Thursday, February 21, 2008

Quote of the day

"I wish it were so, but I don't believe it."

A 74-year-old retiree, identified only as Pedro, replying to a question by a Reuters reporter on whether Fidel Castro’s announcement would mean economic changes for Cubans. Pedro was interviewed while “lining up outside a bank at dawn on Wednesday to collect a monthly pension of 164 pesos" – the equivalent of about USD7.00.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article really worries me. I think that, though we will probably see no changes under Castro's brother, we will be seeing economic changes in the next 5 to 10 years for Cuba. Granted, it won't effect the eldely picking up their pensions now, but what will it mean for the Youth of Cuba.

Some people think that Cuba will flourish once opened up to the world. I think this is true- we frequently see economy booms in countries once they become a large tourism destination, which, after 50 years of difficult relationships, Cuba is sure to become to the average american citizen. And I think with this boom in tourism, we'll see large changes in the economy- and hopefully people my are will be receiving larger pension checks when it's their time to line up at the bank.

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