that letting free the political prisoners, opening the press, letting people have access to the internet, etc).
So if the embargo is lifted under his terms then there will be enough capital to finance the longegevity of the dictatorship for years to come.
----let me point out, that Raul is probably the one interested in doing some kind of negociations and do ecnomic reforms like the Chinese did. He has done some, but they are by no means complete.
Let me point out a few things to keep in mind:
-Cuba’s economic problems are simply the result of the non-workability of the socialist economic model. Sure the embargo complicates things a little. But the destruction of the sugar and cattle industry (to name a few which were prominant throughout Cuba’s history) has nothing to do with the embargo.
-The embargo serves as an excuse to blame the economic problems and difficulties the people in Cuba live with.
–Also…the Bay of Pigs and Republican administrations are used to warn people of a posible American invasion. It was done heavily during Reagan and Bush I, and during Bush II but to a lesser degree. It used to be same with Democrat administrations but after Carter that changed.
-And IF Fidel really could he would do away with all the tourism and international trade and return to the true 100% Socialist economic model. In 1992-3 he was forced to open the country to trade and tourism to keep the country from falling and allow small private business to open.
–Now that Chavez has helped finance him, and China is buying Copper from Cuba’s mines Fidel has been able to scale back on the private business issue. ex: no more private restuarants with tables and seats, only kiosks are allowed.
-RAUL, on the other hand, is more pragmatic. And he is likely to follow the Chinese model. Once Fidel dies, then Raul will be free to do as he sees fit. As old and beat up as Fidel is, he can still take it back anytime he feels like it.
Now that is a well put, intelligent and accurate post. Nice job.