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Fidel Castro Resigns

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the end-of-an-era dept.

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Smordnys s'regrepsA writes "Fidel Castro, the leader of the island nation of Cuba has declined the possibility of keeping his seat as President, after the February 24th National Assembly election. "I neither will aspire to nor will I accept — I repeat — I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief," Castro wrote almost 19 months after a severe illness caused him to hand power temporarily to his brother Raul."

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Thank God (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474096)

Now maybe I can get good cigars legally.

Re:Thank God (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474164)

Remind me again... why is the U.S. mad at them? France has pulled worse shitball stunts against you than Cuba has.

Re:Thank God (5, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474286)

But there aren't a lot of French people living in Florida or any other swing states.

Re:Thank God (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474512)

Remind me again... why is the U.S. mad at them? France has pulled worse shitball stunts against you than Cuba has.
They nationalized property without compensating international businesses. This earned them the initial embargo. Then they became Soviet puppets. This made it permanent. And when they refused to change when Carter dropped the embargo they lost the sympathy of future administrations that restored it. Various acts like supporting leftist guerrillas or shooting down Cessnas with MiGs continued to earn them international contempt.

I'm not arguing for the embargo, but I just think it is wise not to paint Cuba as some super free haven that has the best health-care and education in the world. It is not as bad as the neo-cons paint it nor is it as good as the far left paints it. Hopefully Castro's resignation will spark a multi-party democracy.

Ohh no. More competition. (2, Funny)

Forge (2456) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474394)

We [visitjamaica.com] have a hard enough time competing already. Once Americans can go to Cuba legally, How will we [jtbonline.org] Manage?

Perhaps we can convince them to replace him with someone America doesn't like any better? With his experience in international finance and Aviation, Bin-Laden would be a perfect replacement.

News for Nerds (-1, Troll)

MECC (8478) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474098)

This is?

News for Trapped Nerds (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474148)

Well as Moses Nerd said. Set my Geeks free!

Re:News for Nerds (0, Troll)

SQLGuru (980662) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474212)

It is for Cuban nerds (not me).....maybe now they can get some decent hardware.

Layne

Re:News for Nerds (2, Funny)

toleraen (831634) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474448)

It's a story that involves zombies, so it's kinda news for nerds I suppose.

Why so early? (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474102)

I thought he'd at least stay to witness the election of Obama and have a nice dinner with former pres W Bush!

Mission accomplished! (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474108)

The Bay of Pigs Invasion finally draws to a successful conclusion, a mere 47 years behind schedule.

Re:Mission accomplished! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474268)

We can only hope that Iraq will go so quickly... although McCain said we would be happy to stay for 100 years (but he'll be dead long before that time is up).

Re:Mission accomplished! (5, Funny)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474274)

The Bay of Pigs Invasion finally draws to a successful conclusion, a mere 47 years behind schedule.

The only thing that ever beat Duke Nuke'm Forever in terms of a release date.

Re:Mission accomplished! (5, Funny)

contraba55 (1217056) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474412)

That remains to be seen.

Re:Mission accomplished! (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474438)

Give it time..

Yeah, Mission accomplished, watch W take credit (1, Troll)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474480)

Bloke's been in charge for half a century and he's finally stepping down.

In other news Ronald Reagan can take credit for the fall of the USSR, not the internal politics which were bringing the Soviet Reign to an end.

Re:Yeah, Mission accomplished, watch W take credit (1)

mrxak (727974) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474506)

Bush has got to be pretty happy, he could have been American president #10 that Castro outlasted.

News For Nerds (0)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474110)

While I won't argue that this is big news, because it obviously is, I must confess that I'm struggling to see how this is news for nerds. Beyond nerds being people who are interested in the world at large like everyone else, of course. But if we're going to be getting news that interests people who are interested in the world at large, when can we expect to see /. posts about Brad and Angelina?

Re:News For Nerds (4, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474188)

It means the return if the Cuban Bride business. We no longer have to suffer with the long shipping delays of the Russian bride business and now can get women to marry us sight un-seen in a few hours instead of a few months.

Nerds everywhere are that much closer to being possibly able to touch a boobie.

Re:News For Nerds (2, Interesting)

servo335 (853111) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474240)

If there is a democratic election the Us will send them money and support. Think of all the work for Geeks that will open up....

