23 February 2008

El Blog Del Compañero Fidel

It was a running joke in the Cuban American-Anti-Castro blogosphere that fidel had gone from “Commander in Chief” to “Blogger in Chief” since his “reflexiones” pretty much mirrored the rantings and raving common in most blogs-not this one. I’m so not like that.

Now that the Blogger in chief has “resigned” his “Commander in Chief”, it necessitated a name change to his blog. Now they call his blog “Reflections of Comrade Fidel”.

Very funny.

And now, the International press is catching on to Fidel’s new blogging career. Here’s a few paragraphs of a Moisés Naím article from the UK’s TimesOnline

About a year ago Fidel Castro started blogging. Every week or so he posted his “Reflections of the Commander in Chief”. While not strictly a blog, in his internet musings “El Comandante” does what bloggers do: he comments on the news, chastises enemies (Bush, Aznar), extols friends (Hugo!) or rambles on subjects he cares about (sport and politics).

On Tuesday his most recent post, which as usual was also published in Granma, Cuba's leading newspaper, was a bit different: “I will neither aspire to nor will I accept, I repeat, I will neither aspire to nor will I accept the positions of President of the State Council and Commander in Chief”, Castro wrote. Not many bloggers make history with their early morning postings. Moreover, in this history-making post El Comandante did reassure his readers that while he was relinquishing power they should not worry: he was keeping his blog. He would just change its name to “Reflections of El Compañero Fidel”.

Naim is concerned that the “transition” in Cuba may wind up leaving Cuba reseambling more like Albania than the Bahamas:

It is therefore safe to assume that if the post-Castro regime suddenly implodes, Cuba will end up looking more like Albania than the Bahamas. Instead of a massive flow of foreign investment into Cuba, America will get a massive inflow of refugees escaping a chaotic nation that no longer can or will stop them from fleeing abroad. Domestic politics will be unstable and nasty, with the Cuban exile community from America adding to their complexity.

A kindda “the glass is half empty” kindda guy, if you ask me. Why would we want to look like the Bahamas. Japan is more like it.

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