Thursday, September 09, 2010

Can you teach an old commie new tricks?

It is fascinating to see that even fidel castro realizes Cuba's economic system doesn't work. I hope trudeau can hear this from wherever he is now. trudeau spent a lot of time buttering up and hanging out with brezhnev and ceaucescu, fidel and other commie dictators. trudeau told castro not to modernize the Cuban system "too quickly". The misery of millions of Cubans is partly due to western commie sympathaziers like trudeau. justin must be so proud. This is the hero of the grits? Apparently castro can learn new tricks, but not trudeaus.

HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba's communist economic model doesn't work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago.

The fact that things are not working efficiently on this cash-strapped Caribbean island is hardly news. Fidel's brother Raul, the country's president, has said the same thing repeatedly. But the blunt assessment by the father of Cuba's 1959 revolution is sure to raise eyebrows.

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, asked if Cuba's economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore," Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.

He said Castro made the comment casually over lunch following a long talk about the Middle East, and did not elaborate. The Cuban government had no immediate comment on Goldberg's account.

Julia Sweig, a Cuba expert at the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations who accompanied Goldberg on the trip, confirmed the Cuban leader's comment. She told The Associated Press she took the remark to be in line with Raul Castro's call for gradual but widespread reform.

Since stepping down from power in 2006, the ex-president has focused almost entirely on international affairs and said very little about Cuba and its politics, perhaps to limit the perception he is stepping on his brother's toes.

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