From Havana Note, who is friendly towards Cuba.
What has happened is that Raul Castro, now President of Cuba, has sacked his brother’s closest followers and advisers in government.
Both Vice President Carlos Lage and Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque have been given pink slips. These were Fidel’s most obvious heir apparents and his chief ideological spear carriers in the next generation of Cuban political leadership.
This is one of those historical pivot points in normally opaque (often Communist) regimes that will be remembered for generations.
Raul Castro seems fully in control now — and he’s done with ideology.
Havana Note has long-called for an end to the embargo and says now is the time for Obama to normalize relations with Cuba. I completely agree.
In other Cuba news, they are developing GMO corn that is resistant to strong herbicides, in an attempt to stop the fall armyworm which has been devastating the crop. This is certainly a change from their all-organic farming. That’s not a put down – Cuba can’t allow crops to be ravaged – rather just another sign of what looks to be major change coming soon to Cuba.
End the Cuba embargo now.