Last year, many observers believed that Cuba was on the verge of change when Fidel Castro fell ill and was forced to relinquish power to his younger brother Raul. Although many expected the regime would unravel without Fidel at the helm, over the past year his brother has been able to consolidate power and keep the government intact. He has done this by taking over the day-to-day management of the government, cracking down on dissidents and strengthening the role of the military in all aspects of Cuban life. Instead of throwing the regime off-balance, Castro's long illness has had the unint...
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