Soon to be followed by Fidel Castro Dies headlines but does it matter?

In Miami, Florida, the news came as no surprise to Janisset Rivero, the executive director of Cuban Democratic Directorate, a group that works with dissidents in Cuba.

“I think there have been preparations taking place for quite awhile to assure the crowning of Raul Castro,” she told CNN on Tuesday morning. “It doesn’t mean any change to the system. It doesn’t mean there will be freedom for the Cubans. One big dictator is replacing the other.

“It will be big deal when political prisoners are released, when political parties are allowed to organize, when the country stops being ruled by a single party.”

I don’t expect this to bring significant change. The situation will get a little more interesting when the state announces his death.



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