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PARTY IN SOUTH FLORIDA THIS WEEK BABY!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/02/19/castro/index.html

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military on Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma.


Fidel Castro, shown in an undated file photo, took power in Cuba in 1959 and reigned with an iron hand.
Castro, 81, temporarily handed power to his younger brother Raul Castro in July 2006 after undergoing intestinal surgery. He hasn't been seen in public since his surgery, but he has appeared in numerous videos and photos in state media.
 

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My prediction with Raul Castro firmly in power...nothing of substance will change.
 

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Isn't Raul even worse than Fidel? Sucks for them.
 

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WOW huge news. I doubt this has any effect on US-Cuba relations.
 

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So Fidel steps down but still no 'legal' cigars?
 

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Walton and Johnson were speculating that Fidel is already dead and they are just "easing" the people into a new regime.

After seeing recent news footage of Fidel literally shuffling around and unable to walk normally, I wouldn't doubt it.

Either way, any dead Castro is a reason for celebration for many Cuban ex-patriates.
 

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So Fidel steps down but still no 'legal' cigars?
Give it a little time.

By the time Harrah's Havana opens up, the floodgates will be wide open.

Fidel won't be cold in his grave before the big money gambling conglomerates ring Old Havana with new resorts and casinos. They've already got the plans ready.
 

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Give it a little time.

By the time Harrah's Havana opens up, the floodgates will be wide open.

Fidel won't be cold in his grave before the big money gambling conglomerates ring Old Havana with new resorts and casinos. They've already got the plans ready.
I'm wondering how long it'll take South Florida to jump on board considering all of the lost revenue. Everyone heading down to Havana for a weekend instead of the Keys or Miami has the potential to start a MUCH larger scale tourism/casino war than the similar situation between Mississippi and Louisiana.
 

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Give it a little time.

By the time Harrah's Havana opens up, the floodgates will be wide open.

Fidel won't be cold in his grave before the big money gambling conglomerates ring Old Havana with new resorts and casinos. They've already got the plans ready.
You know something we don't? Is there an Iron Curtain demolition in their future? All I see are gulags remaining to be discovered. I'm sure we have some plan to flood them with capitalism, but it has to get past their leadership.
 

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You know something we don't? Is there an Iron Curtain demolition in their future? All I see are gulags remaining to be discovered. I'm sure we have some plan to flood them with capitalism, but it has to get past their leadership.
My brother is recently retired from the gaming industry.

It's not the U.S. government that's going to take over the island, it's international mega-corporations with casinos and resorts. They've got virtually unlimited capital and they'll use everything they've learned in Vegas and Atlantic City.

You saw how fast the casinos went back up on the Mississippi coast? Yeah, when the green light is given, Cuba will make that look like chump change.
 

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Green light wont be given until Raul Castro tanks and a democratically elected leader is chosen. Raul will keep the same control over Cuba as his brother, and the embargo will stay in place.
 

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You know something we don't? Is there an Iron Curtain demolition in their future? All I see are gulags remaining to be discovered. I'm sure we have some plan to flood them with capitalism, but it has to get past their leadership.
Wondering the same thing.

Castro's death might be a cause for celebration for emotional reasons, but I don't think it changes anything at all.
 

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Yes, amazing how a Revolution that was supposed to serve "the people" ended up turning into a family-run affair. Seems to happen a lot, doesn't it? At any rate, I'm sure the History Department here at Duke has gone into mourning today. Fidel was the hero of an entire generation of New Left intellectuals in the '60s and '70s.
 

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Wondering the same thing.

Castro's death might be a cause for celebration for emotional reasons, but I don't think it changes anything at all.
The ex-patriot Cubans in Florida know that the only thing that will completely turn Cuba around is tourism and gaming...turning Cuba's relatively undeveloped, 1950s time capsule into an international destination.

They've invested heavily in the gaming and resort industries across the board. They'll make their move when the time comes. It's nearly here, but not quite yet.
 

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