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No **** Sherlock... :laughing: Only an idiot would think it could work.. it works fine for the elite though... :crazy:

Report: Castro says Cuban model doesn't work


HAVANA – 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 if 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. The Cuban government had no immediate comment on Goldberg's account.

Since stepping down from power in 2006, the ex-president has focused almost entirely on international affairs and said very little about Cuba and its politics, perhaps to limit the perception he is stepping on his brother's toes.

Goldberg, who traveled to Cuba at Castro's invitation last week to discuss a recent Atlantic article he wrote about Iran's nuclear program, also reported on Tuesday that Castro questioned his own actions during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, including his recommendation to Soviet leaders that they use nuclear weapons against the United States.

Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, Cuba has clung to its communist system.

The state controls well over 90 percent of the economy, paying workers salaries of about $20 a month in return for free health care and education, and nearly free transportation and housing. At least a portion of every citizen's food needs are sold to them through ration books at heavily subsidized prices.

President Raul Castro and others have instituted a series of limited economic reforms, and have warned Cubans that they need to start working harder and expecting less from the government. But the president has also made it clear he has no desire to depart from Cuba's socialist system or embrace capitalism.

Fidel Castro stepped down temporarily in July 2006 due to a serious illness that nearly killed him.

He resigned permanently two years later, but remains head of the Communist Party. After staying almost entirely out of the spotlight for four years, he re-emerged in July and now speaks frequently about international affairs. He has been warning for weeks of the threat of a nuclear war over Iran.

Castro's interview with Goldberg is the only one he has given to an American journalist since he left office.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100908/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cb_cuba_fidel_castro_5
 

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Castro: Socialism don't work..

Nos hit Sherlock... :laughing: Only an idiot would think it could work.. it works fine for the elite though... :crazy:

Report: Castro says Cuban model doesn't work


HAVANA – 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.

Yes socialism and communism are the same ... :rolleyes:
 

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Yes socialism and communism are the same ... :rolleyes:

"President Raul Castro and others have instituted a series of limited economic reforms, and have warned Cubans that they need to start working harder and expecting less from the government. But the president has also made it clear he has no desire to depart from Cuba's socialist system or embrace capitalism."

Apparently. :D
 

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"President Raul Castro and others have instituted a series of limited economic reforms, and have warned Cubans that they need to start working harder and expecting less from the government. But the president has also made it clear he has no desire to depart from Cuba's socialist system or embrace capitalism."

Apparently. :D
Oh, I was more or less emphasizing the *gross distortion* posted by the OP concerning political/economic systems and flat out lie by the OP with regards to his title and what was actually stated ..


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mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......cigars....mmmmmmmmmm...
 

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Sancho Panza, Maduro Escudero's were my favorites.

Started catching myself inhaling them like I used to do with cigarettes. So, no more!!!
 

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Terms such as socialism, communism, capitalism, and fascism get tossed around in a relatively cavalier fashion. Many (most?) people don't bother to do the research to learn exactly what each of these terms mean. It would be refreshing if, before we all jump into this discussion, we all took the time to find out exactly what we are talking about.

So, strictly as a personal growth exercise, when you have a few spare moments do a little fact-finding about what proponents of each of these disciplines believe. I can almost guarantee that you'll learn some things you didn't know before, and find out that some of what you previously believed was, in fact, incorrect. Don't fall into the trap of getting your "facts" from a web site with its own agenda.

Educating yourself about these different terms and what they actually mean can be a very enlightening and rewarding experience, and can't help but serve you well in any future discussion. Invest the time.

And oh, by the way . . . make mine Partagas #1's, been smoking them for 35 years or more. Wish the damned yuppies hadn't made them so expensive. :D
 

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Castro is saying this outloud so Barry might resind the embargo against Cuba (which would be a mistake) if you ever want Cuba to be free again after the Castro's pass away:crazy:
 

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Castro is saying this outloud so Barry might resind the embargo against Cuba (which would be a mistake) if you ever want Cuba to be free again after the Castro's pass away:crazy:
Exactly. :thumbsup:

If any leader of the U.S. past, present, or future would be willing to work a deal with a Communist leader, it would be Barry. :down:

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Not to completely ruin a thread derailment, but my take on the point of the article is that Castro has realized the Cuba has run out of other peoples money.
 

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Exactly. :thumbsup:

If any leader of the U.S. past, present, or future would be willing to work a deal with a Communist leader, it would be Barry. :down:

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Hmmm, possibly Hillary... I hear she has a score to settle with a cigar... and Castro and her have something in common, being jilted by Bill... :laughing:
 

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I have yet to figure out the whole US/Cuba thing.. it never made sense for either country. :huh: The US has a long history of supporting dictators who were much worse... and communist who were much worse.. personal vendetta against Castro maybe?
 

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I have yet to figure out the whole US/Cuba thing.. it never made sense for either country. :huh: The US has a long history of supporting dictators who were much worse... and communist who were much worse.. personal vendetta against Castro maybe?
Cuba was an ally of the US back in the 50's. THere were a lot of American interests, sugar cane, tobacco, tourism, the beaches are spectacular... when Castro went in, he went in with Soviet backing, took over and that was that.
 

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Cuba was an ally of the US back in the 50's. THere were a lot of American interests, sugar cane, tobacco, tourism, the beaches are spectacular... when Castro went in, he went in with Soviet backing, took over and that was that.
Not a good explanation.. the soviets have been gone 20 years.. and the dictator we supported was a sbad or worse... :laughing:
 
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