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Changes [Feb. 19th, 2008|09:34 am]
Tony Grist
So Castro resigned and Musharraf's party lost the election. It's one of those days when the world seems to be spinning a little faster than usual.

I always had a soft spot for Castro. He was a despot who gave the impression of actually caring about his people's welfare. Now he's gone the truth will out and we'll be able to assess what he achieved or didn't achieve and Cuba will- presumably- finally emerge from its time-warp into the twenty-first century world. 

As for Pakistan- that's one unhappy country and a new government won't necessarily change things for the better. But, hooray- anyway- for an election that wasn't rigged!

[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2008-02-19 01:38 pm (UTC)
Castro has been part of the news for as long as I can remember, one way or another. Supporting him got Jack Paar in trouble, as a matter of fact (although, honestly, I don't remember that part). He says he's stepping down, but he'll still be around. It will be interesting to see how that one plays out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-02-19 04:32 pm (UTC)
My guess is that, with the main man gone, Cuba's leaders will seek to normalise relations with the USA and make the transition from one party rule to some sort of democracy.
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2008-02-19 04:59 pm (UTC)
Friendly amendment: Pakistan's election wasn't rigged *enough*. Which is to say, apparently Musharraf did a lot of work ahead of time trying to bias procedures for his party, and he apparently thought it was enough to clinch the election, but he didn't count on the sheer strength of anti-Musharraf sentiment, nationwide.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-02-19 05:46 pm (UTC)

But he stays on as president, I believe. I wonder how long that arrangement will last.
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