|General Raul Castro and his son Colonel Alejandro Castro of the secret police|
After Raul Castro's retirement date is set, who will be Cuba's first non-Castro leader in almost 60 years? https://t.co/p20C5IuCdj pic.twitter.com/JXxc5NAzI6— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 21, 2017
The question raised by Newsweek is at best naive. Raul Castro has been grooming his son, Alejandro Castro, a colonel in the secret police as a successor. Cuba is a communist dictatorship where dynastic succession, within the Castro family, is reminiscent of another communist dynastic dictatorship, the Kim family in North Korea.
The only question within the context of the dictatorship will be if the Castro family continues to hold the title or place a puppet, for public relations purposes, and continue to run things in Cuba. Real change must come from outside of the regime responding to the miserable reality on the island.
TR @RosaMariaPaya Moment in which they kidnap and beat the artists Tania Bruguera, Luis Manel Alcantara and Yanelis Nuñez. They remain missing. The police stations say they do not have them. FREEDOM! #CubaDecide pic.twitter.com/vkPJoaW9TY— John Suarez ن (@johnjsuarez) December 21, 2017
Meanwhile as the international focuses on this non-story inside Cuba repression is ramping up against nonviolent dissidents and their is relatively little press coverage. Cuban artists Tania Bruguera, Luis M Alcantara, Adonis Milan, Yanelis Nuñez and Lia Villares were beaten up and arrested last night in Cuba by the regime's secret police as they attempted to attend the staging of the play Psychosis. As of today reports indicate that Lia Villares and Luis Manuel Otero remain detained with some questions about their whereabouts.
#CUBA State Security agents violently arrested the artists: Tania Bruguera @Immigrantmove Luis M Alcantara Adonis Milan Yanelis Nuñez at the door of the gallery of @liavillares, who was previously arrested with Iris Ruiz— Rosa María Payá A. (@RosaMariaPaya) December 21, 2017
Just for exercising their freedom of expression#CubaDecide pic.twitter.com/9MZIsgTyp9
Cuba is a tropical island but the drab grey Stalinism, usually found in colder climates, that drains the life out of vibrant cultures is present within the Castro regime.