This is news?
As usual, the AP bureau in Havana is short on real news. So why not pretend that Castrolandia actually has an assembly of "lawmakers" who are "elected" by the Cuban people? And why not also pretend that their two yearly meetings deserve attention? The so-called parliament at the center of this pseudo-news piece doesn't consist of "legislators." A more appropriate term would be "robots." The whole assembly serves the same function as a single key on any computer keyboard: press it, and it does what is has been programmed to do.
Of course, this nifty little report is added to the plus column in the AP's permanent record, over at the Ministry of Truth. Good boys and girls. They do as they are told, just like the so-called "lawmakers." It makes no difference that international journalists are not allowed to witness the proceedings. When all is said and done, these "journalists" would be afraid to report what really happens anyway.
Raul Castro presides over Cuba parliament in year-end session; economy, budget top agenda
HAVANA – Cuban lawmakers are holding the second of their twice-annual sessions with a year-end report expected on the state of the country's economy.
Legislators are also to approve next year's budget.
Cuban leaders have sometimes used the parliamentary gatherings to make important announcements or policy statements.
Observers will be watching for word on the progress of President Raul Castro's economic reform plan and efforts to promote younger leaders.
The unicameral parliament will reconvene in February with a new membership following elections. It is then expected to name Castro to another five-year term.
State-run media said Castro presided over Thursday's session.
It was not open to international journalists.