A portent in Cuba?

Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 11:05 am
Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Cubans will be allowed to work for themselves in 178 activities in the private sector and even hire employees, according to guidelines published Friday as the communist government moves quickly to shed half a million state jobs and provide alternatives for workers.

Cubans will be permitted to be self-employed carpenters, restaurateurs, barbers and even salsa dancers. Many of the categories already existed, but the government hadn't granted new licenses for years, which meant that the total number of self-employed people in Cuba's 5.1 million-strong workforce was just 143,000.

The new list of occupations published in state media includes seven new categories, among them accountants and bathroom attendants.

It also says that for the first time in decades, these private entrepreneurs will be allowed to hire nonrelatives and access credit.


Is this the first step in the capitalization of our offshore neighbor? Is Raul Castro learning a lesson from Premier Hu?
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Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 11:10 am
well, let's not forget the domino effect, this liberalization in cuba could spread to the US.
Merry Andrew
Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 11:11 am
Heaven forfend!
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Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 11:12 am
Hey . . . Dys . . . wake up!

Yer dreamin' Buddy . . .
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Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 11:21 am
@Merry Andrew,
Ah yes, the "private sector" of Cuba.
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Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 02:30 pm
No portent, but part of a recurrent cycle. It happens every few years, when lay-offs come around in the public sector and an alternative must be given to the people who lose their jobs. After a while, the hardliners usually pull things back to "normal". The difference now is that Raúl is at the top, instead of Fidel... a difference only in first name and personal charisma.
Merry Andrew
Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 02:36 pm
Thnx for your input, fbaezer. A view from 'down South' always appreciated.
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Reply Fri 24 Sep, 2010 03:45 pm
Here's a plan that oughta work.

Force an illegal embargo on Cuba to make it to give up its choice of government, then when the government fails, put in a brutal dictator like Batista. He'll invite a bunch of American gangsters in to run the Cuban economy.

Hundreds of thousands of women and girls will be put to work as prostitutes and as happened in the past, the general welfare of all Cubans will rise meteorically.
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