Despite the breathless media coverage of Fidel Castro’s “retirement,” Cuba’s communist gerontocracy remains intact. Raul Castro is the new president of Cuba, Fidel remains head of the Communist Party (which “is the directing and superior force of society and the state”), and the other leaders are communists whose ages range from a youthful 63 to 80. Hugo Chavez scoffs at the idea that there has been any transition in Cuba. Unfortunately, he seems to be right.
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