Worst of the Worst Dictators: Raul Castro comes in fourth

Foreign Policy magazine lists the worst of the worst dictators in the world. Raul Castro comes in fourth, surpassed only by dictators in Sudan, Iran, and Uganda:

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4. RAÚL CASTRO

Cuba

After 52 years under the rule of the Castro brothers, Cubans are stirring. On Aug. 23, a group of four http://www.foreignpolicy.com/files/fp_uploaded_images/110909_0_raul.jpgwomen took to the steps of the capitol building in Havana chanting “freedom.” The Castro security goons pounced, raining rocks and using iron bars on the unarmed ladies. The crowd that had gathered booed, hissed, and insulted the agents.
Things were already getting hot for Raúl prior to the Arab Spring. Cuba’s socialist economy has been in the doldrums. On Sept. 13, 2010, Cuba announced it would lay off “at least” half a million state workers over the next six months and simultaneously allow more jobs to be created in the private sector as the socialist economy struggled to get back on its feet. The plan was part of a pledge to shed some one million state jobs, a full fifth of the official workforce. It increasingly looks like Raúl’s plan is akin to Mikhail Gorbachev’s “perestroika” — sans “glasnost.”

“Our state cannot and should not continue maintaining companies, productive entities and services with inflated payrolls and losses that damage our economy and result counterproductive, create bad habits and distort workers’ conduct,” the CTC, Cuba’s official labor union, announced. The Castro regime, which has for decades relied on its relatively generous welfare state to retain autocratic rule, will now have to rely entirely on state repression. It’s a very fragile arrangement.

2 thoughts on “Worst of the Worst Dictators: Raul Castro comes in fourth”

  1. I beg to differ with Foreign Policy. Raul should be put as number 1. For starters, he has been in power for far longer than those dictators that are ahead of him. In fact, he has co-misruled Cuba with his brother fidel for 52 years. Bashir who is put as number 1 has been in power for 21 years, that’s less than half as long as Raul. Then we have to examine where the country was when the dictator first took over and where it is now. Cuba was far better off than Sudan, Iran or Uganda. In fact, in the 1950’s, Cuba was better off than half of Europe! It was never like Sudan, Iran or Uganda. The drop that Cuba has had since the castros took over is enormous. I dare say that Iran [at least]is presently far more prosperous than Cuba. The destruction of Cuba has been so far reaching and pervasive that there is no comparison. Virtually every aspect of Cuban life has been corrupted and destroyed by the castro brothers: culture, natural and environmental patrimony, demographics, architecture, family life, prosperity, psychological well-being, ethics and morality of the population, etc..

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