Re:News For Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474432)

I'm struggling to see how this is news for nerds. [...] [W]hen can we expect to see /. posts about Brad and Angelina?
Well--cigars, yes; but which nerd exactly would be interested in Brad and Angelina ...?

Re:News For Nerds (3, Insightful)

eepok (545733) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474556)

Nerds are interested in many a subject. I am an education/tech nerd. I'm pretty damn sure there's quite a few politics and history nerds in here, too.

Beyond that, why complain when genuine news hits the front page? Did you complain when Slashdot was holding up the internets when the towers fell?

So does this mean (1)

YojimboJango (978350) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474112)

So does this mean that we can get our fancy cigars again?

Re:So does this mean (2, Funny)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474340)

You must be the only person that wasn't getting them all along. ;-)

Cool (2)

afidel (530433) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474116)

Does this mean the expat's in Miami will finally shut up and I can visit Havana soon (legally).

Re:Cool (1)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474284)

Depends - with elections on the 24th, that only gives 5 days for campaigns. The candidates have their work cut out for them!! When will they find time for the debates, primaries, national conventions...

Re:Cool (5, Funny)

OhHellWithIt (756826) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474424)

The candidates have their work cut out for them!! When will they find time for the debates, primaries, national conventions...

Did you mean to use the plural there?

Re:Cool (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474392)

No.

Now they will complain that all their land and wealth they left behind in Cuba must be returned to them with interest. Suddenly all of them were billionaires and owned 1/5th the island. Etc...

There is one thing that is universal in humanity, they all like to complain.

Re:Cool (1)

DustyShadow (691635) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474486)

Can't you legally visit Cuba by flying through Mexico? I have friends who have done this.

Re:Cool (2, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474554)

No, that's very much against federal law. It's stupid as can be because it's a unilateral embargo that has little effect in the real world but not keeping it up would have been political suicide due to all the expats in southern Florida. As an individual you are unlikely to get in much trouble, but for example a coworker of mine can't risk it, she's a greencard holder from Canada who might be thrown in jail upon returning if it was found out she had been in Cuba and would almost assuredly have her greencard revoked.

Re:Cool (4, Interesting)

value_added (719364) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474490)

Does this mean the expat's in Miami will finally shut up and I can visit Havana soon (legally).

The Miami crowd has too much to lose to allow that to happen. And they have enough political influence to prevent someone from dismissing them any time soon, despite a willingness by the American public to adopt a new perspective, keen interest by big business, and numerous attempts over the years by legislators and other interested parties who consider the current policy a long and drawn out failure to change the situation.

Besides, who in Cuba do you think is, or is going to be, running things?

On a side note, the term "expats" (no "s" needed, thankyou) I would reserve for someone like the English hanging out in the bars of Santa Monica, CA, watching football and drinking Guiness. The Miami crowd, on the other hand, will carry their memories, resentments and feelings forward for generations to come. Think of the Kurds in Iraq, the Palestinians in Israel, and both the Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo, among countless other examples, and you'll get the idea.

Tourists, cigar afficionados and late 50's model car enthusiasts will have to wait.

Ironic statement (4, Insightful)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474118)

"I neither will aspire to nor will I accept -- I repeat -- I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief"

Funny... he said something very similar when he and his revolutionaries kicked out Batista in the first place.

Re:Ironic statement (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474162)

it dont matter. the USA will find another reason to hate Cuba and continue the embargo

Re:Ironic statement (1, Flamebait)

shma (863063) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474302)

Or worse, they might try another invasion:

US President George W Bush said the news should mark the beginning of a transition towards democracy for Cuba.

"The international community should work with the Cuban people to begin to build institutions that are necessary for a democracy, and eventually this transition ought to lead to free and fair elections," he told reporters in Rwanda.

"And we're going to help. The United States will help the people of Cuba realize the blessings of liberty."


How did it go last time they tried [cnn.com] to make a country realize the blessings of liberty?

Re:Ironic statement (2, Insightful)

yorugua (697900) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474468)

Not to be outdone, Fidel also tried to spread the "Blessings" of his kind of government with a strong fist and gun powder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Cuba#Cuban_Military_Action.27s_in_Angola_.281961-2002.29 [wikipedia.org] Maybe you'll love going to live to some of those places if they are still true to Fidel's ideals.

