Started by WitchSabrina, February 23, 2013, 07:06:13 AM
QuoteHAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent.The Cuban leader is scheduled to be named by parliament to a new five-year term Sunday, and Castro urged reporters to listen to his speech that day."I am going to resign," Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, an enigmatic smile on his face. It was not clear whether he was joking."I am going to be 82 years old," Castro added. "I have the right to retire, don't you think?"When reporters continued to shout questions about his plans for the next five years, Castro replied: "Why are you so incredulous?"He said to listen carefully on Sunday."It will be an interesting speech," he said. "Pay attention."Castro's tone was light and his comments came in informal remarks at a mausoleum dedicated to soldiers from the former Soviet Union who have died around the world.The Cuban leader has spoken before of his desire to implement a two-term limit for all Cuban government positions, including the presidency. He has also alluded to the limited time he has left to overhaul the island's weak Marxist economy.
Quote from: "NitzWalsh"Does the USA still have sanctions against Cuba?
Quote from: "NitzWalsh"I'm tempted to visit Cuba. Apparently there are some decent tourist traps there.Does the USA still have sanctions against Cuba?
Quote from: "Rejak"All hail the power and wisdom of US foreign policy :roll:
Quote from: "Noodle"Y'know, as an observer, I've noticed than when a Government (any Government) doesn't like someone, be it another Country, Government, Organization, or even a specific Person, the Citizens of that country will only hear the worst about that Particular 'enemy of the state'. Conversely, they will glorify the worst kind of tyrant, if it suits their purpose.The 'bad guys' aren't necessarily as bad as they're painted.Nor are the 'good guys' as good.Propaganda = expedience before virtue every time.
Quote from: "SGOS"I was in grade school during the early part of the cold war. We were taught about propaganda, which was a whole new word as well as concept to me. It's one of those odd things that stuck with me over the years. Here's what we learned that day.1. Propaganda is lying to the people2. Propaganda is bad, evil, and treacherous.3. It's what the Russians do.It made me hate the Russian Government. For some reason that lesson became internalized, and I believed it for many years. In my 20s, I began to question it, but oddly, I still believed it. It was a long time before I understood the lesson was actually propaganda in itself. Later still, I realized how dishonest and contemptible my own government was. Once I let go of that internalized belief, I was stunned to realize that I was being continually bombarded by misinformation from my government. At first I wondered if other people were buying it the way I had been. Eventually, I was horrified to realize that many people, some older and wiser than myself, were buying it completely.
Quote from: "WitchSabrina"Cuba is incredibly poor though and the chances of getting ahead in that country seems slim unless you're born to it. There Has to be Some reason why people flee and drown trying to get to American soil.
Quote from: "SGOS"Quote from: "WitchSabrina"Cuba is incredibly poor though and the chances of getting ahead in that country seems slim unless you're born to it. There Has to be Some reason why people flee and drown trying to get to American soil.People in any country must vary in their needs. Maybe there is something here they want. I also seem to recall that many of these Cubans are fleeing the politcal system, not actucally poverty. But on the same hand, we hear Americans, even in this forum, both conservative and liberal, who have talked about moving to Canada. One size does not fit all.That Cuban fellow I made friends with in Mexico never talked about poverty in Cuba, not that I asked him about it. But I gathered his positive comments about Castro had something to do with living through the days of the Batista Administration. Sweeping changes took place when Castro took over, and according to him poor people came out better. Of course they were still poor, but better off than before. But his issue wasn't about poverty. It was about political structure. Now he's only one Cuban, in fact the only Cuban I've had a chance to talk with, so I can't say he's typical of the population.