Change from Fidel to Raúl is a-coming
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
The more things change , the more they stay the same.
According to Putney, who's talked to all sorts of "Cuban Experts", The change will be........................
More of the same, lies, propaganda and smoke and mirrors
Here are some of the changes:
Babun says Cuba has received 130 new buses from China but has only 40 in general operation. Another 40 buses ferry members of the Communist Youth Union around the country doing various tasks. Raúl is also sitting on six big electricity generators that were imported from Europe, but none has gone on line. They will, along with those 50 new buses, Babun predicts, when Raúl believes the time is right. When he needs to show the Cuban people that he can deliver things they desperately need -- electricity and transportation. Very clever.
What it has recently allowed are new rules (La Ley de Cultos) that spell out when churches can expand their operations, proselytize, hand out literature, even use microphones at services. This works in favor of the growing evangelical movement in Cuba and against the Catholic Church, which is the only viable nongovernmental institution on the island.
What else might Raúl do to secure his place as the líder máximo? Release a group of about 130 dissidents, which would send a symbolic message to Washington about his position on human rights
He might also tell Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo, the former Miamian and Cuban political prisoner who returned to Cuba a few years ago to start an opposition political party, that he can open an office, hand out pamphlets, maybe even get his name on a few local ballots. Cuba would remain a one-party country in practice and theory, but even this small political opening would send Washington another signal.
Now, what would be the result of these "symbolic" propaganda tricks?
Better U.S.-Cuba relations:Which is the obsession of all Castro "likers", sympathisers, useful idiots and apologists
Fidel thought the doors were opening too wide and closed them. I'd bet that Raúl, with a few positive signs from Washington, will allow them to nudge open again.
Sheesh and they call US hardliners !
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