As a US colony for years, Cuba was a business partner. When Fidel Castro led the revolution and overthrew the regime, the US government began targeting Cuba and it never really ended.
Now we learn that Cuba is going to lay off 500,000 -- a half million -- workers and begin experimenting with private ownership and business.
Fidel's still alive but it feels like he's been in the ground for years. (A few years back, he turned over control of Cuba to his brother Raul.) It's as if we're witnessing the beginning of a neoliberal path for Cuba. It's really sad.
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