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Cuba To Reverse Ban On 3D Theaters

Post by Admin on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:11 am


HAVANA (AP) — Something unusual appears to be happening in Havana.

The Communist government may be backing off an unpopular economic crackdown barely a week after it was announced — a feat of political dexterity that islanders say they are not used to seeing from a leadership in power since the 1950s.

The brouhaha centers on a ban announced Nov. 2 on the dozens of private home cinemas and video game salons that have mushroomed in recent months, becoming a popular diversion for entertainment-starved residents.

The government denounced the cinemas as spreading uncultured drivel to the young, and ordered them closed for stretching the boundaries on the kinds of private businesses allowed under reforms instituted by President Raul Castro.

Then came the backlash, with entrepreneurs bemoaning thousands of dollars in lost investment and moviegoers saying they were exasperated by heavy-handedness toward a harmless diversion. The official reaction was swift, and unprecedented.

An article in the Communist Party newspaper Granma on Monday acknowledged there was wide disapproval of the ban, and hinted it was being rethought.

Analysts said the reversal could signal a greater willingness by the government to heed the desires of private entrepreneurs and their customers, as well as their growing influence in a country where the government still controls as much as about 80 percent of the economy.

"It's extraordinary because the government made a very clear decision, and now it seems it's being walked back," said Philip Peters, a longtime Cuba analyst and president of the Cuba Research Center. "That's not something that happens every day."

The article in Granma said the paper had gathered more than 150 opinions on the ban and surveyed the backlash on social media. It acknowledged there was wide disapproval and said some considered it to be "a step back" for President Raul Castro's program of limited economic liberalization.

Islanders interviewed by The Associated Press have repeatedly defended the salons as healthy entertainment options for teenagers. It's commonly held that they should be reopened, regulated and taxed just like the thousands of other private businesses launched since Castro's reforms began in earnest in 2010.

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Post by Rev Scare on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:44 am

Now Cubans can enjoy the edifying experience of modern American cinema in three dimensions. Imagine the horror of government depriving young Cubans of access to America's enlightened consumer culture. I am certain these "entrepreneurs" are ardent communists, only serving the cause. Viva la revolución!


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Post by Admin on Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:44 am


Works of art like Piranha 3D will do wonders to build bridges between our two cultures.

The Communist Party appears to be flying by the seats of their pantalones verdes at this point. With such caprice, I suspect the remainder of the island's economy will be privatized in no time.

I am already thoroughly impressed by the good works coming out of Cuba's liberated markets. Private home cinemas and video game salons? I simply can't wait to see what these enterprising fellows will come up with next. Glory hole booths, perhaps? Fidel 

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