John Riddell

Why Socialists Defend Cuba

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Mike Gonzalez deplores the fact that Fidel Castro was succeeded as Cuban head of state by his brother Raul ("Cuba's dynastic succession", September SR). It's not clear why Cuba is singled out for blame - family ties among political leaders are not uncommon, and Raul's "vice-presidential" status was discussed and decided in Cuba many years ago.

The meaning of Cuba's transition in leadership is better indicated by Gonzalez's report that Raul Castro's "recent speech about imminent US aggression was delivered in the same tone and language as his more voluble older brother". In other words, Cuba will continue its combative opposition to US imperialism.

The international big business media, always eager to attack Cuba's policies, noted no popular unease regarding this continuity.

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