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Newsweek: Ending The Cuban Exception

For Cuba and all Latin America, it is unacceptable for Raúl Castro to follow a China model

Author: Jorge G. Castañeda
March 10, 2008


Jorge G. Castañeda argues that Raul Castro’s shy attempt to embark on a Vietnamese- or Chinese- style communism is neither progressive nor possible as long as Fidel Castro remains as Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party and the government violates human rights.


So what's wrong with [the policy shift]? First, it perpetuates the injury done to the Cuban people. Cubans should enjoy the same benefits of representative democracy and respect for human rights that the rest of Latin Americanow receives. But more important, the Vietnamese or Chinese road is unacceptable for the rest of Latin America.

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