Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Castro to step down in Cuba

It's the end of an era in Cuba; Fidel Castro is stepping down in Cuba.

Probably won't mean much really, since it seems his brother, Raul, will likely take over.

Funny though, considering all the ways the CIA tried to assassinate Castro he ends up retiring.

Given Castro's penchant for military intervention I can see why they tried, of course.

Some will try to find some good in Castro's reign. I can't see much, myself. Neither can those who go to great lengths to leave Cuba:
The Cuban exodus has lasted almost half a century and has brought more than two million Cubans of all social classes to the United States. Others have emigrated to Spain, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, and other countries. It still is standard procedure for the Cuban government to strip almost all property from most of those leaving the island. Many prominent Cubans, including artists, professionals, sports stars, etc. traveling abroad, have chosen to defect and seek asylum in other countries.

Hell, even Human Rights Watch doesn't have much good to say about Cuba under Castro:
Cuba remains a Latin American anomaly: an undemocratic government that represses nearly all forms of political dissent. President Fidel Castro, now in his forty-seventh year in power, shows no willingness to consider even minor reforms. Instead, his government continues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions, long- and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police warnings, surveillance, house arrests, travel restrictions, and politically-motivated dismissals from employment. The end result is that Cubans are systematically denied basic rights to free expression, association, assembly, privacy, movement, and due process of law.

Doesn't seem like much will change for Cuba, but one can always hope.

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