Weekly Report - 04 July 2013 (WR-13-26)

Castro defends pace of reforms in Cuba

Reforms are moving faster in Cuba than those who criticise realise, President Raúl Castro argued this week. His remarks coincided with the creation of the first non-farm cooperatives in Cuba; more than 100 state-run produce markets became private cooperatives on 1 July. They followed the airing on state television a day earlier of the first US Major League Baseball game in Cuba for 52 years (albeit of a match that took place on 2 May and featured no Cuban-born players). In late June the state-run telecom company Etecsa also mooted the possibility of offering in-home Internet connections by late 2014.

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