Cuba’s ‘Baseball Diplomay’: Lies and Misleading News Reports
Castro Lies and Misleading News Reports
Last month, we asked: "Why Are Cuban Baseball Players Still Defecting?"
After all, hadn't foreign news bureaus assured us in September (based on one-line in Granma) that Cuban athletes would now be permitted to play abroad?
Similarly, in October, foreign news bureaus assured us (again based on a report in Granma) that Cuba was ready to scrap its absurd "two-currency" system.
But apparently it's going to be quite a while before that happens.
Why do foreign news bureaus keep taking the Castro dictatorship at its discredited word?
(Kudos to AFP for being the only foreign news outlet to amend its previous reporting on this issue.)
The unification of Cuba's dual currency system will take at least three years, the architect of the unpopular two-decades old policy of using dollars and convertible pesos has said. The government announced last month that it would phase out the existing system as part of President Raul Castro's gradual attempt to streamline Cuba's Soviet-style economy.
Amid uncertainty about when the change will happen, Jose Luis Rodriguez, the communist state's minister of economy and planning between 1993 and 2009, said it would take time to devalue the exchange rate. "This process will likely take at least three years," he said, referring to the need to first devalue the exchange rate for business transactions, and then secondly for private individuals.