Cuba: Metamorphosis

Photographs by Julien Goldstein

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Even at the peak of the state, no one tried to hide the bankruptcy with new slogans and remobilization campaigns. Quite the contrary. Launched in 2007 by Raul Castro, the "national debate" has given birth to an array of radical measures approved unanimously by the 1000 delegates of the 6th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party. The private sector is being encouraged to develop, not only in tourism (178 independent professions have been given license) but more importantly, the public sector, the very soul of the socialist economy, is seriously under threat: 90% of the workforce now work for the state, this number should be reduced to 40% by 2020. Some are saying that Raul Castro will be the Thatcher of Cuba.