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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Liberal Reform in Cuba Slows Down

“Nearly two years into the Cuban government’s economic overhaul aimed at slashing public payrolls and bolstering private enterprise, the reforms have slowed so much that many Cuban entrepreneurs and intellectuals are questioning the aging leadership’s ability—or will—to reshape one of the world’s last Communist systems and shift nearly half of the island’s output to private hands. Those awaiting measures to create even more opportunity for private business got the opposite last week, when news spread of a little-advertised government decision to charge steep customs duties on the informal imports, from Miami and elsewhere, that are the lifeblood of many young businesses.” (New York Times)

Power is a difficult drug to kick.

FEE Timely Classic
“La Lucha: The Human Cost of Economic Repression in Cuba” by Patricia Linderman