HAVANA — Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba's communist economic model doesn't work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago.
The fact that things are not working efficiently on this cash-strapped Caribbean island is hardly news. But the blunt assessment by the father of Cuba's 1959 revolution is sure to raise eyebrows.
Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine, asked whether Cuba's economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore," Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.
Latin America flooding a widespread disaster
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MEXICO CITY — Heavy seasonal rainfall has sparked deadly mudslides and widespread flooding across Central America and Mexico's southeast, killing at least 50 people and displacing more than half a million.
In Guatemala, rescuers citing the possibility of new mudslides called off the search for 15 people who remained missing after a highway mudslide that killed 45 others on Sunday.
In Mexico, the Red Cross said more than 600,000 have been displaced in five states as several rivers flooded towns and villages, mostly in the states of Veracruz and Tabasco.