Ice age

Stark contrast between the doddering Raul Castro and Obama, the past and the future embodied behind the lecterns.

The octogenarian Mr Castro, well into his graveyard years, is in no position to make demands. Such bravado made sense when Cuba was a CCCP satellite; it makes less sense when the Cuban economy is propped up only by declining oil profits derived from Venezuelan oil. The Revolution is exhausted, evidenced by the fact that revolutionary claims have become singularly focused in recent decades on anti-Americanism rather than real political progress. Whereas Party Communism has evolved into Party Capitalism in China, the Party in Cuba remains fixed in the political realities of 1960. As such, the Communist Party Cuba and the Republican Party USA are a perfect match for each other.

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