At this point, it's not about that. (5, Insightful)

jwietelmann (1220240) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474472)

You can't be elected by Florida without the Cuban-American vote. You won't get that vote by dropping the embargo on the nation those people fled.

Re:Ironic statement (1)

cain (14472) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474458)

Cite?

Bah. Means nothing. (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474120)

His brother [Wolfman Jack [wikipedia.org] impersonation] Raooooooouuuuuuul! [/Wolfman jack impersonation] will take over on the 24th and it will business as usual. Raoul has been running the country, more or less, since 2006 anyway. And the Cuban people pretty much abominate him as much as Fidel himself.

Raul (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474124)

Raul - Is that some sort of abbreviation for Ron Paul. Maybe all you supporters can move down there.

Nothing will happen (1)

rvw (755107) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474136)

This will not change anything, until he dies. As long as he is alive, they will respect him, and I doubt there will be something like a new revolution. When he dies, that's another story.

He's already dead. (4, Funny)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474204)

Fidel Castro is already dead. He's just resigning because his political duties get in the way of his lust for brains. BRAAAAAAAINS!! [wikipedia.org]

[ot]the not-for-zombies-but-for-rugby-players kind (1)

wild_berry (448019) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474374)

Brains? [sabrain.com]

Re:He's already dead. (1)

mrxak (727974) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474386)

Has anybody actually seen him since his operation anyway? Maybe he really is dead, and this announcement in the paper is just a cover?

Re:He's already dead. (1)

dsginter (104154) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474452)

Thanks for that Wikipedia link to the Zombie information. At first I didn't know what the hell you were talking about but then I read up on Zombies and their appetite for brains (BRAAAAAAINS!!) and I got a really good laugh.

Re:He's already dead. (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474536)

I though he was going to move to his retirement home in Miami.

It seems to be a popular place for cubans for some reason.

Shave (-1, Offtopic)

outlando (1198685) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474142)

Is he going to shave that horrible beard off as well?

Re:Shave (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474218)

Is he going to shave that horrible beard off as well?
That's no way to talk about his lovely wife!

Yawn... (2, Funny)

phayes (202222) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474158)

Free the political prisoners. Free the press. Allow criticism of the state. Allow the existance of other political parties. Hold free elections. Until these acts happen, Cuba is just another repressive government we don't want to read about on slashdot.

Re:Yawn... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474226)

Cuba is just another repressive government we don't want to read about on slashdot.

Yeah, coz we're dead tired of the oppressive government we have back home in the US.

Re:Yawn... (4, Insightful)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474278)

Good idea. While we're at it, let's pretend China doesn't exist, either. There shall be no discussion of any computer made there.

Re:Yawn... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474368)

And don't forget about the good ol' USoA, either. Yee-haw!

Re:Yawn... (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474494)

OK, let's discuss the computers made in Cuba. You go first.

Re:Yawn... (5, Insightful)

tokul (682258) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474288)

Free the political prisoners.
Are you sure that USA wouldn't object to such actions on its military base?

Re:Yawn... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474334)

>Free the press. Allow criticism of the state. Allow the existance of other political parties. Hold free elections.

Maybe a good idea for the US as well ?
political prisoners: let's talk about guantanamo.
press: in the hands of a few extremely rich people tied to one of the 2 parties.
criticism of the state: you get lynched if you dare criticise the war in Iraq
other political parties: 2 parties is NOT a democracy.
free elections : see previous point.

Re:Yawn... (3, Informative)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474484)

Political prisoners: Guantanamo is inexcusable, but I'd hardly call those guys political prisoners, especially not the kind that Castro locks up. Press: And you can choose sources outside of Murdoch. Imagine that! Criticism of the State: Are you serious? Yeah, look at all those presidential candidates getting lynched! Look at most of the country getting lynched! You're an imbecile. The government will not doing anything other than call you names if you criticize Iraq. That's all within the realm of free speech. Quit your utterly baseless whining. Other political parties: Yeah, two parties sucks, but guess what? There is no legal restriction to two parties. Anyone can run. If the people choose to vote for two parties, then that's what they do. It's still a republic (we're not a democracy), so quit bitching. Free elections: Your previous post did nothing to address that. Idiot. I don't know why I bothered responding to an AC, but this kind of ignorant crap just pisses me off. Things aren't so hot in the US right now, but it's far, FAR better than Cuba.

