Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2010

Castro: Cuban model doesn’t work

September 9, 2010


— 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 whether 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.


notaubermime 3 years, 7 months ago

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beatrice 3 years, 7 months ago

Cuban model doesn't work? I thought this was going to be a story about the Dallas Mavericks.


notajayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

"Cuban model doesn’t work"

No kiddin'.

Gee, this is about as big a news story as that one a few days ago about the state employees union endorsing a Democratic candidate. Thank god for the press, without whom we'd never know these things.


Flap Doodle 3 years, 7 months ago

Imagine the shocked look on bozo's face.


Stuart Evans 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm wondering if he's beginning to get a taste for theocracy since he's been hanging around the Iranians. Or maybe his comment means that the US has embroiled the entire world so deeply into capitalism that no country can escape it.


Turbin_Cowboy 3 years, 7 months ago

Where is Michael Moore when Castro needs him. Mikey will help. He'll help any dictator.


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