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Raul Castro’s ‘reforms’ paying dividends in Cuba?

How well are Raul Castro's reforms working in Cuba and are the Cuban people really better off today?

Well, the evidence is in and the results are irrefutable...

Reporters Without Borders reports:

Cuba makes top-ten list of most repressive nations for journalists

"Cuba, the hemisphere’s only country to tolerate no independent  media (or with few exceptions), got the region’s lowest ranking – 171st. The past year has seen a renewed crackdown on dissent and the island now has two journalists in prison, one of them a state media employee."

Human Rights Watch reports:

Cuba only country in Latin America that represses all forms of dissent

"Cuba remains the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. In 2012, the government of Raúl Castro continued to enforce political conformity using short-term detentions, beatings, public acts of repudiation, travel restrictions, and forced exile.

"Although in 2010 and 2011 the Cuban government released dozens of political prisoners on the condition that they accept exile in exchange for their freedom, the government continues to sentence dissidents to one to four-year prison terms in closed, summary trials, and holds others for extended periods without charge. It has also relied increasingly upon arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions to restrict the basic rights of its critics, including the right to assemble and move freely."

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2 comments to Raul Castro’s ‘reforms’ paying dividends in Cuba?

  • asombra

    If all I knew about Ratso is that he’s a bogus military man, never mind a bogus general (even one star would be a fraud, and four is megafraud), it’d be enough to mark him as a thoroughly disreputable and deceitful poseur. He never did more than play at soldiering, always keeping well away from any real danger, and his military bling is based on nepotism and politics, period. I suppose he may qualify as an office general, or a general of bureaucracy, but that’s it. Even that hopelessly inept “guerrillero,” the spectacularly inflated Che Guevara, was more of a soldier than Ratso, though that’s saying very little. But no, Ratso has absolutely no problem playing the role assigned to him by Big Brother long ago; no doubt he’s quite used to the whole shtick, and it may even feel real to him by now. Talk about bad theater.

  • asombra

    The Ratso "general" fraud is sort of like that of various secretly gay old Hollywood leading men, whose homosexuality was perfectly well known to those who created and marketed their fake personas, but the point was to sell a lie because there was gain to be had from doing so. It's the same, in principle, with the Che myth. Alas, there are so many willing and eager suckers out there that it's like taking candy from a baby.