Who do YOU believe?

An article in USA Today about Raul Castro’s rule over Cuba is laughingly titled “Many find reassuring continuity under brother Raul.” Read the article carefully and you’ll find the so-called “many” who find continuity “reassuring” are those who benefit the most from said continuity: Castro’s lackeys:

To those close to the government, there’s been a reassuring continuity.

(Jorge Mario Sanchez, an economist at the Center for the Study of the United States, a government think tank in Havana), says Raul Castro is using the party constructively.

Meanwhile, what does the average Cuban Jose have to say about this? How does this affect his life? Does he, too, find this continuity “reassuring?”

Ordinary Cubans, including many who won’t allow their full names to be published for fear of retribution, say they’ve noticed little change.

Abdel, a former wrestling coach, says a heavier police presence is the only difference he’s seen since Fidel Castro underwent emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding in July.

Rene, a carpenter, says food and other routine purchases cost more today.

The U.S. government says Raul Castro has brought hard-liners back into prominent positions and given the Communist Party more authority.

Miguel, a carpenter and electrician in Havana, is wary of the party’s new assertiveness. “This is how they intimidate us,” he says.

I think that last quote sums it up quite well.