The expectations that Fidel Castro’s resignation generated throughout the world are vanishing. Nothing augurs profound change, at least not in line with the change that world leaders are looking for. It looks like the day in which
(From Santiago) UNDER THE HOT SUN typical of the island in this era, a very old Fidel Castro, with failing health and apparently the same lucidity and vehemence that has characterized him for decades, sat down at his desk during the afternoon of February 18, just as he had promised three days earlier. He wrote like he has always done, except that on this occasion his text would take on the character of a dividing milestone in the course of the history of both
The next day, the pro-government newspaper ran this on its front page: Message from the commander in chief, and in its first paragraph this was written: …I will not aspire to, nor will I accept—I repeat—I will not aspire to nor accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief…, which then proceeded to circulate throughout media sources around the globe.
Many people stopped at this mere fragment and did not find read the following sentence: …I am not saying goodbye to you…
AS MANY VIEWPOINTS AS OPINION HOLDERS
“Hugo Chavez categorically said that nothing will change, because only united (at least he and
The word change rang loud and clear: some spoke of change towards a true democracy, and others said that free elections should be held, attempting to cloak in a euphemism their feeling that none of the elections has been free and informed like those in developed nations. On the island, Fidel himself responded the following day that with this change the
“With tact that is clearly due to the upcoming elections, none of the American candidates has directly taken on the matter of the American embargo” Condoleeza Rice declared that
As the counterpoint, Hugo Chavez did not waste any time in categorically saying in his already well-known style (and as of late he has been called a thug even by the American Speaker of the House (and noted Bush critic) Nancy Pelosi) that nothing will change, because only united (at least he and Cuba) will they come out ahead; with respect to Fidel Castro he energetically expressed that he will continue to be his inspiration and guiding light. As a crowning opinion, and from an intellectual approach at that, Brian Latell, an expert on
A LEADERSHIP FROM WHICH NO CHANGE IS EXPECTED
At the time of writing, the new leadership in
“Perhaps the case of Cuba, which everyone says should align itself with the modern concepts of democracy, alters the agendas of the politicians and analysts to such a point that it could almost make it necessary for them to come into effect” Second in command after Raul Castro is José Machado Ventura , a 77 year-old doctor known as a harsh communist. Just like the rest of the leadership, who are all rather old, aside from 56 year-old Carlos Lage  (which is reminiscent of the former Soviet political bureau), he is known to be a strong defender of Castro’s model. Julio Casas , Esteban Lazo , Juan Almeida  and Abelardo Colomé  are all, without exception, staunch Fidelistas on the island itself.
As the days pass, it looks more and more like the initial impact caused by Fidel Castro’s resignation, and especially the expectations that it has generated around the world, has been reduced. What is more, it appears that nothing will augur profound change in the short run, at least not what the Western leaders and spokespeople consider to be change. It even seems like the day in which
In this sense, with tact that is clearly due to the upcoming elections, none of the American candidates has directly taken on the matter of the American embargo. It has also caught our attention that, with the passage of time, the once-fiery discourses of the Cuban community’s celebration in
A LONG 360 DEGREE WALK?
We can justifiably consider that perhaps the case of Cuba, which everyone says should align itself with the modern concepts of democracy, in view of an eventual fine-tuning of the regime, alters the agendas of the politicians and analysts to such a point that it could almost make it necessary for them to come into effect immediately.
And this is reminiscent of the case of the Berlin Wall and the
At the end of the day it looks like globalization and its by-products will reign for many more years, in spite of