Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Granma

Granma is getting a new editor as part of an effort by Raúl Castro to make it less triumphalist and secretive. Granma's own announcement doesn't actually say about that. It's a bit hard to see it a major move, though, when it is decided by the politburo of the Cuban Communist Party, not exactly a bastion of openness.

At the same time, I've found Granma to be a model of moderation compared to Venezuelan state news. Granma rarely has stories that make you chuckle at their absurdity, for example. In a number of ways, Venezuela claims Cuba as a model yet is becoming more radical as Cuba--at least haltingly--is softening its stance on a number of domestic issues.


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