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President Raúl Castro


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August 2009: 'On taking over as president, Raúl Castro called for “changes of structure and concept” in the economy, raising hopes in some quarters that Cuba would imitate Vietnam in moving to a capitalist economy under communist political control. Those hopes have yet to be met. He has instead concentrated on better administration, quietly promoting his own aides to key positions in the state bureaucracy. He has stressed discipline and control. The assembly approved a law to set up a new auditor-general’s office, to stamp out corruption. The education minister and the rector of the University of Havana were fired after a poll found revolutionary spirit was lacking among both students and professors.'

http://www.economist.com/world/americas/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14183005

June 2009: "In Cuba, President Raúl Castro's government has imposed a complete blackout of news surrounding the Iranian elections. But word of developments is trickling through, anyway."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062604343.html

April 2008: 'The government of President Raúl Castro has lifted a ban on Cubans staying in hotels on the island, tourism industry employees said Monday, in an apparent end to a policy that exiled bloggers and other critics had dubbed "tourism apartheid."....Castro has enacted multiple reforms since succeeding his ailing older brother, Fidel, on Feb. 24. He has ended a ban on private ownership of cellphones, done away with rules that required farmers to buy materials from state-run stores, voided a rule that forced residents to pick up prescriptions at inconveniently located pharmacies and lifted a ban on purchases of electronics.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/03/31/ST2008033102779.html

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Family Member Successor to Fidel Castro Person Apr 3, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Aug 06, 2009 When two plus two equals three: Cuba's penurious revolution

QUOTE: On taking over as president [of Cuba], Raúl Castro called for “changes of structure and concept” in the economy, raising hopes in some quarters that Cuba would imitate Vietnam in moving to a capitalist economy under communist political control. Those hopes have yet to be met.

Economist
Jun 27, 2009 Authoritarian Regimes Censor News From Iran

QUOTE: pro-democracy protests that appeared to inspire and energize one another broke out in Eastern Europe, Burma, China and elsewhere. Not all evolved into full-fledged revolutions, but communist regimes fell in a broad swath of countries, and the global balance of power shifted. A similar infectiousness has shown up in subtle acts of defiance by democracy advocates around the world this week.

Washington Post
Apr 01, 2008 The End of 'Tourism Apartheid': Cuba Repeals Ban on Its Citizens Staying in Hotels on Island

QUOTE: The government of President Raúl Castro has lifted a ban on Cubans staying in hotels on the island, tourism industry employees said Monday, in an apparent end to a policy that exiled bloggers and other critics had dubbed "tourism apartheid."

Washington Post