Cuban lawmakers approved a law that allows for full foreign ownership of companies and reduces taxes for overseas investors in President Raul Castro’s latest bid to open up the communist island’s economy.
Venezuela’s opposition has scaled back protests that have killed 18 people in the past three weeks as government supporters marked the one-year anniversary of the death of former President Hugo Chavez.
Last February, Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderon, posted 22 tweets about Yoani Sanchez, the Cuban dissident blogger. Each tweet was more enthusiastic than the last. “Brave activist for freedom,” Calderon called her.
Ever since Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959, the U.S. has sought to undermine his rule. It hasn’t worked. Perhaps officials in Washington should consider adapting the more successful strategy pursued to undermine communism in Eastern Europe.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro ’s request for an extraordinary session of parliament to discuss foreign affairs was granted today, signaling the retired leader of the 1959 revolution may be taking a greater role in government and recent efforts to open up the economy.