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Cuba: The ‘reforms’ of a feudal lord

Have you ever wondered what the reforms of a feudal lord would look like? Look no further than Cuba. Regardless of the decrees handed down by dictator Raul Castro, and despite all the hype surrounding the supposed "reforms" taking place, the feudal lord of the island will never relinquish his ownership of everything!

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Where's the "Reform"?

The foreign media is buzzing today that General (or "President," as they like to call him) Raul Castro is making "more refoms to the retail sector."

Sounds impressive, huh?

Now here's Cuban state media:

"From January 1, 2012, the Cuban government will extend lease options to self-employed workers, including those who work as carpenterss and photographer, according to resolutions published on Monday in the Official Gazette.

The rules of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Labor and Finance and Prices also include the trades of upholsterer, locksmith, clockmaker, shoemaker, and repairers of jewelry, mattresses and electrical equipment, among other services."

Note the absurdity of such control and micromanagement.

Yet, even among such limited crafts, they stress:

"The buildings and means to be included in contracts will remain state properties."

As always, the Castro regime owns everything.

So where's the "reform"?

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