Replies: 22 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 5:39 PM Last Post By: greslogo
Feb 22, 2013 9:11 AM
Feb 22, 2013 9:13 AM
1Russia writes off Cuba’s Soviet-era debt:
Feb 22, 2013 10:36 AM
2I suspect Raul will retire as soon as he finishes his new five year term which begins next Sunday.
Russia writing off old Cuban debt is like someone acknowledging that their investment in PanAm World Airways has become worthless.
Feb 22, 2013 8:46 PM
Feb 22, 2013 8:47 PM
Feb 23, 2013 3:29 AM
5Raúl is now probably older than any other international leaders. At the age of 82 I am both amazed and impressed at his vitality. Even though he has an amazing vitality today, 83,84,85,86 could easily become an other matter, and I am sure that he feels that in his own bones.
El Pais of Spain, normally a moderate and reliable paper picks up on speculations:
Feb 23, 2013 5:20 AM
Feb 23, 2013 6:49 AM
Feb 23, 2013 9:07 AM
Feb 23, 2013 4:56 PM
9Further to my comment in #3.
"The clock is ticking. By February 24, as Leonardo Padura observed in a column this week, there will be 1,823 days remaining in Raúl Castro’s tenure as Cuba’s president, thanks to term limits he pushed through at the 2011 communist party conference.
All things being equal, just five years from now, Cuba will be led by someone whose name is neither Raúl nor Fidel Castro for the first time in 59 years."
Feb 23, 2013 5:27 PM
10There have been countless countries that have had their entire foreign debit written off over the last number of years. Russia is writing off part (no one knows how much) of the Cuban debt.
Somewhat presumptuous of "Russia" to claim any Soviet loans are now "Russian". Not much has changed in that part of the world.
Feb 23, 2013 11:11 PM
11John - despite that report, I don't think that the term limits are actually in force yet - I suspect that will be something for the new assembly.
Perhaps Raul and the Pope plan to live out their retirement together.
"The Cuban leader has spoken before of his desire to implement a two-term limit for all Cuban government positions, including the presidency." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/22/cuba-president-raul-castro-retirement
Though I wonder if they would use the same wording as Russia's two-term limit ?
Feb 23, 2013 11:12 PM
Feb 24, 2013 3:10 AM
Feb 24, 2013 4:32 AM
14"Perhaps Raul and the Pope plan to live out their retirement together.":
But B. the current Pope has just resigned or did you miss that in Panama?
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