Re:Yawn... (1, Flamebait)

wall0159 (881759) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474370)

"Free the political prisoners. Free the press. Allow criticism of the state. Allow the existance of other political parties. Hold free elections. Until these acts happen,"

funnily enough, I read this much of your post without knowing which country you were talking about...

Re:Yawn... (1)

z0M6 (1103593) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474426)

So by your standard, USA is another oppressed country that we don't want to read about on slashdot.

Re:Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474470)

Free the political prisoners. Free the press. Allow criticism of the state. Allow the existance of other political parties. Hold free elections. Until these acts happen, Cuba is just another repressive government we don't want to read about on slashdot.

Oh holy crap.. the USA has become Cuba.

We have a crap load of Political prisoners.
We do not have a truly free press anymore, it's gone underground or to designated free speech zones, you get teargassed and tazered if you dare to speak your mind outside those zones.

Only 2 political parties are actually allowed, really it's true. Where are the libertarian candidates at the debates?

Elections are rigged.
Police state at our borders.
Police state in our airports.
Police allowed to spy on the citizens.
We need our papers for travel.

Can I emigrate to Cuba? Because they don't have the last four on my list yet. Canada is not an option, they will obey the commercial masters and enact the same laws and do what we tell them to do. Also it's damn cold in Canada, Cuba at least has great weather.

Re:Yawn... (0, Flamebait)

pipatron (966506) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474530)

Free the political prisoners. Free the press. Allow criticism of the state. Allow the existance of other political parties. Hold free elections. Until these acts happen, Cuba is just another repressive government we don't want to read about on slashdot.

Let's see:

  • Free the political prisoners: I assume you mean the political prisoners sitting in the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, operated in Cuba by the United States of America.
  • Free the press: This one is quite important. Having most of the news in one country owned by one corporation/person (News Corp/Rupert Murdoch) is never good.
  • Allow criticism of the state: I completely agree here. It's very important that you don't let the government add regulations to force bloggers to register, etc.
  • Allow the existance of other political parties: Yes. Two more or less identical parties is much better than one.
  • Hold free elections: Indeed. A democracy that doesn't let for example women, black people, or prisoners vote, is just a joke.

Re:Yawn... (1)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474546)

Cuba has been holding elections for a long time. Just because the "free" press in the united states doesn't talk about it, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Where's the blame? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474174)

Come on guys, you're falling behind. Not a single post tying this in to something negative about Microsoft yet. This is Slashdot, right?

Those exploding cigars paid off! (1)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474178)

I can just hear the anti-Castro cold warriors crowing that their plans to remove him from power worked. So now what are the nut jobs in Miami going to bitch about?

Re:Those exploding cigars paid off! (1)

ElizabethGreene (1185405) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474208)

> what are they going to bitch about?

Land Prices? Gas Prices? Foreign Wars? The stereotypically hot guys on CSI: Miami?

-ellie

I couldn't help but post this amazing quote. (1, Troll)

YojimboJango (978350) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474186)

From the article: "Eventually this transition ought to lead to free and fair elections. And I mean free, and I mean fair -- not these kinds of staged elections that the Castro brothers tried to foist off as being true democracy," Bush said, on the road in Rwanda. Anyone get the vibe that Bush is just jealous. I think the United States needs a few of these free and fair elections unlike the ones we've had for the last 8 years.

Re:I couldn't help but post this amazing quote. (0, Flamebait)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474224)

"I think the United States needs a few of these free and fair elections unlike the ones we've had for the last 8 years." Get over it loser. The system worked properly.

Re:I couldn't help but post this amazing quote. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474290)

That's what they said in Cuba too.

Re:I couldn't help but post this amazing quote. (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474362)

Please. The system hasn't worked for a while; I'm not convienced that just the last two elections were rigged. Seeing what's going on now, it mostly looks like a farse.

Re:I couldn't help but post this amazing quote. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474436)

Shhh, your going against group internet mindspeak!

The funny thing is, it works the way it does BECAUSE of group mentality.

