Did Castro Really Say Cuban Economic Model No Longer Works?

Did Castro Really Say Cuban Economic Model No Longer Works?

Did Castro Really Say Cuban Economic Model No Longer Works?

A sit down between American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg and Cuban leader Fidel Castro has started quite a controversy.  At the center of the storm are statements the journalist says Castro made about the Cuban economic model.

Goldberg, who works for The Atlantic, said that during an interview with Castro, the former Cuban President said that the Cuban economic model is no longer working.  Goldberg has said that the statement was made while the two were having lunch recently.  He noted that Castro made the comment almost as a side note.

Goldberg said that he was in such shock when Castro made the statement that he had to ask his other lunch companion if he had heard what he thought he had.  Julia Sweig was in attendance when Castro made the comment, and translated what was said for Goldberg when he asked if he had heard correctly.  Goldberg asked Sweig if Castro, the leader of the country’s great revolution, had really just said “never mind” to the concept of the revolution.

While Goldberg was in shock, Sweig took the comment to mean something else entirely.  Simply put she did not believe that Castro was rejecting the ideas behind the revolution, but he was admitting that in its current form, the Cuban government plays too big of a role in the economics of the country.  Castro has since said that Goldberg took his statement out of context.

Goldberg’s full interview and writings on Castro can be found in two reports for The Atlantic.  Castro talks at length about the Cuban Missile Crisis and the advice he gave to Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to “stop slandering Jews.”  The second part of the report covers a trip the reporter took with Castro to a dolphin show.


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