Sunday, January 29, 2012

Al Jazeera English: Cuba's old guard faces a new world

"It has been described as a gerontocracy run by 80-year-olds, and Cuba’s Communist Party convention over the weekend largely lived up to the stereotypes surrounding the country's political leaders, despite the country's slow push towards economic liberalisation.

The conference, a rare occasion, saw more than 800 delegates discuss a series of economic changes, largely aimed at making it easier for Cubans to run small businesses. The party is also considering age limits for high-ranking officials, and term limits for politicians, as it seeks to broaden its base among the youth of the island and abroad."

The Al Jazeera feature on Cuba is interesting because it shows how out of touch the Republican candidates for president are on Cuba. See the link for an in depth article on Cuba that does not reflect the views of American main stream media or Fox News.

Mitt Romney's ideological stance on Cuba: 

Mitt Romney will adopt a clear policy toward the Cuban regime: no accommodation, no appeasement. The United States should not relent until the day when the Castros’ regime meets its end and their history is written among the world's most reviled despots, tyrants, and frauds.

Newt Gingrich said that if elected, he would "not tolerate four more years of a Cuban dictatorship".

If the US planes bombed Libya, should they do the same with Cuba?
Ron Paul had the only realistic and presidential view in the Jacksonville debate. He called for communication and diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying that people's positions have changed dramatically over the last few years.

Paul is right. The other GOP candidates are clueless.


Cuba's old guard faces a new world - Features - Al Jazeera English

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