No one is bitching because kennedy 'stole' the election from nixon. The system worked EXACTLY as it should then too.

I for one.. (0, Redundant)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474190)

I for one bid farewell to our communist Cuban dictator overlord.

Idea (3, Insightful)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474200)

The U.S. should make aggressive postures towards Cuba so that they are too scared to open their society and will look to a strong man for defense. Great idea, huh?

So, does this mean (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474202)

...we can finally end this sad old Cold War charade and finally end the damn embargo?

Re:So, does this mean (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474548)

Probably not. NPR noted the embargo laws, notably the Helms Burton act, is in force while a Casto is in power. Fidel or Raul.

If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (5, Insightful)

iBod (534920) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474210)

Before corporate America invades, and it's Wendys, Burger King, McDonalds and Starbucks on every street in Habana.

For those of you that have never been to Cuba, it really is a unique place.

Not for much longer, I fear.

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (3, Insightful)

Serge_Tomiko (1178965) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474300)

Personally, I'd rather have the aforementioned fast food restaurants than hordes of military personnel with automatic weapons all over the place.

Cuba is only unique in that the destruction caused by communism is so apparent everywhere. The crumbling buildings. The antiquated automobiles. The authoritarian presence. The warning to tourists to stay in designated tourist zones. The many desperate women offering their daughters as prostitutes.

If you have truly been there, I cannot understand how or why you would think that American chain restaurants are somehow worse than the abject human misery that dominates that island.

Cuba is the final testament to the failure of communism. Freeing the country will do wonders to bring the truth to light, especially with the renewed faith in this system amongst the poor of Latin America.

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (0)

iBod (534920) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474360)

Get off your high horse pal.

Yes I have been there many times. I don't see a lot of the BS you posted.

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474498)

We have a family friend who spent 20 years in prison for passing out anti-Castro fliers. The first 3 years he was in solitary because he refused to give up the location of their presses.

Once he got out, he went to Spain, where his father's family was from, and then to Florida after a few years. He skipped the Christmas party this year because he had talked earlier to his mother. She had money, but there was no food to buy with it.

What's real and what they let you see are totally different. After all, there are many, many documents by the Red Cross from WW2 which could be considered "proof" that the Holocaust is all made up... just like Global Warming. But you wouldn't bite on that, would you?

Didn't think so.

Now kindly shut the fuck up and go and watch your Michael Moore DVDs again.

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (5, Insightful)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474520)

Freeing the country will do wonders to bring the truth to light, especially with the renewed faith in this system amongst the poor of Latin America.

Yes, they can look up to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvidor, Honduras, Guatemala, etc as a testament to the triumph and prosperity of capitalism and democracy.

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474328)

And it's a shame, too. Just a few more weeks and I think that communism thing would have finally taken off.

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474342)

completely agree.

unique place, and beautiful people.
I hope at least cuban spirit will remain and will not collapse under Starbucks and McDonalds omologation.

Cuba is not real (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474346)

More like a commie disneyland.

The government doesn't represent the wishes of the people anymore than Batista's nonsense.

Cuba wasn't meant to be a quaint backwater for turistas to see vintage automobiles.

Real or staged Cuba? (3, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474356)

If you go now you will still be mostly confined to the "staged" Cuba, the Cuba presented to foreigners where the government needs to keep up appearances. If you want to see the real Cuba your going to either have to take risks or wait till the government collapses.

Castro and his ilk did far more damage to Cuba than any corporate entity could manage, let alone get away with. His country started falling apart once it was no longer propped up by the Soviets. He is a study in the strength of personality and use of tactics similar to East Germany to maintain power

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474444)

If they want all that, who are we to preserve their "culture"? Maybe... just maybe they're tired of their "culture" due to communism all these generations.

Re:If you want to see the real Cuba, go now... (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474544)

Just like what happened to Iran after the Ayatollah Khomeini died. Sad.

he must be resigning so that ... (2, Insightful)

mbaGeek (1219224) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474214)

he can spend more time on /. - searching for the "stuff that matters" perspective ;-)

this is news, but not really BIG news - Fidel has been sick for a long time and his brother ("Raul") is going to "take over" (although there will be an "election")

"ah come on, we all knew this socialism thing wasn't going to work"
Fidel Castro via the Simpsons

irony? (3, Funny)

DMoylan (65079) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474230)

is that the symbol for this story is a crown. or would that be goldy?

