Cuba watchers and some dissidents question whether RaÃºl Castro will be able to implement his reforms as long as his older brother is alive. Fidel Castro’s presence would likely deter even modest economic reforms, they said.
“In a sense, the Raulista project, if you can call it that, has been placed on hold,” said Frank Mora, a Cuba expert at the National War College in Washington, D.C.
In Cuba, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a state-trained economist who was one of 75 dissidents arrested in a roundup of government critics in 2003, was more succinct: “RaÃºl Castro gives the impression of a man trapped inside a corset and unable to move.”
And, given what we know about Raul, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to actually see him trapped inside a corset!