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HAPPY AT 90 MILES » World Affairs Journal on Cuba
Jul
09
2009

World Affairs Journal on Cuba

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/2009%20-%20Summer/full-Gjelten.html

© World Affairs

In his article “Cuban Days: The Inscrutable Nation”
Tom Gjelten of World Affairs has written the rare thing that is a balanced, extensive and informative article about contemporary Cuba, carefully detailing the sense that the island is at a crossroads.

Subjects touched on include:

  • The “special period” of hard times after the collapse of the Soviet Union when many analysts expected Cuba to follow suit.
  • The rafter exodus in 1994 and the hushed national discussion it sparked.
  • The challenge for the Castros in dealing with a progressive U.S. president, not easily demonized.
  • Blogger Yoani Sánchez and the internet censorship.
  • The benefits of a totalitarian state in emergencies such as Hurricane Ivan.
  • The CDRs and the imposed loyalty the regime demands.
  • Dissidents and undercover informants.
  • The different paths that Cuban “change” might take.
  • Interesting quote from a commentator:
    “The Castro regime has destroyed any nationalist sentiment among the youth sector of the population. . . . Emigrating to the United States or waiting for Fidel Castro to die, those are the favored options in Cuba. If there were a referendum to choose between sovereignty and annexation to the colossus of the north, the independent Cuban nation would perish unnoticed.

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