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Bash America? The Castros play to their base in Cuba

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(Read caption) Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during the closing ceremony of the Communist Party Conference in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Jan. 29. Cuba's Communist leaders vowed not to cede any ground to "the enemy," even as they pledged to fight corruption and continue overhauling the island's listing Marxist economy with an injection of free market reform.

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There is no shortage when it comes to critics of US policy on Cuba, with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro sounding the loudest reproach.

Last week in the state-run press he denounced the Republican Party's contest for a nominee, calling it a race of “idiocy and ignorance.”

“The selection of a Republican candidate for president of that globalized and encompassing empire is - I say this seriously - the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been heard,” he wrote.

Many Americans agree that the candidates are out of touch with reality in Cuba. As guest blogger Anya Landau French wrote in The Havana Note last week, after debates in Tampa, the candidates were “all singing the same broken record,” many taking a hard-line approach to appeal to exiles in Florida.  

Newt Gingrich said he would try "aggressively to overthrow the [Castro] regime" with covert actions.

Only one candidate, Ms. Landau French notes, sounded something different: “We're living in the dark ages when we can't even talk to the Cuban people,” said Ron Paul.


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