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Cuba’s door opens a crack

Posted by Ron Coleman on March 28, 2008


President Raul Castro’s government said Friday it is allowing cell phones for ordinary Cubans, a luxury previously reserved for those who worked for foreign firms or held key posts with the communist-run state.It was the first official announcement of the lifting of a major restriction under the 76-year-old Castro, and marked the kind of small freedom many on the island have been hoping he would embrace since succeeding his older brother Fidel as president last month.

That is a much bigger deal than it sounds like.  Isn’t it?


One Response to “Cuba’s door opens a crack”

  1. Pete Madsen said

    Perhaps not. Will they have to buy the cellphones from the government wireless company? Will they have to use the same organization rather than, say, Verizon or Cingular as their carrier? If so maybe it’s just another way for said gov’t to listen in, also a way for Cuba to sound more relaxed without anything really changing.

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