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Castro: I quit as party leader five years ago

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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 12:16 AM
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Castro: I quit as party leader five years ago


english.aljazeera.net

Fidel Castro has finally confirmed his resignation as head of Cuba''s Communist Party, five years after quitting the post.

Castro, 84, retreated from public life and ceded most of his duties to his brother, Raul Castro, when he underwent emergency intestinal surgery in 2006.

He officially handed the country''s presidency to his brother, Raul Castro, in February 2008, having led the Caribbean nation since the 1959 revolution that brought him to power.
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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 12:16 AM
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Well, no matter how you hold Castro in your regards, we can all say he achieved many things in his short life. He was part of the revoloutianary movement, he did his best to throw out a corrupt government and revert power to the people. He lowered the cost of living and brought socialist reforms. He was a thorn to the Great American Empire.
It seems as if many of his own people thought he war still running the show

"It''s incredible. Nobody can believe it," said Magaly Delgado, a 72-year-old Havana retiree, told the Associated Press news agency. "I always thought he was still in charge. ... He never said he had resigned."

Of course he has atracted criticism

Activists Felix Navarro and Jose Daniel Ferrer are the last of 75 prominent intellectuals, opposition leaders and activists whose imprisonment on charges including treason had attacked criticism from Amnesty International and human rights activists.

Which the governing body has responded too.

Cuba has been releasing the prisoners gradually under a July agreement reached between Raul Castro and Jaime Ortega.

So the question is, after Castro dies, what will happen to Cuba? Will it be the great and beautiful, un-exploited nation it currently is. Or will the West finally see the day in Cuba.

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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 12:27 AM
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Obviously and evidently, its citizens do and have and should achieve a higher standard of living. In my opinion, its well overdue.

Peace



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 12:36 AM
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Originally posted by tristar
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Obviously and evidently, its citizens do and have and should achieve a higher standard of living. In my opinion, its well overdue.

Peace


it's pretty hard with a u.s. embargo starving them to death.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 01:11 AM
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Originally posted by tristar
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Obviously and evidently, its citizens do and have and should achieve a higher standard of living. In my opinion, its well overdue.

Peace


It's not simply that the communist party is to blame. The U.S has placed an embargo on them which wasn' difficult to manouver around untill the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then Cuba has had to reshape the way its citizens live their lives. From what their diet is, to how they farm. It is difficult to achieve strong economic growth and stability when you don't have the ability to access enough oil to do so, especially since they were once dependant on Soviet oil. However many cubans will tell you that they are happy with their lives, free healthcare and free schooling are atractive to people who prior to the revoloution didn't have much to be happy about.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 02:48 AM
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Originally posted by SpeachM1litant
he did his best to throw out a corrupt government and revert power to the people.


Ah yes, "revert power to the people" by holding a free election.... hold on, why bother with a election when you just make your brother el presidente!
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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 05:45 AM
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Originally posted by tristar
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Obviously and evidently, its citizens do and have and should achieve a higher standard of living. In my opinion, its well overdue.

Peace


it's pretty hard with a u.s. embargo starving them to death.


You people have no effing clue what you're talking about.

Take it from the son of Cuban refugees:

1. Fidel Castro has presided over an ever decreasing standard of living for the Cuban people. If you think this is because of the embargo you are sorely mistaken. For decades Castro has been trading with China, Europe, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Africa, the notion that this country has not been able to get ahead because of ONE absent trading partner is ridiculous.

2. Castro and his family are VERY rich...Well, the ones that didn't ditch him after he drove the country off a cliff. His government is well armed, and dissent is still being stamped out where ever it becomes too loud.

3. His 'Socialist reforms' are not a success. And for the first time in decades the Castro regime is permitting private businesses to function. Provided they can find the product, and provided they make enough money to stay afloat and feed the belly of the beast that is the enormously costly Cuban revolutionary government.

Fidel Says:

Fidel: 'Cuban Model Doesn't Even Work For Us Anymore'


I asked Julia to interpret this stunning statement for me. She said, "He wasn't rejecting the ideas of the Revolution. I took it to be an acknowledgment that under 'the Cuban model' the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country."

Julia pointed out that one effect of such a sentiment might be to create space for his brother, Raul, who is now president, to enact the necessary reforms in the face of what will surely be push-back from orthodox communists within the Party and the bureaucracy. Raul Castro is already loosening the state's hold on the economy. He recently announced, in fact, that small businesses can now operate and that foreign investors could now buy Cuban real estate. (The joke of this new announcement, of course, is that Americans are not allowed to invest in Cuba, not because of Cuban policy, but because of American policy. In other words, Cuba is beginning to adopt the sort of economic ideas that America has long-demanded it adopt, but Americans are not allowed to participate in this free-market experiment because of our government's hypocritical and stupidly self-defeating embargo policy.


While I completely agree that the embargo is ridiculous and has not achieved the goals that it outlines(and never will) Cuba's problems are created internally, and are not a product of US policy.
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