View Full Version : From The Ground Up, Cuba Is Crumbing

09-19-2006, 09:46 AM
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09-19-2006, 10:10 AM

09-19-2006, 12:07 PM
Trust me. Within two years after Castro's death, every major gaming company in the US, including every tribal commission, will have their fingers in Cuba, turning it into a morass of gambling, mob activity and street crime. Those Cubans won't know what hit 'em. And the old Castro-era rot will seem like heaven.

09-19-2006, 12:21 PM
Thats the way it was before Castro


09-23-2006, 06:29 AM
This is probably verging on politics, in fact it is political. I know mention of Castro and Cuba is a pretty emotive issue to many: Cuban exiles and their vociferous lobby, Leftists etc. The deterioration of of buildings and lack of material things is evidence to some of the inherent failings of socialism, while others will say that the embargo by the United States has caused it irreparable harm. There are successes no doubt in terms of the number of doctors and skilled / educated people produced in the post-revolutionary era. The point is that whoever or whatever socio-political structure takes over from Castro must have a vision of a progressive society. If the vision of some is the "good old days" before Castro, then that Island will not have peace or stability. Many who fled Castro have genuine grievances about the expropriation of their property and lack of freedoms, but if some presume to rewind to an oligarchic past of huge landowners, exploitative commercial interests from "the north", and attempt to camouflage this with a "democratically elected" system as evidence of a breakage of the past tradition of Batista-like dictators, then they'll be in for a civil war of uncertain duration and capacity for violence.

On another note, what would be the effect on the world of professional boxing if the Cuban game was professionalised? Might make talk of impending Eastern European domination pale into insignificance.....