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Posted: 13 September 2007 06:32 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Wow, this article Raul Castro works on quality-of-life issues confirms to me that Anita Snow is either being watched closely by the Cuban government or she has drunk the kool aid and is not a communist supporter.

This “journalism” is pretty disgusting.

With Raul Castro in charge, Cuba has raised payments to milk and meat producers, is paying off its debts to farmers and has stopped blocking the import of parts needed to keep vintage cars rumbling along.

Travelers can even bring in DVD players and game consoles, highly coveted by Cubans starved for high-tech entertainment.

Raul’s ailing brother Fidel is still showing leadership behind the scenes, and as provisional president, he has only taken small steps. But he’s already giving clues to how he might govern once he takes full control paying special attention to quality-of-life problems, publicly scolding state managers and bluntly acknowledging that salaries don’t cover basic needs.

The new Chinese buses on intercity routes are evidence of the Raul effect. They were in the planning before Fidel got sick, but they have become much more visible since Raul gave a speech late last year saying he was sick of hearing bureaucrats’ excuses and wanted results.

To boost food production, lawmakers agreed in June to pay producers 2 times more for milk and meat included in the island’s heavily subsidized ration program and in meals provided at similarly low-cost workplace cafeterias, schools, hospitals and community centers. The prices consumers pay will remain the same.

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