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***Breaking News*** Castro To Resign

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Cuba's ailing leader Fidel Castro has announced he will not return to the presidency, in a letter published by official Communist Party paper, Granma.
Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7252109.stm

Even with his resigning, it will be business as usual in Cuba. Don't expect a change in regime anytime soon.
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Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7252109.stm

Even with his resigning, it will be business as usual in Cuba. Don't expect a change in regime anytime soon.
I'm not too sure about this. I think that every single President since Kennedy has had some sort of mental block against Castro since the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Not with out reason) It's kind of like when you look at a three year old and say, "Look, it's the BOOGY MAN!"

Perhaps a new person in charge may stop that block, and we may begin to talk to that country.
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A person I know on another site has family that left Cuba when Fidel came to power, apparently Raul is worse than Castro and led/leads the military.
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A person I know on another site has family that left Cuba when Fidel came to power, apparently Raul is worse than Castro and led/leads the military.
How old is his brother? Also, his brother has been in power for the past year, so how have things been going since then?
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A person I know on another site has family that left Cuba when Fidel came to power, apparently Raul is worse than Castro and led/leads the military.
My mom is a Cuban immigrant. She says the same thing about Raul.


I guess only time will tell. I really would like the embargo to be lifted. I want to see my family that was left behind.
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Yea I hardly doubt that a brother of a not-so-liked-by-the-US dictator isn't exactly going to be flowers and butterflies.
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How old is his brother? Also, his brother has been in power for the past year, so how have things been going since then?
He's no spring chicken- 76 years old. To be honest I don't know, I suppose I could ask. He's been in power but Fidel has been kept informed of what has been going on with the country the whole time. Who's to say that he hasn't also been involved in the decision making process (I'm talking about Fidel)?

There has been some debate over whether or not Raul Castro will be a hardliner and do whatever it takes to maintain the communist party's political power or that he could be open/willing to change Cuba's economy to one that is more free market friendly. He's also been quoted recently as saying that the communist system will remain. He doesn't make many appearances in public. I guess only time will tell.
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It should be interesting. Raul is known to retreat to alcohol when the going gets tough and without big brother Fidel to keep him on track it could be disastrous. Always in the past Fidel has kept Raul in line - now we shall see.

I saw Bush giving a speech last night about the situation and all I can say is, that man IMO is close to being a moron. He either needs to get some better speech writers or if he's writing his own speeches, he needs to stop. He doesn't know the first thing about diplomacy. He does more harm to the US by opening his mouth than the terrorists do I swear!
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I'll let you in on a conversation DH and I had last night.

DH: So Castro retired. You know, I never thought that was an option for a dictator. Overthrow in a bloody coup sure, but this is a different twist. What's he going to do? Go golf?
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I'll let you in on a conversation DH and I had last night.

DH: So Castro retired. You know, I never thought that was an option for a dictator. Overthrow in a bloody coup sure, but this is a different twist. What's he going to do? Go golf?

Castro didn't actually "retire". He turned things over to his brother Raul because his health is so bad. Raul has been actually doing the job for the past 18 months (since mid-2006) but under Fidel's guidance. I have no doubt Raul will still be under Fidel's guidance but Fidel may not have as much influence now that he has publicly ceded power to Raul. As for what he is going to do, I would imagine he's too sick to play golf and probably just wants to be peaceful in his final years, months or days - whatever he has left. When our Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife Margaret went to Cuba on an official visit some years ago now, Margaret said Fidel was a very sexy and charismatic man. I'm sure the people of Cuba would not agree of course. Cuba remains a favourite vacation spot for a lot of Canadians.
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Castro didn't actually "retire". He turned things over to his brother Raul because his health is so bad. Raul has been actually doing the job for the past 18 months (since mid-2006) but under Fidel's guidance. I have no doubt Raul will still be under Fidel's guidance but Fidel may not have as much influence now that he has publicly ceded power to Raul. As for what he is going to do, I would imagine he's too sick to play golf and probably just wants to be peaceful in his final years, months or days - whatever he has left. When our Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife Margaret went to Cuba on an official visit some years ago now, Margaret said Fidel was a very sexy and charismatic man. I'm sure the people of Cuba would not agree of course. Cuba remains a favourite vacation spot for a lot of Canadians.
I knew golf wasn't on the agenda....
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/23/wo...23cuba.html?hp
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