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Old 04-14-2013, 11:34 PM
 
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Interesting video on people trying to bring change to Cuba.



Cuba: change from within | euronews, reporter - YouTube
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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When it's all said and done in order for Cuba to change aren't the Castros going to have to allow for presidental elections allowing the Cuban people to vote for new leadership? Basically I don't see much changing there if the Cuban people aren't allowed to change the people running the country. When you aren't allowed to vote for a change in leadership in a country then not much will change. These Cubans are going to have to overthrow the Castros at some point.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:54 PM
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The Castro brothers will not allow much change. They are planning to stay in power until the day they die. Then and only then will Cuba see any real change or at least the possibility of lasting change. As long as one of the Castro brothers are still breathing, everything else will remain on hold, as has much of anything Cuban for the past 50 years.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:29 AM
 
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The Castro family dictatorship in Cuba seems to have no end in sight. I believe its sheer duration exceeds all every dictatorship or reign in mankind's history (54 years as of now since Castro took power in 1959).
And loo and behold! how lefties and radicals ceaselessly praise that regime.
Disgusting.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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Why hasn't there been a "Cuban Spring" there yet?
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:51 AM
 
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And loo and behold! how lefties and radicals ceaselessly praise that regime.
Disgusting.
Activist Medea Benjamin learned first hand how repressive the Castro gov't was. She mentioned in a Cspan interview how she was kicked out of Cuba for trying to exercise her freedom of speech in Cuba but the Castro gov't wasn't having it. So that's one liberal who wasn't impressed by Castro as far as basic human rights.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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One problem is that so many people are accustomed to the way things have been for so long that they may not know what to do if some sort of freedoms were allowed.

I wouldn't be surprised if some people in the United States government are afraid there will be a massive influx of refugees if a radical upheaval happens in Cuba.

Cubans are supposed to be well-educated. Why, then, can't Cuba become the "Sweden of the Caribbean"?
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:34 PM
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Cubans are supposed to be well-educated. Why, then, can't Cuba become the "Sweden of the Caribbean"?
Just like the Swedes, Cubans are well educated except when it pertains to knowledge about other countries. For very obvious reasons, they are kept quite in the dark regarding this and in some cases they get a very biased set of information against certain countries (the USA for example.) But when it comes to topics such as the sciences and other technical stuff, Cubans are very well educated.

The difference is that the Swedish government believes in the capacity of its people and gives them the freedom to do with their lives as they wish and in turn, become productive for the benefit of their country.

The Cuban government isn't quite as trusting and this is why they feel the "need" to dictate everything to their population, as if the average Cuban is nothing more than children in grown up bodies (average age in Cuba is in the mid-30s and approaching the 40s, one of the oldest population in Latin America and in the world too.)
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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Just like the Swedes, Cubans are well educated except when it pertains to knowledge about other countries.

I suspect Swedes know more about other countries than Cubans do.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:42 PM
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Definitely. For example, Swedish television is not biased and internet access in Sweden is completely free of government interference and available to all.

That is definitely not the case in Cuba. They are shown television programs that have been approved by the Cuban government and that goes in line with their general political agenda. Opposite points of views simply doesn't exist.

Internet access is restricted to a select few and even they can only access the websites the government has approved. All other websites are effectively blocked. This is why in internet forums with an international audience and members, you will interact and exchange ideas with people from all over Latin America except from Cuba. The Cubans we all meet online usually live outside Cuba.
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