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This Is Not the 'End of an Era' in Cuba

The newly elected president represents an evolution of the Castro regime—an act of self-perpetuation masquerading as change.
Source: Reuters

Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, boasts relative youth and Castro-free genes. But the myth that his election will yield significant change on the island is flat-out wrong.

His 86-year-old predecessor, General Raul Castro, was due for departure. Fidel was 81 when he handed power over to his little brother. At age 57, Diaz-Canel seems a mere babe when compared to his octogenarian predecessors. Yet in terms of policy, there is little difference between them.

Diaz-Canel’s was forged under the Castro brothers. During his military service, he was part of their security detail. The Cold War

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