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Posted April 30, 2011 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

While reading “Unprecedented Power” at Cubapolidata, an article about Raul Castro’s new power in Cuba, I realized that Raul has done something that Fidel Castro never did nor could never do…

1. Be First Secretary of the Communist Party
2. Be President of Cuba
3. Be highest General in the Cuban military

Fidel held the first two posts for almost fifty years but Raul has always been the head of the military.

Now Raul has the top three positions in Cuba and Fidel has none.

Raul recently cleaned house by getting rid of all of Fidel’s cronies and surrounding himself with his own. 

Raul Castro is BY FAR, the most powerful man in Cuba today.

I’m not writing this article to imply anything other than to state a fact.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 02, 2011 by miguel with 41 total posts

    Fidel Castro was Cuba’s president and as such commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Raul Castro was minister of defense.

    Now Raul Castro has Fidel Castro’s posts, and there is a new minister of defense.

    Where is the difference?

    The article in Havana Times, which the publisher is referring to, says only that the new party leadership has an unprecedented large representation of the MILITARY at the expense of the “anachronistic party bureaucrats”.


  2. Follow up post #2 added on May 02, 2011 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Fidel still have the last word from the background.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on May 02, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I used to believe that but I’m not so sure anymore.

    Raul has made dramatic changes that Fidel would never have allowed and Raul got rid of all of Fidel’s people in government including Fidel himself.

    Raul may consult with Fidel and Fidel may tell Raul to do things but I don’t think there is much left to Fidel anymore.

    No way a healthy Fidel would stay behind the scenes for so long.

    Last year when he was making public appearances I thought he might have been making a comeback but then he disappeared just as quickly.

    Then again, I’ve given up trying to talk about the future of Cuba.

    Nothing will really matter until Fidel and Raul are gone.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on May 04, 2011 by miguel with 41 total posts

    This discussion started with a reference to an article in Havana Times about the ”unprecedented power” of the military in Cuba’s political leadership. And it gives a good example of how difficult the art of political analysis is.

    Here is from the article in question by the Cuban (in exile) analyst Haroldo Dilla Alfonso, April 26 (http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=42401):

    “(...) the congress confirmed the absolute predominance of the military (the principal political supporters of the pro-market orientation and of the technocracy constructing it) over the other fragment of the elite: the anachronistic party bureaucrats headed by Machado Ventura. (...) of the 12 members of the Politburo, seven are tied to the military group – a degree of concentrated power greater than ever before.”

    Two days later we read another article about the congress, this time by Havana Times’ commentator Fernando Ravsberg, April 28 (http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=42552):

    “If we exclude the nine “historicals” on the Politburo, the new Central Committee appears as a pool of young leaders – half women, one third black and only fifteen military officers, a fact that makes one think the political role of Armed Forces will be less in the future.”

    The case seems to be that you reach opposite conclusions if you focus on the composition of the Central Committee or if you focus on the Politburo.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on May 20, 2011 by New Revolution

    The New Idealistic Social Revolution found sons is Moving to Orlando Next Year to be with his people.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 08, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    Today I have been in the U.S. 50 years.  We must end our Civil War.  The rest of the world has, and, they have left us behind to second guess each others moves.  Our U.S. Congressman of District 25 in Miami, FL refused to run for reelection because “he wanted to work on the transition with Cuba”.  OK!
    For more than 15 years the Israelis have run the citrus in jaguey grande, the canadians Cuban mines, mejico Cuban infrastructure, and, mexico, spain, Italy, and Germany Cuban hotels.  Hello?
    The U.S. Is now the 5th trading partner of Cuba.
    Maybe #1 in agriculture.
    Both members of world government and world bank.
    Mega TV brings to “esta noche tu night” Cuban musical artists all the time.
    We, Cuba and the U.S., have been waiting for our parents to die, all those who lost their everything to cuba’s revolution.
    And, do you think that I am the only Cuban born that believes that communism was permitted in Cuba by both nations to stop the spread of communism thru out our hemisphere?
    OK.
    With those conditions stated above, supported by the U.S. And Cuba of “No Political Change” in Cuba, I ask you:
    How long am I going to be in this ridiculous exile?
    Peligrosidad: your life is in danger.  Please.
    We cubans have been sacrificed as people to benefit a lot of folks.
    I am ready to work for Cuba and U.S. Relations like my congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart.
    Retire in Cuba with my U.S. Social Security, if I ever stop working.
    And, our final pay should be for us sacrificed people who sought exile anywhere be rewarded with dual citizenship, U.S. And Cuban.  That is how I wish to die.
    Oscar Nunez, C.P.A., R.E. Broker, Businessman.  L.A., CA


  7. Follow up post #7 added on June 08, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Oscar,

    Stay on topic here and in other comments. Not sure what your angle is but try to focus on the title of the article and the content in the article when you leave comments.



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on June 08, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    Point well taken.
    My angle is that we need to become one Cuban people.
    My angle is my second sentence:  we must end our Cuban civil war, cubans dickering and differing with cubans, our cubans here with the cubans there.
    And, I added enough details to show that the world is not at war with Cuba so why should we.

    As far as the original article is concerned:
    Raul Castro, regardless of positions held, will improve Cuba in all aspects surpassing fide l’s accomplishments.
    Transition means “calculated changes approved by Raul.Castro” .
    Thank you.  Oscar. Los Angeles/ San Dimas, CA


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