Google (1)

LM741N (258038) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474238)

announces new data center in Havana.

End of Washington's terror? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474250)

Maybe this will spell the end of Washington's systematic, decades-old state-sponsored terror campaign in Cuba. Nah, who am I kidding?

http://www.voltairenet.org/article132624.html [voltairenet.org]

Like fahter like son? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474252)

Why is this news for Cuba?, Isn't this Raul like his father ?
  Another Dick tator ?

And old revolutionary, a new revolution (0, Troll)

Eukariote (881204) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474262)

Ironic, an old revolutionary retires while a new revolution is pending over in the US. He may yet live to see it: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7191570287261358564 [google.com] .

Was Castro a force for good? Maybe at first, but he soon became rather autocratic. Cuba is better off without him.

Ana Menendez story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22474344)

Ana Menendez wrote a book titled "In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd". There was a bit in that book where future Cubans were discussing politics from the perspective of a resurrected Bill Clinton talking to a person on the street in America.

Bill: How are things in Northern Ireland?

Person: There no longer is a Northern Ireland, they worked all that out years ago!

Bill: How about the Israel - Palestine conflict?

Person: That's been solved, and there is peace in the middle east.

Bill: What about the Koreas?

Person: The Koreas have now long been united under a single Democratic system.

Bill: And what about Cuba?

Person: I can feel it in my bones, any day now Castro is going to fall!

Wow, did he burn through the (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474348)

1 trillion dollar bill THAT fast? I knew the value of the dollar was tanking, but I thought that trillion could have kept him going a little longer.

Just remember the whole sovereignty thing (2, Insightful)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474398)

It's often used as an argument as to why the USA shouldn't be bound to international laws that they agree to, or international organizations that they belong to. Seems only fair it should apply to Cuba as well.

Thorn in the Side? (4, Insightful)

Gryle (933382) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474416)

From the article: "Castro...turned tiny Cuba into a thorn in the paw of the mighty capitalist United States."
Bay of Pigs was really the fault of Kennedy. So other than the Cuban Missile Crisis, I don't recall Cuba doing anything significantly irritating. I don't think one incident qualifies Cuba for "thorn in paw" status. Perhaps someone more historically enlightened could explain this to me?

Re:Thorn in the Side? (1)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474522)

Florida is a haven to three large groups of people, the politically liberal retirees from the Northeast, politically conservative retirees from the midwest (this group is smaller than the liberal group) and anti-Castro Cubans who fled. The conservative retirees and Cubans were a large enough group to make Florida a key conservative voting state in Senate and Presidential elections (one of the few large states that is) but only as long as the Republican party carried it's anti-Communist plank long after it was really necessary.

Castro somehow kept the country from imploding after the Soviet Union failed (and stopped buying Sugar at inflated prices to keep them alive). Simply surviving, without the backing of the most powerful regional nation, was thorn enough.

yay? (1)

jasen666 (88727) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474418)

Maybe now we can end this moronic embargo?

Fidel Castro Resigns? (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474420)

God, it seems like only yesterday that the US was helping to put him into power....

nothing to see here (5, Informative)

0111 1110 (518466) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474476)

As someone who has actually lived in Cuba for more than a year, I thought I should inform some of you that, while it is of some historical importance, this news changes very little politically. His brother Raul is as much of a communist as Fidel. It is highly unlikely that any Cuban policies will change due to this development. I think what we are all waiting for is for both Fidel and Raul to actually die. When that happens there is at least some possibility of real change. And since Bush didn't change his position wrt cuba when Fidel 'temporarily' stepped down due to illness I doubt if he will do so now that the change has been made permanent.

Is it sad... (2, Funny)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474508)

... that I found out about this on /. when I have CNN on right now? Half expected them to announce a new Firefox 'sploit.

Local farming to suffer? (1)

JayPee (4090) | more than 6 years ago | (#22474518)

Too bad their farming self-sufficiency will once again, be at the whims of foreign multinationals because, that's what freedom is all about. Freedom to buy foreign goods and services.

http://multinationalmonitor.org/hyper/issues/1994/11/mm1194_06.html [multinationalmonitor.org]
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