Friday, December 29, 2006
Raul Castro making changes in Cuba
December 27, 2006
In the few months that Raúl Castro has taken over power from his brother Fidel, he's changed a few things. Most notably, he's freed some dissidents and has suggested that he'd like to open dialogue with the U.S. Now, Raúl is saying that there is no excuse for the dilapidated state of the Cuban transportation system and is calling for major changes:
Cuba's acting President Raul Castro has said Cuba's transportation system is practically on the point of collapse.
Speaking to members of the National Assembly, he also said there was "no excuse" for many of the problems the communist-led island faces.
Maybe I was wrong when I suggested that Raúl was just more of the same. I mean, aren't comments like the following direct criticism of his brother's government?
Raul Castro said the revolution was tired of justifications. He said it was "inexplicable" how bureaucracy was delaying payments to farmers, and warned that simply buying thousands of new buses was no solution to Cuba's transportation problems.
The younger Castro is also reported to have urged more debate and self criticism in the media, which is entirely state run and has tended to take a congratulatory tone.
I could be wrong, but at least from here it sounds like he's trying to fix some stuff that's been broken under his brother for a long time.
Via / BBC News