Cuba, which has by default become the model of socialist development in the world has been going through some pretty hard times. They are now in the middle of implementing some market oriented reforms in an attempt to generate more domestic production and less dependence on imports. It is interesting to note that Cuba gets much of its agricultural produce from the USA despite the embargo. China and Brazil are investing in port and petrochemical facilities, but it seems to me that the big problem is a lack of morale among the Cuban people due to endemic food, housing, and consumer goods shortages.
Photo by Steve Morgan/Havana Times.
The Australian comrades at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal have posted Ron Ridenour’s critical analysis of the proposed economic changes in Cuba, with Ridenour’s permission, to reflect as many perspectives of friends of the Cuban Revolution as possible, and to inform the discussion among them. For more analysis, click HERE. This is an excellent article, and TGP’s editors urge our readers to read it and ponder it, for what it teaches about the difficulties of building socialism.
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By Ron Ridenour
November 30, 2010 — Havana Times — With the November 2010 publication of 291 proposals for reforms in 12 areas of economic and social life Cubans are once again faced with a national debate on policies. A key question is if the 800,000 Communist Party (PCC) members’ discussion, plus that of non-members, will affect the policies to be taken at the forthcoming PCC VI congress, in April 2011. There is no proposed mechanism to assure such in the 32-page document.
Posted by Bill Conroy – June 5, 2011
Still meddling in “our” backyard, but cui bono?
Document, Prepared At the Request of a “Tea Party” Congressman, Indicates the 7th Special Forces Group “Has Conducted Operations in Every Latin American Country”
A PENTAGON DOCUMENT has come to light that confirms the U.S. has put special operations troops on the ground in Mexico as the drug war there continues to escalate, notching some 40,000 murders since late 2006.
Written by Stamatis Karagiannopoulos
Monday, 06 June 2011
YESTERDAY A MILESTONE WAS PASSED in the social and political situation in Greece and throughout Europe. Impressive mobilizations rolled across the country: half a million in Athens and rallies of thousands of people gathered in Thessaloniki, Patras, Larissa, Volos, Heraklion, etc. This places Greece on the threshold of a revolutionary situation. It means that, for the first time in decades the developed capitalist countries of Europe are faced with the prospect of a revolution with continental dimensions.
The Most Dangerous Country in the World?
By MICHAEL McCAUGHAN
The scale and cost of Mexico’s failed war on drugs has become painfully apparent as the death toll reaches 40,000; the four main drug cartels have grown to twelve and extended their reach beyond Mexico’s borders, as evidenced by the recent carnage in Guatemala where 27 headless corpses were discovered on a ranch. The rising violence has increased mobility in the ranks of the cartel with new leaders adopting a less ostentatious lifestyle while spending lavishly to buy the complicity of politicians and police. State institutions have become more corrupt with an estimated one in four police officers on the cartel payroll, an alarming figure given that Mexico has half a million police, the third highest in the world per head of population.