Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cuba, Cuba.

Since Fidel Castro announced this past week that he won't pursue the Cuban Presidency in the future, the New York Times has published a spate of articles discussing the situation on the island -- what may change (if anything), what Cubans are thinking and feeling, the US reaction, and so on. When I heard the news about Fidel's "resignation," I wasn't very surprised, nor did I see any major significance in the announcement. In some ways, it seems to me, Fidel "resigned" over a year ago, as his brother Raúl has taken over many of the important presidential functions already. In another sense, it seems like Fidel will never really leave, even after he's buried with his boots on. The DePalma article I've posted below compares Fidel to a giant plane that leaves such a strong wake after its takeoff that other planes have to wait for it to pass before they can leave the jet-way.

DePalma echoes my prediction that little (if any) radical change will happen for a long time in Cuba. His article also briefly touches on the deep sadness felt on both sides of the US-Cuba divide, and the overwhelming uncertainty about the future that everyone (but particularly those who live on the island) feels constantly.

I also found this article, about the changing tenor of Cuban exiles' views about Fidel, to be quite interesting:

Oh, and just FYI, Raúl is officially the new president of Cuba:

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