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Dr. Zin

Castro Resigns

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Wow. And I thought I misread something when MSN said something about "Post-Castro" Cuba. Good stuff.

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He pretty much was a last remaining thread that was the Cold War. I'm glad to see him step down so now Cuba can evolve as a country. Hopefully for the good of it’s people.

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Huh, they'll be buried in Nissans before you know it

As i like the underdog, i feel sorry for the vanishing of Communism in a way. Sure it has it's faults (like any country is without scandal somewhere) but it's, well, "different" to either democracy or straightforward despotism that flourishes everywhere else

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I'm somewhat saddened by this, because I personally love Cuba the way it is, and I believe with Castro's resignation and eventual death, all that I liked about it will vanish as it is thrust quickly and unreadily into the 21st Century. Fidel Castro is one of the only men to meet and know most all of the important people of the 20th Century and live through it.

I guess Ernest Hemingway was right all along.

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Well see what happens, but this isn't like in many Eastern European countries where socialism was pushed out or crumbled with the Soviet Union. Castro is just old, personally, like anyone who needs to retire from their day to day job when the time comes. Cuba's revolution was its own, and not just an avalanche with the USSR's weight on it (as in most of the case of the Soviet bloc countries). Besides, in much of Latin America (and other places) Cuba as it has been till now is pretty emblematic to many.

Cuba isn't and never was really communist; to be precise it had strong ties with Communism from the crisis in the 60s till the fall of the Soviet Union, mainly for self-preservation, but managed its own style of state socialism.

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Technician said:

He pretty much was a last remaining thread that was the Cold War. I'm glad to see him step down so now Cuba can evolve as a country. Hopefully for the good of it’s people.

Cuba won't evolve as a country until the US lifts its sanctions.

Anyway, unlike most people, I never thought Castro an evil man. He's as corrupt as any leader, but less so than many. He did pretty good at runnign the country. It just had a poor economy and since the U.S., Cuba's biggest and most wealthy neighbour, wouldn't trade with them, there was really nothing to do about it.

Speaking of which, the only reason the U.S. was ever aggressive with Cuba was because Cuba was one of those "island paradise" places where the rich could get away, and was also a big gambling mecca, which the Mafia had huge obvious ties to. So really it was the rich putting pressure on the government to try and get their bit of land back. Free Cuba tried to ally with the U.S. early on and make a constitution similar to ours, but the U.S. just wanted their land back, so they had to turn to the Soviets for support. So really, all the bad things the government says about Cuba, it's really their own fault for shooting themselves in the foot.

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I was thinking it would be his brother Raoul, who ran the country while Fidel was in the hospital. Still, he's probably getting pretty old as well, so they might pick someone else.

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Don't get your anti-commie hopes up yet people. There's still Vladimir Putin and his path of returning to Communism in a way, if I'm not mistaken ;)

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Texas Libra said:

Don't get your anti-commie hopes up yet people. There's still Vladimir Putin and his path of returning to Communism in a way, if I'm not mistaken ;)


Actually, The Russian Federation is capitalist and the Soviet Union (and Cuba) never was communist it was actually Stalinist or best way to put it, State Capitalist (not to mention that China, North Korea, Vietnam are also state capitalist based on Maoist principles which is not actually communism in reality)

I also advise you to read the Communist Manifesto to know what Communism really is about despite what most people have been told through bourgeoisie media/propaganda.

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Well of course the "commie" countries arent true Marxist communism (Russia in the very early days after the revolution was probably the closest anybody got). And if you ask me from what i've heard modern Russia seems to be wavering around either an extremely corrupt right-wing "democracy" (he ought to ask a few African leaders for pointers), with numerous large pressure groups pushing for hardline Christian rule (they could ask a few Middle eastern leaders for advice on running a brutal theocracy)

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I forgot to mention Leon Trotsky's "A Revolution Betrayed" which is a good read along with George Orwell's fairy tale version "Animal Farm" to know the true story for what happened in the Soviet Union.

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