A Victory and Some Risks
Statement from the Fourth International
Publisher: Against The Current
Date Written: 01/03/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20939
It is necessary to create the conditions of democratic debate in all the popular organizations in Cuba.
Facing the biggest world imperialist power, Cuba has held fast. It was not without difficulty, without suffering, but Cuba has held on, becoming an anti-imperialist reference for the entire Latin American left.
When the Soviet bloc collapsed in the 1990s, many observers predicted the fall of the Cuban regime. And it is true that the island, dependent on Soviet aid, went through an unprecedented crisis, the Cuban economy drained, in what the Cubans called the "special period."
The economy, within certain limits, took a decade to rebuild (with the participation of the state but also with European capital in the tourism sector and later with the help of Venezuelan oil), but without overcoming a series of structural problems compounded by the U.S. embargo, strengthened by the Helms-Burton Act.