by Bill Hume
As a result of historic moves to normalization by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro, the Cuba of today is no longer your father’s Cuba of Fidel Castro. It is not the free enterprise democracy of the American ideal either. But, it is much closer to the latter than is generally understood in this country.
Raul Castro, upon assuming the presidency of Cuba in 2008 (after becoming acting president in 2006), declared he would continue the policies of his brother Fidel. But he set in motion a process for massive change, the fruits of which are apparent in the increasingly privatized and diversified Cuban economy. And, important for the context in the current process of normalization, the government was already deep into privatizing the Cuban economy years before the December 2014 thaw.
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