Analysis: The missing political dimension of Cuba’s reforms

By Domingo Amuchastegui

The social outburst of July 11 has prompted the Party/State to undertake economic measures of some transcendence — while keeping intact the essentials of the statist-absolutist model. That’s the same model Fidel Castro referred to in a 2010 interview thus: “The Cuban model no longer works, not even for us”.  

Since July 11, President Miguel Díaz-Canel has led a marathon of meetings and debates with religious groups, youth, dwellers of marginal neighborhoods, students, peasants, workers, economists, and journalists. In this sort of collective catharsis, critical tones have been expressed to a considerable extent. As is the case with neglected neighborhoods, it’s as if the Cuban leadership, all of a sudden, “discovered” the bulging agenda of problems that have remained unresolved for decades.

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