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by Harlan Abrahams

eBook Raul Castro and the New Cuba: A Close-Up View of Change download ISBN: 0786465271
Author: Harlan Abrahams
Publisher: McFarland (September 13, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 249
ePub: 1233 kb
Fb2: 1865 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

In 2006, Fidel Castro yielded power over Cuba to his younger brother Raul, making him the first new president of the island nation in nearly five decades. Since then, Raul has ushered in many changes and reforms, including allowing open criticism of the government, lifting the ban on personal electronics like cell phones and computers, and allowing farmers to purchase their own equipment. This timely work weaves together expert analysis with narrative accounts from current Cuban citizens to explore the economic, political, legal, and social changes occurring in Cuba under Raul Castro's presidency. Among the issues discussed are how Cubans are facing the challenges of an economy emerging from socialism into a market-driven reality, how long the one-party system can endure, and what the future may hold. By tracking Cuba's ongoing emergence from decades of communism, this current work stands at the forefront of Latin American and Caribbean studies.
Comments: (3)
A fun read for someone interested in Cuba, but lacks any academic rigor.
Legend 33
Cuba and the United States have had a strained relationship for a long time. Since Fidel Castro succeeded in a Revolution on Cuba driving the exiles to the United States; there has been an embargo, that has not worked, on Cuba to drive Castro out of power. This is a relic of the Cold War, and should go away since everyone other country has relations and trades with Cuba. Even though Cuban/United States relations are changing for the better. The question becomes what will Cuba be like under the rule of Raul Castro, the brother of Fidel.

In this book we get a look at Cuba from someone who grew up inside the system and knows how it works, and to see if the changes are really making a difference. The books might seem a bit one-sided at times by over relying on Arturo's words. Though Harlan Abrahams does bring in some other voices as well. A few minor problems that do not totally distract from the book, Harlan will occasionally interrupt thoughts with one line throw away's that distract the reader and do little to advance his thesis.

Cuba is changing, at its own pace. It is high time for the United States to leave its Cold War thinking.
Arturo Lopez-Levy (Callejas) is related through marriage to Raul Castro, President of Cuba and Fidel Castro's brother. Lopez-Levy is the cousin of Raul Castro's son-in-law Maj. Luis Alberto Rodrigues Lopez-Callejas, who is chief executive officer of GAESA. GAESA (Grupo de Administracion Empresarial S.A.) runs most of the tourism in Cuba--hotels, restaurants, car-rental, nightclubs, retail operations, Aerogaviota (domestic airline). Read "The Longest Romance--The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro" published in 2013 by Humberto Fontova for another view of life in present day Cuba. Fontova was born in Cuba and went into exile with his family to the U.S. at the age of 7.