- In ten days, 7,400 Cubans signed up for cell phone contracts.
- Cuba has a new education minister, and Fidel Castro took the occasion to kick the old one as he was on his way out the door: he was “spent,” was taking one trip abroad per month, had lost “revolutionary consciousness,” and no one had confidence in him anymore. In this “special and important case,” Fidel writes, “I was fully consulted and informed.”
- From Fortune magazine, a brief look at
companies’ property claims in Cuba. The author of the U.S. study of the subject (discussed here and here) tells the reporter that Creighton University companies don’t want to be paid for their claims in money; rather, they want their “assets back or replacement assets or development rights.” In other words they are looking for a way to do business there, and their claims should count for something if and when they do. Of course, they can’t cut a deal of that type until the embargo ends. But the idea that for some corporate claimants, claims could be settled as part of deals that move the Cuban economy forward, as opposed to simply adding to U.S. ’s financial burdens, is positive. Cuba
- Has anyone seen, anywhere on the Internet, the “Agenda para la Transicion” document announced last week, where dissidents agreed on more than 30 items regarding Cuba’s future?
- Speaking of dissidents, another article from Luis Cino at Cubanet (h/t Penultimos Dias) where he discusses the challenges facing Cuba’s opposition. To paraphrase: 1) repression; 2) irrelevance.
- The Economist, taken by the rumors that
will legalize car sales, looks at the state of the market now. Cuba