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HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans hoped to get details Tuesday of the sweeping economic changes and new leadership choices their government approved in closed-door meetings as the Communist Party held its last day of talks, to be concluded with a closing speech by President Raul Castro.

With Castro widely expected to take over from his brother Fidel as the party's first secretary, all eyes will be on the selection of his new No. 2, which could signal a possible favored successor.

Delegates approved about 300 economic proposals in a unanimous vote Monday - including a measure that apparently recommends legalizing the buying and selling of private property.

Also on the table was a proposal to eventually eliminate the monthly ration book, which provides Cubans with a basic basket of heavily subsidized food and other goods. Other measures envision providing seed capital for would-be entrepreneurs and eliminating the island's unique dual-currency system.

Among those who voted in favor was former leader Fidel Castro, who along with his brother was named a delegate to the Congress.
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Perhaps being so close to death (not to mention the great successes of China and the failures of sticking to a hard-line Communist ideology in Eastern Europe ) has convinced Fidel that he needs to do something different in his last few years left.
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Perhaps being so close to death (not to mention the great successes of China and the failures of sticking to a hard-line Communist ideology in Eastern Europe ) has convinced Fidel that he needs to do something different in his last few years left.
Here's hoping he doesn't have a few years left...
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It's about time. Cuba needs to reform, and they should have done it years ago.
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Perhaps being so close to death (not to mention the great successes of China and the failures of sticking to a hard-line Communist ideology in Eastern Europe ) has convinced Fidel that he needs to do something different in his last few years left.
The Cuban Goverment might have just lit the fuse to their own destruction, especially if the masses see how well the Castro's have lived these past 50 years. Ceauchesku in Rumania thought he could remain in power, but he and his wife were soon lined up against a wall and shot by the angry people of his own country.
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Ah but the vote was still unanimous. Old habits die hard Comrade.
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It's about time. Cuba needs to reform, and they should have done it years ago.
Apart from Cuba and North Korea, the other remaining 'Communist' countries, China, Vietnam and Laos, started economic, free market-type reforms over 20 years ago to allow private property, land ownership, business ownership, free movement of its citizens, etc.

Seems like Cuba finally got the memo, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for North Korea.


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The Cuban Goverment might have just lit the fuse to their own destruction, especially if the masses see how well the Castro's have lived these past 50 years. Ceauchesku in Rumania thought he could remain in power, but he and his wife were soon lined up against a wall and shot by the angry people of his own country.
Different kettle of fish. Cuba is following the China model of economic reform first instead of the Soviet model of political reform first.
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Different kettle of fish. Cuba is following the China model of economic reform first instead of the Soviet model of political reform first.
Still too soon to tell. If Cuba opens its borders and the US allows vacations down there, the situation could soon get out of control, especially when the Cuban people see how far behind and backwards they are in comparrison to the rest of the world in not only easily obtainable food and gadgets, but basic creature comforts that everyone in the developed world takes for granted.
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Cuba already lets in many foreign tourists. In fact, Canadians seem to love visiting her.
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