Castro(‘s economy) is dying

Well, it seems Castro’s intestinal fortitude isn’t the only thing about the dictator that’s not doing well these days. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s website has a story today saying the number of foreign firms in Cuba is sinking–sorta like Castro’s ship:

The number of foreign companies operating in Cuba has continued to decline and a new investment expected from China has not materialized, a Cuban cabinet minister said Monday.

Joint ventures between Cuba’s communist state and foreign investors fell to 236 at the end of 2006, down from 258 a year ago and 313 at the end of 2004, Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation Minister Marta Lomas told Reuters.