How does a communist government spell “loyalty test?”

And, how does a communist government spell “appearing tolerant?”

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Interim President Raúl Castro has called publicly for criticism, saying that the only way to fix the country’s many problems is to air them.

But, but, but…

…skeptics say such a debate was held before, and was cut off when the onslaught of grievances was more than the government wished to discuss.

And despite Castro’s cracking open the door long shut to public criticism, there seems to be one topic that is strictly out of bounds: ending the island’s communist system.

“This is going to be public venting, not serious change,” said Alcibiades Hidalgo, a former Cuban ambassador to the United Nations and personal secretary to Castro.

“Rather than being a real inventory of problems — which they already know and don’t need — this is an exercise in political propaganda in order to put on a new, more understanding face.”

You can put lipstick on a pig…